Be Smart about Supplements

Polycystic Kidney Disease

Polycystic kidney disease occurs when clusters of cysts – benign round lesions varying in size that contain a watery fluid – develop and grow within the kidneys. Complications include high blood pressure, chronic kidney failure, and the development of Read more

Smart Use of Painkillers

Many Americans are taking excessive amounts of painkillers and say they do not worry about side effects, according to a recent survey. Researchers from the National Consumers League asked 4,200 U.S. adults about their medication habits and found that Read more

Facts About Fatigue

Many Americans complain about constantly feeling tired. Fatigue can develop from the simple problem of not getting enough nightly sleep to medical conditions like depression, anemia, or a sinus infection. If constant fatigue is wearing you down, consider some Read more


Shingles occurs in some people years after they have had chicken pox. The varicella-zoster virus, which causes chicken pox, lies dormant in the body and somehow reactivates. Symptoms include tingling, pain, and itching in a localized area followed by Read more


Aphasia occurs when a person loses the ability to produce or understand spoken or written language. Many possible causes exist for the disorder. These include stroke, tumors, brain injury, certain surgeries, bacterial or viral infections, and some neurological conditions. Read more

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Maybe you have noticed the variety of advertisements in magazines, on television, and across the internet aimed at boosting your memory and focus, enhancing your energy, or even spicing up your sex drive. It is only a natural extension of the aging process to not have the stamina, sharpness, or interest we had once we slip into the 50+ age group. We begin to notice after a day of activity we’re exhausted, our recall might be a tad slower, and our intimate moments seem to wane. We have all at some time been tempted, even just a little, to try out one of these magic pills to reclaim that vitality but we need to take care and be cautious; especially if taking prescription medicines.

Many of these over-the-counter panaceas claim to be all-natural or herbal so we think they should be relatively harmless, but the interactions with prescription medicines can be dangerous; even fatal. Also, many of these supplements have not been FDA approved meaning there have been no long-term studies or tests done to prove or disprove their effectiveness and their side effects have not been studied or documented. Before embarking down the path to reclaim your youth it would be wise to visit a doctor to make sure these products are safe for you to use. The doctors at WNY Medical, PC will be able to sit down with you and discuss your overall health, diet, lifestyle and prescription regimen to determine the best course for you to take. Call 923-4380 for an appointment or visit our office at 4979 Harlem Road in Amherst.

Written by

Diane Woolverton