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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. :-). ...Read more

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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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 a├žai 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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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! ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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