Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Do Dietary Supplements Need an Office?

tidbits that tantalizeWhere's The Phone?

Who Ya Gonna Call?

Well, if you were around in 1984, you know the only reasonable answer is, Ghost Busters! But, what if your difficulty has nothing to do with the paranormal, and everything to do with the more pressing issues of health and wellbeing? In this case, the question is, "Who ya gonna call when you need the real scoop on vitamins and supplements?"

Yes, of course, there exists an endless world of possibilities. Consider these more common sources of guidance: your holistic health care practitioner; the vitamin guru at your local health food store; your sister from Spokane, who "Really knows her stuff;" and, of course, the, "I've heard this really works wonders," juicy tidbit of wisdom you overhear at the checkout stand.

It's a tough choice, to be sure.

But, did you know the United States government has an official office dedicated to this? Indeed, the Office of Dietary Supplements, within the National Institutes of Health, was established in 1995. Its purpose is to, "strengthen knowledge and understanding of dietary supplements by evaluating scientific information, stimulating and supporting research, disseminating research results, and educating the public to foster an enhanced quality of life and health for the U.S. population."

That's a significant goal. How are they doing so far?

Hmm... That's difficult to say. But, a woman in the checkout line at Whole Foods was overheard saying...

To learn more, visit the Office of Dietary Supplements.


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