FDA takes more aggressive stance toward homeopathic drugs
The Food and Drug Administration on Monday proposed a tougher enforcement policy toward homeopathic drugs, saying it would target products posing the greatest safety risks, including those containing potentially harmful ingredients or being marketed for cancer, heart disease and opioid and alcohol addictions. Homeopathy is based on an 18th-century idea that substances that cause disease […]Related:He was a renowned surgeon — until a doctor found his initials burned on a patient’s liverA baby was born with her heart outside her body — and survived‘Phenomenal’ trial results may lead to a ...
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - December 18, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

FDA proposes new, risk-based enforcement priorities to protect consumers from potentially harmful, unproven homeopathic drugs
Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration proposed a new, risk-based enforcement approach to drug products labeled as homeopathic. To protect consumers who choose to use homeopathic products, this proposed new approach would update 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. It also covers situations where products labeled as homeopathic contain potentially harmful ingredients or do not meet current good manufacturing practices. (Source: Food and Drug Administration)
Source: Food and Drug Administration - December 18, 2017 Category: American Health Source Type: news

FDA Gets Tough With Homeopathic Medicines
MONDAY, Dec. 18, 2017 -- The U.S. government plans to crack down on unproven homeopathic remedies, particularly those that pose the greatest risk to patients. The Food and Drug Administration released proposed rules on Monday that would step up its... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - December 18, 2017 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Medical News Today: What is prolotherapy and what is it used to treat?
Learn all about prolotherapy, an alternative form of treatment for joint and back pain. We take a look at how it works, what to expect, and its efficacy. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - December 17, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Complementary Medicine / Alternative Medicine Source Type: news

Medical News Today: Ten benefits of shilajit
Shilajit, also called mineral pitch, is the result of a long process of breaking down plant matter and minerals. Learn about the potential health benefits. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - December 16, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Complementary Medicine / Alternative Medicine Source Type: news

Medical News Today: What are the benefits of a steam room
A look at steam rooms, which are a popular way for people to enjoy a range of health benefits. Learn more about the risks and benefits that are proven. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - December 15, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Complementary Medicine / Alternative Medicine Source Type: news

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Source: NCCAM Featured Content - December 14, 2017 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: NCCIH Source Type: news

Nigeria:NAFDAC to Promote Herbal Medicine, Local Manufacturers
[Guardian] The Director General of the National Agency for Food, Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), Prof. Mojisola Christianah Adeyeye has said the agency, under her administration will promote development of herbal medicine. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - December 14, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Dietary Supplement Use and Knowledge Among Pharmacy Students Dietary Supplement Use and Knowledge Among Pharmacy Students
How well educated are pharmacy students on the use, safety, and effectiveness of various dietary and herbal supplements?American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - December 14, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Pharmacist Journal Article Source Type: news

Lawmakers Push Back Against The Latest Flimsy Campaign To Crack Down On Kratom
The herbal drug "should be legal and available for those struggling with addiction," said Rep. Jared Polis. (Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post)
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - December 14, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

FTC Sending Refund Checks Totaling More Than $8 Million to Consumers Who Bought Deceptively Marketed Weight-loss Supplements
FTC mails refund checks to people who bought weight-loss supplements that were deceptively marketed using illegal spam email, baseless weight-loss claims, and fake celebrity endorsements. (Source: NCCAM Featured Content)
Source: NCCAM Featured Content - December 12, 2017 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: NCCIH Source Type: news

Supplement Sellers Settle FTC, State of Maine False Advertising Charges
Health Research Laboratories settle FTC and Maine charges company deceived consumers about products. (Source: NCCAM Featured Content)
Source: NCCAM Featured Content - December 12, 2017 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: NCCIH Source Type: news

