An item in today's paper reminded me of something I've never been able to understand, viz. why so many people regard products bought from a health food shop, or complementary medicines shelves of a supermarket or pharmacy as superior to something their doctor prescribes.
Most of these 'alternative' preparations have never undergone proper clinical trials and all the TGA requires of them (as I understand it) is that they contain the ingredients stated. Nothing at all about efficacy!!
Even given this minimal regulatory environment, the article today states that nine out of ten of these products were not meeting these regulatory requirements.
There seems to be at long last a mood to have more rigorous standards applied to these products and about time imo.
But in the meantime, if any ASF members favour the use of these products over a prescription drug which has been rigorously tested, I'd really like to know why.
(Acknowledgement here that not every pharmaceutical drug is 100% safe, given occasional side effects which appear after some years and/or idiosyncratic reactions.)
I'm always blown away when I hear people saying they prefer to 'take something natural' and then proceed to buy a bottle of factory produced capsules, the contents of which cannot be guaranteed, and the efficacy of which has never been proven.