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Green Tea Polyphenol Administration Partly Ameliorates Chemotherapy-Induced Side Effects in the Small Intestine of Mice

From: The Journal of Nutrition Date: March 1, 2007 Author: Et al; Koitz, Nina; Schmuckenschlager, Claudia; Strasser, Eva-Maria; Wessner, Barbara Abstract The chemotherapeutic agent irinotecan (IT) is highly effective against several types of cancer, although its use is limited due to severe intestinal toxicity. The aim of this study was to evaluate inflammatory and oxidative […]

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Black and Green Tea Polyphenols Attenuate Blood Pressure Increases in Stroke-Prone Spontaneously Hypertensive Rats1

From: The Journal of Nutrition Date: January 1, 2004 Author: Et al; Ikeda, Katsumi; Njelekela, Marina; Xu, Jin-Wen; Negishi, Hiroko ABSTRACT Oxidative stress was reported to be involved not only in cardiovascular diseases, but also in hypertension. Epidemiologic studies indicated that tea consumption slightly reduces blood pressure. We conducted two studies to determine whether black […]

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Assam Ponders Increased Herbal Medicine Education

Countries all over the world, and especially the developing world, are taking a different approach to their herbal traditions than the American approach, which seems focused primarily on protecting the medical monopoly of doctors, drug companies and insurance companies. In another example of the more enlightened approach being taken elsewhere, renowned herbal medicine specialist Dr […]

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GUYANA SEEKS TO REGULATE HERBAL MEDICINE

the health minister of the South American nation of Guyana is becoming concerned about the “growing power and influence of alternative medical practitioners” and is seeking to rein in some of the “more exaggerated claims.” The Guyana Association of Alternative Medicine shares some of those concerns, and official medical institutions have they “uneasy coexistence with […]

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Nigerian government trains herbal medicine practitioners

The Chinese news agency Xinhua notes this interesting development in Nigeria: ABUJA, Aug 30, 2007 (Xinhua via COMTEX) — Nigeria’s Ministry of Health has started training herbal medicine practitioners on drug preparation and management, said a representative of the practitioners here on Thursday. “We are grateful to the National Agency for Food, Drug Administration and […]

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The Economist plugs herbal medicine

August 18, 2007 The Economist highlights the efforts of the Golden Triangle Partnership and their work in India to conduct clinical trials on herbal treatments in India: Most Indian herbal remedies are based on the Ayurvedic system of medicine, although Tamil-based Siddha and Unani, which has Persian roots, are also used extensively. Proving their worth […]

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GMP Gems

from the U.S. cGMPs for Dietary Supplements by James Prochnow The CGMPs for dietary supplements do not apply to dietary ingredient manufacturers, labelers, packers and those who hold dietary ingredients unless and only if a dietary ingredient is sold in bulk and then repackaged and, without further processing, is sold as a single component dietary […]

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Proposed Supplement Good Manufacturing Practices

Final Rule on Dietary Supplement cGMP Released from AHPA (June 22, 2007) — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has posted its final rule on current good manufacturing practice (cGMP) for dietary supplements at its website and will soon publish the rule in the Federal Register. The agency has simultaneously posted a related interim […]

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Grapefruit Seed Extract

Grapefruit Seed Extract is promoted as a safe, effective antimicrobial for internal use and natural preservative for body care products. One problem. It doesn’t work. Oh, two problems. If it does work, it’s because it’s spiked with synthetic preservatives. Several studies have now found one or more of several synthetics, none of which is approved […]

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Adverse Event Reporting

Industry experts are proclaiming victory in getting a law passed that requires dietary supplement (and OTC drug) manufacturers to report all serious “adverse events” to their products to the FDA. With the obvious bias in the media against supplements, each reported (but not proven) “reaction” will likely be used to hammer dietary supplements.

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