Many in the U.S. use some form of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). These supplements can be helpful or even essential to health. Here are somethings that we must remember when using these health alternatives:

  • Tell your clinician you are using them, like conventional medications, these supplements can cause side effects and or interact with other medications
  • Vitamins A, D, E and K are fat soluble and have the potential to cause toxicity
  • Verify that the company that you obtain supplements through is reputable
  • Use of CAM need to be disclosed when preparing for surgery, some such as garlic & ginger can increase the risk of bleeding
  • Be informed, do your research
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