Consumer Reports Finds 12 Supplements with Unsafe Ingredients

Alternative Medicine, Children's Health, Men's Health, Nutritional Health, Woman's Health
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 supplements that we've identified, we think it's all risk and no benefit." The CBS Evening News also reported, "Consumer Reports analyzed data from 1,100 supplements and identified 12 that are linked to serious health problems. These include ingredients in weight loss products ... which can cause heart problems and liver damage." Certain other supplements "used for cough ... are associated with liver cancer and even death." CBS noted that the "FDA cannot regulate" the supplements, which are labeled as foods, "until after a product is already on the market." The Los…
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Parents cautioned about giving children dietary supplements

Alternative Medicine, Children's Health, Nutritional Health, Parenting
On the front of its Personal Journal section, the Wall Street Journal reports that increasingly, Americans are giving their children dietary supplements. However, groups such as the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Dietetic Association, caution that food is the best source of nutrition. In addition, many supplements, if taken in excess, can prove dangerous. Nevertheless, physicians concede that children who are picky eaters may need certain supplements, although experts urge parents to be wary of nutrition claims, particularly since the FDA does not regulate supplements to the same extent that it does drugs. I have much more information about natural medicines (herbs, vitamins, and supplements), in general, and giving natural medicines to children, in particular, in my best-selling book, Alternative Medicine: the options, the claims, the evidence, how…
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Online Brazilian Diet Pills Can Be Addictive

Alternative Medicine, Nutritional Health, Obesity
Researcher have found a dangerous mix of amphetamines, tranquilizers and antidepressants found in some pills. Although marketed on the Internet as "natural," the popular weight loss supplements known as Brazilian diet pills contain potentially addictive ingredients. Here are the details in a report from HealthFinder: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned consumers in 2006 of dangers associated with the diet pills, but they remain popular and easy to order online, the researchers say. "What we have seen and what the FDA has found is that, unfortunately, there are dozens of products that are sold as dietary supplements that are contaminated with pharmaceutical compounds," said lead researcher Dr. Pieter Cohen, an instructor in medicine at Harvard Medical School. People already prone to addiction can become dependent on these nonprescription drugs, and…
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