Tag Archives | Dietary Supplements

Dietary Supplements and your Heart

You may utilize bodybuilding and weight loss supplements to help you look better, but have you considered your liver? Using data from a national registry, researchers found that herbal and dietary supplements were implicated in 18% of liver injury cases caused or suspected of being caused by drugs or supplements from 2003 to 2011. Bodybuilding and weight loss supplements […]

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Companies Responding To FDA DMAA Warning Letters

In the wake of the recent warning letters issued by the FDA, several dietary supplement manufacturers of DMAA are responding to the negative attention. One company MuscleMeds, which produces the popular pre-workout supplement Code Red, deleted the product from its Web site. A receptionist was informing consumers that the product was being reformulated. A Web […]

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Birthwort Herbal Remedy Linked To Kidney Failure

A once celebrated cure all, thought to be a wonder drug, is now being linked to kidney failure and other ailments, according to an article published in Kidney International. According to the report, pharmacologist Arthur Grollman of Stony Brook (N.Y.) University and colleagues have identified a genetic signature left behind by birthwort in cases of […]

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Another Dietary Supplement, RegenArouse, Recalled By FDA

Seems like lately we’ve written a lot about dietary supplements.  Apparently the FDA is cracking down on dietary supplements that contain ingredients that have not been approved by the FDA.  Just last week we told you about the recall that Healthy People Co made due to unlisted ingredients, and now, RegenArouse is the latest to […]

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More Talk About Dietary Supplements: Healthy People Co Issues A Recall

Recently there has been much talk about dietary supplements.  We have reported how the industry is furious about the new guidelines and regulations that the FDA is imposing, as well as how 2 soldiers died last year after taking energy supplements on military bases.  Now, we have another story on supplements.  This time about the […]

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Did 2 Soldiers Die From Energy Supplements? Their Autopsies Say Yes, But Manufacturers Say No Way!

The US Army pulled dietary supplements containing dimethylamylamine (DMAA) from the military bases while it investigates their role in the deaths of 2 soldiers last year.

According to Fox News, a 22-year-old soldier died last summer after collapsing during a training run at an unnamed military base and in another incident just a few months later, a 32-year-old soldier collapsed during a fitness test. That soldier eventually died a month later, never leaving the hospital after his collapse.

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New FDA Supplemental Guidelines Has Booming Industry Upset

A new proposal to toughen the Food and Drug Administration’s power to regulate dietary supplements has the makers of vitamins, minerals and botanical extracts in an uproar.  They are mad and upset at the new guidelines and believe that they are too strong.  But other’s simply don’t agree.  One editorial found in the New England […]

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FYI- Dietary Supplements Recalled Due to Salmonella Contamination

According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Eclectic Institute is voluntarily recalling specific lots of its freeze-dried capsules containing Gotu Kola (Centella asiatica) and Bladderwrack (Fucus vesiculosus) capsules because of potential Salmonella contamination. Salmonella is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others […]

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Erectile Dysfunction Supplements Seized by U.S. Marshals

At the request of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, today U.S. Marshals seized more than 14,000 dosage units of Shangai Regular, Shangai Ultra, Super Shangai, Naturalë Super Plus, and Lady Shangai. Although labeled as natural supplements, the seized products were all marketed to treat erectile dysfunction (ED), impotency, and/or to provide sexual enhancement, which […]

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Hazardous Levels of Selenium in “Total Body Formula” and”Total Body Mega Formula”

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced today that it has found hazardous levels of selenium in samples of certain flavors of the dietary supplement products “Total Body Formula” and “Total Body Mega Formula.” The FDA has received 43 reports of persons from nine states who experienced serious adverse reactions using these products. On March […]

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Big Pharma under Fire for Kickbacks to Docs

Trust and honesty are the cornerstones to a doctor-patient relationship. With so many doctors receiving financial incentives to use certain medications or medical devices, patients need to know if money drives the decision making process. Doctors are required to disclose potential financial conflicts to each other at conferences, but there currently is no law forcing […]

Dietary Supplements Damage Liver

A recent study revealed a significant increase in liver damage related to dietary supplements. The study, conducted by a national network of liver specialists, found a 13% increase in serious liver damage over a 10 year span. Some of these patients required liver transplants and some have even died due to liver failure. Authors of […]

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