Endometriosis Awareness Month
March is Endometriosis Awareness Month.  Endometriosis is a painful condition where endometrial tissue grows outside the uterus. It is estimated that up to 10% of women have endometriosis (Ozkan 2008).   Endometriosis can cause infertility and for women with subfertility the prevalence rate ranges from 25% to 40% (Ozkan 2008). Endometriosis frequently presents with the symptom of pain (Barlow 1993) including dysmenorrhoea (painful periods), dyspareunia (pain during sexual intercourse), and pelvic or abdominal pain.  We invited Edgardo Somigliana, MD-PhD (Dept Clinical Sciences and Community Health, Universit...
Source: Cochrane News and Events - March 22, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Muriah Umoquit Source Type: news

Modeled Manual Therapy May Protect Against Repetitive Motion Pain, Rat Study Suggests
Results of a recently published rat study suggest that 3 weeks of modeled manual therapy (MMT) largely prevented the physiological processes and pain that often accompany a repetitive motion injury. (Source: NCCAM Featured Content)
Source: NCCAM Featured Content - March 21, 2019 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: NCCIH Source Type: news

March 19, 2019: Chinese Citizen Sentenced in Scheme to Sell Mislabeled Dietary Supplements
(Source: Office of Criminal Investigations (OCI) Press Releases)
Source: Office of Criminal Investigations (OCI) Press Releases - March 20, 2019 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

FTC & FDA issue warning letters to supplement sellers
Ads abound for products that claim to treat or prevent serious health conditions. Unfortunately, these products often are unproven and useless. Sometimes the ads even make false promises for Alzheimer ’s disease and dementia – conditions for which science has no cure. (Source: NCCAM Featured Content)
Source: NCCAM Featured Content - March 20, 2019 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: NCCIH Source Type: news

FDA Warns Homeopathic Company About Illegal Product Claims
Nutra Pharma warned that failure to correct the violations may result in legal action (Source: The Doctors Lounge - Psychiatry)
Source: The Doctors Lounge - Psychiatry - March 20, 2019 Category: Psychiatry Tags: Family Medicine, Gynecology, Internal Medicine, Neurology, Oncology, Pharmacy, Psychiatry, Anesthesiology & amp; Pain, Institutional, Source Type: news

FDA Takes Action Against Marketer of Unapproved Products Claiming to Treat Addiction, Chronic Pain and Other Serious Conditions
March 19, 2019 -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today posted a warning letter to Nutra Pharma Corp. for illegally marketing unapproved products labeled as homeopathic with claims about their ability to treat addiction and chronic pain,... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - March 19, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

NCCIH Activities at the 2019 American Pain Society (APS) Scientific Meeting
In this blog post Dr. Emmeline Edwards discusses planned NCCIH activities around the 2019 American Pain Society Scientific Meeting In Milwaukee, WI between April 3& April 6, 2019. (Source: NCCAM Featured Content)
Source: NCCAM Featured Content - March 19, 2019 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Emmeline Edwards, Ph.D. Source Type: news

FDA Warns Homeopathic Company About Illegal Product Claims
TUESDAY, March 19, 2019 -- Nutra Pharma Corp. has been warned about illegal marketing of unapproved homeopathic products with claims that they can treat addiction and chronic pain from serious conditions such as cancer, diabetes, shingles, and... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - March 19, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Prepping basics: DIY Elderberry remedies that can help prevent colds or the flu
(Natural News) You can forget about taking a trip to your local pharmacy the next time you come down with a bad case of the flu or the common cold. Why spend money on flu medication when you can create your own DIY herbal remedies in the comfort of your own home? Here are some useful... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - March 19, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Medical News Today: Can CBD help you lose weight?
Cannabidiol, or CBD, is a natural compound that comes from the cannabis plant. Some people claim that it can aid weight loss by supressing appetite and burning fat. Learn more here. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - March 19, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Complementary Medicine / Alternative Medicine Source Type: news

March 13, 2019: Five Individuals and Two Companies Plead Guilty to Felony Charges in Multimillion Dollar Scheme to Fraudulently Sell Popular Dietary Supplements
(Source: Office of Criminal Investigations (OCI) Press Releases)
Source: Office of Criminal Investigations (OCI) Press Releases - March 18, 2019 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

Stronger action urged against homeopathic products touted as alternatives to vaccines
Health Canada's recent warning that homeopathic remedies are not an alternative to vaccines doesn't go far enough to prevent the damage the products could do as the country fights off a resurgence of measles, doctors and health policy experts say.  (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - March 18, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Health Source Type: news

