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ConsumerLab lists the top-rated vitamin and supplement brands

Each year, ConsumerLab.com surveys its e-newsletter subscribers about the vitamins and supplements that they use. The results below are based on 10,260 responses collected in November, 2011.

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Physician says proposed FDA regulations on supplement industry not enough

FDA The Los Angeles Times “Booster Shots” blog reports, “A new proposal to toughen the Food and Drug Administration’s power to regulate dietary supplements has the makers of vitamins, minerals and botanical extracts up in arms.”

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Do African mango supplements help with weight loss?

African mango supplements are touted to help shed pounds, but do they really work?

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Do nitric oxide supplements make muscles bigger and increase endurance?

Nitric oxide supplements are widely used for bodybuilding and athletic performance, but do they really work?

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Study finds thyroid supplements may be dangerous

The Los Angeles Times “Booster Shots” blog reports on a study presented at the annual meeting of the American Thyroid Association, which examined 10 brands of over-the-counter “thyroid support” dietary supplements and found “nine contained an animal hormone.”

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Vitamin studies spell confusion

The alphabet soup of vitamin studies making headlines in the last few weeks has left more than one head spinning, and most clinicians scrambling for answers. As the dust begins to settle, physicians seem to agree on one bit of … Continue reading

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Some supplements associated with increased risk of death in older women

More than half of American adults take dietary supplements. Now a major new study finds that supplements either do no good or increase the risk of dying from cancer or heart disease.

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Some women still using dangerous weight-loss supplements

One of the most potentially dangerous category of supplements to take, at least in the U.S., is the category of weight loss supplements. Now there’s news that an over-the-counter diet pill and tea that were banned from the market nearly … Continue reading

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FDA advises against purchasing drinks sold as supplements for sexual enhancement

It seems that there are new warnings almost weekly from the FDA regarding potential dangers of certain over-the-counter natural medications (herbs, vitamins, or supplements). The reason is that these substances are virtually unregulated here in the United States and unscrupulous … Continue reading

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Consumer Reports Finds 12 Supplements with Unsafe Ingredients

ABC World News reported, “Dietary supplements are a $27 billion a year business in this country, but Consumer Reports has an alert” on “supplements the magazine says can be dangerous to your health.” Consumer Reports’ Nancy Metcalf said, “With the dozen … Continue reading

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U.S. Dietary Supplements Often Contaminated: Consumer Reports

Many popular dietary supplements contain ingredients that may cause cancer, heart problems, liver or kidney damage, but U.S. stores sell them anyway and Americans spend millions on them, according to a report from the trusted Consumer Reports. Here are the … Continue reading

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GAO study reveals contaminants in herbal supplements

Today I’m in Orlando, Florida, where I’ll be speaking to the Florida Academy of Family Physicians on this exact issue. And, I find that most of my patients and most physicians are simply unaware of the danger. The New York … Continue reading

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Stricter government oversight of dietary supplements may be moving closer – thank goodness

Whenever I give talks on natural medications (herbs, vitamins, and supplements), whether to healthcare professionals or laypersons, people seem shocked to learn that these substances are virtually unregulated in the United States. I’ve written about the many problems this causes … Continue reading

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Some herbal supplements associated with dangerous blood lead levels in women

Reuters Health carried a very interesting report indicating that some herbal supplements may boost the levels of lead in the blood of women. A study, published in November showed that among 12,807 men and women age 20 and older, by … Continue reading

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Physician calls for increased FDA regulation of dietary supplements

In my book, Alternative Medicine: The Christian Handbook, I lament the lack of regulation of dietary supplements in the U.S. Because of this lack, it’s very difficult for consumers to know, when it comes to herbs, vitamins, and supplements, if … Continue reading

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The Ten Commandments of Preventive Medicine – Part 8 – Alternative Medicine

In my latest book, 10 Essentials of Happy, Healthy People, I teach people how to utilize these ten essentials that are necessary to live a happy and highly healthy life. Under The Essential of Self-Care, teach what I call “The 10 Commandments … Continue reading

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Americans spend about $34 billion annually on alternative medicine. How can you make wise decisions in this area?

USA Today reports that, according to a study conducted by researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institutes of Health, “while Americans may complain about the high cost of healthcare, they’re still willing to shell … Continue reading

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Trustworthy consumer websites for NATURAL MEDICATION info (herbs, vitamins, and supplements)

How can you make informed choices about natural medications (herbs, vitamins, and supplements)? For one thing, don’t get your information from ads or labels! There is almost no regulation in the U.S. on these products. So, where can you turn? … Continue reading

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Study Links Herbal Medicines to Lead Poisoning. How can you find safe herbs?

Fox News is commenting on a study published in the August 27 issue of JAMA in which medical researchers say that one-fifth of Ayurvedic herbal medicines sold on the Internet contain dangerously high levels of lead, arsenic and mercury. How’s … Continue reading

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