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What do you think of chop's new "supplements" & vitamins policy statement?

What do you think of chop's new "supplements" & vitamins policy statement?

Disallowing vitamins: Children's hospital of philadelphia will no longer maintain supplements ; vitamins on its formulary, using the argument that the fda does not regulate them. Parents can continue providing supplements to their child if they sign a waiver. http://tinyurl.com/ksfaxut safe supplements from home will be far less expensive ; could be better quality than provided by the hospital anyway. :-).

Dr. Randy Baker
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Supplements (Definition)

A dietary supplement, also known as food supplement or nutritional supplement, is a preparation intended to supplement the diet and provide nutrients, such as vitamins, minerals, fiber, fatty acids, or amino acids, that may be missing or may not be consumed in sufficient quantities in a person's diet. Some countries define dietary supplements as foods, while ...Read more


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Please explain what is " risk-benefit analysis "?" a doctor mentioned this in an answer about evaluating the benefit of taking new supplements.

Please explain what is " risk-benefit analysis "?"
a doctor mentioned this in an answer about evaluating the benefit of taking new supplements.

Pro's and Con's: Many medical treatments have side effects and potential complications. We (patient & doctor) need to weigh these factors into the decision whether to proceed with any treatment, be it a new drug, supplement, operation, etc.

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Can adding new supplements like B12 or cinnamon that support metabolism to my diet cause a missed period?

Can adding new supplements like B12 or cinnamon that support metabolism to my diet cause a missed period?

NO: These supplements are not known to cause a missed period. If you are sexually active you could be pregnant but missing periods is not uncommon for other reasons such as stress ; nutrient deficiencies. Home pregnancy tests are inexpensive (even found at dollar stores) and widely available so you can find out if you are pregnant within minutes. There is no need to stay in doubt about this.

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I've noticed today my veins in my breast are so visible and blue! am i ok. I've been working out, stopped drinking alcohol and taking a new supplement?

I've noticed today my veins in my breast are so visible and blue! am i ok. I've been working out, stopped drinking alcohol and taking a new supplement?

Likely normal: If you have fair skin, your veins are more noticeable- easily to be seen. Person with darker skin, will be more difficult to see the vein. Nothing to worry. But if you still worry- go to see your doctor and have yourself checked.

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Is the new acai supplement for weight loss effective in the long term?

Is the new acai supplement for weight loss effective in the long term?

Fiber effect: I don't know of any long-term studies. 1 ounce of acai berry juice contains approximately 15.6 calories. The açai berry has about 247 calories per 100-grams. 50 grams of powdered acai pulp has about 26 grams of dietary fiber. Because dietary fiber can help one to feel full it may be helpful for appetite suppression.

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Is it possible to miss a period when starting to take a new diet supplements?

Is it possible to miss a period when starting to take a new diet supplements?

Late period: Irregular periods are one of the most common problems obgyns treat. If this is one time problem it usually resolves on its own. If this is a recurring problem you should be evaluated. Infections & hormonal changes can cause spotting. If there is a concern for pregnancy then do a home pregnancy test . There are many options available to help regulate the menstrual cycle. Schedule a visit.

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Is it safe to take lysine supplement with omega-3 fish oils and a daily multivitamin? I'm new to supplements and bit of a hypochondriac

Is it safe to take lysine supplement with omega-3 fish oils and a daily multivitamin? I'm new to supplements and bit of a hypochondriac

You should be: It is unnecessary to take these supplements - there is no data that suggests benefit to you at your age (and taking them doesn't slow the normal aging process which is inevitable for everyone). Instead, concentrate on eating a balanced diet, exercising regularly, and maintaining normal weight. That's been proven to help!

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Why would my fingers/hands smell like garlic if i haven't eaten or handled any garlic lately? No new medications or supplements.

Why would my fingers/hands smell like garlic if i haven't eaten or handled any garlic lately? No new medications or supplements.

DMSO,ANXIETY,CUMIN: 1sulpher based medicines like dmso 2emotional stress apocrine glands sedrete an oily sweat, when a person is suffering from anxiety or emotional stress.Sulpher producing bacteria thrive in these fatty compounds&produce a chemical which smells like garlic odor 3large quantity of cumin may produce garlic like body odor.

