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May 28, 2012

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Barbara Hales, M.D.

Disclosure of supplement usage is crucial. Many patients feel that supplements are not medications or drugs and therefore, informing the healthcare provider is not necessary.

In fact, supplements can interfere with any medications prescribed rendering them either useless or intensifying their reaction to create serious adverse reactions like abnormal bleeding or irregular heart beats.

Nondisclosure is not a question of trust. It is one where an individual can be seriously putting themselves in jeopardy.

Most physicians today welcome patient participation and complementary medicine. If a doctor-patient relationship will suffer over an issue like vitamins and supplements, it is time to find a doctor that is more attuned to the patient.

Wendy S. Harpham, MD

Dear Dr. Hales,

Thank you for expanding on the central issue laid out in the post (http://tinyurl.com/HS052312) that introduced this topic: Supplements can be harmful to patients.

And thank you for highlighting the need to find a doctor attuned to your needs.

With hope, Wendy

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