Alternative Medicine Update

Kombucha causes more harm than good

Kombucha causes more harm than good

Fungal and bacterial contaminants are common, with more than 20 cases of cutaneous anthrax, liver damage and allergic reactions reported.

Chia seeds 'mostly good news'

Chia seeds 'mostly good news'

Chia seed compounds represent a healthy and tasty way to boost beneficial fatty acids and fiber.

Activated charcoal for poison control

Activated charcoal for poison control

Activated charcoal is a relatively benign product with a low risk profile.

Monk fruit: A natural sweetener with medicinal properties

Monk fruit: A natural sweetener with medicinal properties

In addition to use as a sweetner, monk fruit has analgesic, antihistaminic, and expectorant properties, and is being studied as an anticarcinogenic agent.

Mushrooms: Multiple medicinal bioactive compounds identified

Mushrooms: Multiple medicinal bioactive compounds identified

A significant number of modern prescription medications have been derived from mushrooms.

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