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Diabetes, Fertility Supplements, Nootropics

Supplements are sold without review or approval of the FDA. They are not allowed to make specific health claims, but general ones, such as “improves well-being” and “boosts energy” are legal.  That leaves the door open for unscrupulous, or careless, manufacturers. The FDA also does not regulate the manufacturers recommended…

15 Supplements to Avoid

Supplement side effects are very real because some supplements are extremely powerful. Learn which ones to avoid to stay safe.

Kava for Anxiety- Separating Fact from Fiction

As stressed-out Americans look for ways to relax, some are heading to kava bars that are popping up around the country, while others are using kava supplements as a means to reduce anxiety.

FDA Reinforces Warnings About Kratom

The FDA has issued another warning about the herbal supplement kratom, this time noting that unsafe levels of heavy metals have been found in 30 products in analyzed. The latest warning is not the first one on the heavy metals issue. Back in November, the FDA issued a similar warning….

FDA Goes After Supplement Manufacturers Making Health Claims

The FDA appears to be taking a tougher stance on supplement manufacturers that make unsubstantiated claims that their products can treat or cure disease. The FDA on Monday said it sent 17 warning or advisory letters to companies selling supplements that the firms touted treat Alzheimer’s disease. The agency said…

Can Supplements Have Harmful Side Effects?

An analysis of supplement adverse events found that less than 1% of them were serious in nature. The research, which was sponsored by an industry trade group, comes despite a 2015 study that found more than 20,000 emergency visits each year are due to supplement adverse events and indications the…

Might Supplements I Take Interact With My Prescription Medications?

Just because many supplements are derived from natural sources doesn’t mean they can’t interact with drugs. Find out how to minimize the risk. If you’re like me, you are probably taking one or more dietary supplements on a daily basis. A dietary supplement can be a vitamin, mineral, herb or…

Why It’s Time to Give the FDA Power to Regulate Supplements

2019 is now upon us, and it’s time to make New Year’s resolutions. I would like to propose a long overdue resolution for the new session of Congress to take up that will have a direct impact on the health of millions of Americans: Develop and pass legislation that will…

If You Take Supplements, Lower Expectations of What They Can Do

The more I’ve been reading about nutritional and dietary supplements, the more convinced I am that for many people, they are overhyped as to what they can do and may be a waste of money. A new paper released last month confirmed many of my concerns. First, a few facts…

Why You Should Be Skeptical About Memory Supplements

By Diane ArcherJustCareUSA Today, there are about 80,000 dietary supplement products on the market, up from 4,000 25 years ago. Of those, some 500 are memory supplement products. Between 2006 and 2015, sales of memory supplements nearly doubled to $643 million. A GAO (Government Accountability Office) report released last month…

Why Isn’t the FDA Tougher on Tainted Supplements?

Imagine if a prescription medication you were taking was found to contain another drug or ingredient that wasn’t supposed to be there. You would expect it to be recalled from the market immediately, right? Yet when it comes to supplements, the FDA appears to be turning a blind eye far…

Many Seniors at Risk For Supplement-Drug Interactions

Millions of seniors that take herbal supplements in addition to prescription drugs may be at risk for potentially serious supplement-drug interactions. Researchers in the UK polled older adults 65 and older, finding that about one-third of them take at least one supplement in addition to their regular medications. Based on…

‘It’s a Gamble:’ St. John’s Wort, Depression and Drug Interactions

St. John’s wort is a popular herbal supplement used especially for depression. But does it actually work and what drugs might it interact with? In my 20s, I wasn’t much for traditional medicine. For one thing, navigating our labyrinthine health care system seemed like a lot of unnecessary work. For…

Do Not Take Supplements on Blind Faith

By Sarwat Jabeen, MDJustCareUSA.org As a primary care doctor, I come across several interesting situations, challenges and experiences. Some are inspirational and some are eye opening. As I have become increasingly aware of the potential dangers of supplements, I have started asking my patients if they are taking any. Many…

FDA Goes After Companies Marketing Sun Protection Supplements

The FDA has outlined 3 new actions it is taking as part of efforts to encourage sun safety awareness and ensure that consumers are protected when using dietary supplements that claim to have sun protection properties. The FDA issued warning letters to companies illegally advertising supplements that make unproven claims…

Beauty Supplements Do Little to Improve Your Skin

If you take dietary supplements with the idea that they will help your skin look better, British researchers say that you are just wasting your money. British Nutrition Foundation (BNF) scientists looked at beauty supplements containing ingredients such as fish oil, green tea and pomegranate extracts, collagen and CoQ10. Products…

Is Kratom Really As Dangerous As the FDA Makes It Out to Be?

The FDA recently issued a warning that kratom is unsafe. But did the FDA ignore scientific evidence — as well as patient experience — supporting kratom? America is in the midst of one of the worst epidemics in its history over opioids, which may be one of the reasons the…

What Your Doc Knows About Supplements…And You May Not

New guidance for doctors is out on vitamins and supplements. You might be surprised that a lot of the ones you might be taking are missing from the list. Your physician may be the exception, but most medical schools barely teach their doctors-in-training about nutrition, much less vitamins and mineral…

Supplements Scare Me — They Should Scare You, Too

Would you buy a supplement that could fight cancer, prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS, lower your blood pressure AND relieve the symptoms of hepatitis? Would you buy a supplement that could fight cancer, prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS, lower your blood pressure AND relieve the symptoms of hepatitis? It’s outrageous…

Herbal Supplements Can Cause Dangerous Interactions With Drugs

Herbal medicines may cause serious complications when combined with prescription drugs. A study published in The British Journal of Clinical Pharmacologyincluded 49 case reports and 2 observational studies with 15 cases of adverse drug reactions. All of the patients who were diagnosed with serious heart conditions, cancer and kidney transplants…

