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Homeopathy, Not Always The Best Policy

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Maintaining a full disclosure policy with your doctors as to the things you’re putting into your body—both under the supervision of a physician and recreationally—is just good sense, but apparently there’s a burgeoning epidemic in the world of plastic surgery of patients not reporting their use of alternative medicines. According to a report in the March/April issue of Aesthetic Surgery Journal, an alarming 70 percent of patients do not include alternative medications when they rattle off their respective lists of ingestibles, whether due to simple negligence or a common fear among consumers of naturopathic medicine that doctors may look down on them for believing in it at all. Your doctor doesn’t need to know everything you do, but there are certain supplements that can be detrimental to your system during or immediately after you go under the knife, causing harmful cardiovascular and sedative effects and increased bleeding. If you simply must heal that new chin with an herbal remedy, though, make sure to ask a trusted physician or herbalist about helpful supplements and nutrients to take post-op. Until then, avoid the following ingredients within two weeks of any procedure: Ginkgo biloba, echinacea, garlic, goldenseal, ginseng, licorice, fish oils (omega-3 fatty acids), kava, Valerian root, St. John’s wort, dong quai, and feverfew.

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