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  • Five Vitamins and Supplements That Are Actually Worth Taking

    02/17/2014 12:02:28 AM PST · by Innovative · 46 replies
    Smithsonian ^ | Feb 14, 2014 | Joseph Stromberg
    Vitamin D ...the researchers found that adults who took vitamin D supplements daily lived longer than those who didn't. Probiotics ...they're useful in very specific circumstances, but it's not necessary to continually take them on a daily basis. Zinc ...the mineral significantly reduced the duration of the cold, and also made symptoms less severe. Niacin ...Also known as vitamin B3, niacin is talked up as a cure for all sorts of conditions (including high cholesterol, Alzheimer's, diabetes and headaches) but in most of these cases, a prescription-strength dose of niacin has been needed to show a clear result. At over-the-counter...
  • Spike in Harm to Liver Is Tied to Dietary Aids (supplements)

    12/21/2013 9:50:34 PM PST · by UnwashedPeasant · 58 replies
    NY Times ^ | 12/21/2013 | ANAHAD O’CONNOR
    Christopher, a high school student from Katy, Tex., suffered severe liver damage after using a concentrated green tea extract he bought at a nutrition store as a “fat burning” supplement. The damage was so extensive that he was put on the waiting list for a liver transplant.... Dietary supplements account for nearly 20 percent of drug-related liver injuries that turn up in hospitals, up from 7 percent a decade ago, according to an analysis by a national network of liver specialists.... “It’s really the Wild West,” said Dr. Herbert L. Bonkovsky, the director of the liver, digestive and metabolic disorders...
  • How the vitamin industrial complex swindled America

    12/18/2013 8:57:00 PM PST · by artichokegrower · 98 replies
    The Week ^ | 12/18/13 | Peter Weber
    Q uestions about the health benefits of vitamin supplements have been percolating in the medical establishment for decades — even as the multivitamin industry has grown to a multi-billion powerhouse in the U.S. This week, the respected journal the Annals of Internal Medicine put its well-heeled foot down. "We believe that the case is closed — supplementing the diet of well-nourished adults with (most) mineral or vitamin supplements has no clear benefit and might even be harmful," the journal said in an editorial. "These vitamins should not be used for chronic disease prevention. Enough is enough." Here's Dr. Edgar Miller...
  • Herbal Supplements Are Often Not What They Seem

    11/04/2013 1:18:57 AM PST · by iowamark · 35 replies
    NY Times ^ | 11/03/2013 | ANAHAD O’CONNOR
    Americans spend an estimated $5 billion a year on unproven herbal supplements that promise everything from fighting off colds to curbing hot flashes and boosting memory. But now there is a new reason for supplement buyers to beware: DNA tests show that many pills labeled as healing herbs are little more than powdered rice and weeds. Using a test called DNA barcoding, a kind of genetic fingerprinting that has also been used to help uncover labeling fraud in the commercial seafood industry, Canadian researchers tested 44 bottles of popular supplements sold by 12 companies. They found that many were not...
  • Warning…Your Green Tea Isn’t What You Think It Is

    10/20/2013 3:04:04 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 30 replies
    Bottom Line ^ | 9-1-13 | Rebecca Shannonhouse
    The disease-fighting punch of green tea is largely due to its high concentration of epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), a substance with more antioxidant activity than vitamins C and E and other nutritional heavyweights. The other side of the green tea story: Even if you are consuming green tea, the truth is that you might not be getting what you pay for. Some bottled green teas and even green tea supplements contain only trace amounts of EGCG. Meanwhile, the amount of EGCG in other green tea–based products can vary by more than 240%. These and other findings, from the scientists at ConsumerLab.com,...
  • 3 nutrients linked with a better night's sleep

    07/30/2013 5:07:41 AM PDT · by opentalk · 60 replies
    FOX news ^ | July 29, 2013 | Deborah Enos
    ... Trouble getting to sleep: Magnesium plays a key role in the bodily function that regulates sleep. Insomnia is one of the symptoms of magnesium deficiency ,and in fact,a 2006 analysis in the journal Medical Hypothesis suggests that such a deficiency may even be the cause of most major depression and mental health problems.… Trouble staying asleep: Potassium supplements may be helpful to those who have trouble sleeping through the night,according to a 1991 study in the journal Sleep.... When most people think about potassium,they think bananas. Bananas do contain a fair amount of this mineral (about 10 percent of...
  • Fish oil, Omega-3 causes huge increase in risk of prostate cancer

