Medicinal Chemistry-Fusion of Traditional and Western Medicine

Medicinal Chemistry-Fusion of Traditional and Western Medicine

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Medicinal Chemistry - Fusion of Traditional and Western Medicine is a textbook intended for students taking courses in the various fields of medicinal chemistry, pharmacy, medical and dental ...
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Preventing Diseases by Proper Nutrition

Pp. 435-493 (59)

Robert E. Smith


The five major food groups: cereals, vegetables, fruits, dairy, meat (and meat substitutes), and fats, oils and sweets. A lack of folic acid causes birth defects, such as spina bifida, which leaves the victim severely disabled. Folic acid is also found in multi-vitamin supplements, and these are recommended for pregnant women. It is better to eat many types of fish, than to eat red meat. If at all possible, mother’s should be encouraged to breast feed their babies. The best-selling, most interesting and controversial dietary supplements are multi-vitamins. The American Medical Association (AMA) does not recommend them. Instead, the AMA recommends getting your vitamins and minerals from a healthy, balanced diet. The National Institutes of Health maintains several pages on their website that have fact sheets on many dietary supplements. The NIH has an office of dietary supplements. It provides information on the use and safety, nutrient requirements, database resources, news and research. However, it is the FDA that has regulatory responsibility for dietary supplements, as dictated by the dietary supplement health and education act, or DSHEA, passed in 1994. The DSHEA indicated that the dietary supplement manufacturer is responsible for ensuring that a dietary supplement is safe before it is marketed, but the FDA is responsible for taking action against any unsafe dietary supplement product after it reaches the market [1]. The popular dietary supplement, açaí, will make you gain weight – not lose weight. Another supplement, myo-inositol, may help prevent lung cancer in smokers.


Açaí, AMA, American Medical Association, DSHEA, FDA, Folic acid, Myo-inositol, National Institutes of Health, NIH.


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