Tag Archive for dietary supplements

WSN must pay out $2.2 Million for false claims regarding diabetes

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The FTC is on the ball again. FTC Obtains $2.2 Million Judgment against Supplement Marketer that Made Phony Claims for Treating and Preventing Diabetes | Federal Trade Commission. A federal court has found that marketers of bogus remedies for treating and preventing diabetes violated Section 5 of the FTC Act, and has ordered them to…

Before and after pics are less than truthful

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In the category of Quelle Surprise… extreme photos are not as they seem. Dieters beware: Those before-and-after weight-loss photos aren’t always legit. Many weight-loss ads draw you in with dramatic “before-and-after photos” of real people. But the truth behind some of those ads is surprising. One such ad, for Wu-Yi Source Tea, claimed to promote…

Herbadeath?

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Things heat up against Herbalife with a call to look into their business practices. Senator Calls for Inquiry Into Herbalife – NYTimes.com. Herbalife, the nutritional supplements company that has long been in the cross hairs of a powerful hedge fund manager, is coming under increased scrutiny in Washington. Senator Edward J. Markey, Democrat of Massachusetts,…

Sensa and others in federal settlement for false advertising

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The Federal Trade Commission calls out this diet treatment for false advertising and remind people there is no magic powder, cream or pill. FTC orders weight-loss firm Sensa Products to return $26.5 million. The Federal Trade Commission on Tuesday cracked down on Sensa Products, an El Segundo company that sells a weight-loss powder that users…

Cesium chloride treatment directly contributed to death, not cure

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A case study in the December issue of The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine notes the death of a woman who died after self-treatment with cesium chloride recommended by a nutritionist. This crap has got to stop. Woman’s Death Linked to Alternative Cancer Treatment | LiveScience. A Colorado woman died after using cesium chloride…

FDA finds steroids in muscle growth product; resulted in case of liver failure

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The US Food and Drug Administration warns consumers not to use muscle growth product marketed as a dietary supplement because it’s been found to contain synthetic steroids. Add it to the list of potentially harmful dietary supplements. Press Announcements > FDA warns consumers not to use muscle growth product. The FDA was alerted by the…

Criminals are producing your “health” supplements

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And they continue with their less than ethical activities. This is not news to people who follow Doubtful News regularly where we bring you news of tainted supplements and unscrupulous remedies. But it’s a topic that needs to be more widely known. Thanks to continued LACK of regulation and because it’s a money-making bonanza from…

Warning about thyroid supplements

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Thyroid troubles that are common among women may result in purchasing unsafe over the counter herbs that contain more than you bargained for – cow hormones. OTC Thyroid ‘Boosters’ May Harm. Patients who take over-the-counter supplements that promise to enhance thyroid function may get more than they bargained for, endocrinologists warn. The supplements could contain…

Consumer advocacy group criticizes Canada’s Food and Drugs Act

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An amendment to the Food and Drugs Act in Canada still exempts “natural health products”. Bad Science Watch Criticises Patient Safety Act for Neglecting Natural Health Product Users. Bad Science Watch has criticized the newly tabled Patient Safety Act, known as “Vanessa’s Law”, for explicitly excluding Natural Health Products from the regulations to appease lobbyists.…

Acacia rigidula, an amphetamine-like drug, is found in supplements

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Surprise, surprise. Less than well-regulated dietary supplements have potentially harmful substances. The FDA has known this since at least July 15, and have not done anything. Nine diet supplements contain amphetamine-like compound. For the second time in recent weeks, scientists have found a “non-natural” amphetamine-like compound in dietary supplements – yet federal regulators have issued no…

Philly hospital becomes first to purge shelves of dietary supplements

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A promising step. Does this mean the beginning of the end for useless, possibly unsafe supplements? No, but I would like to just relish the moment. Children’s Hospital Of Philadelphia Bans Dietary Supplements From Its Pharmacy – Forbes. Last week Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) announced that it would no longer dispense most dietary supplements…

Study reports depression higher with alt med post chemo treatments

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It’s not clear what to make of this study. Increased risk of depression for cancer patients in alternative treatment | ScienceNordic. Breast cancer patients who use alternative methods to recover from chemotherapy or surgery are more often depressed than those who do not receive alternative treatment. The study is unique, since it focuses on how…

What you want might not be in there but what you don’t want just may be

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A study to be published Friday in the journal BMC Medicine concludes that people taking herbals and dietary supplements are not always getting what they pay for. Herbal remedies study: Natural products often mislabelled | Toronto Star. [W]hen scientists from the University of Guelph scoured the DNA in a number of herbal products, they found…

Acute liver failure reported with connection to dietary supplement (UPDATE)

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Originally published Oct 4, 2013 See updates below Healthy adults trying to lose weight or gain muscle have experienced acute hepatitis or liver failure possibly from a dietary supplement. The federal shutdown is hampering efforts to investigate the cause. More cases of liver failure linked to diet supplement – Hawaii News Now – KGMB and…

Supplements schmupplements

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No surprise here that dubious claims are being made to sell probably useless dietary supplements. Supplements – are they worth it? – August – 2013 – Which? News. Which? research shows that some supplement manufacturers are making misleading claims on their products – as a result, people could be wasting money on unnecessary food supplements.…

Warning against “natural” morning sickness remedy – contains heavy metals

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Yet another warning about the hazards of unregulated (or poorly regulated) dietary supplements. You do not know what they contain and in what doses. It may be hazardous to your health. Morning sickness remedy ‘contains arsenic’ | News Article | Pulse Today. Pregnant women with morning sickness have been told to visit their GP by…

Spiked supplements

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Who needs regulation, right? <sarcasm>  Drugs need regulation or this is what happens. The Dangers Lurking in Male Sexual Supplements | TIME.com. In an editorial published in JAMA Internal Medicine, Pieter Cohen, assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and a colleague collected some of the lesser known facts about an industry that produces…

Stay calm, she says: Lobbyist leaves bottles of herbs in congressional offices

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Bottle of nutritional supplements causes scare at Sen. Charles Schwertner’s office – The Eagle: Local News. A natural medicine lobbyist dropped off a bottle of nutritional capsules labeled “Calm” to the office of state Sen. Charles Schwertner. They had the opposite effect. Staffers in Schwertner’s office called the Texas Department of Public Safety after the…

‘Male enhancement’ herbals contain undisclosed, possibly dangerous, ingredients

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Herbal remedies contain undisclosed ingredients that may be hazardous to your health. It’s just another piece is a long line of evidence that shows that dietary supplements are NOT often what they say they are and consumers should be aware of what they are or AREN’T getting in terms of government oversight. FDA: ‘Male enhancement’…