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Dietary Supplements Marketed for Weight Loss, Bodybuilding, and Sexual Enhancement
Your patients may ask you about dietary supplements for losing weight, bodybuilding, or sexual enhancement. Although patients may be tempted by the “quick fix” claims of these products, which are available in supermarkets, pharmacies, health food stores, and on the Internet, most of these products haven’t been proven safe or effective. Safety concerns about natural products include the possibility of drug interactions, direct toxicities, and contamination of supplements with active pharmaceutical agents. (Source: NCCAM Featured Content)
Source: NCCAM Featured Content - January 20, 2018 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: NCCIH Source Type: news

Controversial homeopathic treatments could treat vitiligo
Researchers at the Centre for Classical Homeopathy in Bangalore led the trial of the alternative complementary medicine, which is taken by 200 million people worldwide. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - January 19, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Could homeopathy treat vitiligo?
Researchers at the Centre for Classical Homeopathy in Bangalore led the trial of the alternative complementary medicine, which is taken by 200 million people worldwide. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - January 19, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Prince Charles under fire for 'preaching homeopathy'
A new book says Prince Charles ’s backing is ‘immoral’ while Boots is ‘contemptible’ for ‘ripping off’ customers by selling homeopathic remedies. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - January 18, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Orangutans discovered to be herbal medicine geniuses who manufacture their own healing ointments using forest plants
(Natural News) When we want a natural cure, many of us look to traditional medicine. While the remedies used by ancient people across the world often prove to be valuable tools for healing, there might be one potential source of herbal medicine that we are overlooking: animals. Orangutans have been observed in the wild creating... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - January 17, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Can Crystals Heal? Separating Facets from Facts Can Crystals Heal? Separating Facets from Facts
Do alternative therapies really work?WebMD Health News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - January 17, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care News Source Type: news

Low testosterone linked to this deficiency …
Without the sun, none of us would be here. After all, we evolved to live under the sun. But many of us are trained to believe the sun is your deadly enemy. Every day doctors warn you to stay out of the sun. And if you do go out, they want you to slather your skin with toxic sunscreen. Their 30-year-old campaign has been very successful. So successful, that people today are extremely deficient in vitamin D. In fact, a new clinical review shows that nearly a billion people across the globe are vitamin D deficient.1 And low vitamin D is a surefire path to chronic disease, early death — and low testosterone. Almost every...
Source: Al Sears, MD Natural Remedies - January 17, 2018 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Cathy Card Tags: Men's Health Nutrition a sagging sex drive chronic disease deficiency early death low T low testosterone. man boobs no energy trouble sleeping vitamin weight gain Source Type: news

6,000-year-old track record for healing leaky gut
When I was traveling in India, I had the privilege of studying Ayurvedic medicine with traditional Master Healers. Surrounded by lakes, oceans and mountains, Kerala, India, is the birthplace of Ayurveda medicine. My plane landed in Mumbai. From there, I made the 800-mile trip to Kerala down on the southwestern-most tip of the Indian peninsula. With origins dating back 6,000 years, Kerala is the birthplace of Ayurvedic medicine. I spent a lot of time at the AyurMana or “ancient healing house.” This is the oldest existing school of Ayurvedic medicine in the world. It was there that I observed how quickly...
Source: Al Sears, MD Natural Remedies - January 17, 2018 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Cathy Card Tags: Health Natural Cures anxiety arthritis Cancer celiac disease chronic fatigue depression diabetes digestive issues fibromyalgia leaky gut multiple sclerosis schizophrenia Source Type: news

Can Crystals Heal? Separating Facets from Facts
Do alternative therapies really work? (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - January 16, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Medical News Today: Aphrodisiacs: Where is the evidence?
Natural aphrodisiacs promise to enhance our sex lives — but what does the science behind the claims say? More evidence is slowly emerging. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - January 15, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Complementary Medicine / Alternative Medicine Source Type: news

