Natural remedies doesn’t mean healthy or safe


If you're using home remedies and natural therapies, you might consider consulting a doctor so you don't hurt yourself.

Kelsey Seybold's Dr. Shane Magee said the three biggest risks of "natural" treatments is that they haven't been studied; it's an unregulated field and a lot of money can be spent on them, with no proven benefits.

“Natural does not simply mean that they’re good. They’re from plants, but that doesn’t make them any safer. It just makes them a little bit unknown,” said Magee.

When it comes to cancer, people will look for any avenue for a cure. Sometimes it can actually interfere with chemo treatments.

“The dangers of the natural remedies is that they can cause more harm than good, and we don’t know a lot about some of them, so just be careful, when using these products,” said Magee.

Magee said make sure you get information about the product from various sources, including your doctor.

Home remedies have no reliable scientific evidence that they're effective.

If the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) isn't regulating or studying these products, be skeptical.

One study found that people are more likely to use herbal supplements if they’re uninsured, use more prescription and over-the-counter medications, or have certain health conditions.

A study published this summer found that calls made to poison control centers across the country about herbal and dietary supplements increased almost 50 percent between 2005 and 2012.


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