Dietary Supplements and Drug Interactions

Are you one of the millions of Americans who currently take one or more dietary supplements and are also on prescription medication? In today's world, the likelihood of taking both dietary supplements and drugs are quite high: studies show that about 50% of Americans use a complementary therapy like foods, herbs or vitamins and minerals. [...]


Thyroid Supplements

Synthetic thyroid hormone supplementation increases calcium loss, reduced bone density and increased risk of osteoporosis. A study from Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge, LA, shows that taking synthetic thyroid accelerates bone turnover and that new bone formation does not offset the loss (Thyroid 2003 Apr;13(4):357-64). Synthetic thyroid can also bind with iron, resulting [...]


General Considerations in Taking Dietary Supplements

Pregnant or nursing women should always consult their physicians or healthcare professionals before taking any medications or dietary supplements. Consult a practitioner before taking any dietary supplements if you are elderly or take multiple prescription medications. Discontinue a product if symptoms of allergy develop. Take supplements with food to avoid digestive upset. Do not swallow [...]