Licorice root for heart health? When combined with other herbal compounds, it regulates calcium proteins to protect your heart muscle
(Natural News) Combining the herbal compounds of Radix aconiti carmichaeli and licorice could regulate calcium proteins and protect the heart, according to a new study. A team of researchers from Zhejiang Chinese Medical University in China studied whether the active components — aconitine, liquiritin, and glycyrrhetinic acid — found in Radix aconiti carmichaeli and licorice could... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - January 14, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Korean herbal medicine confirmed to treat flu-like conditions
(Natural News) Researchers have found that mahwang-tang (also spelled as mahuang-tang in some studies), a traditional Korean herbal medicine, contains anti-inflammatory properties — making it ideal for treating flu-like diseases. In their study, titled Simultaneous determination and anti-inflammatory effects of traditional herbal medicine, mahwang-tang, a group of researchers from the Korea Institute of Oriental Medicine conducted a simultaneous analysis of... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - January 11, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Funding Opportunity for Research on Biological Signatures of Gut-Derived Metabolites
Did our parents have the right idea when they told us to eat more fruits and vegetables? Maybe so! Evidence has begun to build that the foods we eat (including the natural compounds in fruits and veggies), the flora in our digestive systems, and our basic biological functions all intersect to influence our overall health. Recently, NCCIH released a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA),Biological Signatures of Diet-Derived Microbial Metabolites, for projects to study several aspects of this  question. (Source: NCCAM Featured Content)
Source: NCCAM Featured Content - January 10, 2018 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: D. Craig Hopp, Ph.D. Source Type: news

Correction: Alternative Remedies-Oversight story
(Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - January 10, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Can vitamins and dietary supplements benefit patients with mitochondrial disease?
(Children's Hospital of Philadelphia) Defects in mitochondria, the tiny structures that power cells by functioning as biological batteries, cause an array of complex disorders that can affect any and all organs and systems. In the absence of validated, effective drug treatments, patients with mitochondrial disease often take a variety of vitamins and supplements, substances that are largely unstandardized, unregulated, and unproven. Experts in the field are calling for systematic studies to evaluate nutritional interventions. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - January 10, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

MHRA drug safety update
The Medicines and Healthcare-products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has issued a drug safety update covering restrictions on use of daclizumab (Zinbryta), which may cause liver injury; advice on prescribing co-dydramol; and reporting procedure for suspected adverse reactions to herbal medicines. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - January 10, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

The five emotions of raising a child with infantile scoliosis
One night, while doing our son’s usual bath routine, I saw what looked like a hump on his back. Avery was 6 months old at the time. At first, I thought that it was just something I was imagining, but the hump never went away. In fact, it seemed to get worse. When Avery was 13 months old, he was officially diagnosed with infantile scoliosis, a rare form of scoliosis that occurs in children under 2 years of age. The first hospital we were referred to would not even consider treating Avery until he was at least 18 months, and that was not a guarantee, so after doing some research, we came to Boston Children’s Hosp...
Source: Thrive, Children's Hospital Boston - January 9, 2018 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Christina Poce Tags: Diseases & Conditions Our Patients’ Stories Michael Glotzbecker Orthopedic Center scoliosis Spinal Program Source Type: news

FDA Proposes New Approach to Regulating Homeopathic Drugs
The FDA has proposed new draft guidance for a risk-based enforcement approach to regulating drug products labeled as homeopathic. The agency plans to prioritize enforcement and regulatory actions for unapproved homeopathic drug products that have the greatest potential risk for consumers. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - January 8, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Medical News Today: What to know about ginger for diarrhea
A look at ginger for diarrhea, a remedy that has been used for a long time. Included is detail on how much ginger is too much, as how much to eat a day. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - January 8, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Complementary Medicine / Alternative Medicine Source Type: news

