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Toxicological Quackery Part 1

Posted: June 12th, 2012 | Tags: , , , , , , , | 2 Comments »

Some Medical Treatments to Avoid like the Plague

It’s probably no surprise that there are ineffective, unproven, and potentially dangerous alternative medical procedures available for nearly every area of medicine.  Medical toxicology is no exception.  There are more than a few medical practices which are non-FDA approved and have been associated with serious injury and even death. Patients may perhaps mistrust the traditional medical system or are desperate for miracle cures.  Some examples include: Read more »

Herbs and Teas Given to Infants – Should We Be Concerned?

Posted: May 31st, 2011 | Tags: , , , , , , , , | No Comments »

A few weeks ago we posted a blog entitled “Nutritional Supplements: Are the Benefits Worth the Cost?.” This week, we are shifting our focus to another population group while continuing our conversation on herbal remedies and supplements.

An eye-opening study was published in the May 2011 online edition of the Pediatrics Digest regarding the administration of herbal medications and teas to infants one year of age and under by parents. A major finding was that 9% of infants, some as young as one month old, were given non-prescription products for a variety of conditions. Examples of products given to babies included gripe water, chamomile, teething tablets, and teas such as chrysanthemum tea, lemon tea, orange tea, and rosemary leaf tea. Read more »

Nutritional Supplements: Are the Benefits Worth the Cost?

Posted: May 10th, 2011 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

Everyday millions of people are bombarded with radio commercials, TV infomercials, internet ads, and aggressive sales pitches touting the health benefits (many of them unproven) of nutritional supplements. Warnings about potential adverse reactions, toxicity, food/drug interactions, and other precautions are often under-emphasized or absent.  It is important to note that dietary supplements are not regulated by the FDA and as a result manufacturers do not need to prove safety or effectiveness. Read more »