Complementary medicine ranges from authentic stress-relieving massage to well-meaning (but expensive) placebo, to outright spurious healing claims. Researchers decided to study its impact on patients with curable cancers.
More than a third of kids are using dietary supplements. Due to the many preventable, adverse drug reactions they cause – such as arrhythmias and cardiovascular events – researchers set out to quantify pediatric and adolescent intake.
We've been discussing the uselessness of healthy people taking vitamin/mineral supplements for lo, these many years. But if you don't believe us, just see what some doctors from Harvard are advising their colleagues about who really needs vitamins, and when.
This flu season, one product is making its comeback: orange juice. Sales of OJ seem to have gotten a boost — after years of decline — due to consumers' fears of getting the dreaded illness. But is dosing yourself with high amounts of Vitamin C warranted for this year's flu from hell?
The term "vitamin" is so common that you'd expect most people to know what it is. However, if that were true we wouldn't have phony vitamins like "B17" being sold on the Internet. The lesson is that you can't just call something a vitamin – and have it be one. Here's how you can tell the two kinds apart.
Lemons can enhance the taste of tea, a cup of which that may soothe your cold or ease congestion. But lemons certainly can't prevent or cure disease, especially cancer. So let's not boil lemon water and skip the specialist – as some social media activists are advocating – if you've been diagnosed with this serious ailment.
There are many reasons not to take dietary supplements, just take a look at some of the stuff we've written in the past. But to jog your memory, here are five reasons not to start taking dietary supplements, or multivitamins.
A new study in the Journal of the American Medical Association finds that there was no significant reduction of the incidence of all-type cancer in older women receiving Vitamin D and calcium supplements.
Multivitamins are likely the most widely used supplements in the U.S. Research has failed to substantiate that for healthy adults they're useful for health preservation, or disease prevention. A new collaborative study has analyzed the accuracy of their labels, producing conflicting results.
The health claims made by dietary supplement purveyors do not ring true, according to a "Frontline" exposÃ© recently aired by PBS. Not only are many mislabeled as to content, some are actually dangerous and potentially lethal. Worse yet, the FDA can't get them off store shelves until someone is hurt or killed.
Women with relatively severe PMS may be at higher risk of developing high blood pressure (HBP), or hypertension. It's not clear how such an interaction may occur. Premenstrual syndrome sufferers may be at especially high risk of developing HBP before age 40. Thiamine and riboflavin may reduce the increased risk.
Antioxidants are the panacea that has never quite panned out. Tell people a product has antioxidants and many are eager to lap it up, eager for the benefits to their immune system, complexion, mental health, heart, joints, and just about everything else. Unfortunately, many studies have shown antioxidants do not add health benefits nor do they play a key role in preventing cancer or heart disease.