For my wellness, not just my illness: North Americans' use of dietary supplements.

@article{Nichter2006ForMW,
  title={For my wellness, not just my illness: North Americans' use of dietary supplements.},
  author={Mark Nichter and Jennifer Jo Thompson},
  journal={Culture, medicine and psychiatry},
  year={2006},
  volume={30 2},
  pages={175-222}
}
Passage of the DSHEA in 1994 created a new "liminal" category for the FDA: dietary supplements are regulated as neither food nor drugs. However, there appears to be a significant disconnect between the "official" discourse surrounding dietary supplements and supplement users' actual practices. Despite this discrepancy, and the inadequacy of surveys to capture the dynamics of pharmaceutical practice, there is little ethnographic information available on the ways that Americans think about or use… CONTINUE READING

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