In 2011, I was interviewed by my friend, Dan A. Klein, MD, in an online interview titled, "Maine's Health-Friendly Products. We Talked about Your Health Products." In it, he interviewed me about why we need to have health-friendly products. He asked me if I had any thoughts about the products I sell. I didn't know what to say about it. My answer? I don't think it's a good idea for consumers to use a single company's products as their "first line of defense" for medical care. The problem is not that there is one brand with a particular ingredient; the problem is that the FDA regulates a number of ingredients and, in effect, puts a number of products into one category. As a result, products can be classified as either "drug" or "cosmeceutical" when in reality, they are a mix of both. So it is important that we look at each product individually. If there is a product that is good for you, I highly recommend it. If not, there may be a better alternative. That's what this blog is about. But to make it easy to follow, I will summarize the main issues with the three major categories of products in our country.