I’m Rachelle Grossman with today’s health
news. Ever take Zicam or Cold-Eeze in hopes that either product might shorten the length
of your cold? Did it work? These two homeopathic remedies are sparking an FDA investigation
and a larger discussion about homeopathic medicine. The FDA treats homeopathic products
somewhat like dietary supplements in that they don’t have to undergo testing for safety
and effectiveness before hitting store shelves. These treatments are often sold next to proven
remedies like aspirin and ibuprofen. Both Zicam and Cold-Eeze claim to be cold remedies.
Their active ingredient is zinc, and while some past research suggests that zinc may
shorten the duration of colds, the idea that it could treat or prevent colds altogether
has not been proven. In the coming weeks, the FDA will hold a two-day meeting to see
if there is a way to effectively test homeopathic treatments for safety and effectiveness.