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Is This Safe to Take?

February 6, 2015

Dr. Fox responds to the New York Time’s article about supplements.

Finally, some real data about supplements, “vitamins” and the over the counter unregulated stuff. Patients ask me every day if this or that is OK to take. My universal answer is, (and no proven by the state of New York) “I don’t know, because I have no idea what is in those pills. It could be simply starch for all I know.” Great now I know. Anything that is not prescription is considered a supplement and as such is not regulated by the FDA. Essentially any claims can be made on the label without any threat of recourse. As the article points out Asparagus extract can be put in and claimed to be “natural.” This labeling issue is also applicable to food with some exceptions. So don’t believe anything you read on labels – anywhere, and please don’t waste your hard earned money on “supplements.” Eat well and take a good multivitamin. We like the Theralogix group who does undergo outside assaying for stated contents, a process as rigorous as and FDA drug would go through.

Second one is “a path for precision medicine”
Sadly, our government continues to churn the system looking for more technological answers to disease caused by poor nutrition. Just a fraction of cost would be necessary to re-educate our population on healthy eating that would prevent these devastating diseases for which we so intently search for expensive cures. While research for cures is exciting, if we don’t fix the cause, we will never be a truly healthy society. Our population is exposed to “food drugs” at least five or more times a day, however, we spend very little effort or research money in evaluating the effects of this chronic use on our physical being.

Michael D. Fox, MD
Jacksonville Center
Reproductive Medicine

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