Tuesday, May 09, 2006

All the weird herbs and supps, oh my

…Consumer Reports, which still has street cred, is cranking out a database on herbs and supplements.

…All you do is pay $19 a year, which also gives you access to their prescription drug evals.

…The database is assembled by the Therapeutic Research Center in Stockton, CA, and receives no pharmco $$.

…Americans are spending $20 billion a year on things that (1) might not help, and
(2) might hurt.

…Other databases, such as those maintained by the National Institutes of Health, carry a lot of information but may not work “backwards.” In other words, you can’t put in an ailment and get a list of herbal approaches, rated for effectiveness.

…HA cannot say this often enough. You take herbs to help, so you must believe they “do” something. If they “do” something, it could be something bad, as well as good.

…So check first. Don’t just swig the stuff down, start feeling funky or rashy in a few days, and then think, “Uh-oh.”

…”No more uh-oh’s” is the submotto of this website.

…To access the new info, go to www.consumereportsmedicalguide.org.

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