Levin A. Nutrition and Policy. 4: Dietary Supplements. Ann Intern Med. 1999;131:161-164. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-131-2-199907200-00101
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1999;131(2):161-164.
The roots of herbal medicine extend back at least as far as the Stone Age. The Ice Man, whose remains were found in the Alps in 1991, carried a bit of fungus that may have contained a medicinal oil. Scientists believe that this fungus was being used to kill a metazoan parasite that had colonized the man's gut.
Although herbal medicine is hardly a new phenomenon, it has only come to the attention of lawmakers within the past decade. With the passage of the Dietary Supplement and Health Education Act (DSHEA) in 1994, Congress developed a systematic regulatory plan for herbs, vitamins, and other substances. This act also changed the role of familiar government watchdog agencies in ways that physicians are still learning to accept.
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