Westcairn.com is dedicated to helping you find out what’s real and what’s effective in the world of dietary supplements.
Some supplements work well and do what they claim, with strong peer-reviewed scientific evidence to support them. Other supplements for particular conditions do work, but not very well, or only in particular cases. Finally some supplements just don’t work at all, and have relied on traditional beliefs or on sophisticated modern marketing to get their sales.
The US Good and Drug Administration (FDA) only allows claims to be made about drugs and medicines after rigorous testing, but it only treats dietary supplements as food. It does not test supplement products to see if they really do what they claim to do.
“FDA is not authorized to review dietary supplement products for safety and effectiveness before they are marketed. ” (1)
“.. people choosing to supplement their diets with herbals, vitamins, minerals, or other substances want to know more about the products they choose so that they can make informed decisions about them. The choice to use a dietary supplement can be a wise decision that provides health benefits. However, under certain circumstances, these products may be unnecessary for good health or they may even create unexpected risks.
Given the abundance and conflicting nature of information now available about dietary supplements, you may need help to sort the reliable information from the questionable.” (2)
This site, westcairn.com investigates various popular supplements and herbal remedies to see what, if anything, is know about their effectiveness for our health.