Products such as Zicam and Cold-Eeze are known as homeopathic medicines that are protected by federal law, but not accepted by mainstream medical and health recommendations
The Food and Drug Administration announced a two-day meeting next month on homeopathic medicines to review their actual effectiveness and safety protocols. Many products available in stores and with well known names, like that of Zicam, Cold-Eeze, Airborne, Sinusalia, and many others, use combinations of simple vitamins and minerals that make claims of being able to defend and/or quickly help get over ailments.
Much like dietary supplements, homeopathic products are not required to prove they are safe or effective, and have little mandatory regulation or review before they are sold on open market to most stores. But unlike supplements, homeopathic medicines can state that they are designed to treat specific medical conditions.
Over the past few years, the supplement market has boomed, and many in the medical field seeking better profit have gone into putting their names on homeopathic medicines and supplements, which has started to draw the eyes of investigators. Recently, Dr. Mehmet Oz, of the “Dr. Oz Show”, came under heavy scrutiny as one of the doctors who has participated in this trend.
-Curt Cramer (@CurtisRemarc)