Posts Tagged ‘U.S. Food and Drug Administration’
Written: December 7, 2009 In: Holistic
Remedies for maintaining optimum health are suggested to us from many directions. It can be very difficult to know who to believe or where to turn for honest and appropriate advice.
Finding optimum natural health remedies can be even more difficult as the natural health marketplace has fewer governing evaluation procedures for testing and/or restricting manufacturer claims.
Although dietary supplements are regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as foods, they are regulated differently from other foods and from drugs. Whether a product is classified as a dietary supplement, conventional food, or drug is based on its intended use. Most often, classification as a dietary supplement is determined by the information that the manufacturer provides on the product label or in accompanying literature, although many food and dietary supplement product labels do not include this information.
We believe there is value in many natural health remedies, but we also suggest you carefully evaluate claims made and consult your doctor when there is any chance that a natural health remedy may interfer with the purposes of a previously prescribed medication. We also suggest you evaluate the source of your information and rely on appropriately trained natural health professionals for advice.
Feel free to share your experiences, pro and con, with the natural health remedies you’ve tried in the past.