Dr. Bernadette Marriott, PhD is the former Director of the Office of Dietary Supplements (ODS) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
She offers the following suggestions to healthcare professionals who are interested in discussing their patients' use of dietary supplements:
1)have them bring in a list of what they are using.
2)sometimes you will need to see the package to check ingredients.
3)stay informed about what is on the market (see the database information below).
4)knowing the risks, safe levels and nutrient or drug interactions can help you answer your patient's questions.
If your office works with registered dietitians or dietetic practitioners, they should be able to make supplement recommendations.
The bibliographic database of published articles on dietary supplements is accessed from the ODS website-http://dietary-supplements.info.nih.gov
Coming soon on the web will be a database of federally funded supplement research projects. There will also be peer-reviewed information pages on select nutrition and botanical suplements.
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