    07/16/2013 6:41:52 PM PDT · by chessplayer · 96 replies
    (AFP) – US scientists said Wednesday they have confirmed a surprising 2011 study that found a higher risk of prostate cancer among men who consume omega-3 fatty acids, raising new questions about the safety of supplements. The research in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute reported a 71 percent higher risk for dangerous high-grade prostate cancer among men who ate fatty fish or took fish-oil supplements, which are often touted for their anti-inflammatory properties. A large European study also found the same omega-3 and prostate cancer link.
  • B-vitamins may delay Alzheimer’s onset

    05/24/2013 11:03:22 PM PDT · by neverdem · 17 replies
    Chemistry World ^ | 21 May 2013 | Emma Stoye
    UK researchers have found that high doses B-vitamins – including folic acid, vitamin B12 and vitamin B6 – can slow down brain tissue atrophy, a wasting process associated with Alzheimer’s disease.David Smith of the University of Oxford, and colleagues, used randomised controlled trials to test the long-term effects of B-vitamins on the brain health of elderly people with mild cognitive impairment, who were classed as having an increased risk of dementia. They found the brains of those treated with B-vitamins shrank less over a two year period than those given a placebo, and experienced less atrophy in regions of grey...
  • Our New National Health Crisis: Teenage Boys Are Exercising

    11/20/2012 10:36:15 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 50 replies
    Reason.com ^ | November 19, 2012 | Peter Suderman
    After all these years of media scare stories trying to terrify readers with worries about how kids are too sedentary and don't eat well, I suppose it's comforting to find a scare story about how teen boys are obsessed gym rats who consume lots of protein and very little fat. The New York Times delivers the goods: Take David Abusheikh. At age 15, he started lifting weights for two hours a day, six days a week. Now that he is a senior at Fort Hamilton High School in Brooklyn, he has been adding protein bars and shakes to his diet...
  • Google Shopping blocks all vitamins and natural products -glitch or deliberate censorship?

    08/19/2012 10:15:22 PM PDT · by waus · 24 replies
    Natural News ^ | 8-19-12 | Ethan A. Huff
    If you live in the U.S. and try to use Google Shopping to buy vitamins, supplements, personal care products, and even many health foods, your search queries will now turn up blank, as Google has apparently blocked access to all vitamins and natural products for American customers.
  • Snake Oil? (Chart shows which supplements are a waste of money, which have good supporting evidence)

    08/21/2012 11:06:50 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 52 replies
    Visually ^ | 08/21/2012
  • Vitamin C: Cancer cure?

    06/18/2006 4:24:27 PM PDT · by wjersey · 49 replies · 1,744+ views
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | 6/18/2006 | Marie McCullough
    Is mainstream medical science ignoring an inexpensive, painless, readily available cure for cancer? Mark Levine mulls this loaded question. The government nutrition researcher has published new evidence that suggests vitamin C can work like chemotherapy - only better. But so far, he hasn't been able to interest cancer experts in conducting the kind of conclusive studies that, one way or the other, would advance treatment. "If vitamin C is useful in cancer treatment, that's wonderful. If it's not, or if it's harmful, that's fine, too," said Levine, a Harvard-educated physician at the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney...
  • Senators Give Supplements a Lifeline

    01/04/2012 3:19:18 PM PST · by djf · 19 replies · 1+ views
    Will it be enough to rein in FDA’s outrageous power grab? ANH-USA, together with a number of supplement trade organizations, went to Capitol Hill to plead our case about the FDA’s profoundly flawed NDI (new supplement) draft guidance in the offices of two powerful senators and longtime friends of natural health, Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA) and Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT). Our visit was preceded by all the letters you have been sending to Congress, which have immeasurably increased the visibility of this issue. As you know, if this draft guidance stands, it would allow FDA to arbitrarily deny the sale...
  • FDA Set to Ban Your Supplements

    12/02/2011 9:07:38 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 57 replies
    Big Health Report ^ | December 1, 2011 | BHR
    The FDA has issued a proposed mandate that represents the greatest threat to dietary supplements since 1994. Back in the early 1990s, consumers were so alarmed by FDA bullying that they staged a massive revolt. The result was that Congress passed a law prohibiting the FDA from banning popular nutrients (as the agency had threatened to do). There was, however, a loophole in the 1994 law. The FDA was given authority to regulate ingredients introduced after October 15, 1994. It has been 17 years, but the FDA just issued draconian proposals as to how it intends to regulate what it...
  • Senator Durbin’s Stealth Move against Supplements

    Since he’s having trouble getting his own bill passed, he’s trying a different approach to get the same results. For weeks we have been telling you about Sen. Dick Durbin’s disastrous Dietary Supplement Labeling Act, which attempts to impose harsh limits on supplement availability by giving the FDA major new powers to make arbitrary standards and rules that will curtail supplement sales. Initially it orders the FDA to compile, with help from the Institute of Medicine, a list of dietary ingredients (read: supplements) that could lead to adverse events or are otherwise deemed risky in some way. But creating lists...
  • Certain dietary supplements associated with increased risk of death in older women

