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Plants or Pills? The Truth About Dietary Supplements

DATE: Friday, August 21st



The use of dietary supplements, such as vitamins, minerals, plant products, and herbal therapies has become a routine part of the American lifestyle. But often, these items are marketed as having benefits that are unsubstantiated; do not carry adequate warnings about when they interfere with lab tests; interfere with prescribed drugs; and may be completely misused by the patient because they are “all-natural” and “must be safe, right?” Health and senior care professionals are relied upon by patients/residents and their families to have accurate information about the uses and effects of these products. Using evidence-based research, we will review the current clinical findings and safety profiles of numerous over-the-counter products used by seniors for various medical and psychological conditions. Armed with these facts, health/senior care providers will be able to advise their residents and families with more confidence.


  • Describe how to read a label to determine safety and efficacy claims and identify red flags

  • List the most common dietary supplements and how they can interfere with common drugs used in the older population

  • Describe supplements that have some clinical evidence of efficacy and safety

Barb Bancroft, RN, MSN, NP, has provided more than 2,800 continuing education events on clinical topics pertaining to pathophysiology, physical assessment, and pharmacology to health care professionals throughout the United States and Canada.

She has been the motivational keynote speaker on health maintenance topics for numerous nursing associations, medical associations and dental associations as well as for corporate groups and events. She has held faculty positions at the University of Virginia, the University of Arkansas, Loyola University of Chicago, and St. Xavier University of Chicago. She has provided courses on Advanced Pathophysiology, Pharmacology, and Physical Assessment to graduate and undergraduate students.

Barb Bancroft is the author of eight books:

  • Medical Minutiae (1999)
  • An Apple a Day: The ABCs of Diet and Disease (2002)
  • Live a Little, Laugh a Lot (2004)
  • Kiss My Asparagus (2012), Geriatric Gems (2018)
  • Focus on Pharmacology (2019)
  • Plants or Pills? (2019)
  • Laughing My Aspirin Off (2019).

Barb is a fascinating, highly informative speaker whose dynamic and humorous presentation style makes learning enjoyable. She provides a wealth of clinical information that can be applied to everyday practice.

Administrators ― This program has been approved for continuing education for one total participant hour each by the National Continuing Education Review Service (NCERS) of the National Association of Long-Term Care Administrator Boards (NAB): Plants or Pills? The Truth About Dietary Supplements – Approval #20210820-1-A68432-DL

Nursing ― This activity has been approved for one clock hour each of continuing education credit for nurses by The Illinois Health Care Association, an approved sponsor of continuing education by the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation.

PLEASE NOTE: Attendees must submit their documentation directly to their respective state boards, associations, or licensing agencies. Forum Extended Care Services provides CE certificates only to attendees.


Barb Bancroft
Barb BancroftRN, MSN, NP

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