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Obesity and Weight Management

Metabolife what are the goods!

10/20/2004

Question:

I am a 7th grade student and I would like to know some of the good things about matabolife for my schools debate if Metabolife is good for you and helps you or not! Can you please right back assap!! Thank you!!! Also if you can give us a few facts that support metabolife that would be great! Thanks again the 7th grade health class!

Answer:

You may find the following sites helpful:

American Botanical Council
The American Botanical Council's website offers solid, evidence-based information on medicinal plants and phytomedicines. Much of the information is only available to members, but non-members can access many links in the educational resources section, as well as the news archive and a range of monographs.

ConsumerLab.com
ConsumerLab.com is an independent, authoritative resource that provides full access to, for example, laboratory results and a searchable encyclopedia for its subscribers. However, non-subscribers can access news and information on product recalls, and all users can follow the link on the products page to the iHerb site, where access is free for some of the American Botanical Council publications.

Drug Digest
Drug Digest offers evidence-based therapy information through a searchable database of more than 5000 drugs and herbal products. Users can compare products, check drug interactions, and access overviews that outline the causes, symptoms, treatments, and risk factors of common medical conditions.

MD Anderson: complementary and integrative medicine
This site aims to help patients and families decide whether and how to integrate complementary medicine into their treatment plans. Highlights include a robust compendium of evidence-based reviews of herbs and plants, biologics, special diets, and other regimens; relevant US Food and Drug Administration advisories; and links to web resources, journals, books, and other research materials.

MSKCC: Herbs, Botanicals, and Other Products
A user-friendly, searchable database of "objective information" for oncologists and health-care professionals. This site offers clinical summaries for each agent; details about constituents, adverse effects, and interactions; and potential benefits or problems. Monographs for the general public are also offered, as are evaluations of alternative cancer therapies.

Scientific American: What's the harm?
This article by Michael Shermer cautions that there is harm in using alternative therapies and supplements. The Scientific American website also includes links to related sites and earlier articles by Shermer-such as "bottled twaddle"-with similar themes.

USDA Food and Nutrition Center
The US Department of Agriculture site features searchable databases, summaries, and web links related to dietary supplements, including vitamins, minerals, and botanicals. This portal page offers access to these resources, along with a section specifically on herbal products.

US Office of Dietary Supplements
An excellent US government resource on herbal and other dietary supplements for health professionals and the general public. Highlights include a downloadable version of the annual bibliography of advances in dietary supplement research for 2002; proceedings from the "Dietary Supplement Use In Women" conference; and comprehensive, relevant health and safety information.

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Response by:

Dennis   Mungall, PharmD Dennis Mungall, PharmD
Associate Professor, Pharmacy Practice
College of Pharmacy
The Ohio State University