How harmful can herbal remedies be? A case of severe acute tubulointerstitial nephritis - Beniwal P, Gaur N, Singh SK, Raveendran N, Malhotra V.
Acute interstitial nephritis (AIN) is a condition in which acute kidney injury (AKI) is characterized by the histological finding of interstitial inflammation. Hyponidd is an ayurvedic drug containing Momordica charantia, Gymnema sylvestre, Swertia chirata... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - December 11, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Supplements Claiming to Ease Opioid Addiction Come Under Scrutiny
Advocacy groups and the F.D.A. have warned that companies are capitalizing on the epidemic by offering unproven remedies. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - December 8, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: SHEILA KAPLAN Tags: Pain-Relieving Drugs Addiction (Psychology) Dietary Supplements and Herbal Remedies Advertising and Marketing Center for Science in the Public Interest Food and Drug Administration opioids Source Type: news

Hello From NCCIH's New Leadership Team
Hello from NCCIH’s new leadership team! In this message,Acting Director David Shurtleff andActing Deputy Director Wendy Weber introduce themselves and highlight NCCIH’s research interests and resources. (Source: NCCAM Featured Content)
Source: NCCAM Featured Content - December 7, 2017 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: NCCIH Research Blog Team Source Type: news

Jamaican weed stabilizes blood sugar
It was pouring rain. I could barely see as I drove up the winding mountains. But I would not be deterred from my mission. I was on my way to finally meet Jamaica’s last living Maroon healer, Ivey Harris. I finally arrived at her secluded mountain home and she met me with open arms… and an umbrella. After the rain let up, she showed me around her home. Her yard is like an all-natural pharmacy. And she’s a walking herbal encyclopedia. One of my favorites was a Jamaican vine with weird-looking warty green fruit. Most people in the U.S. would call it a weed. Today, I grow it in my backyard here in South F...
Source: Al Sears, MD Natural Remedies - December 7, 2017 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Cathy Card Tags: Health Avandia blood sugar diabetes diabetics drug glucose high-carb insulin Source Type: news

Acupuncture May Ease Pain Tied to Breast Cancer Care
(Source: The Doctors Lounge - Oncology)
Source: The Doctors Lounge - Oncology - December 7, 2017 Category: Cancer & Oncology Tags: Family Medicine, Gynecology, Nursing, Oncology, Pharmacy, Alternative Medicine, News, Source Type: news

Medical News Today: I experienced -80 & deg;C and lived to tell the tale
Whole-body cryotherapy involves standing in a small chamber set to -80 °C. I tried it out so that you don't have to, and this is what it felt like. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - December 6, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Complementary Medicine / Alternative Medicine Source Type: news

Study Identifies a Novel Mechanism by Which Cells May Detect a Variety of Sensations
Study build on earlier NCCIH-funded research on the Piezo2 protein and Piezo2 gene (the gene guides the production of different forms of the protein, which may play roles in distinguishing sensations). (Source: NCCAM Featured Content)
Source: NCCAM Featured Content - December 5, 2017 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: NCCIH Source Type: news

Medical News Today: What you should know about rose water
A look at rose water, a liquid made using water and rose petals. Included is detail on the types of rose water and the side effects of using it. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - December 5, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Complementary Medicine / Alternative Medicine Source Type: news

The New Health Care: Why a Lot of Important Research Is Not Being Done
Lawsuits have an intimidating effect on an already difficult enterprise. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - December 4, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: AARON E. CARROLL Tags: Research Suits and Litigation (Civil) Science and Technology Academic and Scientific Journals Dietary Supplements and Herbal Remedies Needleman, Herbert L Source Type: news

Housecall: Herbal supplements
THIS WEEK'S TOP STORIES Herbal supplements: What to know before you buy Herbal supplements, sometimes called botanicals, aren't new. Plants have been used for medicinal purposes for thousands of years.?But herbal supplements generally haven't been subjected to the same scientific scrutiny and aren't as strictly regulated as medications.?Yet all herbs, including herbal supplement products labeled [...] (Source: News from Mayo Clinic)
Source: News from Mayo Clinic - December 4, 2017 Category: Databases & Libraries Source Type: news

