Employees in natural food stores have been caught giving advice that is not only scientifically baseless, but also risky and downright dangerous.
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Sometimes the advice on dietary supplements people are given are worse than worthless. “HIV Patients Seeking Advice from Health Food Stores” 26 stores recommended 36 different products, including some, like garlic, that can critically interfere with certain HIV meds.
When the FDA and Health Canada issued advisory warnings to stop taking the herb kava kava due to one too many cases of fatal liver toxicity, it didn’t seem to affect things much in health food stores.
What about “Health Food Stores’ Recommendations for Nausea and Migraines During Pregnancy.” Would health food store employees recommend supplements contraindicated in pregnancy that could cause “significant harm to the mother and.or fetus”? You betcha. And what kills me is that there are pregnancy-safe supplements for nausea like powdered ginger, that may be effective yet were instead advised to take a long list of untested things including herbs like feverfew and black cohosh which can cause uterine contractions and possible miscarriage.
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This is the third of a four-part series on the quality of advice given by employees of natural food stores. See Health Food Store Supplement Advice and Bad Advice From Health Food Store Employees for parts 1 & 2. I have more than five dozen videos on dietary supplements in general for those interested in taking a deeper look, with a number suggesting toxicity, including ayervedic medicines, fish oil, Juice Plus, Herbalife, blue-green algae, cod liver oil, spirulina, green tea extracts, and noni juice. There are supplements likely to be health-promoting though, including vitamin B12 and vitamin D, but we should really try to get our nutrients from Produce, Not Pills. Then there are another 25 videos on pregnancy and 1,000+ other topics.
For some more context, please check out my associated blog posts: Plant-Based Workplace Intervention, Countering Dietary Pollutants & Pesticides, Dr. Greger's Natural Nausea Remedy Recipe, and How Should I Take Probiotics?