The Dr. Oz Show: Information I Couldn’t Share

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Pro-pharmaceutical spokesmen have been repeatedly quoted as saying that dietary supplements are unregulated and need stricter oversight due to the hazards they pose to your health

This is patently false, Continue reading

A Natural Remedy for Menopause – Black Cohosh

In 2000, results from two large studies showed that taking estrogen and medroxyprogesterone could actually increase the risk of heart attacks, strokes, and breast cancer. (Medroxyprogesterone is a drug that protects the uterus and may reduce a woman’s risk of cancer.) Then came the news that hormone replacement therapy was linked to the risks of urinary incontinence and dementia.

Ever since all this news broke, there has been intense focus on finding alternative therapies. Here, I want to give you an up-to-date, unbiased review of what all the scientific literature says. Do dietary supplements actually reduce menopausal symptoms? Let’s go case-by-case starting with the big hitter.

Black cohosh is native to North America. It is the most- studied supplement for treating menopausal symptoms. As early as 1940, it has been widely used in Germany. Here are the best studies conducted so far in chronological order:

1988: Over six months, 48 to 140 milligrams (mg) of black cohosh a day significantly reduced menopausal symptoms Continue reading

Labels Database for Dietary Supplements

The Dietary Supplements Labels Database offers information about label ingredients in more than 4,000 selected brands of dietary supplements. It enables users to compare label ingredients in different brands. Information is also provided on the “structure/function” claims made by manufacturers. These claims by manufacturers have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Companies may not market as dietary supplements any products that are intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

Ingredients of dietary supplements in this database are linked to other National Library of Medicine databases such as MedlinePlus® and PubMed® to allow users to understand the characteristics of ingredients and view the results of research pertaining to them, including the following characteristics:

* Uses in humans

* Adverse effects

* Mechanism of action

The Database can be searched by brand names, uses noted on product labels, specific active ingredients, and manufacturers.

http://dietarysupplements.nlm.nih.gov/dietary/