Does Kratom Really Kill? Officials Aren't Telling Us The Whole Story.
Authorities claim the popular herbal drug poses potentially deadly risks, but there are big problems with their evidence. (Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post)
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - December 1, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Prescription curbs to save millions
NHS England has agreed plans to save an estimated £190m each year by recommending low value treatments, including fish oil, herbal remedies and homeopathy no longer be provided on the NHS, and launching a consultation on curbs to prescriptions for some over the counter products such as paracetamol. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - December 1, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Green light for ban on prescription of ‘low value products’ on NHS
Fish oils, herbal remedies, homeopathic products, and warming muscle rubs on the list Related items fromOnMedica Gluten-free food CCGs ban routine prescription of some treatments NHS savings plan led to cuts of some ‘low-value’ treatments Dropping ‘low value prescription items’ set to save NHS ‘millions’ (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - December 1, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Grant Funding Available for Behavioral Interventions for Prevention of Opioid Use Disorder and as an Adjunct to Medication-Assisted Treatment
More than 90 Americans die every day after  overdosing on opioids. The misuse of and addiction to opioids—including prescription pain relievers, heroin, and fentanyl—is a public health epidemic in the U.S. Combatting the opioid crisis requires sustained efforts from researchers, health professionals, and community members to impleme nt evidence-based prevention and treatment strategies and to evaluate the effectiveness of new approaches. (Source: NCCAM Featured Content)
Source: NCCAM Featured Content - November 30, 2017 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Robin Boineau, M.D. Source Type: news

Nutra Labs Inc. Issues Voluntary Nationwide Recall of Dietary Supplements Bull and Chao Jimengnan Tablets Due to Undeclared Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients
Nutra Labs Inc. is voluntarily recalling lots sold by their firm of the male enhancement supplements Bull 1800 mg Capsules with the production date of 05/08/2016, and Chao Jimengnan 150 mg Tablets with Lot # 20151018 to the consumer level. FDA analysis found the products to be tainted with sildenafil, 0.026mg/capsule for Bull, and 70.46mg/tablet for Chao Jimengnan respectively. Sildenafil is the active pharmaceutical ingredient in an FDA approved product used for erectile dysfunction, making Bull capsules and Chao Jimengnan tablets unapproved new drugs. (Source: Food and Drug Administration)
Source: Food and Drug Administration - November 30, 2017 Category: Food Science Source Type: news

NHS confirms low value treatment blacklist and plans OTC prescribing limits
GPs should no longer prescribe 18 'low value treatments', including fish oil, herbal remedies and homeopathy, and could face further restrictions on prescribing OTC medicines for self-limiting conditions in the new year, NHS England has said. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - November 30, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: Clinical News Source Type: news

Suspect Supplements: Unregulated OTC Meds and Liver Injury Suspect Supplements: Unregulated OTC Meds and Liver Injury
Mislabeled herbal products are wreaking havoc on livers. A survey of the latest data on this public health concern is presented.Medscape Gastroenterology (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - November 30, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Gastroenterology Commentary Source Type: news

Complementary Health Approaches  for Travelers
Do any complementary health approaches help for travel-related health issues? Find out here. (Source: NCCAM Featured Content)
Source: NCCAM Featured Content - November 29, 2017 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: NCCIH Source Type: news

FDA Warns Biotin Can Distort Lab Tests
The FDA is warning that high doses of the vitamin B7, or biotin, in dietary supplements can interfere with hundreds of common lab tests—including some relied on by ER doctors to diagnose a heart attack. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - November 29, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Are Supplements Messing Up Your Blood Work?
  Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a Safety Communication titled, “The FDA Warns that Biotin May Interfere with Laboratory Tests.” The FDA is alerting the public, health care providers and laboratory personnel that biotin can interfere with certain lab tests and cause incorrect lab test results.    Some supplements, particularly those labeled for hair, skin, and nail benefits, may have high doses of biotin, which may not be clear from the label. Biotin in patient samples can cause falsely high or falsely low results, depending on the test. Clinical decisions made based on...
Source: MDDI - November 29, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Amanda Pedersen Tags: IVD Source Type: news

