This week many of our newspapers reported updates on the status of research
about the use of popular herbal remedies used, without medical guidance as
alternative or complementary therapies for a variety of symptoms. Those
articles precipitated lots of consumer questions at a weekend Pills and
Promises lecture I delivered this weekend. If you're interested in reading
my guidelines for "interpreting" research, I've attached a Microsoft Word
(thanks brother Bill) RTF file for your quick reading pleasure.
Meanwhile remember. Whether it can be purchased over the counter at your
retail pharmacy, at a health food store or from an independent distributor
HERBS ARE MEDICINES. If you are taking any prescription don't supplement
your care without checking with your pharmacist or physician. If you are
expecting to create a child, keep your body free of body altering
chemicals. Meantime, remember: if a pill could be developed that had all
the benefits of exercise it would be the most prescribed drug ever
produced. Until then, keep moving!