Tag Archives: herbal supplements

EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED

cool microphonesA recent warning to avoid fish oil during chemotherapy for cancer treatments raises the question:  Can vitamins and supplements do more harm than good?   In the case of cancer patients taking fish oils, this might be the case.

In mice, the administration of fish oil, while getting a common chemotherapy agent cisplatin (used in many cancer treatment regimens from lung to breast cancer), caused a reduction in the sensitivity to the chemo.

With this proven, oncologists are recommending that patients avoid fish oil at the time of chemotherapy, with the thought that this type of fatty acid may interact with the chemo medication and make it less effective.

So, rather than presuming that supplements are benign at worst, it may be that they are more trouble than they are worth, particularly when medications are an important treatment for your serious health condition.

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TRUTH IN ADVERTISING…RAISES CONCERNS ABOUT HERBAL SUPPLEMENTS

CLOSE APPLESWhether or not herbal supplements are of any benefit medically is an important question that can be investigated by well thought-out studies that are done honestly and with a scientific approach, but that issue is secondary to the question of  the accuracy of product labelling of herbal supplements.

A recent study from Canada, employing DNA fingerprinting, has found that 60% of the herbal supplements contained unlisted components, with a large proportion not even containing the advertised herbal supplement as the major constituent.  Given the lack of controls over the production of these products, and the unscrupulous nature of some herbal supplement purveyors, focused more on profits than on medical care for their clients.

Read more about my comments and criticisms of vitamin and herbal supplementation in THE GUIDE, pages 14-17