Viagra now available from a pharmacy without a prescription
Viagra Connect reclassified from POM to P by the MHRA Related items fromOnMedica Largest recorded seizure of fake medicines announced Health risk of unlicensed drugs in herbal supplements ED drugs unlikely to increase malignant melanoma risk Warning on buying unlicensed erectile dysfunction drugs (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - November 29, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Internet Marketers of Dietary Supplement and Skincare Products Banned from Deceptive Advertising and Billing Practices
A network of online marketers and the three people behind it have settled FTC charges that they sold weight-loss, muscle-building, and wrinkle-reduction products to consumers using unsubstantiated health claims, fake magazine and news sites, bogus celebrity endorsements, and phony consumer testimonials. (Source: NCCAM Featured Content)
Source: NCCAM Featured Content - November 27, 2017 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: NCCIH Source Type: news

Leaving the Center in Good Hands
In this blog post, Dr. Josephine Briggs reviews her time as Director of NCCIH and discusses the Center’s focus on pain research. (Source: NCCAM Featured Content)
Source: NCCAM Featured Content - November 27, 2017 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Josephine P. Briggs, M.D. Source Type: news

Medical News Today: Can mindfulness help you shed those extra pounds?
A new systematic review reveals the potential of mindfulness techniques in aiding people to lose excess weight and avoid a rebound. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - November 27, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Complementary Medicine / Alternative Medicine Source Type: news

Medical News Today: What are the options for natural hair regrowth?
A look at how to regrow hair naturally. Included is detail on the efficacy of home remedies, the impact of hair care, and whether common myths are true. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - November 26, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Complementary Medicine / Alternative Medicine Source Type: news

Chemical burns following massage with chopped Pulsatilla koreana - Song J, Tae S, Joo H, Lee SY, Sung KY.
Herbal massage is commonly used for cosmetic and antirheumatic purposes in the Republic of Korea. Cutaneous burns can complicate herbal massages, but this is a very rare occurrence. Pulsatilla koreana, the Korean pasque flower, is a species of the genus Pu... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - November 26, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Burns, Electricity, Explosions, Fire, Scalds Source Type: news

FDA's recent attack on Kratom based on lies and junk science, warns herbal group
(Natural News) “The thing that bugs me is that the people think the FDA is protecting them – it isn’t. What the FDA is doing and what the public thinks it’s doing are as different as night and day.” These are the words of Dr. Herbert L. Ley Jr., spoken in an interview with the... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - November 25, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Feds block herbal molecule that makes drinking alcohol less dangerous to your liver — Health Ranger
(Natural News) In recent weeks Natural News founder/editor Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, exposed yet another monumental fail on the part of the federal government: The Feds are actively blocking the public from learning about an herbal molecule from licorice root that can be added to alcoholic beverages to dramatically reduce the liver toxicity caused... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - November 22, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Child ’s science experiment solves chronic disease mystery
“Chew this.” I was instructed. “But don’t swallow. Just tell me when IT happens.” IT? What was IT? I’d have to find out. My researcher’s son — who enlisted me in his science experiment — wasn’t telling. So I obliged and started chewing. It tasted just as I expected at first. Bland. Almost cardboard-like. And then the strangest thing occurred. After about a minute, a hint of sweetness tickled my tongue. I kept chewing. A few seconds later, it intensified… like I was sucking on candy. And a few seconds after that it felt like I had an entire spoonful of sugar...
Source: Al Sears, MD Natural Remedies - November 22, 2017 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Dr. Al Sears Tags: Nutrition Weight Loss carbohydrates carbs disease sugar Syndrome Zero Source Type: news

The Zero Diet winning recipe …
We are all so excited over our cure for Syndrome Zero. All of my employees are behind this effort. And of course, we practice what we preach so we’re following the Zero Diet. It’s already having a dramatic effect on everybody’s health and we’re feeling better. We’re all doing it together as a team. My whole staff brought in a Zero Diet dish that we served for lunch. It was so hard to pick a winner that we picked three! Many of my employees have been doing this on their own at home. They’ve come up with some great recipes so we decided to have a cook-off. I asked every member of my st...
Source: Al Sears, MD Natural Remedies - November 22, 2017 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Dr. Al Sears Tags: Nutrition Weight Loss carbohydrates carbs diet fat protien recipe Syndrome Zero Source Type: news

