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When Supplements Become Dangerous!

When supplements go bad…oh my!! 

How many people take some kind of vitamin or supplements?  You want to feel better and stay healthy right?  For example, St. John’s Wort is supposed to help decrease anxiety, and improve your mood…But it interacts with many prescribed medications.  About ½ of all US citizens take some type of supplement.  It is a $28 billion a year industry.  That’s a lot!  But people don’t feel like they are a medication since they are over-the-counter, and you don’t need a prescription.  So they don’t tell their doctor what they take.  The elderly population regularly takes supplements, and also takes a good number of prescriptive drugs, which is a great set up for having an adverse reaction.  We encourage you to tell your doctor about vitamins and supplements you are taking. Even those fancy fruit drink supplements as well!  Communication is important!  Get educated, get empowered, get healthy!

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