- What you need to know first about dietary supplements
- Risks and side effects of dietary supplements
- Dietary supplement advertising and promotion
- Talking with your doctor about dietary supplements
- Common misconceptions about dietary supplements
- FDA regulation of drugs versus dietary supplements
- Manufacturing guidelines for dietary supplements
- Understanding the claims on dietary supplement labels
- Choosing and using dietary supplements safely
- To learn more
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More information from your American Cancer Society
We have selected some related information that may also be helpful to you. These materials may be ordered from our toll-free number, 1-800-227-2345, or read on our website, www.cancer.org.
American Cancer Society Operational Statement on Complementary and Alternative Methods of Cancer Management
Along with the above, information on many different types of complementary and alternative treatments are available at no cost to you from the American Cancer Society. You can find it in the “Complementary and Alternative Medicine” section of our website or request it by calling our toll-free number, 1-800-227-2345.
Your American Cancer Society also has books that you might find helpful. Call us at 1-800-227-2345 or visit our bookstore online at cancer.org/bookstore to find out about costs or to place an order.
National organizations and websites*
Along with the American Cancer Society, other sources of information and support include:
National Institutes of Health Office of Dietary Supplements
Excellent information about wise supplement use and detailed fact sheets about individual vitamins and supplements. Also has an app you can use to keep up with supplements on your smart phone; choose My Dietary Supplements Mobile App on the left menu bar.
US Food and Drug Administration
Toll-free number: 1-888-INFO-FDA (1-888-463-6332)
Information about labels, rules, regulations, and more about dietary supplements as well as tips for spotting frauds and scams
US Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Information Center
Choose “Dietary Supplements” from the left menu bar for info on nutrients, botanicals, herbs, and access to the International Bibliographic Information on Dietary Supplements (IBIDS) database
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
About Herbs and Botanicals
Provides evidence-based information about herbs, botanicals, supplements, and more, for consumers and health care professionals
Toll-free number: 1-800-FDA-1088 (1-800-332-1088)
Choose “Consumer-Friendly Reporting Form” if you wish to report an adverse event; or you can call them to report any ill effects
US Pharmacopeia (USP)
Toll-free number: 1-800-227-8772
More about USP and NF, and their standards
National Council Against Health Fraud
Offers information on health myths, fraud, and quackery as public health problems, using the principles of science to help consumers avoid scams
No matter who you are, we can help. Contact us anytime, day or night, for information and support. Call us at 1-800-227-2345 or visit www.cancer.org.
Last Medical Review: 11/22/2013
Last Revised: 06/02/2014