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Dear Editor:

Do you have any information on the benefits of massage therapy for hypertension, stroke, and other diseases?

Researchers say that massage therapy has physiological as well as emotional benefits. Study results from Seattle, Washington, indicate that the age-old therapy is an effective treatment for patients with chronic low back pain and suggest that massage might be an effective alternative to conventional medical care in certain cases.

Others report that massage therapy can reduce pain and muscle spasms in patients recovering from heart surgery.

To find a competent, trained, and qualified therapist in your area, call the American Massage Therapy Association at 1-888-843-2682 or visit its Web site at

Dear Editor:

How is a layperson to choose the better product when the ingredients differ on the same supplement of the same strength? Some magnesium supplements contain calcium carbonate, cellulose, stearic acid, and talc. Others have sodium starch and polyethylene glycol.

Why don't these products contain only the ingredient that we were looking to buy?

Pharmacists say that most of the additional ingredients are needed to help preserve the potency of supplements. The FDA requires that labels of dietary supplements list active and inactive ingredients in descending order of predominance.

Full disclosure is important. Some people prefer products with no added starch, sugar, or artificial colors; those with celiac disease must look for gluten-free formulations.
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Date:Nov 1, 2001
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