Thursday, February 01, 2007

Natural Remedies As Safe As Always

Lavender oil and tea tree oil are natural, gentle, popular substances in the herbal world, thus avoiding those nasty pharmaceutical products with their terrible side effects.

Sadly, it appears that these products have untoward effects as well:

Repeated use of products containing lavender oil or tea tree oil may spur breast growth in prepubertal boys, experts report in The New England Journal of Medicine. The effects fade when boys stop using the products, note the researchers. "This report raises an issue of concern, since lavender and tea tree oil are sold over the counter in their 'pure' form and are present in an increasing number of commercial products, including shampoos, hair gels, soaps, and body lotions," write researchers Derek Henley, Ph.D., and others. Henley works at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), which is part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Natural products with nasty side effects? EoR suspects the NEJM is a Big Pharma plant...

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