October 10, 2008

Supplements Are Focus of Program for Public

LEWISTON - "From Lance Armstrong to Aunt Martha: What Are the Benefits and Risks of Taking Non-Prescription Medical) Supplements?" is the topic of the second installment of a multi-part Mini-Medical School series being offered by Central Maine Medical Center and the Central Maine Heart and Vascular Institute on Wednesday, Oct. 15.

Dr. Peter Sedgwick, Central Maine Sports Medicine, will discuss the effectiveness and safety of common dietary supplements as well as more complicated ergogenic aids. He will outline the evidence behind their use as well as their safety profiles.

"From steroid scandals among professional athletes to glucosamine tablets taken by millions of people every day, everyone is out to increase their performance and decrease their injury and pain. But what is the effectiveness and safety of these products?" said Sedgwick.

Prior to beginning his work in the Lewiston-Auburn area, Sedgwick completed a sports medicine fellowship at Maine Medical Center in Portland. He also completed his family medicine residency training at Maine Medical Center.

A graduate of Williams College in Williamstown, Mass., Sedgwick earned a master's degree from the University of South Florida in Tampa, Fla. He completed a one-year pre-medicine curriculum at Harvard Extension School in Cambridge, Mass., and was awarded his medical degree from the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester, Mass.

His experience in sports medicine includes service as assistant medical director of the 2006 and 2007 Maine Marathon in Portland and as team physician at Bonny Eagle High School and St. Joseph's College, both in Standish. He has worked as part of the Portland Pirates medical team and has experience in wilderness medicine. He has worked as a researcher and educator in a variety of capacities.

Sedgwick is a member of the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine, American College of Sports Medicine, American Association of Family Practice and the American Medical Association.

Sedgewick will make his presentation from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in Pettingill Hall, Room G52, at Bates College.

The programs are free and open to the public. Anyone wishing to register for any of the programs or seeking more information should call 795-8240 or e-mail [email protected]

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