Weight-loss supplements contain hidden prohibited stimulants

You may be surprised to learn that in the United States, natural medicines (herbs, vitamins, and supplements) are virtually unregulated substances. As a result, consumers beware!

In my recent book, The Natural Medicines Handbook: The Truth about the Most Effective Herbs, Vitamins, and Supplements for Common Conditions, I warn readers that one of many potential issues with these substances is “The illegal addition of prescription or investigational drugs, particularly those sold for ‘erectile dysfunction,’ ‘bodybuilding,’ ‘brain health,’ and ‘weight loss.’


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Another recent study confirms my warning. The Washington Post recently reported that in a study published in Clinical Toxicology, Cambridge Health Alliance physician Pieter Cohen and fellow researchers “analyzed 17 brands of sports and weight-loss supplements sold in the United States.”

To no surprise to those of us familiar with the subject, the researchers “detected nine prohibited stimulants in them.”

Furthermore, nearly “half of the brands tested included more than one prohibited stimulant.”

The Post said, “The problem of contaminated supplements continues in plain view, Cohen says, because the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994, or DSHEA, was created with heavy input from the supplements industry. … It limits government interference in the huge and growing market.”

If you want to know more about natural medicines for weight loss (as well as general health, brain health, heart health, hair and skin health, etc., pick up a copy of my book, The Natural Medicines Handbook: The Truth about the Most Effective Herbs, Vitamins, and Supplements for Common Conditions here.


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