Omega-3s found to benefit children diagnosed with behavioral disorders
(Natural News) Omega-3 fatty acids are best known for their heart-healthy benefits. However, a recent study has found that they can also help boost mental health, especially in children with behavioral disorders. Published in the Journal of Dietary Supplements, the study reports that supplementing children with behavioral disorders with omega-3 fatty acids can help improve their... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - March 17, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

OTC Insomnia Supplements: The Latest Evidence OTC Insomnia Supplements: The Latest Evidence
Dietary supplements are used by millions of people seeking a good night's sleep, but which ones are safe and effective?Medscape Pharmacists (Source: Medscape Pharmacist Headlines)
Source: Medscape Pharmacist Headlines - March 15, 2019 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Tags: Pharmacist Ask the Expert Source Type: news

March 11, 2019: Former Springfield Man Sentenced for Leading Scheme to Market Dietary Supplements
(Source: Office of Criminal Investigations (OCI) Press Releases)
Source: Office of Criminal Investigations (OCI) Press Releases - March 14, 2019 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

Feds indict OP man over illicit ED drugs
An Overland Park man has been indicted for allegedly importing and selling erectile dysfunction drugs from China that he touted as "all-natural, herbal supplements," The Kansas City Star reports. He faces one count each of conspiracy and introducing misbranded drugs into interstate commerce. Richard Shepard, 59, sold the "herbal supplements" wholesale to adult novelty stores throughout the U.S., but didn't inform them that the pills also contained some of the same ingredients found in Viagra and… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - March 14, 2019 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Medical News Today: Hand pressure points: Everything you need to know
There are several pressure points on the hands that reflexologists believe are linked to other parts of the body. Learn more about them here. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - March 13, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Complementary Medicine / Alternative Medicine Source Type: news

Do Gummy Vitamins Work? Here ’s What Experts Say
Gummy vitamins are increasingly popular—and not just for kids. By some estimates, adults now comprise up to 80% of the gummy vitamin market. “Pill fatigue” is one factor driving grownups toward gummies. If you have to take multiple supplements every day—and especially if you have problems swallowing capsules or tablets—gummies can make that chore easier (and tastier), finds a 2017 report from the AARP. But do gummy vitamins work the same as ordinary supplements? “It’s a lot harder to make a good gummy than it is to make a tablet or capsule,” says Dr. Tod Cooperman, president ...
Source: TIME: Health - March 13, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Markham Heid Tags: Uncategorized Diet/Nutrition Source Type: news

The many benefits of red raspberry leaf tea
(Natural News) For millennia, people have been using the leaves of the red raspberry (Rubus idaeus) to create a healthy, herbal tea. This concoction brings numerous benefits to people who drink it on a regular basis. The bright red fruit of this species gets most of the attention. However, the leaves possess their own worth.... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - March 12, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

A species of hawthorn has been found to control abnormally high blood sugar levels
(Natural News) Researchers from the Middle East found that a species of hawthorn can be used to manage blood sugar levels. In their study, which was published in the journal BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine, they identified Crete hawthorn (Crataegus azarolus), a plant native to the Mediterranean Basin, to have anti-hyperglycemic properties – that is, the ability to... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - March 12, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Margaret Thatcher: PM sent alternative medicines by Cartland
Romance novelist Barbara Cartland sent her alternative medicine, newly released files reveal. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - March 9, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Media Advisory: NIH to host a spring lecture series on the gut microbiome
“Microbes in Our Gut: Emerging Insights on Health and Disease” is the theme of three special lectures in spring 2019 sponsored by the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH), part of the National Institutes of Health. (Source: NCCAM Featured Content)
Source: NCCAM Featured Content - March 8, 2019 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: NCCIH Source Type: news

Medical News Today: Health benefits of baking soda and lemon juice
Mixing baking soda with lemon juice has become a popular home remedy for treating several conditions. Here, we examine the scientific evidence for whether this combination can improve the skin, treat heartburn and indigestion, and whiten teeth. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - March 8, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Complementary Medicine / Alternative Medicine Source Type: news

