Alternative Medicine Update

Copper: A metal for osteoarthritic pain management

Copper: A metal for osteoarthritic pain management

Oral copper supplements are not recommended unless extensive metabolic testing shows a true copper deficiency.

Kefir: A natural probiotic with vitamins, minerals, and proteins

Kefir: A natural probiotic with vitamins, minerals, and proteins

Commercially prepared kefir is considered to be safe, mainly as a result of the pasteurization process that is required for dairy products.

Cod liver oil: An antibacterial, antifungal agent

Cod liver oil: An antibacterial, antifungal agent

Cod liver oil is rich in omega-3 fatty acids as well as eicosapentaenoic acid and docosahexaenoic acid and has high concentrations of vitamins A and D.

Boron: a water-soluble element found in the earth's surface

Boron: a water-soluble element found in the earth's surface

Boron is found in small amounts in the earth's surface and is thought to be produced by the collection of particulate matter of meteorites.

Coal tar: an anti-inflammatory treatment for psoriasis

Coal tar: an anti-inflammatory treatment for psoriasis

Coal tar products are commonly used as a treatment for psoriasis.

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