“Natural” supplements are unregulated for quality, content or safety


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More than two-thirds of Americans take dietary supplements. The vast majority of consumers – 84% – are confident the products are safe and effective.

They should not be so trusting.

The Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994 allows manufacturers to sell dietary supplements without providing proof of their quality to the FDA. Instead, it’s up to the FDA to prove a product is unsafe and take it off the market. That’s an incredibly tall order, and woefully inadequate. But it’s unlikely to change.

All you have to worry about are heavy metals, bacterial and fungal contamination, undisclosed drugs including not approved for pharmaceuticals, over-and-under-dosing of listed ingredients…and more. Professor White’s article suggests independent labs that monitor supplements. He includes several ways you can assure yourself – to a point about what you’re going to consume.

Please be careful.

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