What are the best teas for sleep?
(Natural News) Herbal teas rank among the healthiest and most popular beverages in the world. As such, it should come as no surprise that they have been used as natural remedies for centuries by people all across the globe. Herbal teas can offer countless health benefits to regular tea drinkers. One such health benefit is the promotion... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - March 8, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Eczema: The natural, herbal remedy which may help soothe itchy, irritate and inflamed skin
ECZEMA can be extremely itchy and irritating, and it can also be difficult to treat. If traditional treatments aren ’t working for you, you could try this natural, herbal remedy, which has shown in some studies to reduce skin irritation and inflammation. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - March 8, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Syrian rue seeds interacted with acacia tree bark in an herbal stew resulted in N,N-dimethyltryptamine poisoning - Liu CH, Chu WL, Liao SC, Yang CC, Lin CC.
INTRODUCTION: Illicit substance use is an increasing problem all over the world, especially in adolescents and young adults. It is a challenge to make a definitive diagnosis of a specific substance in a poisoning case without toxicology laboratory confirma... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - March 7, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Home and Consumer Product Safety Source Type: news

Eczema - the best herbal moisturising cream to get rid of dry and itchy skin at home
ECZEMA could be treated by using creams, moisturisers or emollients. But you could also get rid of the dry skin condition at home by using this natural moisturising cream. It may help to relieve the itchy and sore signs of eczema. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - March 7, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Canadian government will stop paying for homeopaths to go to Honduras
A Quebec-based aid group offering controversial homeopathic therapies in Honduras will not receive funding from the federal government after the 2019-20 fiscal year, Global Affairs Canada said Wednesday. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - March 7, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Health Source Type: news

Why do patients turn to the internet for health information?
Lack of trust in physicians, lack of information about biologics, medicine substitutions and the search for alternative therapies are among the reasons patients turn to the internet, a new study shows. (Source: ConsultantLive)
Source: ConsultantLive - March 5, 2019 Category: Internal Medicine Authors: Whitney J. Palmer Tags: Ankylosing Spondylitis Source Type: news

NCCIH Lecture Series Will Explore Gut Microbiome
This blog post announces NCCIH’s Integrative Medicine Research Lecture Series. Dr. Sean Brady kicks it off on March 14, 2019, at 11:00 a.m. with a talk on “Microbes in Our Gut: Emerging Insights on Health and Disease” on the NIH campus in Bethesda, MD. Other speakers follow May 9 and June 10. (Source: NCCAM Featured Content)
Source: NCCAM Featured Content - March 5, 2019 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: NCCIH Blog Team Source Type: news

Effective herbal remedies to fight the flu when SHTF
(Natural News) Getting the flu when you are in the comfort of your own home can be bad enough, but what if you came down with the illness in the middle of a SHTF situation? How can you treat a flu infection while living off the grid? Here are a few effective herbal remedies for treating... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - March 5, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Join Us in April for an NIH Blueprint for Neuroscience Research Workshop: The Science of Interoception and Its Roles in Nervous System Disorders
In this blog post, Dr. Wen Chen invites readers to attend the inaugural NIH workshop on “The Science of Interoception and Its Roles in Nervous System Disorders” on April 16 and 17, 2019, on the NIH Campus in Bethesda, Maryland. (Source: NCCAM Featured Content)
Source: NCCAM Featured Content - March 4, 2019 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Wen Chen, Ph.D. Source Type: news

Global Health: Diagnoses by Horn, Payment in Goats: An African Healer at Work
On a continent wracked with epidemics, millions turn to traditional healers. In rural Uganda, not far from the Ebola zone, an herbalist describes his practice. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - March 4, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: DONALD G. McNEIL Jr. Tags: Alternative and Complementary Medicine Ebola Virus Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome World Health Organization Africa Uganda Traditional Healers Source Type: news

Housecall: What's keeping you from exercising?
THIS WEEK'S TOP STORIES Barriers to fitness: Overcoming common challenges? Sticking to a regular exercise schedule can be challenging. Boredom, embarrassment, lack of motivation or time, and fear of injury can get in the way. What's keeping you from exercising? Try these practical strategies to stay on track. Integrative medicine: Alternative becomes mainstream? Complementary medicine [...] (Source: News from Mayo Clinic)
Source: News from Mayo Clinic - March 4, 2019 Category: Databases & Libraries Source Type: news

Mullein: This versatile herbal remedy has many amazing health benefits, from reducing swelling to treating inflammatory diseases
(Natural News) Called the great or common mullein, this edible plant, native to Asia, North Africa, and Europe, was brought to the Americas by European settlers many years ago. Mullein, which now grows all over North America, is a favorite among holistic therapists since it is used as an ingredient in many homeopathic preparations and... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - March 3, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The Big Number: 1,807 calls to poison control centers about herbal supplement kratom
Research says just over half of the calls involved serious medical outcomes, including 11 people who died. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - March 2, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Linda Searing Source Type: news