    10/10/2011 3:03:13 PM PDT · by decimon · 53 replies
    JAMA and Archives Journals ^ | October 10, 2011 | Unknown
    CHICAGO – Consuming dietary supplements, including multivitamins, folic acid, iron and copper, among others, appears to be associated with an increased risk of death in older women, according to a report in the October 10 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine, one of the JAMA/Archives journals... The use of dietary supplements in the United States has increased considerably over the last decade, according to background information in the article. "At the population level, dietary supplements contributed substantially to the total intake of several nutrients, particularly in elderly individuals," the authors write. Jaakko Mursu, Ph.D., of the University of Eastern Finland,...
  • Your Supplements Are Under Attack: Time to Fight Back!

    09/26/2011 2:39:10 PM PDT · by EBH · 63 replies · 1+ views
    Live in the Now ^ | 9/19/11 | Joshua Corn
    A few weeks ago, I wrote to you about the FDA’s proposed new policy on dietary supplements that could make it impossible or very expensive for you to purchase the natural products you rely on to support your health. The open comment period on the FDA’s proposed guidelines ends on September 30, so NOW is the time to act and let your voice be heard if you want to retain your right to access supplements. (Scroll down to the bottom of this article to learn how you can get involved.) If the FDA has its way, all vitamins, herbs and...
  • Now Governmentt Trying to Ban Sale of Your Supplements

    07/30/2011 11:05:07 AM PDT · by Clairity · 21 replies
    Newsmax ^ | July 29, 2011 | Chris Gonsalves
    Sen. Orrin Hatch blasted a new bill that health experts are calling a government takeover of the vitamin industry. New legislation proposed by Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., earlier this month would crack down on the testing, labeling, and sale of dietary supplements nationwide. The increased regulation almost certainly will deny many Americans easy, affordable access to the natural health products they rely on daily, experts warn. Sens. Durbin and Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., quietly submitted the Dietary Supplement Labeling Act of 2011 over the July 4th weekend. Despite its innocuous title, the bill would force a massive reclassification of food additives...
  • Pre-meal dietary supplement developed at Hebrew University can overcome fat and sugar problems

    05/23/2011 4:48:17 PM PDT · by decimon · 17 replies
    The Hebrew University of Jerusalem ^ | May 23, 2011 | Unknown
    Jerusalem, May 23, 2011 – A little bitter with a little sweet, in the form of a nano-complex dietary supplement taken before meals, can result in a substantial reduction of fat and sugar absorption in the body, Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Harvard University researchers have found. The researchers previously showed that naringenin, the molecule responsible for the bitter taste in grapefruits, could potentially be used in the treatment of diabetes, arteriosclerosis and hyper-metabolism. However, the absorption of naringenin in its natural form is very low. To overcome this obstacle, the Hebrew University-Harvard research team, led by Dr. Yaakov Nahmias...
  • Obama Signs Legislation To Make Supplements and Alternative Health Remedies Illegal

    05/15/2011 9:01:04 AM PDT · by Windflier · 95 replies
    Examiner.com ^ | September 14th, 2010 | James Williams
    Right through the back door, while everyone was focused on the gulf oil spill, Barack Obama gave his signature to legislation permitting the U.S. Government to outlaw supplements and alternative health treatments. That means that the supplements you take and therapies you use to keep your body healthy, can now be made illegal by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Obama quietly gave permission for Codex Alimentarius - the United Nation's worldwide plan for food standards - to take effect in the U.S. via Executive Order 13544 of June 10, 2010....
  • Free Speech in Health Science May Become a Reality (Proposed law to curb FDA limits on speech)

    04/06/2011 12:59:50 AM PDT · by UnwashedPeasant · 4 replies
    Today, the Free Speech about Science Act of 2011 was introduced in Congress by Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) and Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO). Please tell Congress how important this bill is!As we reported last week, a new bill in Congress promises to revolutionize the way Americans get access to scientific research on the health benefits of foods and supplements. The Free Speech about Science (FSAS) Act, HR 1364, would change FDA regulations so that legitimate, peer-reviewed scientific studies can be referenced without changing the food’s regulatory category to an unapproved drug. This will protect access to scientific information, and will...
  • A deficiency of dietary omega-3 may explain depressive behaviors

