What are possible side effects of using supplements?

Sometimes a supplement or herb may counteract the effects of your prescription medication, leaving your doctor baffled when the medicine is ineffective, and your pain is worse. Sometimes a natural therapy may cause liver damage or other serious side effects. That’s why I always remind my patients to use caution with any unproven treatment. As a rule of thumb, just because something is natural does not mean that it is always safe. As Socrates realized too late, Hemlock, a poisonous plant, is very natural -- but it is also deadly!

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