Foreign aid doctors want Canada to stop sending homeopaths to Honduras
Physicians who go on aid missions abroad want the federal government to review its funding of a program that sends homeopaths to Honduras because of the potential harm to local people. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - March 1, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Health Source Type: news

The New Old Age: Supplements Won ’ t Prevent Dementia. But These Steps Might.
Scientists still have no magic shield against Alzheimer ’ s disease and other dementias. Yet there is evidence that some strategies may help. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - March 1, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: PAULA SPAN Tags: Alzheimer's Disease Dementia Dietary Supplements and Herbal Remedies Vitamins Memory Preventive Medicine Blood Pressure Elderly Exercise Food and Drug Administration Journal of the American Medical Assn National Academies of Sciences Source Type: news

'Dangerous' claims that homeopathic remedies prevent infectious disease under review by feds
As Metro Vancouver contends with a spreading measles outbreak, Health Canada is looking into a handful of B.C. homeopaths who offer an unproven and unapproved treatment they claim can prevent infectious diseases. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - March 1, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/British Columbia Source Type: news

Doping substances in dietary supplements - Helle C, Sommer AK, Syversen PV, Lauritzen F.
BACKGROUND: International studies have shown that 12-58  % of all dietary supplements intended for people who exercise and engage in sports contain substances prohibited by the World Anti-Doping Code (WADC). In some cases, the doping substances are not dec... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - March 1, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Prepper secret: Cayenne pepper offers a natural way to improve blood circulation in your feet
(Natural News) Cayenne peppers (Capsicum annuum) have an impressive nutrient profile and they are often used to flavor various dishes. But did you know that preppers also use cayenne peppers to make an herbal salve that can help keep their feet warm? (h/t to AskAPrepper.com) Keeping your feet warm is crucial to long-term foot health. But... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - February 28, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Gardenias improve bile flow
(Natural News) When a person has a liver disease called cholestasis, the flow of bile from their liver is decreased. This may cause symptoms such as jaundice or fatigue. Thankfully, a study published in the journal Chinese Herbal Medicines has revealed that gardenias (Gardenia jasminoides) may help address this condition. In the study, researchers observed the effect... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - February 28, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Medical News Today: 12 natural ways to relieve pain
People have used natural pain relief methods for centuries. In this article, we discuss 12 natural pain relievers that people can try, including herbal remedies, yoga, and acupuncture. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - February 28, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Pain / Anesthetics Source Type: news

High - Fiber Diet May Help Gut ‘ Microbiome ’ Battle Melanoma
(Source: The Doctors Lounge - Oncology)
Source: The Doctors Lounge - Oncology - February 28, 2019 Category: Cancer & Oncology Tags: Nursing, Oncology, Pharmacy, Alternative Medicine, Nutrition, News, Source Type: news

Talking to NCCIH Program Staff Can Be Beneficial
In this blog post, NCCIH’s outreach communications program manager Anita McRae-Williams discusses how to engage with Division of Extramural Research (DER) program staff. (Source: NCCAM Featured Content)
Source: NCCAM Featured Content - February 27, 2019 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Anita McRae-Williams, M.A. Source Type: news

What do garlic and white onion have in common? Both can lower blood pressure and prevent diabetes
(Natural News) Garlic and onions are commonly used as ingredients to add flavor to foods; they are also known for improving health as they contain many natural antioxidants, such as polyphenols. In a study published in the Journal of Dietary Supplements, garlic, white onion, and purple onion were proven to exhibit powerful antioxidant activities which are... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - February 26, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Berberine is a little-known yet powerful supplement that can support gut health and manage blood sugar levels
(Natural News) There are many herbal supplements that you can take to boost your health. One of these is berberine. This alkaloid is naturally found in plants like the Oregon grape, barberry, goldenseal, and tree turmeric. Its medicinal use can be traced back to ancient China, where it was also used as a fabric dye due... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - February 26, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Medical News Today: Uses of methylsulfonylmethane
Methylsulfonylmethane, or MSM, is a compound that may help with arthritis, joints, and muscle recovery. It is available in certain foods and supplement form. Learn more here. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - February 26, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Complementary Medicine / Alternative Medicine Source Type: news

Genetics May Be a Factor in African-American Cigarette Preferences
New NCCIH-funded research suggests genetic factors drive African American preference for mentholated cigarettes. (Source: NCCAM Featured Content)
Source: NCCAM Featured Content - February 25, 2019 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: NCCIH Source Type: news