Drug regulator under fire over herbal supplement company ’s claims
Therapeutic Goods Administration approved advertising for product said to relieve urologic symptoms, despite scientific evidence to the contraryThe Therapeutic Goods Administration has been accused of putting the supplements industry before consumers after it allowed a herbal remedy manufacturer to advertise one of its products as helpful in relieving urologic symptoms – despite scientific evidence to the contrary.The TGAapproved an application from the Tomato Pill Company requesting permission to advertise a product called Ateronon XY Pro as helpful in relieving the symptoms associated with an enlarged prostate, inc...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - November 7, 2017 Category: Science Authors: Melissa Davey Tags: Health Alternative medicine Business (Australia) Australia news Medical research Source Type: news

Herb-drug interactions in neurological disorders: a critical appraisal - Wilson V, Maulik SK.
Herbal drugs are being used worldwide in a variety of disorders with the misguided belief that they are absolutely safe compared to drugs of modern medicine. This trend is also evident in debilitating neurological and psychiatric disorders such as cerebrov... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - November 6, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Herbal traditional Chinese medicine and suspected liver injury: a prospective study - Melchart D, Hager S, Albrecht S, Dai J, Weidenhammer W, Teschke R.
AIM: To analyze liver tests before and following treatment with herbal Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) in order to evaluate the frequency of newly detected liver injury. METHODS: Patients with normal values of alanine aminotransferase (ALT) as a... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - November 6, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Can cannabinoids be used to treat cancer?
When cannabinoids activate signaling pathways in cancer cells they can stimulate a cell death mechanism called apoptosis, unleashing a potent anti-tumor effect. Yet cannabinoids, which have also shown strong activity against human tumor tissue grown in animal models, have undergone minimal testing in patients. Their potential use as antitumor drugs and/or to boost the effectiveness of conventional cancer therapies is examined in an article published in The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine (JACM), a peer-reviewed publication from Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers. (Source: World Pharma News)
Source: World Pharma News - November 6, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Tags: Featured Research Research and Development Source Type: news

Depressed with a chronic disease? Consider alternative therapies
(UT Southwestern Medical Center) Scientists are finding more evidence that commonly prescribed antidepressants aren't effective in people battling both depression and a chronic medical disease, raising a critical question of whether doctors should enact widespread changes in how they treat millions of depressed Americans. (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)
Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer - November 6, 2017 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news

Medical News Today: What are the benefits of moringa?
A look at the benefits of moringa, a plant native to India with a variety of healthful components. Learn about the benefits, and how moringa is consumed. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - November 4, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Complementary Medicine / Alternative Medicine Source Type: news

Herbal supplements: What to know before you buy
(Source: MayoClinic.com Full Feed)
Source: MayoClinic.com Full Feed - November 4, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The NIH Collaboratory Launches a New Resource on Methods and Best Practices for Pragmatic Clinical Trials
The NIH Health Care Systems Research Collaboratory, an NIH Common Fund project, has been supporting nine large-scalepragmatic clinical trials in partnership with health care systems around the United States.   NCCIH and NIA have been leading theCollaboratory program, and NCCIH staff have previously blogged about its progress. (Source: NCCAM Featured Content)
Source: NCCAM Featured Content - November 3, 2017 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Catherine Meyers, M.D. Source Type: news

Fish with a side of plastic?
Our ancestors thrived on eating fish fresh from the ocean. After all, fish is a pure source of protein and healthy omega-3 fats. But our modern fish supply is vastly different than anything our ancestors ate. As our oceans have become more and more polluted, so has our seafood. In fact, the fish on your dinner plate today is likely loaded with plastic trash. Let me explain… Every year, billions of pounds of plastic waste pour into our oceans and rivers. I’m talking about things like grocery bags, drinking straws, water bottles and more. It’s now estimated that up to 51 trillion pieces of plastic c...
Source: Al Sears, MD Natural Remedies - November 3, 2017 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Al Sears Tags: Health Nutrition dinner estrogen fat fish plastic testosterone thyroid function toxins weight Source Type: news

