Supplements Under Siege: Inside the Conspiracy to Take Away Your Vitamins, Minerals, and Herbs

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Woodland Publishing, Incorporated, Feb 15, 2006 - Political Science - 379 pages
. Lawmakers and regulators are constantly weighing how much freedom or limitations to impose on those of us who look to health remedies not always found in our doctor's office. How they respond to these various interests will determine the future of American medicine - whether it's a true free market system in which the best therapies can rise on their merits, or a climate in which only the most strictly regulated and tightly controlled treatments can be used.On one side stand the vitamin and supplement makers, nutritionists, acupuncturists, chiropractors, and other medical practitioners. It is estimated that one-third of Americans already use some form of alternative treatments. Opposite them are the pharmaceutical companies, the American Medical Association, the pharmacy industry, HMOs and insurance companies and their assorted lobbyists. In general, the alternative side offers lower-price solutions and the inherent advantage of warding off disease, not just treating symptoms. The other side has deeper pockets. It's up to us to decide who wins or if there should be a truce.

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Mike Fillon has written about health and medical topics for more than 15 years. For Popular Mechanics, he has written over 400 articles on a broad variety of medical, technological, and scientific subjects. Recently he wrote six cover stories, including two articles for two of the top-selling issues in the magazine's 100-year history. Mr. Fillon has written more than 150 consumer-oriented news and feature stories for WebMD, CBS HealthWatch, MSNBC, and the Reader's Digest Web sites. He has written both short and feature-length pieces for more than two dozen other publications, including Health Week, NCN News, a Novartis Pharmaceutical newsletter, Information Week, and Science Digest. He has also written for the American Cancer Society, Emory University and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Additionally, he has been interviewed on numerous radio shows and has appeared on the Weekend Today Show and American Morning with Paula Zahn.Mr. Fillon has recently published two very successful health books: Real RDAs for Real People, and Ephedra Fact & Fiction, as well as two booklets: Conquering Caffeine Dependence and Conquering Food Triggers. He also had two books published in 1999: Natural Prostate Healers, by Prentice Hall, and Young Superstars of Tennis, for Avisson Press. He also contributed a number of chapters for the Reader's Digest title Looking After Your Body. He wrote sections on shingles, problems of the gall bladder, thyroid, prostate, back problems, and a wide range of gastrointestinal illnesses.Mr. Fillon has a Master of Science degree of the State University of New York Maritime College. He is a member of the American Medical Writer's Association and the National Association of Science Writers.Mr. Fillon lives in Atlanta with his wife, Sue, their children Sarah, Emilie and Evan, and a golden retriever named Sandy Koufax.

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