First let me welcome you to my first blog post. I am excited to share my thoughts with you. I look forward to our discussions and hope you enjoy my writings.
This subject of how safe supplements and natural medicine is is not an easy one. It's one of those things where if you ask six different people about it, you get a similar amount of answers. Personally, I've always believed in the healing power and the safety of supplements and natural medicine, if they are used correctly, with knowledge and common sense. The problem is, when it comes to people in general, there is a shortage of common sense. Common sense, unfortunately, has yet to be bottled and sold. But if it was, would the Food and Drug Administration approve it? It could be disruptive...
Let's first offer a bit of definition.
What are dietary supplements? The Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA), (created by the FDA) defines a dietary supplement as a product that:
- supplements the food you eat;
- contains one or more dietary ingredient (including vitamins; minerals; herbs or other botanicals; amino acids, and other substances);
- comes in pill, capsule, tablet, or liquid form; and
- is labeled as a dietary supplement.
There are different types of dietary, or nutritional, supplements. Vitamin and mineral supplements are types of dietary supplements containing micronutrients meant to help a healthy body function smoothly. Herbal (or botanical) supplements are dietary supplements that have a medicinal purpose. Herbal supplements generally support a specific area of the body’s health, such as the liver, bones or skin.
How do you determine which supplements or natural medicine treatments you take?
Tune in on Friday for Part 2 of my discussion on how safe supplements and natural medicine are....