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Medical Formula 303

  1. Dec 16, 2006 #1
    Does anyone know about FOrmula 303? I'm thinking of taking it. It's an anti stress/muscle relaxer. Do you kno wof any dangers or using it with other anxiety medicines or antidepressants?
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  3. Dec 26, 2006 #2

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    I hope you decided to discuss this with your doctor.
  4. Dec 31, 2006 #3
    It is homeopathic medicine... and any real scientist knows that homeopathic medicines are glorified sugar tablets that'll do absolutely nothing...
  5. Dec 31, 2006 #4
    Well there goes any placebo effect he may have had. Additionally, that opinion does not strike me as that of a "real" scientist. Science is about exploring everything and about keeping an open mind to the possibilities of any phenomena. The ingredients in many homeopathic pills will have some sort of beneficial effect on the body. While there is nothing "magical" in these pills, many contain vitamins, minerals, or other substances that do promote the effects listed on their bottle. An example is a pill that claims to "help people with bad night vision" that contains beta-carotene. As a beta-carotene efficiency can negatively impact ones night vision, this homeopathic pill may have a positive effect.

    To discount such pills on the basis of the word "homeopathic" is like discounting all medicines because a specific one doesn't perform as advertised.
  6. Jan 1, 2007 #5
    I know vitamin tablets work... but we are talking about "homeopathic medicine" and not vitamin tablets... The difference is that vitamins (such as beta-carotene) have clinical evidence to back up their effect whereas homeopathic medicines have none - their effects are only due to a placebo effect... and I have yet to see any homeopathic medication that includes vitamins - the only things I have seen are glorified sugar tablets that have no active ingredients in... and for these what I said before is true - they do absolutely nothing... except cause a placebo effect...
  7. Jan 1, 2007 #6
    I took them and swore the calmed me down.
  8. Jan 1, 2007 #7
    My point is that not all homeopathics are created equal. You can't discount the entire type of product because some or even most of them are overblown scams.

    Additionally, their is a branch of product that is still normally viewed as homeopathics but are in fact varied vitamins and enzymes - both of which can be helpful to your body. Yet, these pills are still viewed as "homeopathic."
  9. Jan 14, 2007 #8
    This made me laugh out loud. :biggrin:
  10. Jan 14, 2007 #9


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    Actually, those aren't examples of homeopathics, but naturopathics or naturoceuticals. Homeopathy is really much more "out there." The idea behind homeopathy is to dilute a "bad" thing many, many times so you only get the "essence" of that bad thing to give your body a chance to develop immunity to it. So, what you're getting is a bottle of water that might have a molecule of something bad for you in it.

    However, upon looking up that Formula 303, it looks to be a complete hoax. In some of the ads, they make claims about a proven active ingredient, but if you do a PubMed search for that ingredient, you come up with zero results. It doesn't exist in the literature. Someone made it up for the ads.

    The biggest risk with things like that is you really have no idea what you're getting. You may actually be fortunate if it's something totally harmless like sugar pills. The problem is that people for some reason assume that "all natural" means it's safe. But, other "all natural" compounds would include the compound in poison ivy that causes that horrid rash, or the poison in hemlock, or tetrodotoxin found in pufferfish (that one that will kill you). These products circumvent FDA regulations for drug testing, so the consumer becomes the guinea pig. Some may work (but often the doses are inconsistent, which can lead to inconsistent effects), others may do nothing, and others may cause harm (i.e., all those products for boosting energy/athletic performance that contained ephedra and were recently banned when people started having heart attacks when using them).
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