The NUTRITION Page is intended as an information reference only, not as a prescription manual. This information is provided to help you make better informed decisions about your health, diet, and behavior.
Please note that, in larger amounts, certain vitamins, minerals, or herbals can have powerful drug-like effects. It is possible to overdose on certain vitamins, minerals or herbals, and it is also possible to experience side effects. Vitamins, minerals or herbals may also interact with some medications.
Whenever available, I have provided drug-interaction and side-effect information prominently in each supplement abstract page (for example, the St John's wort page), but you are encouraged to review other resources, like NIH's "Fact Sheets on Dietary Supplements" Page because there is no single website which provides all that information in one place for free.
The Nutrition Section is not intended as a substitute for any treatment that may have been prescribed by your doctor. If you suspect that you have a serious health problem, we urge you to seek competent professional help.
Finally, the Nutrition section reports on studies done in the field. When a researcher decides to do a clinical trial or study, they usually secure the product they test from a pharmaceutical house, NOT from a health food store.
There have been numerous reports in the popular press by investigative reporters, collecting samples of a product from health food stores and pharmacies and then finding that the products failed to contain accurate amounts of the reported substance, or worse yet contain toxins, impurities, or bacteria. DO NOT assume that just because Larry (with the 3 nose rings) tells you that his products are the best available that this means that he's telling you the truth.
Quality control labs regularly report high levels of pesticides, herbicides, bacteria, heavy metals, and fillers like styrofoam in products that claim to be “organic”. Ask for copies of quality control and batch-testing reports from the manufacturer, if you want to actually get what you paid for. There ARE reputable manufacturers out there, but you must do your due-diligance first.
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