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What kind of antiaging supplements or new medical products do you recommend for 50 -60 age group?

What kind of antiaging supplements or new medical products do you recommend for 50 -60 age group?

No Treatment Here: Unfortunately i doubt that any ethical physician would have a list of 'anti-aging' products. This money making marketing scheme, known as snake oil and other common euphemisms , is not medicine nor is anything i can think of, something a real doctor would advocate for. The rest of your question is so broad as to be unanswerable.

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Is it safe to take wellbutrin (bupropion) with the new popular "fat burning" supplement shredz?

Is it safe to take wellbutrin (bupropion) with the new popular "fat burning" supplement shredz?

Don't do it: There is no data looking at taking wellbutrin (bupropion) with an overthecounter supplement. Neutraceuticals like shredz do not tell the exact amounts of ingredients b/c they are not monitored by the fda. It does contain caffeine and green tea extract which can act as a stimulant of the central nervous system. Thus shredz combined with stimulation from wellbutrin (bupropion) may cause increased anxiety and insomnia.

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I've started taking the new garcinia cambodia natural dietary supplement. Would it be ok to take it 3 times a day instead of only two times a day?

I've started taking the new garcinia cambodia natural dietary supplement. Would it be ok to take it 3 times a day instead of only two times a day?

Waste of money: The product does not work at all regardless of the number of times you take it. See this article: http://www.Slate.Com/articles/health_and_science/medical_examiner/2013/01/can_you_trust_dr_oz_his_medical_advice_often_conflicts_with_the_best_science.Html if you want to lose weight because you are truly overweight, you will have to do it the old fashioned way by diet and exercise.

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New horrible smelling gas all time. Stopped using protein supplements and dairy to no avail. What could be causing this? Need a dr appt?

New horrible smelling gas all time. Stopped using protein supplements and dairy to no avail. What could be causing this? Need a dr appt?

Check out this link.: Perhaps it may tàke few more days for the bad smelly gas to disappear and i presume it's the protein supplements and dairy products that contributed to it. Drinking lots of water with prune juice, stool softeners and probiotics may help. (in the meantime, cover ur nose to alleviate the problem. My bad!) best wishes! http://www.M.Webmd.Com/a-to-z-guides/features/embarrassing-conditions.

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Im on new oral anticoagulant rivaroxaban i feel very fatigued is it safe to take a vit supplement while im on this drug?

Im on new oral anticoagulant rivaroxaban  i feel very fatigued is it safe to take a vit supplement while im on this drug?

Yes but . . .: You need to discuss your concerns w/your prescribing doctor. Rivaroxaban is sold here in the states as xarelto (http://www.Drugs.Com/mtm/rivaroxaban.Html). While it isn't affected by vitamin k (unlike warfarin), it's still a good idea to chat w/your family doc to discuss why you're feeling fatigued. You didn't mention why you're taking this drug. Atrial fibrillation can make you tired. So can blee.

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I have multiple myeloma and am enduring chemotherapy with a new drug (to the nhs) revlimid (lenalidomide). Are there any drug/supplements to harness my immune sys?

I have multiple myeloma and am enduring chemotherapy with a new drug (to the nhs) revlimid (lenalidomide). Are there any drug/supplements to harness my immune sys?

Follow MDs advice: Lenalidomide is an immunomodulatory drug (imid), so it is "harnessing your immune system". I would re-word the question as what drugs should I take to optimize my myeloma treatment? Lenalidomide (revlimid) is a very effective drug alone or with other drugs. Myeloma patients are at high risk of infection with or without therapy. Anti-viral drugs (acyclovir, valacyclovir) can reduce risk of shingles.

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Are there any new treatments for OCd, apart from exposure and delay therapy? also are there any herbal supplement for this problem

Are there any new treatments for OCd, apart from exposure and delay therapy? also are there any herbal supplement for this problem

NO herbals: OCD is defined as a obsessive condition with compulsive tendencies. There are some meds specifically therapy that are in the SSRI family. I would not take any herbals as these are not studied and ST Johns wort is not appropriate for this. See your doctor and get the best advice. Most appropriate would be to see a psychiatrist.