the-essential-herb-drug-vitamin-interaction-guide.jpg Most people often do not use their discretion when it comes to taking supplements and medications. They believe, if a herb or supplement is good then there are no risks in taking it. However, the truth is very different. People subscribing to supplements and herbs can have adverse reactions if they are on medications or if they consume certain foods. Seeking to create awareness about this, George Grossberg, M.D., director of the division of geriatric psychiatry at Saint Louis University, has co-authored a book with Barry Foxwhich educates people about the risks associated with mindless intake of supplements and herbs.

Book review
a. This book contains a comprehensive list of herbs and supplements and their effects.
b. It warns people about possible side effects of each herb and supplement.
c. It also reveals how these herbs and supplements react with different foods and medications.
d. It is published by Broadway Books, a subsidiary of Random House.
e. It costs $18.95 but can be bought online from amazon.com.

A few examples from the book
a. The memory enhancer herb, ginkgo biloba, causes bleeding.
b. St. John's wort mixed with Prozac, Zoloft or Paxil can induce agitation, rapid heart beat, flushing and heavy sweating in people.
c. Used for menstrual disorders, Dong quai, can lead to cardiovascular diseases like irregular heart beats and low blood pressure.
d. Echinacea, used to fight the common cold, can cause liver damage if taken with Lipitor, Celebrex and Aleve. People with multiple sclerosis, diabetes, HIV infections or allergies should avoid this herb.