Medical News Today: Is apple cider vinegar good for losing weight?
In this article, we look at the evidence behind the claims that apple cider vinegar could help with weight loss. We also examine the other possible health (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - January 7, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Complementary Medicine / Alternative Medicine Source Type: news

Ask Well: Does Magnesium Help You Sleep?
Studies have found a link between low levels of magnesium and sleep disorders. But changing your diet may be a better option than taking supplements. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - January 5, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: RONI CARYN RABIN Tags: Sleep Parasomnias (Sleep Disorders) Dietary Supplements and Herbal Remedies Diet and Nutrition Source Type: news

Know the Science: How Medications and Supplements Can Interact
Let your health care providers (including doctors, pharmacists, & dietitians) know about any dietary supplements you’re taking so that you can discuss what’s best for your overall health. Learn more about dietary supplements from the NCCIH. /da (Source: MCR News)
Source: MCR News - January 4, 2018 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: liaison Tags: All Members Source Type: news

A New Form of This Miracle Nutrient Is 8 Times More Powerful …
CoQ10 has made the mainstream. You can find it everywhere. But the type of CoQ10 I want to tell you about has been completely ignored. That’s too bad, because this new form is 8 times better at getting into your blood and staying there. And that’s where it has its miracle-like anti-aging effects. This new form of CoQ10 may give you the opportunity to live disease-free for the rest of your life. Today, I’ll show you how this new “reduced” form of CoQ10 gives you greater power to prevent and reverse disease. You’ll also discover that it ramps up your energy levels and slows your aging proc...
Source: Al Sears, MD Natural Remedies - January 3, 2018 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Francisco Cabrera Tags: Nutrition antioxidants CoQ10 ubiquinol Source Type: news

Abuse and misuse of selected dietary supplements among adolescents: a look at poison center data - Biggs JM, Morgan JA, Lardieri AB, Kishk OA, Klein-Schwartz W.
OBJECTIVE: The use of dietary supplements has increased and is associated with adverse effects. Indications for use include recreation, body image concerns, mood enhancement, or control of medical conditions. The risk of adverse effects may be enhanced if ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - January 3, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Armed with More Opioid Prescription Data, Justice Department Aims to Stop Fraudulent Doctors
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The pain clinic tucked into the corner of a low-slung suburban strip mall was an open secret. Patients would travel hundreds of miles to see Dr. Andrzej Zielke, eager for what authorities described as a steady flow of prescriptions for the kinds of powerful painkillers that ushered the nation into its worst drug crisis in history. At least one of Zielke's patients died of an overdose, and prosecutors say others became so dependent on oxycodone and other opioids they would crowd his office, sometimes sleeping in the waiting room. Some peddled their pills near tumble-down storefronts and on blighted s...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - January 2, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Sadie Gurman, Associated Press Tags: News Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

Armed with More Opioid Prescription Data, Justice Department Aims to Stop Fraudulent Doctors
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The pain clinic tucked into the corner of a low-slung suburban strip mall was an open secret. Patients would travel hundreds of miles to see Dr. Andrzej Zielke, eager for what authorities described as a steady flow of prescriptions for the kinds of powerful painkillers that ushered the nation into its worst drug crisis in history. At least one of Zielke's patients died of an overdose, and prosecutors say others became so dependent on oxycodone and other opioids they would crowd his office, sometimes sleeping in the waiting room. Some peddled their pills near tumble-down storefronts and on blighted s...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - January 2, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Sadie Gurman, Associated Press Tags: News Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

Medical News Today: What are the home remedies for vertigo?
A look at home remedies for vertigo, a feeling of spinning and dizziness. Included are details on the symptoms and when to see a doctor for the condition. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - January 2, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Complementary Medicine / Alternative Medicine Source Type: news

Vitamin D and Calcium Don ’ t Prevent Bone Fractures
Researchers found no association of vitamin D or calcium supplements with the frequency of hip, spine or total fractures in older adults. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - December 28, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: NICHOLAS BAKALAR Tags: Vitamins Vitamin D Calcium Dietary Supplements and Herbal Remedies Bones Source Type: news

