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Originally posted by yeahright
Yeah, I'd call that pretty infuriating. I've been through similar events, myself and one really recently that's too long and boring to go into here.
I don't know what I hate more at this point, the insurance companies or Big Pharm. Or the big Wall Street speculators. Or crooked politicians. Or international bankers. Or...
[It's a long list. I'll stop now.]
Thank you SD! I'm so sick and tired of the bureaucracy of Insurance companies, but to answer your question yes and no
Originally posted by schrodingers dog
reply to post by paxnatus
Did you find out what the deal is with your insurance company.
I know they're all crooked bastards but they still have to send you written notification of any change in your policy. If they just up and took away benefits like thieves in the night you do have legal recourse.
"You know more about what is in a bag of Doritos than what's in an herbal product touted to treat and prevent disease," said David J. Kroll, PhD, an adjunct associate professor of medicine at Duke University Medical Center, "When it comes to herbs, the consumer is unprotected and essentially on their own. There's no guarantee these products are safe or effective."
The Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA), passed in 1994, does not include an FDA requirement that manufacturers of herbs and other dietary supplements prove their products are safe or effective before they hit the shelves. The Act encourages disclosure of information to consumers, but the lack of research requirements give herbal makers the freedom to make general health claims on their labels. For example, a product can advertise that it has a calming effect but not that it can be used to treat anxiety disorders. Consequently, some manufacturers make unsubstantiated treatment claims leaving countless consumers confused about what these "all-natural" products can and can not do for their health.
"Since many homeopathic remedies contain no detectable amount of active ingredient, it is impossible to test whether they contain what their label says. Unlike most potent drugs, they have not been proven effective against disease by double-blind clinical testing. In fact, the vast majority of homeopathic products have never even been tested; proponents simply rely on "provings" to tell them what should work. "
"In 1990, an article in Review of Epidemiology analyzed 40 randomized trials that had compared homeopathic treatment with standard treatment, a placebo, or no treatment. The authors concluded that all but three of the trials had major flaws in their design and that only one of those three had reported a positive result. The authors concluded that there is no evidence that homeopathic treatment has any more value than a placebo ."
"In 2007, another review team concluded that homeopathic provings have been so poorly designed that the data they have generated is not trustworthy ."
"An official from the FDA Center for Drug Evaluation and Research replied that several dozen homeopathic products were approved many years ago, but these approvals were withdrawn by 1970 . In other words, after 1970, no homeopathic remedy had FDA as "safe and effective" for its intended purpose."