I would like to point out that consulting your Pharmasist may be a better choice than your Dr. as they tend to be better informed on drug interactions. My Dr. is very nice but had my pharmasist not caught it, I would have had a very bad reaction to the medicine my Dr perscribed for my cold due to a med I was already taking for another condition.
2/9/2010 9:43:40 AM
You're right about the industry not being controlled. I've researched and am very comfortable utilizing Shaklee supplements and products because of their 3rd party scientific proofs and their safety and efficacy commitments for 50 years. No other company has these standards.
I appreciated this article and the links it included for more information. Personally, I'm wary of drugs of any kinds, including pharmaceuticals. Actually, I'm especially skeptical of pharmaceuticals -- my husband and I love to point out all the commercials for new drugs that leave the whole "diet and exercise" element out, which is nearly all of them. If I can get healthy and stay healthy through diet, exercise, and maybe a supplement here and there, I'm happy. Either way, resources are good.
2/8/2010 11:36:39 AM
I agree with POWERZONE. According to the Harvard School of Medicine, at least 200,000 to upwards of 300,000 people die from drugs prescribed by doctors while under a doctor's care. My husband was one of these. You should educate yourself and ask questions of any remedy you use.
2/8/2010 9:18:57 AM
thanks for letting me know that some herbal tablets can have side effects as my doctor has just told me that i have liver damage betty mcdonald
Very good article; as a health care professional I often meet people who are taking a multitude of herbal supplements without realizing the potential health risks associated with them. Just because it is labeled "Natural" or "Organic" does not make it safe. Often these supplements come from unregulated factories where you have no idea how clean the facilities are, how much of the "active ingredient" they are putting in their concoctions or even if they are putting any in at all! Prescribed medications have been getting a bad rap over the last few years but individuals taking herbal supplements have to remember that their prescribed medications were originally developed from "natural" remedies and by taking a herbal supplement you could be taking a massive overdose of your medication without even realizing it. Be cautious everyone and ask lots of questions before you start to take any supplements.
Herbal supplements can be very effective in managing and treating a variety of diseases. However, they should be treated as any other drug. With caution, and do not take anything without educating yourself first.
It's just like any other issue, everyone has an opinion.
2/7/2010 6:27:20 PM
On the subject of herbal medicines. It is wise to consult a herbal medical practitioner or doctor of Natural medicine, if in any doubt. There are very few harmful properties, and certainly many less than in allopathic drugs., but there are some. A practitioner can keep you right on this score. Please, do not pick herbs yourself from hedgerows, as many dangerous plants look very similar to very safe ones. The herbs used by practitioners have been grown under glass in very hygienic conditions., and the tablet forms are manufactured under very strict guidelines. The very best of health to you all. (I am a Herbalist and a Doctor of Natural Medicine, and have been for the last 30 years)
2/7/2010 4:54:35 PM
Thanks for the warning but I think its pharmaceticals we should be concerned about! Almost sounds like the article is steering people away from herbal supplements that have an extremely high safety history compared to pharmaceuticals! The regulations for supplements vary from country to country, in Australia we have extremely high standards set by the government. I do believe the majority of supplement companies have the consumers health at heart, despite a few being pulled up by the FDA for having tainted products. So despite what you may read on the label a product may in fact contain a restricted drug! This has been the case a number of times as the FDA tested a whole array of weight loss products to find they contained strong stimulants and diuretics that we not listed on the label.
This obviously comes back to a quality control issue in the end and applying a stricter testing policy before products are released to the market. This is what we have in place in Australia.
So in the end it's not the herbal ingredients you have to worry about its the unlisted pharmaceuticals that some unscrupulous companies sneak in to enhance the effect of their product!
Pure herbal medicine is one of the safest means to optimizing your health and does in fact have an extremely good track record.
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