Medical supplies online better and safer than supplements

Why risk life and limb using supplements made with harmful ingredients when you can resort to safe medical supplies online? This is the question that Consumer Reports investigation seems to be asking – at least the first part of the question; the second part comes courtesy of Discount Medical Supplies. Anyway, the consumer advocacy website identified fifteen supplement ingredients with potential side effects ranging from nausea to cancer. We would like to complement this commendable effort by suggesting a few reasonable – as well as reasonably-priced – alternatives for some of these noxious ingredients.

Ingredient

Aconite.

AKA

·         Aconiti tuber.

·         Aconitum.

·         Angustifolium.

·         Monkshood.

·         Radix aconti.

·         Wolfsbane.

Marketed for

·         Inflammation.

·         Joint pain.

·         Gout.

Health risks

·         Nausea.

·         Vomiting.

·         Weakness.

·         Paralysis.

·         Breathing/heart problems.

·         Possibly death.

Suggested alternative

·         TENS units (for joint pain).

·         Aspirin, ibuprofen, naproxen, cold packs (for inflammation).

 

Ingredient

Caffeine powder.

AKA

·         1,3,7-trimethylxanthine.

Marketed for

·         Improving attention.

·         Enhancing athletic performance.

·         Weight loss.

Health risks

·         Seizures.

·         Heart arrhythmia.

·         Cardiac arrest.

·         Possibly death.

·         Especially dangerous when used in combination with other stimulants.

Suggested alternative

·         Fitness supplies (for both enhancing athletic performance and losing weight via exercise).

 

Ingredient

Chaparral.

AKA

·         Creosote bush.

·         Greasewood.

·         Larrea divaricata.

·         Larrea tridentata.

·         Larreastat.

Marketed for

·         Weight loss.

·         Inflammation.

·         Cold.

·         Infections.

·         Skin rashes.

·         Cancer.

Health risks

·         Kidney problems.

·         Liver damage.

·         Possibly death.

Suggested alternative

·         See above (inflammation, weight loss).

·         Over-the-counter cold medicines.

·         Skin care supplies.

 

Ingredient

Coltsfoot.

AKA

  • Coughwort.
  • Farfarae folium leaf.
  • Foalswort.
  • Tussilago farfara.

Marketed for

·         Cough.

·         Sore throat.

·         Laryngitis.

·         Bronchitis.

·         Asthma.

Health risks

·         Liver damage.

·         Possible carcinogen.

Suggested alternative

·         OTC cough medicines.

·         Respiratory supplies (for asthma).

·         Sore throat lozenges.

 

Ingredient

Comfrey.

AKA

  • Blackwort.
  • Bruisewort.
  • Slippery root.
  • Symphytum officinale.

Marketed for

·         Cough.

·         Heavy menstrual periods.

·         Stomach problems.

·         Chest pain.

·         Cancer.

Health risks

·         Liver damage.

·         Cancer.

·         Possibly death.

Suggested alternative

·         See above (cough).

·         Super-absorbent pads (for heavy menstruation).

·         Digestive and nausea supplies (for stomach problems).

 

Ingredient

Germander.

AKA

  • Teucrium chamaedrys.
  • Viscidum.

Marketed for

·         Weight loss.

·         Fever.

·         Arthritis.

·         Gout.

·         Stomach problems.

Health risks

·         Liver damage.

·         Hepatitis.

·         Possibly death.

Suggested alternative

·         See above (weight loss, stomach problems).

·         Pain management supplies (for arthritic pain).

·         Pain and fever medicines.

 

Ingredient

Greater celandine.

AKA

  • Celandine.
  • Chelidonium majus.
  • Chelidonii herba.

Marketed for

·         Stomachache.

Health risks

·         Liver damage.

Suggested alternative

·         Digestive health products.

Ingredient

Green tea extract powder.

AKA

·         Camellia sinensis.

Marketed for

·         Weight loss.

Health risks

·         Dizziness.

·         Tinnitus.

·         Reduced iron absorption.

·         Anemia.

·         Glaucoma.

·         High blood pressure.

·         High heart rate.

·         Liver damage.

·         Hallucinating an evil monkey.

·         Possibly death.

Suggested alternative

 

 

Ingredient

Kava

AKA

·         Ava pepper.

·         Kava kava.

·         Piper methysticum.

Marketed for

·         Anxiety.

·         Insomnia.

Health risks

·         Liver damage.

·         Worsens Parkinson’s disease and depression.

·         Impaired driving skills.

·         Possibly death.

Suggested alternative

 

 

Ingredient

Lobelia.

AKA

·         Asthma weed.

·         Lobelia inflate.

·         Vomit wort.

·         Wild tobacco.

Marketed for

·         Respiratory problems.

·         Smoking cessation.

Health risks

·         Nausea.

·         Vomiting.

·         Diarrhea.

·         Tremors.

·         Rapid heartbeat.

·         Confusion.

·         Seizures.

·         Hypothermia.

·         Coma.

·         Possibly death.

Suggested alternative

·         See above (asthma).

·         Stop Smoking Aids.

 

Ingredient

Methylsynephrine.

AKA

·         Oxilofrine.

·         p-hydroxyephedrine.

·         Oxyephredine.

·         4-HMP.

Marketed for

·         Weight loss.

·         Increased energy.

·         Improved athletic performance.

Health risks

·         Heart rate/rhythm abnormalities.

·         Cardiac arrest.

·         Especially dangerous when combined with other stimulants.

Suggested alternative

·         See above (weight loss).

 

Ingredient

Pennyroyal oil.

AKA

·         Hedeoma pulegioides.

·         Menthe pulegium.

Marketed for

·         Breathing problems.

·         Digestive disorders.

Health risks

·         Liver/kidney failure.

·         Nerve damage.

·         Convulsions.

·         Possibly death.

Suggested alternative

·         See above (respiratory supplies, digestive medicines).

 

Ingredient

·         Red yeast rice

AKA

·         Monascus purpureus.

Marketed for

·         Cholesterol.

·         Heart disease.

Health risks

·         Kidney/muscle problems.

·         Liver problems.

·         Hair loss.

·         Increase the (side) effects of cholesterol-lowering statins.

Suggested alternative

 

 

Ingredient

·         Usnic acid.

AKA

·         Beard moss.

·         Tree moss.

·         Usnea.

Marketed for

·         Weight loss.

·         Pain relief.

Health risks

·         Liver injury.

Suggested alternative

·         See above (pain).

 

Ingredient

Yohimbe.

AKA

·         Johimbi.

·         Pausinystalia yohimbe.

·         Yohimbine.

·         Corynanthe johimbi.

Marketed for

·         Low libido.

·         Erectile dysfunction.

·         Depression.

·         Obesity.

Health risks

·         High blood pressure.

·         Rapid heartbeat.

·         Headaches.

·         Seizures.

·         Liver/kidney problems.

·         Heart problems.

·         Panic attacks.

·         Possibly death.

Suggested alternative

·         Impotence supplies.

 

Unlike what you’d hear from the usual purveyors of these supplements, chief among out recommendations is that you have long, hard talk with your healthcare provider before buying and using any medical supplies online, medications, therapies, treatments, supplements, etc. Having made that disclaimer, the listed supplement ingredients may be sold cheap but end up costing you too much eventually – and not precisely money-wise. Conversely, at Discount Medical Supplies you can save on quality products.

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