Category Archives: Dietary Supplements

Dietary Supplements — Wait, supplements to WHAT?

Betty Chaffee/ July 13, 2018/ Dietary Supplements, Medication Management, Medication Therapy Management/ 2 comments

I’m one of the nearly 3/4 of adults in the US taking at least one dietary supplement. Dietary supplements include vitamins, botanicals, herbals, and other substances that are extracted from food sources or made synthetically to mimic chemicals contained in foods, and are intended to increase the quantity consumed in the diet.   So, does that mean that if we all ate a well-balanced diet, we wouldn’t need to use

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Dietary supplements – The importance of potency and purity

Betty Chaffee/ July 5, 2018/ Dietary Supplements, Medication Management, Medication Therapy Management/ 0 comments

What is REALLY in the supplement product you just purchased? At first thought, it might seem a given that a product actually contains the ingredients listed on the label, in the listed amounts. But it turns out that for dietary supplements, that’s not always the case. The production and sale of dietary supplements is a booming industry, with nearly 3/4 of US adults using at least one supplement on a

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Dietary Supplements — Choosing and Using Them Wisely

Betty Chaffee/ June 27, 2018/ Dietary Supplements, Medication Management, Medication Therapy Management/ 0 comments

Finding a non-prescription medicine for a cough or other minor ailment is pretty straightforward. You just go to the correct aisle in the pharmacy shelf and start reading labels. The label for each non-prescription medication will describe what symptoms it treats and the correct dose to use. It’s not that simple with dietary supplements. Because they are regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as nutritional products rather than

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