Does It Work? Answers to Natural Remedies Questions

We have created this section to answer your Does It Work questions commonly asked by many people that we see on a daily basis.

These individuals who take a natural and holistic approach to their health, want to find out if certain remedies actually work.

These are "real-world" questions asked by many of our concerned clients with multiple health issues that they have to manage, day in and day out.

The answers comes from our clinical pharmacists working with clients in their communities.

The answers are clear and practical complete with a bottom line recommendation.

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Understanding a Bit of Statistics - Does it REALLY Work?

Many clients ask us if a particular supplement would work or help their particular health problem.

Certainly, they want to know if they should buy and take the supplement.

If they are going to spend money, they want to have some assurance that it would help. Fair enough.

This is a totally logical and valid question that we get asked every day. We admit this right up front.

And we work hard to give them the "correct" answer, even though we know that this is not what they want to hear.

The best we can say is something semi-technical like:

Studies show that 75% of the people who take supplement X experience significant reduction in stress and anxiety levels. There's a good chance that it would help your condition.

But they continue to probe further demanding a more precise answer! (Our clients are unrelenting.)

They really want to know if it will work for them specifically. After all, why spend the money if it doesn't work?

The answer to this question is absolute and clear:

It is impossible to tell without taking it.

This is the reality of most things in life, ranging from the the chances of you winning the lottery jackpot to the chances of dying from an unforeseen accident.

It is absolutely impossible to tell without taking the supplement.

It's all about statistics and probability, a subject we know you just are dying to learn more about.

In the above example, we can say with some certainty that if we gave 100 volunteers the supplement, we can expect about 75 of them to experience a noticeable reduction in stress and anxiety.

But we will never be able to tell or predict, in advance, which 75 of them will benefit.

You could be the unlucky one of the 25 that will get no benefit from taking this supplement.

Sorry about this.

How to Decide If I should Take a Specific Supplement

In deciding if a certain supplement really works, here are just some points to consider:

Are there any human research studies to show its effectiveness? Unfortunately, most supplements do not have extensive human clinical trials due to the cost to conduct these research projects.

If there are no human studies, are there any studies done in animals that show that it works? This may be the only sources of data available in most cases. We consider these to be preliminary results only.

If there are no animal studies, are there any studies done in a test tube? We would not recommend making any decision on these types of study! Sure, they are interesting to know about that is about it!

Are the supplement promoted to treat and "cure" everything and many diseases? There is unlikely to be any good studies conducted on each and every one of the disease. Most of evidence are based on testimonials from those who have taken it.

Bottom Line

It is impossible to tell if a certain supplement would help your specific ailment. It depends on far too many variables.

Even some of the best and proven prescription drugs don't work in some people. It's all about statistics.

If a drug works in 70 out of 100 person, there's still 30 people for which it would not work. You could be one of those 30 people. And there is NO way to tell unless you take that drug.

So in your research here's the general steps you may wish to take:

See if any clinical studies exist to back up the claims. Preferably large trials if they exist.

If not, look for studies done in animals. Often, these are the only studies that are available. Research studies in animals are so much cheaper to do than on human clinical trials.

If there are only lab studies done in test tubes or tissue cultures in petri dishes, the benefits we can expect from taking it are uncertain at best.

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