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Inquire about the training and expertise of the person administering the
treatment (for example, certification).
Consider the costs. Alternative treatments may not be reimbursable
by health insurance.
Discuss all treatments with your primary care provider, who needs
this information in order to have a complete picture of your treatment
plan.

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Obtain objective information about the therapy. Besides talking with
the person promoting the approach, speak with people who have
gone through the treatment--preferably both those who were treated
recently and those treated in the past. Ask about the advantages and
disadvantages, risks, side effects, costs, results, and over what time
span results can be expected.

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Isadora B. Stehlin is a staff writer for FDA Consumer.
How to Approach Alternative Therapies
The NIH Office of Alternative Medicine recommends the following
before getting involved in any alternative therapy:

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Two of the defendants fled to Great Britain, but the other two
pleaded guilty and served time in U.S. federal prisons.
The bottom line in deciding whether a certain treatment you've read or
heard about might be right for you: Talk to your doctor. And keep in
mind the old adage: If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.