Alternative therapies for mild infections could help combat antibiotic resistance
(PLOS) Resistance to antibiotics poses a serious and sometimes deadly challenge to the treatment of severe bacterial infections. In a new Essay publishing 28 December in the open access journal PLOS Biology, Kristofer Wollein Waldetoft and Sam P. Brown of Georgia Institute of Technology propose that development of alternative therapies for mild infections could help slow the development and spread of antibiotic resistance. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - December 28, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Rwanda:Rwf600 Million Project for Industrial Development of Local Herbal Medicines
[New Times] Rwanda seeks to greatly reduce imports by supporting and reviving different sectors of the economy to produce locally many of the products that are presently being imported. Under the domestic market recapturing strategy, the country seeks to create import substitution industries that will produce some of the goods that are currently being imported to help reduce the widening trade imbalance and boost Rwanda's forex reserves, among others. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - December 27, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Medical News Today: What are the possible benefits of clary sage oil?
Learn about some of the supposed health benefits of clary sage essential oil. We look at the current evidence, along with how this oil can be used. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - December 26, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Complementary Medicine / Alternative Medicine Source Type: news

Safety evaluation of Sophora tonkinensis and risk control - Chen D, Gao XM, Zhang L, Fu L, Yao JK, Wang LL, Sun XB, Wang JX.
The aim is to systemically review and evaluate the safety of Sophora tonkinensis from the literature on the herbal origin, toxicity record in modern literature and toxicological studies and publications in recent years. By systematic review and analysis, t... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - December 25, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Home and Consumer Product Safety Source Type: news

Medical News Today: Gua sha: What you need to know
Gua sha is a technique used in traditional East Asian medicine that is often used to treat muscle pain and tension. We look at the benefits and risks. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - December 23, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Complementary Medicine / Alternative Medicine Source Type: news

Gingko biloba may help boost memory and function after stroke
The herbal extract Gingko biloba may help stroke patients recover better than just taking aspirin, according to Chinese researchers. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - December 22, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Medical News Today: What is the best type of meditation?
A look at different types of meditation and the benefits of each. Included are tips for better meditation and information on how long it takes to work. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - December 22, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Complementary Medicine / Alternative Medicine Source Type: news

Senate Democrats and more than 300 public health groups call on Trump officials to reverse HHS language restrictions
In two separate letters Thursday, a group of Senate Democrats and more than 300 public health organizations called on top Trump administration officials to lift any restrictions on how Health and Human Services employees communicate in official documents. The missives come in the wake of reports by The Washington Post that budget writers at the […]Related:FDA approves first gene therapy for an inherited diseaseDebate erupts within HHS about ‘words to avoid’ such as ‘vulnerable,’ ‘diversity’ and ‘entitlement’FDA takes more aggressive stance toward homeopathic drugs (Sou...
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - December 21, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Senate Democrats and more than 300 public-health groups call on Trump officials to reverse HHS language restrictions
In two letters Thursday, a group of Senate Democrats and more than 300 public-health organizations called on top Trump administration officials to lift any restrictions on how Health and Human Services employees communicate in official documents. The missives come in the wake of reports by The Washington Post that budget writers at the Centers for […]Related:FDA approves first gene therapy for an inherited diseaseDebate erupts within HHS about ‘words to avoid’ such as ‘vulnerable,’ ‘diversity’ and ‘entitlement’FDA takes more aggressive stance toward homeopathic drugs (...
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - December 21, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Gingko biloba May Protect Cognition in Stroke Patients Gingko biloba May Protect Cognition in Stroke Patients
In a small randomized trial, the herbal extract as an adjunct to aspirin showed less cognitive decline vs aspirin alone in patients with ischemic stroke and was safe.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - December 20, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery News Source Type: news

