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Trust physician, not claims of 'natural drugs'

8:06 PM, Jun. 21, 2013  |  Comments
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I am writing this to the many patients I have cared for over the past 45 years in nursing.

I have treated many health emergencies and chronic heart conditions in my years as a cardiac nurse. I've helped patients stabilize their conditions and manage their heart health. This is possible because of the cardiac medications that, fortunately, are available today.

I have great concerns lately because of the number of patients being told to stop taking their vital heart medications and replace them with "natural drugs." Interestingly, these natural products are sold by the very people who promote them in newspapers, radio ads and seminars. The cardiologists I work with are board-certified and have 15 years of education to back up their medical decisions. They are continually updated on the latest medical data regarding medications. Physicians don't get paid by the drug companies. They, too, are concerned about the danger to patients who choose to follow the advice of "natural drug sellers."

People must look into the risks of natural products and be aware. To the many patients I hold dear, please put your health first and trust the physician specialists who took the oath, "First Do No Harm."

Joyce Palladino

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