A new survey estimates that one in seven people in the United States regularly takes supplements that aren’t vitamins or minerals—such as fish oil, echinacea or ginseng—but only 30 percent of them have had a doctor or nurse recommend supplements.
“These are things that clinicians often treat with more complex treatments,” said Robert Blendon, a professor of health policy at Harvard School of Public Health and co-author of a letter in the Nov. 19 issue of the journal Archives of Internal Medicine. “They need to be aware that people are using this as one form of treatment.”
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