Tag Archive for dietary supplements

Odom’s condition shines light on dangers of poorly-regulated supplements

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As the media attempts to make sense of former pro basketball player Lamar Odom’s bizarre situation that resulted in him lying in a hospital near death, a report comes out in the NEJM showing that dietary supplements cause serious adverse affects that send people to the emergency room at an alarming rate. Odom spent three days in a Nevada…

More evidence that dietary supplements can be a “raw deal”

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News smidgen: Federal prosecutors say that one dietary supplement wholesaler in New Jersey spent four years selling products diluted with products like maltodextrin or rice flour, increasing profits but defrauding customers. The company’s owner now must forfeit $1 million in profits and has been sentenced to 40 months in prison and one year of supervised…

Procera AVH memory-enhancing supplement BUSTED for deceptive claims

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If it sounds to good to be true… yada yada yada. Yay for the FTC but something tells me these settlement amounts are not quite high enough to act as deterrents for companies pushing useless supplements. The marketers of a dietary supplement called Procera AVH will relinquish $1.4 million under settlements resolving Federal Trade Commission…

FTC slashes weight loss scam scheme

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The FTC charged the group Sale Slash for violating the FTC Act and the CAN-SPAM Act. They used spam emails and banner ads to fake news sites that were designed to look like a genuine endorsement. It was also alleged that they used unauthorized celebrity endorsements, such as Oprah Winfrey, and made false claims to…

Yet another illegal stimulant in dietary supplements

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Dietary supplements contain potentially harmful substances. Gee, I’m starting to sound like a broken record, just repeating the same thing… FDA warns about another illegal stimulant in supplements | Reuters. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning companies to stop selling dietary supplements that include a stimulant known as DMBA, the latest in a…

Serious health risks from dietary supplements, action not taken in US

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We keep posting more and more news that provides reasons to NOT use any diet supplements. It’s just getting ridiculous. A “broader problem”? I’ll say so! Sometimes the FDA takes action but often only after another party does the leg work and finds the problem. Study Warns of Diet Supplement Dangers Kept Quiet by F.D.A.…

The era of fish oil as medication is over

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Another very popular supplement is found to be… worthless. Fish Oil Claims Not Supported by Research – NYTimes.com. Fish oil is now the third most widely used dietary supplement in the United States, after vitamins and minerals, according to a recent report from the National Institutes of Health. At least 10 percent of Americans take…

Supplement industry is manufacturing controversy over NY action

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Recall earlier in February, the New York state Attorney General took some unprecedented action against retailers selling dietary supplements. Well, the supplement industry folks didn’t like this too much and, as they will, they took up a social media campaign to Twitter-harass the officials. Tim Farley found out that they were less than forthright with…

Green beans as seen on TV were just a scheme

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Oopsie, someone over stated their claims! Another link in the green coffee bean weight loss debacle got smacked by the FTC. Thanks Dr. Oz for doing such a bang up job checking the (flawed) study that this company representative marketed on your show leading people to snap up this product as a weight loss “miracle”. You’re…

FDA issues warning letters to companies marketing Ebola “cures”

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We love to post stories about the FDA doing its job to product consumers against questionable drug claims. Yesterday, the FDA announced they sent warning letters to three business entities more or less telling them to stop advertising bogus cures for Ebola. Medical Countermeasures Initiative > 2014 Ebola Outbreak in West Africa. FDA has issued…

Herbalife as “a force of mass deception in America”

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The North American Stock Exchange, NASDAQ, has a very involved and interesting piece on Herbalife corporation and why the multi-level marketing scheme is still going strong today – denialism. People have found it unimaginable that this is a fraudulent business plan. Unthinkable, Unimaginable And Unspeakable: Why Wall Street Clings To The Herbalife Myth – NASDAQ.com.…

Herbalife tells distributors not to make miracle claims

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Personal testimonials are great advertising. This is why we have infomercials and companies that make billions selling nonsense and junk. Herbalife, a $4 billion weight loss and nutritional supplement company, has its share of critical eyeballs on it right now. When faced with national TV exposure about how the distributors were making outrageous “miracles” claims…

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…

Mercola hyping vitamins on Dr. Oz’s show

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Recall the news not so long ago that excessive doses of vitamins are NOT good for you, may be BAD for you and overall vitamins are worthless if you have a decent diet? Well what if your business is to sell vitamins? You market yourself. Where do you market? On a TV show by a…

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…

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…