How Do You Like Your Caffeine?
Mar08

How Do You Like Your Caffeine?

Inhaled or oral? Natural or synthetic? Two interesting reports came across the interwebs over the last couple of days. Earlier this week, the US Food and Drug Administration issued a warning letter (press release) to makers of Aeroshot brand of inhaled caffeine. No, it’s not an asthma medicine (although oral theophylline is). It’s billed as a non-caloric caffeine delivery system, 100 mg per hit. That’s roughly the...

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Intravenous Milk Thistle for Mushroom Poisoning
Nov03

Intravenous Milk Thistle for Mushroom Poisoning

Apologies to readers for the radio silence – a heavier-than-usual load at the day job has been compounded by what I hope is not a prelude to a similar, serious bout of pneumonia I had almost two years ago. In the meantime, I wanted to share with you a chemistry-relevant post I wrote for my monthly gig at Science-Based Medicine on 28 October 2011. The comments there evolved into a mouth-watering discussion of culinary mushrooms....

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Molecular Target for Thunder God Vine
Mar21

Molecular Target for Thunder God Vine

This post appeared originally last Friday for my monthly gig at Science-Based Medicine. Thunder god vine may not be a useful herbal medicine but the compounds isolated from it are fascinating – if not as medicines, then most certainly as laboratory tools. Nature Chemical Biology recently published an article where a research team from Johns Hopkins, the University of Colorado at Boulder, and Drew University in New Jersey, has...

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Herbal supplement interactions with prescription meds for “heart problems”
Jan18

Herbal supplement interactions with prescription meds for “heart problems”

…or, “how to artificially inflate your readership.” Yesterday, I saw tweets about a CBS News online article – or so I thought – about 30 herbal dietary supplements to avoid if one has “heart trouble.” What I found was a photo gallery site that I had to click on 20 times to obtain the information – an adaptation of this paper from Mayo Clinic Rochester and Scottsdale investigators in the...

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Flurry of FDA action against aromatase inhibitor supplements
Sep27

Flurry of FDA action against aromatase inhibitor supplements

If you’ve ever met me, you’ll know that I’m not a bodybuilder. That’s why I was taken aback earlier this year when I learned that men are taking aromatase inhibitors – and not for breast cancer. This education came to me when I was asked by a network news program to comment on a litany of drugs and supplements found in the possession of self-proclaimed guru James Arthur Ray following the Sedona sweat...

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Bleachgate: UK and Kenyan press raising awareness of Miracle Mineral Solution

In July, the US FDA issued a warning to consumers about a dietary supplement product being sold worldwide under the name Miracle Mineral Solution or Supplement (MMS). Marketed as a cure for everything from HIV/AIDS and cancer to malaria and tuberculosis, the product is 28 percent sodium chlorite.  The consumer is instructed to mix the solution with a citrus juice, generating chlorine dioxide, and is encouraged to take 30 drops or more...

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