New Cochrane Library Special Collection: Yoga for improving health and well-being
Yoga originated thousands of years ago in India as an integrated physical, mental, and spiritual practice based on ancient Vedic philosophy, and is connected to Ayurveda, the system of traditional Indian medicine. During the 20th century, yoga became increasingly recognised outside India, and over the past decades it has continued to grow in popularity worldwide as system for promoting health and well-being. While modern yoga often focuses on physical poses and is sometimes thought of as a type of exercise, the practice usually incorporates one or more of the mental or spiritual elements that are traditionally part of yoga...
Source: Cochrane News and Events - November 3, 2017 Category: Information Technology Authors: Muriah Umoquit Source Type: news

Cochrane Library Special Collection: Yoga for improving health and well-being
Listen to L Susan Wieland of the  Cochrane Complementary Medicine Field talk toDr. Mark Porter on Inside Health about Cochrane evidence on Yoga (start at 23 minutes). Yoga originated thousands of years ago in India as an integrated physical, mental, and spiritual practice based on ancient Vedic philosophy, and is connected to Ayurveda, the system of traditional Indian medicine. During the 20th century, yoga became increasingly recognised outside India, and over the past decades it has continued to grow in popularity worldwide as system for promoting health and well-being. While modern yoga often focuses on physic...
Source: Cochrane News and Events - November 3, 2017 Category: Information Technology Authors: Muriah Umoquit Source Type: news

Do you trust your brand of supplements? Researchers found a majority of supplements collected at liver treatment centers were mislabeled
(Natural News) A presentation that was delivered at the 2017 Liver Meeting that was conducted by the American Association for the Research of Liver Diseases in Washington, D.C. showed that the mislabeling of ingredients is a common occurrence in herbal and dietary supplements, especially in bodybuilding and weight loss products. “In looking at those cases,... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - November 3, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Patients ’ Gut Bugs May Play Role in Cancer Care
(Source: The Doctors Lounge - Oncology)
Source: The Doctors Lounge - Oncology - November 2, 2017 Category: Cancer & Oncology Tags: Infections, Nursing, Oncology, Research, Alternative Medicine, News, Source Type: news

Can You Trust the Labels on Your Supplements?
More than half of the herbal and dietary supplements analyzed by researchers contained ingredients that differed from the list on their labels. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - November 2, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Can You Trust the Labels on Your Supplements?
Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Dietary Supplements, Herbal Medicine (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)
Source: MedlinePlus Health News - November 2, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Can You Trust the Labels on Your Supplements?
THURSDAY, Nov. 2, 2017 -- Think you know what's in your favorite supplement? Think again. More than half of the herbal and dietary supplements analyzed by researchers contained ingredients that differed from the list on their labels. Some had... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - November 2, 2017 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Exploring mega-diverse biotas with DNA Barcodes at the 7th iBOL Conference
(University of Johannesburg) DNA barcoding and related techniques are increasingly used in wildlife crime and authentication of commercial products, such as herbal products and seafood. Hosted for the first time on the African continent, the 7th International Barcode of Life Conference takes place on November 20 - 24, 2017 within the Kruger National Park, South Africa. Presenters will highlight the dramatic rise of studies on environmental DNA and diverse uses of high-throughput gene sequencing techniques. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - November 2, 2017 Category: Biology Source Type: news

F.D.A. Warns Companies Against Claims That Marijuana Cures Diseases
The agency singled out businesses claiming their products could cure cancer or diabetes, and vanquish other illnesses. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - November 1, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: SHEILA KAPLAN Tags: Marijuana Dietary Supplements and Herbal Remedies Food and Drug Administration Cancer Source Type: news

Home Remedies: Evaluate claims of complementary and alternative medicine
This article is written by?Mayo Clinic Staff. ______________________________________________ Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) treatments, such as herbal remedies and acupuncture, are growing in popularity. And thanks to increasing research on CAM treatments, doctors are now better able to [...] (Source: News from Mayo Clinic)
Source: News from Mayo Clinic - November 1, 2017 Category: Databases & Libraries Source Type: news

A Traditional Chinese Herbal Treatment Shows Promise A Traditional Chinese Herbal Treatment Shows Promise
A Cochrane methodology study revealed some positive effects of a classic Chinese herbal therapy when combined with antipsychotics.Medscape Psychiatry (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - October 31, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Psychiatry Commentary Source Type: news

