The term healthcare refers to maintaining or restoring health. It comprises a variety of care such as care of skin, eyes, teeth, heart, kidneys, lungs, liver, bones, blood, and mental state, among others. Aside from practitioners of forms of alternative and natural forms of medicine, numerous green healthcare practices are emerging in the United States and elsewhere. These practices focus on a range of activities, from the environmental impacts of building and administering medical and healthcare services to promoting community and environmental health. In addition, there has been a proliferation of healthcare products, particularly vitamins, minerals, and herbal supplements—a consideration that forms the focus of this entry. These products are also known as dietary supplements and are widely consumed. In the United States, the Dietary ...

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