LET CAUTION BE YOUR GUIDE:
I have spent years checking out alternative remedies. Some work – some don’t. You can spend a fortune on stuff that does you no good at all. There are many people out there who prey on people with health problems by selling useless products. Those people are the scum of the earth and deserve nothing less than hanging.
You can protect yourself to some degree if you are careful….
FIRST: ALWAYS check with BOTH your doctor AND your pharmacist before trying any alternative remedy and DO NOT stop taking your regular medicine until you do so.
SECOND: You can catch most quack remedies right up front. They very often will make the claim, “Things your doctor doesn’t want you to know” or “Things Big Pharma hates” or some such attack on the Medical Profession or on the pharmaceuticals industry. Real professionals NEVER attack other professionals. It is considered unethical to do that. They simply recommend their own remedy. When you see such statements, move on quickly. It's a scam and like all such scams it is written in such a way as to rope you in. Even an old skeptic like me has been caught. Those scammers are GOOD at what they do!
THIRD: Watch out for silly claims. Something that might help you with arthritis is not likely to also help you with a skin problem or heart disease. And NOTHING can turn back the hands of time. You CANNOT get ‘younger’.
FOURTH: Check references. Often articles (actually ads disguised as medical articles) will attempt to give their claims weight by alluding to research that proves their claims. They will state that Dr.____X_____ has done research at ____XYZ____ research institution (often a university). Google that institution. Check to see if a research doctor by that name does research there. If so then check his published papers to see if he has done research into that particular remedy. You can even e-mail him/her care of the institution and ask him/her about that research; when it was done; is it still valid; does he know of newer research into the same thing, etc., etc.?
I have found that often that researcher is unknown to the institution he supposedly did that research at. Or is at that institution but has never done any research into that particular thing. Heck I even found that one university cited didn’t even exist!!
If no reference to research is made, Google that remedy's name and the name of the company selling it. You'll be amazed at what you come up with!
Having said all that, I will also say that, when I’ve done my homework properly, and checked out something I want to try, and everything lines up properly, I have had good success with SOME alternative remedies.