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AHA Warning: Some Supplements can Worsen Heart Failure

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Posted 11 August 2016

In a new scientific statement citing Natural Medicines, the American Heart Association (AHA) warns against the use of many supplements in people with heart failure. St. John’s wort, grapefruit juice, ginsenghawthorn, danshen, black cohosh, and green tea are among those discussed for their potential to cause significant interactions with commonly used heart failure medications. Other natural medicines, including aconitegossypol, licorice, and yohimbine are noted for their potential to cause harmful cardiovascular effects, including high blood pressure and decreased heart rate. Ephedra, a banned substance in the US, is also warned against as it raises blood pressure, can stimulate the heart, and make chest pain and irregular heartbeat worse.

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Horny goat weed, over-the-counter sexual treatments unproven, maybe harmful

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Posted 19 January 2016

Most Top-Selling, Over-the-Counter Sexual Treatments Unproven, Some Could be Harmful, Review Shows

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – January 11, 2016

From horny goat weed to ginseng and maca, over-the-counter dietary supplements sold to improve male sexual health contain a wide variety of “natural” ingredients. Researchers from Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center reviewed the scientific evidence for the most common ingredients to determine if they are effective – and most importantly – safe. The results are published online ahead of print in the Journal of Sexual Medicine.

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Controversial and unproven treatments for menopause

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Posted 03 August 2015

500,000 Australian women use alternative menopause therapy – study

The Guardian
Melissa Davey Sunday 2 August 2015 15.01

http://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/aug/03/500000-australian-women-use-alternative-menopause-therapy-study

Study published in Medical Journal of Australia finds women still shun hormone replacement therapy and turn to herbal and complementary treatments

Controversial and unproven treatments for menopause are being used by almost half a million Australian women aged between 40 and 65, and are often recommended by their doctors, a study published on Monday in the Medical Journal of Australia has found.

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New York Attorney General targets herbal marketers

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Posted 09 February 2015

New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman has sent letters ordering GNC, Target, Walmart, and Walgreens to stop selling store-brand herbal products that could not be verified to contain the labeled substance(s), or which were found to contain ingredients not listed on their labels. The products included echinacea, ginseng, and St. John’s wort. The letters were sent because DNA tests performed as part of the Attorney General’s ongoing investigation found that only 21% of the products contained ingredients listed on their labels. Quackwatch has more details plus links to the warning letters. The investigation was triggered by a New York Times report about a Canadian study which found widespread discrepancies between the ingredients listed on the labels of 44 popular products and those found in the products.

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