Saturday, April 08, 2006

Pure Chamomile...Book Him

Do you ever wonder if we allow researchers too much time to sit around and dream up new projects? Should someone perhaps gently suggest that they go out and get real jobs?

Canada's Saanich News reported recently on the response of local health food store types to a new study that suggests a possible link between herbal products and hard drugs.

If you actually read the article you'll find that the attention-getting headline (Herbal Tea and Heroin) is a wee bit misleading. The study finds that teens who used "herbal or natural products" - referring only to supplements, apparently - are X number of times more likely to move on various incarnations of the hard stuff, including cocaine, heroin and methamphetamines. Herbal tea doesn't really seem to be an area of concern, though I haven't read the actual research document and can't say for sure.

The study appears in this month's issue of the Journal of Adolescent Health, if you're really itching to have a go at it.

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