Dr. Phil Mohler

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September 27, 2012
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MOHLER: Herbal capsules, Four to avoid

These capsules are marketed for weight loss, memory loss and increased energy. There is scant evidence that they are effective for anything, except causing significant allergic reactions.

The extract comes from raw coffee beans that have not been roasted. In spite of Dr. Oz's claim that this is a magic weight loss bean, the evidence is lacking. This product is showing up in some fruit-flavored drinks marketed for weight loss.

Saw palmetto is not effective in reducing urinary symptoms in men with enlarged prostates. The longest and largest study ever showed that a placebo (sugar pill) worked as well as saw palmetto in decreasing nighttime trips to the bathroom and daytime urinary urgency.

If Matthew McConaughey and Madonna are promoting coconut water for its broad effects on many illnesses, it must be good, or NOT. The thin liquid inside young green coconuts provides lots of potassium and is a refreshing beverage, but there is no data to support claims that it can control diabetes, fight viruses, speed metabolism or stop dandruff.

Dr. Mohler has practiced family medicine in Grand Junction for 38 years. He has a particular interest in pharmaceutical education. Phil works part-time for both Primary Care Partners and Rocky Mountain Health Plans.


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