This isn’t good. Check-out these excerpts from a USA Today/AP report that was published earlier this month about the risks when buying and taking unregulated supplements:
Report: Some dietary supplements illegally labeled
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Dozens of weight loss and immune system supplements on the market are illegally labeled and lack the recommended type of scientific evidence to back up their purported health claims, government investigators warn in a new review of the $20 billion supplement industry.
The report, released Wednesday by the Department of Health and Human Services’ inspector general, found that 20% of the 127 weight loss and immune-boosting supplements investigators purchased online and in retail stores across the country carried labels that made illegal claims to cure or treat disease.
In addition, many of those and other supplements lacked the scientific studies recommended to support their suggested uses…
Consumers may not just be wasting their money on pills or tablets, but they could be endangering their health if they take a supplement in place of a drug thinking it will have the same effect, the report concluded.
CLICK HERE to access the balance of the article, which ends with a discussion about how the FDA may seek congressional approval for expanded oversight of nutritional supplements–something that I think is long overdue.
Feel good and keep smiling! Pat