Tag Archive for dietary supplements

Backfire Effect? Herbalife shares up despite webcast to investors decrying practices.

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Scientific skepticism is viewed by many as an intersection between science education and consumer advocacy. To that end, Doubtful News has had its eyes on news items concerning Herbalife, a multilevel marketing company who has recently had to ask its distributors to tone down medical claims about its products, and has come under fire by critics for its…

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…

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,…

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…

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…

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…