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One in three Americans has taken herbal medicines in the past year to improve health. Annual purchases soar each year costing $5 billion in sales.1

One in three Americans uses herbal products to manage the symptoms of illness and improve health. In general, experts agree that herbal products are milder and safer than prescription drugs. But herbals act like medicines in the body. They can cause problems if too much is taken, if used too long, or if taken along with certain other medicines.

Products known as Miracle Mineral Solution, Miracle Mineral Supplement, and MMS (Figure 1) have been reported to cause life-threatening reactions and should not be used. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) first warned consumers in July 2010 about the product. However, it is still being sold on the Internet by a number of distributors. These distributors claim MMS can be used to treat multiple diseases including colds, acne, cancer, HIV/AIDS, hepatitis, H1N1 flu virus, and more. However, FDA is not aware of any research proving the product is effective against these diseases. So, FDA is advising consumers to stop using the product immediately, particularly since it causes serious side effects. 

Diabeta (glyburide) is an oral medication commonly used in the treatment of diabetes. However, a potentially dangerous situation exists for patients who purchased drugs via the Internet: Diabeta is also the name of a “natural medicine” available from Morpheme Remedies, based in India, but available online and promoted for purchase in the United States.

Many consumers feel strongly about taking a daily multivitamin. They believe it is one way to maintain a healthy lifestyle. However, consumers must be cautious with multivitamins especially if they are on other medicines. Sometimes other ingredients such as herbals (i.e. Ginkgo biloba, ginseng) are added to multivitamins. These herbals may interact with other medicines you are taking.

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