Acupuncture for Chronic Pain: Unprecedented Advances Acupuncture for Chronic Pain: Unprecedented Advances
The opioid epidemic and the growing elderly population underscore the need for effective alternative therapies to treat chronic painMedscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Psychiatry Headlines)
Source: Medscape Psychiatry Headlines - October 30, 2017 Category: Psychiatry Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery News Source Type: news

Lead poisoning due to herbal medications - Sakharkar P.
Many herbal products are harmless or possess minimal toxicity, whereas, some contain toxic ingredients that may not be identified due to lack of quality control or not listed on the label. Over the years, several case reports and studies have documented th... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - October 30, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

How to get rid of a cold: THIS 99p supplement could naturally cure your flu
GETTING rid of a cold usually takes within one or two weeks to clear up by itself. But, this 99p herbal supplement could make you feel better quicker. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - October 30, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Albert Einstein teams find 89 percent of hispanic women use herbal remedies
(Mary Ann Liebert, Inc./Genetic Engineering News) A new study comparing use of herbal remedies among Hispanic women and non-Hispanic white women showed higher than expected use of herbal treatments by both groups, 89% and 81%, respectively. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - October 30, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Medical News Today: Benefits of castor oil for the face and skin
A look at the benefits of castor oil for the face and skin. Included is detail on how to use castor oil and the potential side effects of which to be aware (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - October 28, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Complementary Medicine / Alternative Medicine Source Type: news

Lifestyle changes and herbal medicine may improve PCOS symptoms
Diet and exercise, in combination with herbal medicine, have been shown to improve PCOS symptoms in affected women who are overweight, according to a study published inPhytotherapy Research.Medical Xpress (Source: Society for Endocrinology)
Source: Society for Endocrinology - October 27, 2017 Category: Endocrinology Source Type: news

Rules of Thumb for Incorporating Alternative Therapies Rules of Thumb for Incorporating Alternative Therapies
Traditional Chinese medicine and other alternative therapies have a lot to offer patients with cancer, says Dr Kerr. Just follow three simple'rules'when choosing.Medscape Oncology (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - October 26, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Hematology-Oncology Commentary Source Type: news

October 25, 2017: Five Chinese Citizens and Four Chinese Companies Indicted in Scheme to Sell Mislabeled Dietary Supplements
(Source: Office of Criminal Investigations (OCI) Press Releases)
Source: Office of Criminal Investigations (OCI) Press Releases - October 26, 2017 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

Herb Tied to'Remarkable' Number of Liver Cancers in Asia Herb Tied to'Remarkable' Number of Liver Cancers in Asia
Aristolochic acid, an herbal compound found in many traditional medicines that has been previously linked to kidney failure and urinary tract cancers, is now implicated in liver cancer.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - October 25, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Hematology-Oncology News Source Type: news

Opioids are killing thousands of Americans but alternative medicine backers say there has always been a better way to treat pain
(Natural News) President Donald J. Trump looks set to keep an earlier promise to declare the current opioid epidemic a national emergency, and while that decision is not being universally praised by everyone, others think it is a good first step. However, alternative medicine supporters and those who have always advocated for medical freedom say... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - October 25, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

In Praise of Scientific Curiosity
Dr. Josephine Briggs, who recently stepped down as NCCIH Director, reflects on the NCCIH research portfolio and scientific curiosity. (Source: NCCAM Featured Content)
Source: NCCAM Featured Content - October 24, 2017 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Josephine P. Briggs, M.D. Source Type: news

Unlabeled Ingredients in'Herbal' Supplements Seen Causing Liver Injury
(MedPage Today) -- Common culprits: body-building, weight-loss products (Source: MedPage Today Public Health)
Source: MedPage Today Public Health - October 24, 2017 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Pain Experts Push for Coverage of Alternative Therapies Pain Experts Push for Coverage of Alternative Therapies
Clinicians, health insurers, and other stakeholders are meeting to discuss the possibility of extending health coverage to include complementary and alternative therapies for pain management.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - October 24, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery News Source Type: news

