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The "accountability" headline caught my attention. I have understood that the system for reporting side effects of pharmaceuticals is somewhat voluntary in nature. That concerns me more than natural supplements. I welcome comments from doctors.
Your so right Lori, Our Doctors,for all their years,and years of education cna not council us on proper nutrition. There is a vast wealth of information pertaining to the role of vitamins,and minerals in our "body chemistry" This information is found at nih.gov/dietary suppliment fact sheets. providing our body with the vitamin,and minerals we need will go a long way toward preventing many diseases,and medical conditions.
Of all the concerns in medicine today, supplement problems is low on the list. There are MANY more ppl affected by hospital error in medication using pharmaceuticals! Nutrition and supplementation are two areas lacking in doctors' banks of knowledge and this ommission is a travesty. The threat by our govt.to citizens' rights to choose (supplements/herbs) should concern every American. On a side note, I'm disappointed to read the article about CHF and find not a single mention of the use of supplemental CoQ10, a well known benefit to those even in end stage CHF. It's time for mainstream medicine to step it up and focus less on pharmaceuticals and more on preventative health and natural remedies that don't come with a basketful of side effects.
The following steps that have been pointed out by the FDA are very helpful, especially when it comes to choosing diet supplements that we are buying. It also show if the store where we are about to buying from is legal and licensed.
Asea- does anyone have any experience with this product?
I was diagnosed with Low CA level 8.4 and Vitamin D I was told to supplement with 1200 mg Ca and 1000 mg Vitamin D. How long does it take to see results in weight loss and depression and fatigue?
I read with interest your article on phenylalanine; it has been a migraine trigger for me (studies show other individuals as well) for years, yet this potential side effect is both under-reported and never part of a warning label on aspartame containing foods. I'm always surprised to see it considered so "safe" compared to other artificial sweetners...I avoid it, and wonder how many others could avoid headaches triggered by aspartame as well, if they only were aware. Thanks for the opportunity to comment.
It is scary that you don't always know what you are getting. Even with regulation, this still can happen. Many prescription drugs have been recalled lately. Yes, they were eventually discovered but it just goes to show that it can still happen. However, I do agree that more regulation is needed but it is going to take alot of time and resources to get to that point. In the meantime, you can find more information on dietary supplements and the brands that have been tested and used in studies at naturalstandard.com.
I'm concerned because my LDL is too high. A friend
said she lowered hers by taking an OTC product sufficiently not to have to take a statin prescription.
I found the product at the grocery/drug store & didn't see any ingredients that seemed like they'd do that.
It's a well known brand, but.
I am in total agreement about regulatory practices for supplements. Here in Canada our federal government is also taking steps in the same direction. I want to know when I buy a product and some of them are very expensive, that all steps that could be taken were done to protect me.
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