Many of the over the counter asthma treatments available in drug stores and online are actually homeopathic products. Some of these products may not prominently display the word "homeopathic," however, but claim on their labels that they treat the shortness of breath, wheezing, and chest tightness of asthma. The FDA has recently sent out a warning to asthma suffers, urging them not to consider homeopathic asthma treatments as alternatives to conventional prescribed asthma treatments such as steroidal inhalers or other approved medications. There are also some safe and effective OTC medications that are approved for sale.
Controlled substances, are defined by The Comprehensive Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Actu of 1970, which is usually referred to simply as the Controlled Substances Act. This act established the current categories of controlled substances by dividing them into five areas, called "schedules." Drugs classified in this manner are those which are considered to have a greater potential for abuse than prescriptions drugs. Schedule I drugs have the highest potential for abuse and schedule I the lowest. The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is responsible for the regulation of controlled drugs, including oversight of manufacturing, distribution, storage and dispensing.
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As a continuance of my assault on the misleading ideas about "natural" food, this is yet another follow-up to a series of blog posts where I discuss chemicals in foods and the concept of natural. In the last one I talked about the difference between chemicals as nutrients and chemicals as pharmacologic agents. I explained that some chemicals in food do have a physiological affect beyond their basic biological functions. Others, such as compounds in herbals used for medicinal purposes simply have no function as a "nutrient." All of these, though, have one thing in common and that is summed up by saying that "The poison OR the remedy is in the DOSE." This is important in helping us recognize the difference between nutrition information and alternative medicine information.
In 2004 it was estimated and reported in the Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act of 2004 (FALCP ) that approximately two percent of adults and about five percent of infants and young children in the United States suffer from food allergies and each year, roughly 30,000 individuals require emergency room treatment and 150 individuals die because of allergic reactions to food.
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Colloidal silver1is just one of many names given to silver supplements, such as ionic silver and silver protein, all of which are marketed with similar claims as dietary supplements and have been claimed to be effective for a variety of health conditions and for general health support.
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