Complementary and alternative medicine
(Source: MayoClinic.com Full Feed)
Source: MayoClinic.com Full Feed - October 24, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Medical News Today: Benefits of fish oil for arthritis
Fish oil is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which may help reduce inflammation. Could fish oil be beneficial in the treatment of arthritis? (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - October 22, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Complementary Medicine / Alternative Medicine Source Type: news

Medical News Today: What are the best essential oils for itchy bug bites?
A look at the seven best essential oils for bug bites. Included is information on what oils to avoid, and solutions for when further treatment is needed. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - October 21, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Complementary Medicine / Alternative Medicine Source Type: news

Medical News Today: What home remedies can treat my burn?
Many home remedies are suggested for treating burns, but which ones work? We look at which home remedies can help and which ones should be avoided. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - October 20, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Complementary Medicine / Alternative Medicine Source Type: news

Weight Loss in Italy?
One of the women I work with wanted to know about the new diet drug called Belviq. The FDA is always approving a new “miracle” weight-loss pill, only to recall it a few years later. To date, at least 34 diet drugs have been taken off the market. Diet pills cause all kinds of problems — heart attack, stroke and psychiatric disorders. And Belviq isn’t any different. Some of its side effects include suicidal thoughts, a racing heartbeat, hallucinations and more… The European Union banned Belviq. The reason? It causes cancer in animals.  And here’s the real irony… Clinical tri...
Source: Al Sears, MD Natural Remedies - October 19, 2017 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Cathy Card Tags: Anti-Aging Source Type: news

Zoo cure heals humans
One of the highlights of my trip to Tanzania in 2012 was visiting the Ngorongoro Crater and Conservation Area. They have the largest lions on the planet. I got very close as part of my invitation by the director of park services. Along with elephants, lions, gazelles and zebras, I got to see wildebeest, the almost-extinct black rhino and giraffes. I was lucky enough to photograph this giraffe on my trip to Ngorongoro Crater in Tanzania. I am always awed when I see these magnificent creatures in their native environment. They thrive the same way they did thousands of years ago. But when these animals are tak...
Source: Al Sears, MD Natural Remedies - October 19, 2017 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Cathy Card Tags: Anti-Aging Source Type: news

BMI: Tom Brady is obese?
Your Body Mass Index (BMI) is a measurement of your body fat percentage. And based on the results, you are labeled normal, overweight or obese.   But BMI can give you some crazy results. Using this measurement, I’m considered obese. And so is NFL superstar Tom Brady. You see, BMI only compares your height against your weight. It doesn’t distinguish between fat and muscle. But here’s the thing… Muscle is much denser than fat. So if you have a lot of muscle, you can have a high BMI but still be lean. There’s a much more reliable test to measure your body’s composition of fat and mu...
Source: Al Sears, MD Natural Remedies - October 19, 2017 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Cathy Card Tags: Anti-Aging Source Type: news

Cholesterol Vaccine?
I saw this headline not long ago and it made my jaw drop. “Daily statin use to lower cholesterol may soon be a thing of the past.” I thought maybe — finally — the war on cholesterol was coming to an end. It wasn’t. Instead, it turns out Big Pharma is doubling down on cholesterol drugs. They’ve found a new multi-billion dollar scam. Let me explain… Statins have been blockbusters for the drug companies. Worldwide sales hit $34 billion in one year. But most of these drugs have come to the end of their patents. Profits are starting to dip. Big Pharma needs another patent to replace...
Source: Al Sears, MD Natural Remedies - October 19, 2017 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Cathy Card Tags: Anti-Aging Source Type: news

Anti Alzheimer ’ s diet
Despite what the mainstream media is telling you, sugar is not your enemy. Your body evolved to eat sweet foods. In fact, it’s how our ancestors knew a food growing in the wild was safe to eat and healthy. But your body did not evolve to eat starchy, high carbohydrate sugars from bread, pasta, cereal and other grains. Ever since we were told to eat low fat, this has been the bulk of the our diet. The result has been a modern epidemic of obesity and diabetes. At the same time, we face skyrocketing rates of dementia and Alzheimer’s. Big Pharma has been trying for decades to come...
Source: Al Sears, MD Natural Remedies - October 19, 2017 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Cathy Card Tags: Anti-Aging Source Type: news