Normalize blood sugar with stem cell boosters
All the patients that I see in my clinic are special… But sometimes there’s a patient who really leaves a mark on you. I recently had a patient like that. He was living 3,000 miles away in Ireland and had seen one of my daily e-newsletters. Right after reading it, he made an appointment, booked a flight and came to my clinic in South Florida. I’ll call him K.O. About 10 years ago, K.O. was diagnosed with dangerously high blood sugar, type 2 diabetes and out-of-control blood pressure. He was 50 years old and taking 10 prescriptions a day. His kidneys were failing him and he was on the short list for a kid...
Source: Al Sears, MD Natural Remedies - November 22, 2017 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Dr. Al Sears Tags: Anti-Aging Nutrition blood sugar carbs diabetes energy stem cells Syndrome Zero Source Type: news

Florida-based Supplement Sellers Settle FTC False Advertising Charges
NextGen Nutritionals, Strictly Health, and Cyber Business Technology, and owners Anna McLean and Robert McLean have settled Federal Trade Commission charges that they deceptively marketed and sold dietary supplements. (Source: NCCAM Featured Content)
Source: NCCAM Featured Content - November 22, 2017 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: NCCIH Source Type: news

Building the Understanding of the Effects of Tai Chi Training on Walking in Older People
Tai chi may help older people who have problems with walking (and falling). (Source: NCCAM Featured Content)
Source: NCCAM Featured Content - November 21, 2017 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: NCCIH Source Type: news

Manage the menopause naturally without HRT
This article helps you identify some simple changes you can make almost immediately which will help you manage the menopause naturally. Hot flushes and night sweats are common symptoms. Eighty percent of menopausal women experience them. Many women feel embarrassed about hot flushes, but it’s not as obvious to everyone else as it may seem to you! Symptoms can be reduced by eating lots of plant foods, especially those rich in phytoestrogens, which help to rebalance your hormones naturally. Phytoestrogens are found in abundance in soya products, legumes, and in brassica vegetables, such as cauliflower, broccoli, Brusse...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - November 20, 2017 Category: OBGYN Authors: Susie Kearley Tags: Alternatives to HRT healthy diet menopause Source Type: news

Can Fish Oil Help Reading?
Discussion Fats and fatty acids are essential for good human health. Saturated fats have hydrogen pairs linked to each carbon on the carbon backbone. They are solid or semi-solid at room temperature. Common examples are butter, lard, or hardened vegetable shortening. They are linked to higher cholesterol and triglycerides and only a small amount of them are recommended to be consumed in the diet. Unsaturated fats have one or more hydrogen atoms missing from the carbon backbone. They are liquid at room temperature. Monounsaturated fatty acids have one hydrogen pair that is missing from the carbon backbone. They are liq...
Source: PediatricEducation.org - November 20, 2017 Category: Pediatrics Authors: pediatriceducationmin Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

FDA warns herbal supplement kratom has similar effects to narcotics
Kratom is a plant some people use to treat pain, anxiety and depression. The FDA warns Kratom can be addictive and life-threatening, issuing a public health advisory this week and warning people about its possible dangers. The agency says Kratom has similar risks to opioids and suggested its use could "expand the opioid epidemic." Anna Werner reports. (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - November 16, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Medical News Today: What are the top essential oils for constipation?
A look at the best essential oils for constipation. Included is a look at the facts of constipation and common reasons for the condition. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - November 16, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Complementary Medicine / Alternative Medicine Source Type: news

Medical News Today: What to know about burdock root
A look at burdock root, a plant native to North Asia and Europe with many medicinal uses. Included is detail on side effects and how to use it effectively. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - November 16, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Complementary Medicine / Alternative Medicine Source Type: news