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Saturday, May 17, 2008

Safety First

Throughout time, many have found a cure for ailments in herbs, oils and tinctures, by using what naturally grew "by the wayside" so to speak. Mother Nature has always been an excellent source for medications. Her healing powers are remarkable and astonishing.

However, I would like to instill on you again the importance of being careful with taking natural supplements. Even though nature provides, if taken without any knowledge and good directions, it may backfire on you. Yes, even natural products can have negative or bad side-effects.

Be Safe, Be Savvy When Taking Supplements.
A certain supplement may sound like just the thing you need to feel better and improve your health, but remember it's your health that's on the line when you plunk down money at the register.

Whether that register is in a drug store, discount chain, grocery store or health food store is not as important as whether the brand is trustworthy and the product has been studied. A handful of private organizations are in the business of keeping tabs on supplements, each offering a variation on a certificate or seal for supplements it deems consumer-worthy. The three main companies cornering the certification market are ConsumerLab.com, NSF International and United States Pharmacopeia (USP). All three test supplements to determine, among other things, if what's in the bottle sizes up to the label's ingredient list. Look for a blue and yellow United States Pharmacopeia (USP) seal or a symbol from NSF or Consumer Lab.com.

Because you are your own best health advocate, make sure you answer these questions before you swallow anything. You can find some answers right here in this A-to-Z guide or by talking with your doctor.

-What are the claims made about the supplement? Are they realistic?
-Why might this supplement be worth taking? What effects is it supposed to have?
-Are there unbiased studies or history of use to show it's safe? Will the manufacturer provide a copy of studies for you to review with your doctor?
-What are side effects you might experience?
-How much should you take?
-What time - and how many times per day - should you take it?
-Will it interact with other medications you are taking?
-Will it interact with other supplements you are taking?
-Will it interfere with other medical conditions you have?
-How long should you take it?
-How long before you see results?
-Is it worth the price?
-Is the brand reputable?

If, after answering these questions, you decide a supplement is worth a try, follow this advice to achieve the best results and help ensure your safety:

-Let your doctor know the supplements you are taking.
-Know that some supplement can affect the outcome of medical tests.
-Try one new supplement (single active ingredient) at a time, and keep a record of its effects. Note the brand name and the dose.
-Don't take more than the recommended amount. You can overdose on anything, no matter how "safe" it appears to be.
-Keep a list of all of the supplements you are taking, along with your other medications. Don't stop taking your prescription medications, unless your doctor tells you to.
-Call your doctor if you have any unusual symptoms or feel worse after using a supplement. Be sure to keep the container the supplement came in.
~Arthritis Foundation.

Those practising natural healing and using natural remedies, were often seen as practitioners of witchcraft. Let's keep in mind though, the pharmaceutical industry is based on, and often uses, natural ingredients for their products.

Don't go "wandering off" by yourself and your own judgement. Keep in mind, even the knowledge of Homeopathy is acquired through a long and intensive study!

So is the knowledge of God's word. Bible study teaches us how to become a better person, how to live according to His commandments and the fruits of the Holy Spirit. It is not something you learn overnight, it is a life-long process. But it is a very pleasant, comforting, peaceful and secure one, walking in and with Jesus and with the encouraging fellowship of our brothers and sisters. :-)

1 John 1:3
that which we have seen and heard we declare to you, that you also may have fellowship with us; and truly our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ.


Anonymous Amy said...

Corry, we do need to be careful what we put in our bodies. I hope all is well with you and the family. Blessings to you today.

May 19, 2008 9:09 AM  
Blogger Corry said...

Yes we do need to be careful. Everything with "too" in front of it is not good, except where it concerns God and His word. :-)

We are doing well. Busy, busy. It just does not seem to end.

We hope all is well with you and yours.

God's Grace.

May 20, 2008 8:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

flybyhugging! :)

May 20, 2008 8:27 AM  
Blogger Saija said...

i love the way you tied the spiritual into the material ... :o)

growing in grace ... yes, it's a lifetime thing, isn't it? our bodies are so temporary - like the grass that is here today and gone tomorrow - but our spirits live forever ... if only folks would take as much time with their inner man as they do with the outer one - what a CHURCH it would be!!!

blessings on ya!

(p.s. leo is doing "fine" ... we had a change in docs again - they keep leaving this area - life is interesting at all times!)

May 20, 2008 9:06 AM  
Blogger Corry said...

(((HUGS))) to you as well!!! :-D

I am so grateful to hear Leo is doing fine. Sorry your docs are all leaving, but God will open doors!

I totally agree with you on spending more time to and with the inner man. It would be a totally different world, huh?!

Blessings to y'all.

God's Grace.

May 21, 2008 10:15 AM  
Blogger audrey` said...

Olive oil is good for the hair and skin =)

May 22, 2008 2:46 AM  
Blogger Corry said...

Yes it is. It is kind of messy though, haha.

(((HUGS))) Lieve Zus.

God's Grace.

May 22, 2008 6:17 AM  

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