Good, basic info from a seemingly independent source.  Click on the headline link below to access this press release, posted on

Prepared Patient: Vitamins & Supplements: Before You Dive In
Source: Health Behavior News Service
By Maia Szalavitz, Contributing Writer

I highly recommend this review of how and why supplements are or or not regulated by the FDA.  Here are a few important excerpts:

…Unlike pharmaceuticals—which must be FDA-approved as safe and effective before they can be marketed—supplements are considered as foods by regulators and assumed to be safe until proven otherwise…

…Despite many reports of health problems, only one supplement has ever been pulled from the market: the stimulant ephedra, which was banned in 2004 following reports of deaths. With such little regulation and oversight, safe supplement use requires that consumers be cautious and savvy…

…stick to supplements that are essentially unaltered whole foods, like flaxseed and vinegar…

I don’t mean to sound surprised, but this article is very good!  Not the normal filler content I often find, complete with flashy headline and catchy picture–then nothing new.

Feel good and keep smiling!  Pat

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