Fake high blood pressure news
Mainstream doctors are quick to prescribe drugs to bring high blood pressure down.  They may put you on one, two or even three of Big Pharma’s drugs. They include diuretics, beta-blockers, and calcium channel blockers.   These drugs have serious side effects. I’m talking about things like edema, dizziness, nose bleeds, rash and hearing loss. They can lead to cardiac failure, heart attack, depression, colitis, and arthritis pain.  It’s bad enough risking those side effects if you have to. But your doctor may be giving you these pills for NO good reason. You mi...
Source: Al Sears, MD Natural Remedies - October 19, 2017 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Cathy Card Tags: Anti-Aging Source Type: news

Your Natural Sleep Trigger
Do you have trouble getting to sleep? Or staying asleep? You’re not alone. Sleeping a solid 7 to 9 hours every night should be the most natural thing in the world. But insomnia has become an epidemic. And modern medicine does very little to help you restore natural rest. Big Pharma’s answer is to knock you out with drugs. That’s not the same as sleep. “Sleep aids” like Ambien, Lunesta, and others cause dizziness, headache, depression and anxiety. They can lead to suicidal thoughts, memory loss and hallucinations. Some people report sleep-walking, and even unconscious sleep-eating or sleep-dr...
Source: Al Sears, MD Natural Remedies - October 19, 2017 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Cathy Card Tags: Health Source Type: news

Prostate problem? Take 2 nuts
By age 60, you have a 50/50 chance of having a clinically enlarged prostate. And it only gets worse every year. When your prostate isn’t functioning properly, it’s hard to enjoy life. Traditional doctors give you two choices. Go under the knife or you take Big Pharma’s drugs. Either way, you have a good chance of ending up with your manhood on the line… If you have surgery, there’s a big risk you’ll be saying goodbye to your sex life for good. The rate of impotence is a shocking 50 to 60% after prostate surgery.1 Big Pharma’s meds to shrink your prostate are no better. These sy...
Source: Al Sears, MD Natural Remedies - October 19, 2017 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Cathy Card Tags: Anti-Aging Source Type: news

NCCIH Introduces Know the Science Initiative
Science literacy efforts include interactive modules, videos to equip consumers for informed  decision-making​​​​​​​NCCIH launches “Know the Science”, an initiative designed to clarify and explain scientific topics related to health research. (Source: NCCAM Featured Content)
Source: NCCAM Featured Content - October 19, 2017 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: NCCIH Source Type: news

Are your medications affecting your memory?
Many of today’s most popular drugs can make you forgetful. They inhibit your brain’s chemical messengers. And this blocks your concentration, memory and ability to focus. More specifically, these drugs block the activity of a neurotransmitter in your brain called acetylcholine. Acetylcholine is directly involved in learning and memory. And blocking it is a risky business… I’ve seen confusion, memory loss, and declining mental skills in patients who take these drugs. New research confirms what I see in my own practice. One recent study found that people taking these kinds of drugs had shrunken ar...
Source: Al Sears, MD Natural Remedies - October 19, 2017 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Cathy Card Tags: Anti-Aging Source Type: news

Know the Science of Complementary Health Approaches
This issue of NCCIH’s Clinical Digest discusses the newly launched “Know the Science” initiative to help consumers better understand complex scientific topics related to health research. (Source: NCCAM Featured Content)
Source: NCCAM Featured Content - October 19, 2017 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: NCCIH Source Type: news

Bacteria and your broken heart
In your screening for heart disease, I bet your doctor will never think to check your gut. And that may well be where your heart problems start. Let me explain… Your gut plays a critical role in your overall health. It’s a major part of your body’s ecosystem. It’s home to trillions of bacteria, viruses and fungi. They make up your “microbiome.” Doctors are beginning to pay attention when it comes to these bacteria. But they’re still missing the big picture. This microcosm affects just about every organ and body system. Some of these gut bugs cause disease and infection. Others b...
Source: Al Sears, MD Natural Remedies - October 19, 2017 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Cathy Card Tags: Heart Health Source Type: news

Homeopathy is ‘DANGEROUS’ and may ignore underlying medical conditions, expert claims
HOMEOPATHY treatments are “dangerous” and may only target symptoms, as opposed to underlying medical conditions, according to a medical expert. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - October 19, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news