Medical News Today: What are the benefits of milk thistle?
Milk thistle is used as natural remedy to treat several health conditions, including liver conditions and diabetes. Does it work? We look at the evidence. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - December 20, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Complementary Medicine / Alternative Medicine Source Type: news

FDA Proposes New Policy to Target Certain Homeopathic Drugs
On December 18, 2017 the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a new proposed policy targeting unapproved drug products labeled as homeopathic that have the greatest potential to cause risk to patients. According to the FDA ’s Web site, the new approach aims to protect consumers who choose to use homeopathic products, by updating the FDA’s existing policy to better address situations where homeopathic treatments are being marketed for serious diseases and/or conditions but where the products have not been shown to offer clinical benefits. (Source: NCCAM Featured Content)
Source: NCCAM Featured Content - December 19, 2017 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: NCCIH Source Type: news

FDA takes on homeopathic drugs with potential safety risks
The US Food and Drug Administration plans to go after homeopathic remedies that are unsafe for consumers and offer unproven benefits in the treatment of serious illnesses, such as cancer and asthma, the agency announced Monday. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - December 19, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Medical News Today: Stroke: This herbal extract could improve brain function
Those who have experienced ischemic stroke may benefit from taking a combination of ginkgo biloba extract and aspirin, a new study suggests. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - December 19, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Stroke Source Type: news

FDA approves first gene therapy for an inherited disease
In a historic move, the Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday approved a pioneering gene therapy for a rare form of childhood blindness, the first such treatment cleared in the United States for an inherited disease. The approval signals a new era for the gene therapy field, which struggled for decades to overcome devastating setbacks […]Related:Debate erupts within HHS about ‘words to avoid’ such as ‘vulnerable,’ ‘diversity’ and ‘entitlement’FDA takes more aggressive stance toward homeopathic drugsHe was a renowned surgeon — until a doctor found his initials b...
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - December 19, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

This model lost a leg because of an infection from tampons. Here ’ s what she wants you to know.
Lauren Wasser woke up in a hospital bed 80 pounds heavier than she was supposed to be — filled with fluids to try to flush the toxins from her body. She struggled to move, and her feet felt like they were being lit with a lighter again and again. But the model did not know how dire […]Related:Debate erupts within HHS about ‘words to avoid’ such as ‘vulnerable,’ ‘diversity’ and ‘entitlement’FDA takes more aggressive stance toward homeopathic drugsHe was a renowned surgeon — until a doctor found his initials burned on a patient’s liver (Source...
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - December 19, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

FDA to Get More Aggressive on Homeopathic Meds FDA to Get More Aggressive on Homeopathic Meds
The FDA is adopting a more aggressive stance when it comes to regulating homeopathic remedies.WebMD Health News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - December 19, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care News Source Type: news

Herbal supplement boosts memory in stroke survivors
Researchers from Nanjing University in China found ginkgo bilboa improves stroke sufferers' attention, reflexes and language skills in as little as 12 weeks when taken with aspirin, which thins the blood. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - December 19, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Herbal remedy for stroke recovery?
Researchers claim ginkgo biloba may help the brain recover after a stroke but experts say the evidence is far too weak. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - December 19, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Herbal remedy ginkgo biloba 'can help stroke recovery'
Researchers claim ginkgo biloba may help the brain recover after a stroke but experts say the evidence is far too weak. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - December 19, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Herbal remedy 'may aid stroke recovery'
A study suggests that the supplement ginkgo biloba may help the brain recover after a stroke. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - December 19, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Gingko biloba may boost memory after stroke, study shows
Herbal extract may protect against nerve cell death Related items fromOnMedica Scan suspected stroke patients within 1 hour, says RCP Blood-thinning drugs appear to protect against dementia in AF patients Big improvements in stroke care Rising use of antithrombotics linked to subdural haematoma RCGP defends ‘under-prescription’ of stroke medicines by GPs (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - December 19, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news