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Date:1/11/2008

safe, consumers should learn more about the evidence behind the supplements they are taking or are considering taking. Consumer Reports maintains an online database for subscribers with the most current information and effectiveness ratings for natural medicines, herbs, vitamins and nutritional supplements. CR also recommends that consumers look for the USP Verified Dietary Supplement mark on products for assurance that the product they're purchasing has the declared ingredients.

The Best Medicines For Less

Consumer Reports Best Buy Drugs, a public education project, has now evaluated the best drugs for 35 conditions including Alzheimer's disease, heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, insomnia, menopause, migraine, and overactive bladder. The report is part of a broader effort by CR to make sure that consumers get the best medicines for their health-care dollar. The report is available at no cost to consumers by clicking on http://www.ConsumerReportsHealth.org.

When the Going Gets Tough: Constipation

Dr. Marvin Lipman, chief medical adviser for Consumers Union, notes in his "Office Visit" column in the January issue of Consumer Reports on Health that constipation affects as many as one of every four Americans at one time or another, occurring more than twice as often in women. Dr. Lipman comments that, although a lack of fiber in the diet and dehydration can cause constipation, treating the problem by increasing dietary fiber and drinking eight glasses of water a day often results in bloating, flatulence, abdominal distention, and increased urinary frequency. As long as a person is consuming adequate amounts of fiber (at least 25 grams per day) and drinking enough fluids to keep their urine a pale yellow, increases are not likely to help. For people who need relief, Dr. Lipman recommends selecting a single-ingredient product that matches an individual's
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