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Nutritional Supplements: Facts and Fallacies

From the Show: Staying Well
Summary: We explore the safety, regulation, effectiveness and possible adverse side effects of nutritional supplements.
Air Date: 10/29/12
Duration: 10
Host: Melanie Cole, MS
Guest Bio: Cheryl Meyers, RN
Cheryl Myers is head of scientific affairs and education for EuroPharma, Inc., a natural medicine company with award-winning products being sold throughout North America. In this role, Cheryl oversees technical literature development, product research validation, educational outreach and acts as a liaison with thought leaders in integrative health.

A recognized expert in integrative health and dietary supplement use, Cheryl has been a featured guest on hundreds of radio and television shows. She is well known as an advocate of bridging the worlds of mainstream and natural medicine to achieve health outcomes neither can create alone. Cheryl has been interviewed by the New York Times, Prevention Magazine, the Wall Street Journal and other periodicals on wide ranging topics such as dementia prevention, menopause symptom relief, cancer care, heart disease and many other aspects of health and wellness. She has appeared on the PBS television show "American Medical Review," hosted by Morley Safer, to explain coenzyme Q10 and cardiac recovery. She has acted as a technical consultant for many segments of the PBS TV series "Healing Quest," hosted by Olivia Newton-John.

A graduate (with honors) of Purdue University, Cheryl has past clinical certifications in oncology (cancer care) and gerontology (health issues of aging). She has lectured on Alzheimer's disease and related dementias at TriState University in Indiana.

As a member of the editorial board of the Natural Medicine Journal (the official journal of the American Naturopathic Association), Cheryl evaluates scholarly articles and studies illuminating the science behind natural health interventions.

Cheryl's own nationally published articles have addressed a variety of health applications for natural products, including a referenced letter on the safety of taking St. John's Wort prior to surgery in Aesthetic Surgery Journal and "Therapeutic Herbs for Gastrointestinal Disorders."
Nutritional Supplements: Facts and Fallacies
All the products on the shelves are simply not the same, and some may even be counterproductive.

Cheryl Meyers, RN explores the science and truth behind many supplements, and what to look for in the fine print.