Thursday, April 03, 2008

Natural remedies, drugs may pose danger

From the National Post:
A surprisingly large number of children are taking combinations of natural-health products and drugs that could trigger harmful reactions in the young patients, new Canadian research suggests.

A false sense among some parents that natural remedies are completely safe seems to underlie the problem, said one of the study's authors.

Researchers found that nearly one in five children who showed up at a B.C. emergency ward had been given natural remedies and other medicines that could have negative -- and sometimes serious -- interactions, the study found.

The natural products ranged from common vitamins to ginger, echinacea and St. John's wort.

The research, just published in the Journal of Pediatrics, did not delve into whether the combinations of products did, in fact, cause such harm. ...more

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