Web site: www.fda.gov
This great article gives you the consumer some tips on what you should look for in a supplement before you make your purchase.
Web site: www.fda.gov
The FDA is responsible for protecting the public health by assuring the safety, efficacy, and security of human and veterinary drugs, biological products, medical devices, our nation’s food supply, cosmetics, and products that emit radiation.
The FDA is also responsible for advancing the public health by helping to speed innovations that make medicines and foods more effective, safer, and more affordable; and helping the public get the accurate, science-based information they need to use medicines and foods to improve their health.
Web site: www.fda.gov
Have you had a negative reaction to a hair dye or makeup, body wash or lotion? If you have, FDA’s Office of Cosmetics and Colors wants you to report it.
Web site: www.ods.od.nih.gov
The ODS supports research and disseminates research results in the area of dietary supplements. It produces The International Bibliographic Information on Dietary Supplements (IBIDS) database, which provides access to bibliographic citations and abstracts from published, international, and scientific literature on dietary supplements. Users can choose to search the Full IBIDS Database, a subset of Consumer Citations Only or Peer Reviewed Citations Only. Go to dietary-supplements.info.nih.gov and select “Health Information.”
Web site: www.nccam.nih.gov
NCCAM, as part of the NIH, maintains a free website that provides health information, research, clinical trials, training opportunities and information about complementary and alternative therapies. You can subscribe on-line for a free “CAM at the NIH” quarterly newsletter.
AHRQ is the lead Federal agency charged with improving the quality, safety, efficiency, and effectiveness of health care for all Americans. As one of 12 agencies within the Department of Health and Human Services, AHRQ supports health services research that will improve the quality of health care and promote evidence-based decision making. AHRQ has a section entitled Complementary and Alternative Care that has a number of meta-analyses and/or systematic reviews for treatments such as garlic, milk thistle, omega-3 fatty acids, melatonin, SAMe and others.
Web site: www.cfsan.fda.gov
CFSAN oversees the safety and labeling of supplements, foods, and cosmetics. Publications include “Tips for the Savvy Supplement User: Making Informed Decisions and Evaluating Information.”
Web site: www.ftc.gov
The FTC is a federal agency that works to maintain a competitive marketplace for both consumers and businesses. It has publications for consumers about supplements, including “ ‘Miracle’ Health Claims: Add a Dose of Skepticism.”
Web site: www.nlm.nih.gov/nccam/camonpubmed.html
CAM on PubMed, a database on the Web developed jointly by NCCAM and the National Library of Medicine, offers citations to (and in most cases, abstracts of) articles in scientifically based, peer- reviewed journals on complementary and alternative medicine. It contains 220,000 citations, has links to full text, and allows searchers to limit retrievals by publication type. Look for the Alerts and Advisories, treatment information, resources, links to other organizations (FDA, AHRQ, ODS etc.).
Web site: http://www.cochrane.org/
The Cochrane Library is a collection of science-based reviews from the Cochrane Collaboration, an international nonprofit organization that seeks to provide “up-to-date, accurate information about the effects of health care.” Abstracts of these reviews can be read on the Web without charge.
Web site: http://clinicaltrials.gov/search/intervention=dietary+supplements&recruiting=true
The Clinical Trial Database is the website of all dietary supplement clinical trials being conducted by the US government.
Web site: http://www.mypyramid.gov/professionals/index.html
Consumer site: http://www.mypyramid.gov/index.html
The MyPyramid Web site provides information specifically for professionals, in addition to the content for consumers. There are useful handouts for patients, as well as information for healthcare providers, especially under the Education Framework section.
Web site: www.consumerlabs.com
This group reports the results of independent quality testing on dietary supplements. It provides very useful information for the consumer not only on quality testing but also on product recalls, FDA warnings, etc.
Web site: www.naturaldatabase.com
Frequently updated scientifically based information on natural medicines that is excellent for clinicians.
Web site: www.npainfo.org
Founded in 1936, the Natural Products Association is the nation’s largest and oldest non-profit organization dedicated to the natural products industry. The Natural Products Association represents more than 10,000 retailers, manufacturers, wholesalers and distributors of natural products, including foods, dietary supplements, and health/beauty aids.
Web site: www.nasc.cc
An industry group dedicated to protecting and enhancing the health of companion animals and horses through the United States.
Web site: www.chfa.ca
The Canadian Health Food Association (CHFA) is Canada’s largest national trade association dedicated to the natural and organic products industry. Our members represent the entire supply chain including growers, manufacturers, retailers, wholesalers, distributors, and importers involved in a variety of industry sub-sectors such as vitamin and mineral supplements, herbal products, homeopathics, sports nutrition products, natural and organic foods, fibers and health and beauty aids.
Web site: www.ctfa.org
The Personal Care Products Council (formerly the Cosmetic, Toiletry and Fragrance Association) is the leading national trade association for the cosmetic and personal care products industry and represents the most innovative names in beauty today. For more than 600 member companies, we are the voice on scientific, legal, regulatory, legislative and international issues for the personal care product industry. We are a leading and trusted source of information for and about the industry and a vocal advocate for consumer safety and continued access to new, innovative products.
Web site: www.naturalproductsmarketplace.com
Subscribed to by more retailers than any other industry trade magazine, Natural Products Marketplace is the most trusted resource in the retail community. The comprehensive editorial covers dietary supplement, healthy food and personal care product science, new products, merchandising strategies, and much more.
Web site: www.freedompressonline.com
The intent of The Doctors' Prescription for Healthy Living is to provide critical, honest information about natural medicine, empowering readers to better manage their health. You are the CEO of your life. You know better than anyone what your body requires for optimal health. We hope to provide important information to each CEO in America.
Web site: www.naturalsolutionsmag.com
Natural Solutions: Vibrant Health, Balanced Living (formerly Alternative Medicine) magazine has been the trusted voice in natural health since 1994. The content reflects their readers’ commitment to healthy, natural living. In every issue, we highlight health information pertaining to all aspects of our lives—food, beauty, family, pets, home, and beyond.
Web site: www.quarterhorsenews.com
Quarter Horse News is an award-winning semimonthly newsmagazine that provides the most comprehensive and timely coverage of the Western performance horse industry. Focusing on cutting, reining and reined cow horse, Quarter Horse News has been a trusted source of news and information with real meaning to its readers for more than 30 years.