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Thu Feb 23, 2017, 10:31 AM

Natural doesn't mean safe or healthy

My wife's in her mid 60s and her peripheral vision is starting to go. Central vision is great.
Quite common with age.

Anyway, she was talking with one of her friends and they recommended taking "St. John's magic vitamin elixir", or some such, I don't remember the magic natural cure she mentioned.

She's on a bunch of meds, high blood pressure, etc. So I said, never heard of it but you need to run it by your doctor. Whatever the active ingredient is it could interact with one of the meds you are talking. She was no way, this is natural stuff can't harm you, etc, etc.
Anyway, according to her doc, not a great idea so she's not taking it.

Point is your doctor needs to know everything you're taking prescribed or natural OTC. They all have affects.

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def_con5 Feb 23 OP
Juan Rico Feb 23 #1
Currentsitguy Feb 23 #2
def_con5 Feb 23 #3
His Daughter Feb 23 #4
def_con5 Feb 23 #5
Squeek Feb 23 #6

Response to def_con5 (Original post)

Thu Feb 23, 2017, 10:33 AM

1. Touting something as being "natural" is a common ploy in quack medicine.

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Response to def_con5 (Original post)

Thu Feb 23, 2017, 12:06 PM

2. Belladonna is natural

That doesn't mean it's good for you.

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Response to Currentsitguy (Reply #2)

Thu Feb 23, 2017, 12:09 PM

3. And arsenic

and a whole bunch of other stuff. I've just heard that from so many folks, just thought I'd put out a heads up.

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Response to def_con5 (Original post)

Thu Feb 23, 2017, 01:33 PM

4. Check the ingredients and quantities

There is enough data online to know if you are at risk for an interaction issue or not. If its homeopathic, it is most likely just water, so there would be little risk.

Since there is so much of junk stuff out there, there is little chance your doctor will know what it is by name. Bring the ingredients list with you. Most will tell you to stop taking it out of reflex, but some will look at it. If it is harmless, some let it go, knowing the placebo effect can be useful for the patients quality of life. Every so often I see someone who is sick due to supplement abuse. They are often true believers and will not listen.

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Response to His Daughter (Reply #4)

Thu Feb 23, 2017, 01:38 PM

5. Good advice

Gotta love homeopathic.

Here's James Randi taking an entire bottle of homeopathic sleeping pills.

A little long at 17 minutes, but fun to watch.

https://www.ted.com/talks/james_randi

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Response to def_con5 (Original post)

Thu Feb 23, 2017, 04:05 PM

6. Oh, I know...

I had some friends...a married couple...heavily into religion and praying and using "natural" medicines, etc.

Like lots of uninformed people, they thought if it was natural, it was OK.

And, as a few here pointed out, there are loads of natural things that are not OK. Neither on their own, nor mixed with other foods or plants or medicines.

Even something as innocuous as grapefruit...juice or the actual fruit...should not be consumed in conjunction with some medications.

I always check out the side effects and contraindications of any supplement I plan on using.



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