We as a society have never had so many choices on how to treat and or prevent illness and disease. I think it’s great that science has become so innovated that we are finding new ways to not only treat and prevent illness and disease holistically. But with all these choices it can be a daunting task to determine what is right for you and what is safe. With the use of Dietary Supplements and Pharmaceuticals issues of safety and interactions are crucial, in particular with the elderly. The Office of Dietary Supplements “ODS” has created a questionnaire for consumers to complete and consult with their health care professional in determining necessity and potential drug interaction. “What Dietary Supplements Are You Taking? Office of Dietary Supplements”
Natural Standard has an interactive tool and interaction checker against Dietary Supplements and Pharmaceuticals that lists evidenced based information on drug interactions.
In addition to incorporating all the research from this series now is the time to consolidate and decide based on all the evidence and input from your health care professional if Dietary Supplements are right for you, which ones and how much.
In the last series of this Blog we will address important information and provide links to sites for consumers who are diagnosed and/ or treating for serious illness or conditions that are considering the use of Dietary Supplements as part of their regimen.
Natural Standard This site offers interactive tools, grading system and interaction checker however there is a membership fee involved.
What Dietary Supplements Are You Taking? FDA
Dietary Supplements and Older Consumers
Dietary Supplements to Avoid HCV Advocate
HerbMed® – an interactive, electronic herbal database – provides hyperlinked access to the scientific data underlying the use of herbs for health. It is an impartial, evidence-based information resource provided by the nonprofit Alternative Medicine Foundation. This public site provides free access to 30 herbs.
CAMline is a Canadian evidence-based website on complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) for healthcare professionals and the public. It represents a successful collaboration of conventional and CAM organizations, interests and expertise.