Advisory Complementary Alternative Medicine


High Use of Alternative Medicine in Senior Cancer Patients (August 31, 2015)

Alternative medicines are widely thought to be at least harmless and very often helpful for a wide range of discomforts and illnesses. However, although they’re marketed as “natural,” they often... Continue Reading

Cancer treatment quackery fuels concern among doctors, FDA (July 8, 2015)

Be wary of possible side effects, drug interactions when using alternative health supplements, physicians caution One potentially fake cancer drug sold online can actually cause malignancies. One enema... Continue Reading

Combination of Herceptin® with Non–anthracycline-based Chemotherapy Appears to Be Effective (December 15, 2009)

Among women with early, HER2-positive breast cancer, the addition of Herceptin® (trastuzumab) to adjuvant chemotherapy reduces the risk of cancer recurrence and improves survival. Herceptin provides a... Continue Reading

Ayurvedic Medicines from South Asia Found to Have Potentially Harmful Levels of Heavy Metals (January 21, 2005)

Ayurvedic Medicines from South Asia Found to Have Potentially Harmful Levels of Heavy Metals Researchers from Boston have reported that 1 of 5 Ayurvedic herbal medicine products (HMPs) produced in South... Continue Reading

Herbal Formula for Colon Cleansing Causes Heart Poisoning (April 22, 2003)

Herbal Formula for Colon Cleansing Causes Heart Poisoning According to an article recently published in Annals of Emergency Medicine, an herbal formula marketed for internal cleansing was the... Continue Reading

Grapefruit and Grapefruit Juice: Potentially Dangerous Interactions with Pharmaceutical Drugs (February 12, 2003)

Grapefruit and Grapefruit Juice: Potentially Dangerous Interactions with Pharmaceutical Drugs More cancer patients are turning to complementary and alternative medicines, either as primary cancer... Continue Reading

FDA Rules that Aloe and Cascara Sagrada Cannot be Labeled as Stimulant Laxatives (February 11, 2003)

FDA Rules that Aloe and Cascara Sagrada Cannot be Labeled as Stimulant Laxatives More cancer patients are turning to the use of complementary and alternative medicines, either as primary cancer treatment,... Continue Reading

Chinese Herbal Medicines Frequently Contaminated with Harmful Drugs (February 7, 2003)

Chinese Herbal Medicines Frequently Contaminated with Harmful Drugs An article recently published in the Journal of Internal Medicine reported that a recent analysis of Chinese herbal medicines... Continue Reading

Herbal Supplement PC-SPES may Interfere with Chemotherapy Drug Paclitaxel (February 6, 2003)

Herbal Supplement PC-SPES may Interfere with Chemotherapy Drug Paclitaxel A recent article published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute suggests that the herbal supplement PC-SPES appears... Continue Reading

St. John’s Wort Appears to Interfere with Camptosar® and Other Drugs (February 6, 2003)

St. John’s Wort Appears to Interfere with Camptosar® and Other Drugs Research over the last several years has suggested that St. John’s wort, a herbal remedy commonly used for mild... Continue Reading

Herbal Medicines May Produce Adverse Effects for Patients Preparing for Surgery (February 6, 2003)

Herbal Medicines May Produce Adverse Effects for Patients Preparing for Surgery According to an article recently published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), there is high... Continue Reading

Dietary Curcumin Appears to Block Chemotherapy-Induced Apoptosis in Laboratory Study of Breast Cancer Cells (February 4, 2003)

Dietary Curcumin Appears to Block Chemotherapy-Induced Apoptosis in Laboratory Study of Breast Cancer Cells According to an article recently published in Cancer Research, dietary curcumin may... Continue Reading

Kava Herbal Medicine Banned in Britain and Germany, U.S. Relies on Warning Labels (January 31, 2003)

Kava Herbal Medicine Banned in Britain and Germany, U.S. Relies on Warning Labels Following the recommendation of Britain’s Medicines Control Agency (MCA), the British Parliament has banned... Continue Reading

High Blood Serum Levels of Vitamin A, but Not Beta Carotene, Linked with Increased Risk of Bone Fracture (January 28, 2003)

High Blood Serum Levels of Vitamin A, but Not Beta Carotene, Linked with Increased Risk of Bone Fracture High blood serum levels of Vitamin A in men in their 40s and 50s appears to increase their... Continue Reading

Poison Control Center Data Suggests Dietary Supplements Can Produce Serious Side Effects (January 14, 2003)

Poison Control Center Data Suggests Dietary Supplements Can Produce Serious Side Effects A recent article in the January 2003 issue of The Lancet calls attention to the potential side effects... Continue Reading

Parental Use of Some Medications Associated with Increased Incidence of Childhood Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia (October 11, 2002)

Parental Use of Some Medications Associated with Increased Incidence of Childhood Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia According to a recent article published in the journal Cancer, parental use of some... Continue Reading

St. John’s Wort May Reduce Efficacy of Camptosar® (April 16, 2002)

St. John’s Wort May Reduce Efficacy of Camptosar® According to results recently presented at the annual meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research, the herbal medicine St.... Continue Reading

PC-SPES and SPES Herbal Supplements Recalled (March 7, 2002)

PC-SPES and SPES Herbal Supplements Recalled According to recall notices issued by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the California Department of Health Services (DHS) and BotanicLab, consumers... Continue Reading

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