Living on Liquids: How an IV-Only Diet Works

For most of us, the smell of our favorite meal cooking on the stove might inspire a little taste test. But for some people, taking any kind of forkful isn’t an option. Approximately 40,000 people in the U.S. rely solely on intravenous fluids (IV) to meet their caloric and nutritional needs. This therapy is known … Read More

Thyroid Issues? What You Need to Know About Diet and Supplements

Thyroid patients can’t manage their condition through diet. However, eating the wrong foods or taking the wrong supplements can cause trouble. Among the foods that thyroid patients should go easy on — if not avoid altogether — are soy, kelp and  dietary supplements like iodine and selenium, says endocrinologist Christian Nasr, MD. “There is a lot … Read More

Healthy Vitamin D Levels May Help You Fight Cancer

Doctors have long suspected that healthy vitamin D levels may help combat cancer. Now, a new study finds that people with higher levels of vitamin D who are diagnosed with cancer tend to have better survival rates — especially those diagnosed with breast cancer, colon cancer or lymphoma. They also typically remain in remission longer than patients … Read More

Fish Oil Supplements, Vitamins Won’t Lower Your Cholesterol

If you’re taking supplements like fish oil or a multi-vitamin in the hopes of improving your cholesterol counts, save your money. There are better, more effective strategies. There’s no scientific evidence that fish oil supplements will lower your cholesterol, says dietitian Julia Zumpano, RD. Fish oil will not prevent heart disease. It can, however, help … Read More

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How to Avoid Surprising Risks of OTC Pain Medications

For common, occasional aches and pain, an over-the-counter oral medication often does the trick. But experts warn people with chronic, ongoing pain to avoid long-term use of common remedies such as Tylenol® or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs), including aspirin, ibuprofen, Aleve® and Advil®. Hong Shen, MD, a pain management specialist at Cleveland Clinic, cautions that using … Read More

Probiotics: What You Need to Know

Probiotic supplements have been touted to improve gut health, balance vaginal flora and strengthen the immune system. They contain beneficial bacteria naturally found in the intestinal tract and in some foods, including yogurt, pickles, soft cheeses and sauerkraut. So, it makes sense to consider adding probiotic supplements to your diet. Studies are under way What … Read More

Vitamin E Supplements May Do More Harm Than Good

Many people take vitamin E supplements thinking the antioxidant will help fight lung cancer. A new study suggests that those supplements have exactly the opposite effect in mice. Researchers in Sweden gave vitamin E supplements in amounts four to 50 times the U.S. recommended daily intake to mice with early lung cancer. The researchers expected the supplements to slow the … Read More

FDA Issues Warning on Concussion Supplements

If it were only that easy: take a pill and avoid a concussion. Problem is, no scientific evidence supports the claim that any dietary supplement is effective in the treatment or prevention of concussion. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) sent out a strong warning recently about dietary supplements that claim to help you avoid … Read More

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