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Excellent Resource re Herbs and Supplements

Posted 8/27/2013

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  Once again, this is a favorite topic, and I am delighted to share a truly excellent resource. Amy, who attends one of my groups, told me about this yesterday, and I wish I had known about it earlier as I surely would have happily recommended it to women who are wondering about the possible benefits and risks of specific herbs, vitamins, or supplements.

  The general bottom line is to remember that "natural" does not necessarily mean good for you or even harmless, and that there is little to no evidence that most things from that arena have value in fighting cancer. Having said that, as long as you speak with your doctor before ingesting anything, and, as long as you read any ads or testimonials with a skeptic eye, it is up to you. Many women want to feel they are exploring all both avenues of help and want to do anything that might be useful and empowering.

  The link is from Memorial Sloan Kettering in New York. The best thing about it is that it enables you to write in any one item and then read about possible risks and benefits. Here is a short excerpt and then a link:

About Herbs, Botanicals & Other Products

Frequently Asked Questions
Find out which botanical products may pose a health risk; which supplements might cause dangerous interactions; and more.
About this Resource
Objective information for oncologists, healthcare professionals, and consumers
Our Herbal Policy
Healthcare providers should always inquire about and document the use of complementary therapies with all patients
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Medicine: Herbs, Botanicals & Other Products: FAQs.Integrative Medicine
Do you offer alternative treatments for cancer?
Alternative treatments are those used instead of mainstream therapies. They are unproven, expensive and unsafe. We do not offer alternative medicine in this hospital.

What is complementary medicine?
Complementary medicine includes therapies that are used as adjuncts to mainstream cancer care. They are supportive measures that control symptoms, enhance well-being, and contribute to overall patient care. Their benefits are usually supported by clinical studies and they are generally inexpensive. Complementary therapies include acupuncture, massage, music, and mind-body therapies such as meditation.

http://www.mskcc.org/cancer-care/integrative-medicine/about-herbs-botanicals-other-products

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