Nutritional and Botanical Therapeutics
While dietary supplements cannot be used to diagnose, prevent or treat any disease, many dietary supplements are considered to be valuable interventions in the practice of Integrative and Anti-Aging Medicine. There are few, if any, drugs that do not have their imprint in Nature. Modern pharmacology has its roots in the practice of pharmacognosy. Legislators have provided an artificial separation between natural medicine and standard allopathic approaches, such as the exclusive use of pharmaceuticals. Our President, G. W. Bush, Jr., addressed the U.S. nation in his State of the Union speech, January 07 by indicating that treatment decisions are best made by physicians and their patients, rather than by beurocrats. Any attempts to legislate against a patient’s self reliance to seek natural healthcare cannot be considered to be part of any modern democratic society. That said, dietary supplement interventions, used in professional practice, must be evidence-based and involve leading edge nutraceutical technology. Patients do not accept willingly the dispensation of dietary supplements that are freely available in retail because many such products are sold with meager evidence of benefit and safety. Professional dietary supplements should only be dispensed on a professional label unique to clinical practice and such product should employ the advanced science of synergistic formulations to address cascades of biochemical events that effect body structures and functions.
Goals and Objectives
1. Define relative issues concerning the dispensation of evidence based nutraceuticals in professional practice.
2. Explain formulation concepts involving synergistic use of nutrients, botanicals and herbs.
3. Define current regulatory issues concerning the ethical use of supplements in clinical practice.