Comment on: Effects of supplements on medicines 'dangerous'
The overall research data on supplement-drug interactions reveals this is a small risk, whereas most side effects are minor (see http://www.supplements-and-health.com/facts-about-dietary-supplements.html ). It is in agreement with the real-life reality that extremely few people die each year, or derive serious side effects, from consuming dietary supplements.
However, what this study doesn't show, and media soundbites about it don't mention, is the LARGE risk for very serious harm from drug-drug interactions and how pharmaceutical medications deplete essential nutrients in the body (and do other damage). This well-established data is politely ignored and hidden by conventional medicine (and the mainstream media outlets).
Research investigations also fail to substantiate the "most important message that it is always a good idea to ask your GP or pharmacist for advice before you begin using a herbal or dietary supplement" because they demonstrated that physicians have inadequate/poor knowledge about nutritional supplements (read http://www.supplements-and-health.com/nutritional-supplements-information.html ).