Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Herbal Medicines, an Interview
Unfortunately in the clip they kept on saying "I" did the study and "I" purchased the medicine (that was the first author Lauren)
Emeritus Professor Alastair MacLennan was quite direct, but it was amusing that it was a Naturopath that they got to give the advice to always check with a health care provider.
You may be surprised that it took nearly and hour and a half to film those tiny segments. There was a lot of stuff that got left out, or was covered by voice-overs, and I did a fair few retakes as I stuttered a lot. Maybe I should run some workshops on how (not) to give TV interviews.
The answer is research. By learning all you can about vitamins and supplements, you can make better choices about those that are right for you.
Herbal and natural medicines can be dangerous - arsenic and cyanide and Botox are natural after all.
I guess the most benign risk of "herbal" medicine is getting $24 sugar pills which can remember the 1/10^12 exposure to melatonin, but not the grease and stainless steel and bleach or other steriliser in the tablet press !