The Economics of Alternative Medicine

Posted on 4/20/2015 by Dr. den Boer
Categories: supplements

Tim Minchin is a clever man. In the pictured quote, he’s trying to shed some clarity on the notoriously controversial world of alternative medicine. It all seems very obvious; what works, works. What doesn’t work, doesn’t work. 

However, I would argue that Mr. Minchin is laboring under a false assumption about medicine....

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How to Detect a Good Quality Supplement

Posted on 3/31/2015 by Dr. den Boer
Categories: budget, supplements, vitamins

When staring down bottle labels at the pharmacy, how do you determine which supplement is the best? This is a question we often get from patients, and clearly, checking each supplement for the diligent quality control steps mentioned in our last article (insert link) is a difficult task for the average consumer!  Even doctors and other healthcare practitioners often balk at the task; naturally, they may prefer to spend their time researching which herbs or formulas are likely to be effective in the first place rather than worrying about manufacturing procedures or product purity. Unfortunately, without strong government oversight in the industry, the burden is upon the consumer (you!) to find trusted brands and/or trusted doctors and retailers that watch out for your health and safety....
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How is a Good Quality Supplement Made?

Posted on 3/13/2015 by Dr. den Boer
Categories: supplements, vitamins


In our last post, we learned about the very poor state of the American supplement and nutraceutical industry, as well as some of the underlying quality issues with the largely unregulated industry. Now that we’re able to better identify poor quality supplements, how do we detect “good” quality supplements? What is involved in making a supplement of the utmost efficacy and consumer confidence?

Let’s answer the latter question first with an example....
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What's Wrong with the Supplement Industry?

Posted on 2/20/2015 by Dr. den Boer

In a follow-up to their article about the New York supplement withdrawals, the New York Times published another article detailing exactly what the Attorney General’s lab tests found....
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The Unregulated Dietary Supplement Industry: Why Quality Matters

Posted on 2/9/2015 by Dr. Adrian den Boer
Categories: supplements

On Monday, February 2, 2015, the New York Times reported that the New York Attorney General ordered several major retailers - including Walmart, Walgreen’s, Target, and GNC - to remove a wide variety of herbal supplements from their shelves after finding that almost none of them contained ingredients claimed on the label...
 
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Detoxification: The Basics & Ways to Support Your Body

Posted on 11/13/2014 by Dr. Adrian den Boer
Categories: detoxification, methylation

Detoxification. It’s something our bodies do every minute of every day, and “it can be said that the health of an individual is largely determined by the ability of the body to detoxify"...
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Heartburn: How to Douse the Fire Within

Posted on 10/29/2014 by Dr. Adrian den Boer
Categories: gastrointestinal, gut flora, inflammation, leaky gut
 
One of the most common complaints among my patients is dealing with the all-too-common heartburn. With 44% of Americans having heartburn monthly, 10-20% weekly, and 10% daily, heartburn has nothing to do with the heart...
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Practical Ways to Prevent Ebola

Posted on 10/23/2014 by Dr. Adrian den Boer
Categories: immune system, kid's health
 
As our country has watched the whole Ebola drama unfold in the news, the inability of our government and healthcare system to deal with such viral diseases has been exposed. Americans are now taking a strong second look at how this crisis is being handled, and want to take more secure measures of prevention and protection into their own hands...
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3 Modern Staples of Great Health

Posted on 9/29/2014 by Dr. Adrian den Boer
Categories: lifestyle, sleep, stress
 
When I started my practice back in 1989, there were three main components that I always preached to my patients to help jumpstart their great health. Though my previous health staples are still important to wellbeing, I now preach these three modern staples of health to my patients to encourage a state of vibrant health...
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Traveling by Plane? Stay Healthy with These Tips!

Posted on 8/21/2014 by Dr. Adrian den Boer
Categories: exercise, immune system, stress, supplements, travel, vitamins

Whether for business or for pleasure, the many stresses of airplane travel can put a damper on our health if we aren’t prepared. Fortunately, there are many solutions to implement before, during, and after to keep you in peak health throughout all stages of travel...
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