Alternative Medicines Corner

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  • March 1, 2002
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    The typical western diet—one that is high in red and processed meats, French fries, high-fat dairy products, refined grains, and sweets and desserts—is associated with an increased...

  • March 1, 2002
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    Two herbal products sold by BotanicLab of Brea, Calif., have been recalled nationally after the California Department of Health Services identified prescription drug contaminants in them.

  • February 1, 2002
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    A randomized controlled trial shows that the herbal agent butterbur has beneficial effects in patients with seasonal allergic rhinitis—comparable in fact to the antihistamine cetirizine (...

  • January 1, 2002
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    If anyone needed more proof of the need for a drug therapy expert to help patients avoid harmful drug interactions among prescription, nonprescription, and complementary and alternative...

  • December 1, 2001
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    Garlic supplements, acting through an asyet unidentified mechanism, decrease serum concentrations of saquinavir (Fortovase—Roche). The drop in blood levels is sufficient to cause treatment...

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