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-- big claims to help your health makes you lose weight many of them sound all natural but there are some dangers.
About dietary supplements even vitamins that manufacturers do not want you to know so let's ask doctor -- the -- -- she's here to reveal those troops.
She's a position at NYU's line -- medical center doctor is our great to have you here thanks for having I was stunned to -- there are 54000.
Supplements on the market and they're not all regulated the same way or even regulated.
No they're not at the first time that there was actually legislation about this with -- 1994.
When congress passed.
Something called the dietary supplement health and education act.
And what that was was basically all ingredients that had been -- -- up until that point had gone through some regulatory process that they were deemed to be reasonably safe.
After that from nineteen ends up almost twenty years ago.
And -- ingredients that are marketed after that.
Have to basically -- -- very hard to show that there unsafe.
We really have no we really don't have any stringent.
Regulation of doubts aside about some of your truths in these supplements and the first one here natural isn't the same as safe so when it's -- all natural right.
That classic a perfect example of best is something something called ephedra.
Which is eight and at Chinese herb that's over 5000 years old and actually the chemical substance in ephedra is actually -- consider what Akron.
Which is the active ingredient in a lot of over the counter nasal decongestants and things like that -- this -- compound.
Actually does have have some medicinal qualities and purposes.
But in patients who have underlying heart disease or thyroid disease.
Had a propensity to -- me.
Taking ephedra can actually result in -- significantly bad outcomes and even death in some cases that nexus specifically using your doctor needs to know what you're wrong we don't always tell our doctor now and doctors when when they need a patient for the first time -- every follow what if it were always asking we go through a list of medicines.
And patients are always very willing to give us that the list of their prescribed medicines what I asked patients do all the time is to -- even separately on a piece of paper.
All the supplements vitamins as well as their doses that they're taking.
Patients don't realize that some really really common supplements such as calcium and iron supplements can affect the absorption of their prescription medicines.
And in certain -- says those supplements can actually affect how the prescription medicine.
Is metabolize in your body meaning that it can render it completely ineffective.
Or actually get you toxic amounts necessary medications can't be sold without an FDA approval but supplements and vitamins -- that's true.
That an order for a prescription or over the counter medicine to gain FDA approval -- has to undergo the gold standard.
To test a -- -- -- and safety and that is called the double blind placebo controlled randomized trial.
Supplements don't have that kind of regularly -- And you -- -- read labels with a grain of salt what are we looking for.
So what does supplement makers are are doing is they are listing and so the first ingredient that you read should be what supplement contains the most -- And then after that and but what often happens is that the supplement maker may not only describe it as a blend -- formula so it's not even a pure substance.
They sometimes even over estimate or under estimate sometimes on her best how many milligrams of that substance is actually in the supplement.
Our -- -- throw their money away with supplements we were talking off camera ready but there's a growing body of evidence suggesting that these vitamins absolutely do nothing for our bodies at all and that very few of them may be vitamin.
But people taking these every morning spending so much money in wasting.
I -- I mean I think there's been a lot of interesting news about vitamin.
And certainly patients who have vitamin.
That may be a little -- the exception to the role but I think what people are mistaking.
Is that they're going to be able to boost their immune systems and create a healthy body in a pill form that's just not the case it's still it's gonna go back to a well balanced diet.
You know everything your mother tells you doctor -- days -- great to see you thanks so much I start to.
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