The Rothfeld Apothecary Blog

  • Live Longer With Coffee

    Among the questions I got asked frequently in my practice was this: Is coffee bad for you? Like a lot of things in medicine, the answer isn’t simpl...
  • Gingivitis and Alzheimer’s Disease

    A couple of years ago, I ran across an article in the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease with the provocative title, "Can Better Management of Periodon...
  • Traumeel – An Indispensable Anti-Inflammatory

    There are some things that I feel that everyone should have at stock at home at all times and on this list of things that I think should be handy i...
  • Natural Medicines Versus Statins

    You may have read or heard very recently about a study out of the Cleveland Clinic that compared a low dose of a common statin drug rosuvastatin (b...
  • Curcumin in Psychiatry

    Decades ago, I had the opportunity to study Ayurvedic medicine with Dr. Vasant Lad, one of the foremost Ayurvedic practitioners and teachers of his...
  • Vaccine Recommendations

    Retirement or not, I’m still fielding a lot of questions about whether to get the COVID booster, so I thought I’d give you my ideas. The first thin...
  • 7 Food Migraine Triggers Worth Avoiding

    For those of us who’ve had migraines, the pain is unforgettable. The throbbing pain… blurry vision… and light and sound sensitivity can keep you ...
  • Taking the guesswork out of choosing quality supplements!

    Topics we will address in this post:

    • What kind of criteria we use to determine which products and brands we stock.
    • Safety concerns surrounding purchasing supplements off of Amazon.
    • What about drug store or retail brand supplements? Are they okay?

    The Food and Drug Administration does not regulate, test, or approve nutritional supplements like they do with prescription medications, so there is an enormous variance in the quality and efficacy of supplements on the market.

    It is a big and expanding industry. Because of the lack of FDA oversight, many supplement companies you'll find on store shelves use dishonest practices that could waste a lot of your money at best and put your health and safety at risk at worst.

    So what can you do to make sure you are taking supplements that are going to provide substantial health benefits, rather than ones labeled as Ginkgo biloba but filled with house plants (true story!)?