Harmful Supplements

A listener says, “It seems like most doctors have an axe to grind when it comes to dietary supplements. What’s the big deal?”

Here’s my take: some supplements and natural medicines have merit, but many come with hidden side effects and drug interactions. Plus, supplements aren’t regulated for quality or safety like regular medicines, and their labels can promise they’ll treat just about anything.

If you’re going to use supplements, I advise talking to your doctor to make sure they won’t affect any prescriptions or pre-existing conditions you have. And research before you buy. There are great resources including ConsumerLab, the FDA, or even WebMD.

For some, my advice may be a bitter pill to swallow. But a dose of caution with your health is worth it.

If you have a comment or question for the New Shine.FM wellness expert Dr. Walt Larimore, visit the wellness expert page at Shine.FM.

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