FDA warns against supplement use while taking prescription drugs

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DENVER -- Health supplements can boost your immune system  and help you lose weight, but if you`re  taking prescription drugs you may need to take a break from them.

The Food and Drug Administration is warning against mixing supplements with prescription and over the counter drugs. Medical experts say supplements can make some prescription drugs stronger or keep them from working at all.

Dr. Eric Groce of Swedish Family Medicine explains, “Too much vitamin C, vitamin A or too much probiotic (can be) a little bit more than your system is designed to handle.”

The FDA warning applies to all types of supplements from herbal remedies to fortified meal replacement mixes.

Probiotics, now available in mega-doses over the counter, can help patients battling intestinal disorders and studies show live strains can even boost the immune system, but doctors say you should avoid probiotics if you're on antibiotics.

Dr. Groce says, “The job of antibiotics is to kill bacteria so if you're taking antibiotics and probiotics at the same time you just killed your probiotics and wasted your money.”

The key to keeping your family safe and healthy is simple. Just discuss the supplements you're taking with your doctor before you begin taking any prescription drug.

Doctors also emphasize that you can bolster your family’s nutrition without turning to a bottle, well balanced meals with plenty of fresh vegetables, fruit and low fat protein sources can deliver everything your body needs.

For more information about ways to keep your family healthy visit Swedish Family Medicine (Dr. Eric Groce) or call 303-788-3100.

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  • Ron

    it is impossible to get nutrition from the food when there are little or no minerals in the soils.

    In 1936, the US Senate was presented with the results of a scientific study it had commissioned on the mineral content of our food. The results demonstrated that many human ills could be attributed to the fact that American soil no longer provided the plants with the mineral elements which are so essential to human nourishment and nutritional health.

    The following excerpts concerning Senate Document 264 of the 74th Congress, 2nd Session 1936, were found in the March 1936 issue of Cosmopolitan:

    “… 99 percent of the American people are deficient in … minerals, and … a marked deficiency in any one of the more important minerals actually results in disease.”

    “Do you know that most of us today are suffering from certain dangerous diet deficiencies which cannot be remedied until the depleted soils from which our foods come are brought into proper mineral balance? The alarming fact is that foods–fruits and vegetables and grains–now being raised on millions of acres of land that no longer contains enough of certain needed minerals, are starving us–no matter how much of them we eat!”

    “We know that vitamins are complex chemical substances which are indispensable to nutrition, and that each of them is important for the normal function of some special structure of the body. Disorder and disease result from any vitamin deficiency. It is not commonly realized, however, that vitamins control the body’s appropriation of minerals, and that in the absence of minerals they have no function to perform. Lacking vitamins, the system can make some use of minerals, but lacking minerals, vitamins are useless.”

    “Laboratory tests prove that the fruits, vegetables, grains, eggs and even the milk and meats of today are not what they were a few generations ago. No man of today can eat enough fruits and vegetables to supply his system with the mineral salts he requires for perfect health….”

    “It is bad news to learn from our leading authorities that 99 percent of the American people are deficient in these minerals, and that a marked deficiency in any one of the more important minerals actually results in disease. Any upset of the balance, any considerable lack of one or another element, however microscopic the body requirement may be, and we sicken, suffer, shorten our lives.”

  • rockinron90forlife

    Reblogged this on RockinRon90forlife and commented:
    it is impossible to get nutrition from the food when there are little or no minerals in the soils.

    In 1936, the US Senate was presented with the results of a scientific study it had commissioned on the mineral content of our food. The results demonstrated that many human ills could be attributed to the fact that American soil no longer provided the plants with the mineral elements which are so essential to human nourishment and nutritional health.

    The following excerpts concerning Senate Document 264 of the 74th Congress, 2nd Session 1936, were found in the March 1936 issue of Cosmopolitan:

    “… 99 percent of the American people are deficient in … minerals, and … a marked deficiency in any one of the more important minerals actually results in disease.”

    “Do you know that most of us today are suffering from certain dangerous diet deficiencies which cannot be remedied until the depleted soils from which our foods come are brought into proper mineral balance? The alarming fact is that foods–fruits and vegetables and grains–now being raised on millions of acres of land that no longer contains enough of certain needed minerals, are starving us–no matter how much of them we eat!”

    “We know that vitamins are complex chemical substances which are indispensable to nutrition, and that each of them is important for the normal function of some special structure of the body. Disorder and disease result from any vitamin deficiency. It is not commonly realized, however, that vitamins control the body’s appropriation of minerals, and that in the absence of minerals they have no function to perform. Lacking vitamins, the system can make some use of minerals, but lacking minerals, vitamins are useless.”

    “Laboratory tests prove that the fruits, vegetables, grains, eggs and even the milk and meats of today are not what they were a few generations ago. No man of today can eat enough fruits and vegetables to supply his system with the mineral salts he requires for perfect health….”

    “It is bad news to learn from our leading authorities that 99 percent of the American people are deficient in these minerals, and that a marked deficiency in any one of the more important minerals actually results in disease. Any upset of the balance, any considerable lack of one or another element, however microscopic the body requirement may be, and we sicken, suffer, shorten our lives.”

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