Tag Archive for herbal medicine

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

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…

Gibson’s untrue claims about cancer could have killed people

Last Spring, it was revealed by Australian media that Belle Gibson’s story about cancer recovery through diet and alternative lifestyle was a hoax. The celebrity author’s publisher Penguin admitted it did not fact check her claims about being diagnosed with terminal malignant brain cancer in 2009 and then having a seemingly miraculous recovery by rejecting conventional medicine.…

Child died from complication from ear infection; parents face criminal charges

Profound ignorance kills children. An 18 month old child is dead because the parents did not get her medical attention, instead treating her with homeopathy and herbal meds. Ebed S. Delozier, 29, and Christine E. Delozier, 34, both of Wyalusing, Pennsylvania, are charged with involuntary manslaughter and endangering the welfare of children this week after an investigation showed…

FDA issues warning letters to companies marketing Ebola “cures”

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…

Let’s ask the dealers if their stuff is good: U.K. committee on TCM

Hunt is at it again. More quackery into NHS. First it was homeopathy: U.K. Health Secretary Hunt: Needs to buy a clue. Now this… British might integrate TCM into UK health service. The British government says it is looking into integrating traditional Chinese medicine into the UK’s national health service. Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt says if…

Healers in Ghana get sound advice

Mixed feelings about this story. A leader of an association of faith healers in Ghana is sending out some pretty good advice. Little steps? Faith healers asked to register to expose quacks. Apostle Emmanuel Adarkwa, Eastern Regional Coordinator of Ghana Association of Faith Healers, has urged herbalists and faith healers to register with the organisation…

Ayurvedic herbal med found to contain prescription drug dexamethasone

An Ayurvedic herbal treatment has been flagged by the UK Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency for containing a potentially dangerous prescription drug. Warning about Ayurvedic herbal medicine for treatment of asthmatic symptoms containing undeclared pharmaceuticals : MHRA. MHRA is advising consumers not to use Ayurvedic herbal medicine Shwasa Sanjeevani as it has been found to…

Criminals are producing your “health” supplements

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

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

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

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…

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

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…

Woman dies from herbal medicine treatment in Ghana

Three women took this medicine. All three went to the hospital. One never came out. allAfrica.com: Ghana: Herbal Mixture Kills Woman. The Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) and the Police are hunting for a herbal medicine dealer, whose concoction has killed one person in Kumasi, in the Ashanti Region. The 50-year-old woman died after taking…