Guide to Alternative Medicine and the Digestive System

Anil Minocha, MD FACP FACG

Chapter 29: Regulation and Safety Concerns (continued)

KEY POINTS Many patients and clinicians are under the false impression that dietary supplement products are at least safe and possibly effective. Medications and dietary supplements are regulated under different laws. Beware of the possibility of not just contaminants, but also the possible spiking of dietary supplements. Clinicians must take it upon themselves to educate themselves about the variety of complementary and alternative therapies so as to meet their patients on a neutral ground. While as many as 60% of Americans use some form of dietary supplement, about 15% to 20% of…