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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U.S. Dietary Supplements Often Contaminated: Consumer Reports

Alternative Medicine, Children's Health, Men's Health, Nutritional Health, Woman's Health
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 details from Reuters Health: The consumer magazine published a report highlighting the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's lack of power to regulate such supplements, and said the agency rarely uses what little power it does have. The report from the influential group urged Congress to speed up small moves toward giving the agency more clout, especially in regulating supplements. Despite the "natural" labels carried by many of the supplements, many are contaminated. Yet Americans flock to take them, according to the magazine, citing the Nutrition Business Journal as saying the…
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FDA Cracks Down On Unproved Cancer Cures

Alternative Medicine, Bioethics, Cancer, Health Headlines
The AP is reporting that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is cracking down on teas, supplements, creams, and other products that falsely claim to cure, treat, or prevent cancer, even though they are not agency-approved drugs. All are available for sale on the Internet.  The agency has sent 25 warning letters to companies and individuals marketing these products, FDA officials said Tuesday. Twenty-three of the letters went to domestic companies and two to foreign individuals. (more…)
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Dr. Walt’s Take on the Health Headlines – May 30, 2008

Children's Health, General Health, Health Headlines, Heart Health, Men's Health, Mental Health, Nutritional Health, Parenting, Woman's Health
Here are my takes on some of today's health headlines: Vitamin D for babies may prevent type 1 diabetes A new systematic review reports to have "the strongest evidence to date" that supplemental vitamin D in babies and children may help reduce the risk of later development of type 1 diabetes by 29 percent. Readers of this blog have read me frequently comment on the host of health problems prevented by vitamin D. (more…)
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