Popular Supplements, Claims for Them, and Alternative Approaches

Claim: Build Stronger BonesSupplements: Calcium and Vitamin D Taking daily calcium pills can increase bone density in people over 50 years old by 1 to 2 percent. But that’s not enough to prevent fractures, according to recent research. And contrary to popular belief, vitamin D alone doesn’t build bone. See…

The (Many) Problems With Supplements

Dietary supplements — vitamins, minerals, herbs, botanicals, and a growing list of other “natural” substances — have migrated from health food stores to supermarkets and into mainstream medicine over the past 25 years. They are widely touted and often hyped, taken regularly by some 100 million Americans — half the…

Caution Urged For Herbal Supplement Use in Heart Patients

Physicians should warn patients with heart problems about taking herbal supplements to treat their condition since there is scant evidence they are effective, they have side effects, and they may interact with other drugs that patients are taking. Researchers looked at 42 herbal medications that claim to treat one or…

Drinking Hydrogen Peroxide ‘Super Water’ Can Have Dangerous Consequences

Ingesting high-concentration hydrogen peroxide, an alternative “therapy” used as a cleaning agent, can have dangerous consequences, including heart attack, stroke and even death. Proponents of the therapy say that the additional oxygen present in hydrogen peroxide is beneficial to curing many ailments. Skeptics, however, say there is no clinical proof…

Supplements May Contain Prescription Drugs or Dangerous Chemicals

Regulatory authorities should require independent testing of dietary and herbal supplements before they are allowed to be marketed, since many of them have harmful chemicals or can interact with other drugs. Australian researchers came to that conclusion after reviewing 52 studies involving herbal medicines and toxicology associated with them. Their…

Adverse Event Info on Dietary Supplements Now Publicly Available

For the first time, the FDA is making public data from adverse events consumers have experienced with dietary supplements. The move by the FDA is a huge step toward improved transparency when it comes to the side effects associated with supplements, which do not go through the rigorous clinical testing…

B Vitamins

The family of B vitamins are among the most used supplements among Americans. While there are a total of 8 B vitamins, people can take a supplement with just one of the vitamins or all as part of a B vitamin complex supplement that contains most of the family members….

Dietary Supplements: Science or Hype?

Millions of Americans can take supplements every day. But do they really need to and are health claims backed up by science? You might think that we at MedShadow are big proponents of the use of vitamins and supplements as preventative medicine. After all, our message is to avoid possible…

Calcium: Yes or No? New Studies on Supplements Disagree

Recent journal articles have come to different conclusions regarding whether there is a relationship between taking calcium supplements and heart problems. Over the years, a number of studies have argued that calcium supplements might boost the risk for developing heart disease or even stroke. In fact, a study released earlier…

Supplements Increasingly Linked to Liver Injury

As the popularity of dietary and herbal supplements has grown over the last decade, so have cases of liver-related injury. Twenty percent of liver toxicity cases involving a chemical substance have been tied to supplements, according to researchers. Ten years ago, only 1 in 10 such cases was linked to…

Some Supplements Contain Rx Drugs and Unapproved Ingredients

Consumers may want to think twice about buying nutritional supplements for weight loss or increased sex drive after prescription drugs, such as Prozac and Viagra, were found in some of them. The FDA made the discoveryafter intercepting and examining packages from abroad containing the supplements. Many of the sexual enhancement…

Dietary Supplement Ingredients To Avoid

Fifteen ingredients commonly found in dietary supplements should be avoided as they can potentially cause cancer, cardiac arrest, or even organ damage, according to a new analysis from Consumer Reports. A panel of independent doctors and dietary researchers also found that many of the ingredients identified have the potential to…

Fish Oil or Snake Oil? The Problem with Supplements

Supplement manufacturers don’t have to vouch for the claims on their labels or provide test results for their products. That’s a red flag. Dietary supplements are big business in the United States. With different bottles claiming to treat everything from depression to weight loss, the industry racked up an estimated…

Taking Multiple Supplements Can Lead to Dangerous Side Effects

People who take many herbal supplements need to be more aware of potential interactions among them in light of a recent case of a man who experienced hallucinations and visions of harming himself while taking 5 different supplements. The 43-year-old man was checked into a psychiatric unit following a pattern…

Herbal Supplements: 3 Risks for Women

Holistic health is big business in the US, in large part because it claims to promote health benefits.  And just like prescription drugs, herbal medications can be of particular concern to women, in part because more women take herbal remedies. Herbal Supplements & Risks for Women Birth Control Pregnancy Menopause…

New from Frontline: ‘Supplements and Safety’

Many Americans turn to supplements to avoid the side effects of medicines. And yet the FDA conducts virtually no oversight of herbal supplements unless and until someone (more often many someones) gets very sick or dies. A PBS Frontline/New York Times special, Supplements and Safety, is now available on PBS’s…

Supplements: Safety First

There’s been gridlock in recent years surrounding the regulation of dietary supplements. Should the FDA focus on whether these vitamins, minerals and herbal extracts actually do what they claim — or leave that concern be for now and instead take important steps to improve their safety? Option 2 is the…

Are There Drugs in Your Supplements?

Overlooked and misunderstood, vinpocetine and picamilon are powerful drugs mistakenly allowed into more than 300 brands of supplements. Research released on October 1, 2015, shows that the FDA made a mistake and has allowed 2 drugs to be added to more than 340 sports supplements, brain enhancers and weight-loss supplements available…

Drugs in Pregnancy Part 7: Supplements

In Part 7 of our Drugs in Pregnancy series, we’re talking about supplements. You know you need vitamins and minerals (your healthcare provider likely prescribed prenatal vitamin for you). But are other supplements — even ones that seem benign — always a smart swallow when you have a growing baby…

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