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What red flags should I watch for from providers of alternative treatment for multiple sclerosis?

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Be cautious if you see products or providers promoted through telemarketers, direct mailings, infomercials, ads disguised as valid news articles, or ads in the back of magazines.

If a provider or product claims to be a "cure" for MS or makes other outrageous claims, be cautious.

You should also be wary if the product is only being offered through one manufacturer Make sure all of the active ingredients are listed. Do not trust "secret formulas." You’ll usually only hear from people who are satisfied with the product, so beware of universal praise -- especially if you see or hear "paid endorsement" with customers' comments. Also, watch for testimonials by people who are only listed by initials, locations, or first names.

SOURCES:

National Multiple Sclerosis Society: "Complementary & Alternative Medicine."

Multiple Sclerosis Foundation: "Alternative Treatment options."

Yadav, V. , May 2010. Expert Review of Clinical Immunology

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on May 30, 2019

SOURCES:

National Multiple Sclerosis Society: "Complementary & Alternative Medicine."

Multiple Sclerosis Foundation: "Alternative Treatment options."

Yadav, V. , May 2010. Expert Review of Clinical Immunology

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on May 30, 2019

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