New Questions About Herbal Supplement Quality

We’ve seen before that there can sometimes be real discrepancies between what a supplement label says and what it actually contains. The issue came to the fore again last week when the New York Times reported that most herbal supplements tested for the state attorney general’s office did not contain any of the herbs listed […]

When Label & Supplement Don’t Match

A new study offers a reminder of why you want to be selective when it comes to the nutritional supplements you buy: What it says on the label and what’s actually inside may not always match. For this latest study on supplement quality, published in BMC Medicine, researchers tested 44 herbal products produced by 12 […]

Drugs & Supplements Don’t Always Play Nice with Each Other

As we’ve mentioned before, it’s important to keep all your health care providers aware of all medicaments you regularly take – not just pharmaceutical drugs but also things like dietary supplements and herbs. There can be negative interactions among them. Keeping your dentist, physician and other providers informed goes a long way toward avoiding such […]

About Those “Risky” Supplements…

Every so often, a whole lot of noise is made about the “health risks” of nutritional supplements. And how risky are they? Here’s one chart: Most deadly? Serving in the Middle Eastern wars, preventable medical injuries and reactions to pharmaceutical drugs. Least? Food supplements and herbal remedies. The risk, as calculated by the Alliance for […]

Beyond Pills

Originally posted 13 April 2009 This is one of those good news/bad news kind of stories. Okay, maybe not “bad news,” but at least news that makes you wonder: In flusher times, Ms. Parham said, she spent $50 a month on prescriptions for her asthma, allergies and other chronic problems. Now, she pays $6 a […]

Not All Nutritional Supplements Are Created Equal

Last week, the blogosphere buzzed some following the release of a Consumer Reports article on nutritional supplements. Most honed in on the sections dealing with product dangers, ignoring the fact that the article also discussed some potentially useful supplements and offered sound advice for those looking to use them (or others) to help with various […]

Improperly Stored Supplements Less Effective

If you’re like many of our clients, you take nutritional supplements, either as a normal part of your daily health routine or as part of a treatment plan for various health conditions. To be sure to get the most out of them, however, heed the new research out of Purdue University that shows the importance […]

Beyond Pills

This is one of those good news/bad news kind of stories. Okay, maybe not “bad news,” but at least news that makes you wonder: In flusher times, Ms. Parham said, she spent $50 a month on prescriptions for her asthma, allergies and other chronic problems. Now, she pays $6 a month for over-the-counter protein supplements […]