MLA Practice Assignment: “The Potential Impact Of The Use Of Homeopathic And Herbal Remedies On Monitoring The Safety Of Prescription Products” by KN Woodward


In the article “The Potential Impact Of The Use Of Homeopathic And Herbal Remedies On Monitoring The Safety Of Prescription Products,” Kevin Woodward writes, “In addition, the use of herbal medicines can alter the results of laboratory tests,  either due to direct interference,  because of toxicology or as a result of interactions, leading to  misleading results and diagnoses” (224).

I chose to use this quote because this particular sentence  it includes information that best encapsulates the main flaws with using homeopathic and herbal remedies, and why the interaction of this medicine and prescribed medications makes it difficult for doctors to make a proper diagnosis for patients. This flaw is the most difficult for doctors to overcome, when making a diagnosis and deciding what drugs to prescribe because they can’t do so correctly, that is to prescribe a drug that will not cause the patient further harm, if they don’t know that (a) the patient is taking any homeopathic remedies or (b) what the homeopathic remedies are/or what is in them. It is important to quote because, I wish to include the sentence as it is written, therefore I use quotation marks, and give credit to the  author that originally wrote these words.


Stricter regulatory control would also ensure that herbal products were adequately assessed for efficacy and safety — particularly form the point of view of toxicity and drug interactions, which in turn would lead to the identification of contraindications and more adequate labelling and patient information

If herbal products had harsher regulations, they could be better scrutinized for patient’s safety and their effectiveness. Such regulations would make identifying toxic ingredients from a product’s label easy, and would prevent harmful drug interactions, which would also help doctor’s when prescribing drugs or making a diagnosis for a patient (Woodward 224).

I choose to paraphrase this particular line, because if this were implemented, then the problem stated in the quote would be theoretically solved. It is important to paraphrase rather than to summarize, because in certain circumstances there are specific details that you wish to include, but you do not wish to use the exact wording in the text, which it is found.


The use of herbal medicines, particularly by the elderly, by pregnant women, and those with life-threatening conditions such as cardiovascular disease or cancer, and by patients about to undergo surgery, is of concern, especially when their health care workers are unaware of these medications. Such uses, and the extent of the use, raises particular anxieties over the safety of complementary medicines, not only because they might result in adverse drug reactions, but because of their potential for causing drug interactions with prescribed medicines. However, they also give rise to concern because adverse reactions arising from their use might be erroneously ascribed to prescribed medicines.

It is concerning when people, such as  pregnant women, the elderly, people that have cancer or cardiovascular disease, or are about to undergo surgery, use herbal medicine, especially to unaware health care workers, because they don’t know how these medicines may interact with other medicines a patient is taking–possibly resulting in an adverse reaction because of the H.M. or possibly because of the other drugs a patient is taking (Woodward 220).

It is important to summarize so that you can get the main points of a section; specific details are not required, thus neither is a quote.


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Best Blondies Ever



Blondies are my favorite go-to dessert.  I bring them when delivering a meal to someone, or when we are invited somewhere for dinner.  To be totally decadent, they also make a great base for a brownie sundae.  Add vanilla ice cream, hot fudge, and whipped cream and you will have something totally scrumptious and ridiculously fattening to enjoy.  They freeze well too.  A couple of people have asked me for my recipe recently, so here it is!


1 cup of unsalted butter (2 sticks), melted
2 cups of light brown sugar, firmly packed
2 teaspoons of baking powder
1/4 teaspoon of salt
1 teaspoon of vanilla
2 cups of all-purpose flour
2 eggs
1 cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips or milk chocolate chips.  I’ve also used dark chocolate.  ALL are delicious choices.


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Butter a 9 x 13 baking dish.

Pour the melted butter into a…

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Recipe of the Day: Orange Dream Layered Squares

Recipes, Recipes, Recipes

Orange Dream Layered Squares

Orange Dream Layered Squares

6 HONEY MAID Honey Graham
2 Tbsp. butter
1/2 cup orange juice
1 pkg. JELL-O Orange Flavor Gelatin
1 pkg. PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese
1 tub COOL WHIP Whipped Topping
1/2 cup milk
1 pkg. JELL-O Vanilla Flavor Instant Pudding
1 tsp. orange zest

1 Mix graham crumbs and butter; press onto bottom of 8-inch square pan. Refrigerate until ready to use.

2 Microwave juice in microwaveable measuring cup on HIGH 1 min. Add to gelatin mix in small bowl; stir 2 min. until completely dissolved. Gradually add to half the cream cheese in medium bowl, beating with mixer after each addition until blended. Whisk in 1 cup COOL WHIP; spread over crust. Freeze while preparing next layer.

3 Beat remaining cream cheese and milk in separate medium bowl until blended. Add dry pudding mix; beat 2 min. Stir in remaining COOL WHIP and zest…

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Taste of the World

Hi everyone! Sorry been quiet lately.I went traveling and got quite busy with other things.Anyways,my phone gone crazy that I can’t open any files.I had to transfer all the photos somewhere including all the photos that I took while traveling.I’ll try to post them in the coming days along with stories of my adventure:) What’s new?Well I turned a year older once again and my goals have turned into a long list.I hope and pray that I’ll get to realize them somehow. Enough about that,on to the topic at hand…Esterhazy Torte.I got a greeting card with an esterhazy print.I got curious and wanted to try to make one.All was well except for a mistake on my part…I should’ve known better.The weather here now is terrible!We are in the middle of Summer and I’m making a buttercream torte!Silly me!Anyways,I tried saving it and here’s the torte just before I placed it…

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Cool Whip Cookies


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Cool Whip Cookies


The recipe I’m about to share with you just might change your life.  This cookie recipe is SO easy, SO versatile, and SO delicious, that you will be tempted to make it over and over again.  I’m talking 4 ingredients, only 10 minutes, and endless possibilities.

These cookies get their flavoring from cake mix.  I used strawberry cake mix which gave it a nice pink color perfect for spring, Easter, or even Valentine’s Day (red velvet would also be good for Valentine’s).  These cookies come out super light and airy.  They’re delicious, but watch out!  Before you know it, you will have devoured…

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Best Ever Dairy-free Chocolate Chip Cookies


This recipe is my mother-in-law’s, with my own slight personal twist. They really are the best cookies ever. People ask her to make them all the time. I’ve done a vegan version, replacing the egg with flax (2 eggs = 2T ground flax seed + 6 T warm water). They come out a little flatter, and I recommend refrigerating the dough for at least an hour before baking, but they still taste great!

  • 8 T butter (we use Earth Balance)
  • 1 C sugar (we use organic vegan sugar)
  • 2 eggs (or 2 eggs = 2T ground flax seed + 6 T warm water)
  • 2 C flour (I’ve used GF, and spelt. These again make the cookies flatter, but still tasty!)
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 12 oz. chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F

1. grease a cookie sheet (we like to use coconut…

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