    01/30/2011 10:47:40 AM PST · by decimon · 42 replies
    Neuroscience of nutritionHow maternal essential fatty acid deficiency impact on its progeny is poorly understood. Dietary insufficiency in omega-3 fatty acid has been implicated in many disorders. Researchers from Inserm and INRA and their collaborators in Spain collaboration, have studied mice fed on a diet low in omega-3 fatty acid. They discovered that reduced levels of omega-3 had deleterious consequences on synaptic functions and emotional behaviours. Details of this work are available in the online version of the journal Nature neuroscience, which can be accessed at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/nn.2736 In industrialized nations, diets have been impoverished in essential fatty acids since the...
  • Sluggish? Confused? Vitamin B12 May Be Low

    01/19/2011 3:53:18 AM PST · by JoeProBono · 53 replies
    Tired? Depressed? Forgetting things? Who isn't these days? Those are also symptoms of a deficiency of B12, a key nutrient needed to make red blood cells and DNA and keep the nervous system working right..... "B12 deficiency is much more common than the textbooks and journal articles say it is," says Alan Pocinki, an internist in Washington D.C., who routinely tests his patients who fall into those categories. He also notes that since the Metformin connection was discovered only recently,
  • Tomatoes found to contain nutrient which prevents vascular diseases

    01/06/2011 11:51:35 AM PST · by decimon · 10 replies
    Wiley-Blackwell ^ | January 6, 2011 | Unknown
    They are the most widely produced fruit in the world and now scientists in Japan have discovered that tomatoes contain a nutrient which could tackle the onset of vascular diseases. The research, published in the journal Molecular Nutrition & Food Research, reveals that an extracted compound, 9-oxo-octadecadienoic, has anti-dyslipidemic affects. The team led by Dr Teruo Kawada, from Kyoto University and supported by the Research and Development Program for New Bio-industry Initiatives, Japan, focused their research on extracts which tackle dyslipidemia, a condition which is caused by an abnormal amount of lipids, such as cholesterol or fat, in the blood...
  • Whey supplements lower blood pressure

    12/08/2010 7:07:56 AM PST · by decimon · 33 replies
    Washington State University ^ | December 8, 2010 | Unknown
    Low-cost protein gets big results in people with elevated blood pressurePULLMAN, Wash.—Beverages supplemented by whey-based protein can significantly reduce elevated blood pressure, reducing the risk of stroke and heart disease, a Washington State University study has found. Research led by nutritional biochemist Susan Fluegel and published in International Dairy Journal found that daily doses of commonly available whey brought a more than six-point reduction in the average blood pressure of men and women with elevated systolic and diastolic blood pressures. While the study was confined to 71 student subjects between the ages of 18 and 26, Fluegel says older people...
  • “Food Safety” Bill Targets Natural Supplements

    09/27/2010 2:29:11 PM PDT · by mlizzy · 29 replies · 1+ views
    Personal Liberty Digest ^ | 9-27-10 | Bob Livingston
    The war on your ability to make decisions about your own health continues with the introduction of a new bill in the Senate Judiciary Committee that would put draconian laws on natural health supplement companies and small and mid-sized farm and food facilities.The bill is the Food Safety Accountability Act of 2010 (S 3767) and it increases fines and penalties for any person who knowingly introduces or delivers for introduction into interstate commerce any food that is adulterated or misbranded. It also imposes increased regulations and fees, including a $500 annual registration fee, which is a great imposition on...
  • Glucosamine and chondroitin 'are ineffective but harmless'

    09/17/2010 8:59:51 AM PDT · by dangerdoc · 30 replies
    UK Net Guide ^ | 9/17/10 | Tim Lesnik
    New research suggests that glucosamine and chondroitin, two supplements regularly prescribed to help patients with knee and hip osteoarthritis manage joint pain, produce "no clinically relevant effect". The number of prescriptions issued for glucosamine and chondroitin has increased rapidly over the last ten years, with the treatments also available over the counter. However, studies on the efficacy of glucosamine and chondroitin have produced mixed results, prompting Professor Peter Juni and a team of researchers at the University of Bern in Switzerland to launch their own investigation. After looking at ten previously-published trials, Professor Juni and the team concluded that glucosamine...
  • Mouse Study May Help Explain Fish Oil's Benefits (reduces inflammation may prevent diabetes)

    09/03/2010 7:55:26 PM PDT · by SmartInsight · 32 replies
    Business Week ^ | Sept. 3, 2010 | Jenifer Goodwin
    Feeding obese mice omega-3 fatty acids reduced inflammation that can lead to diabetes, a new study finds. By studying fat tissue in the mice consuming fish oil, researchers found omega-3 fatty acids seem to act on a particular receptor on cells, GPR120, which, when activated, blocks inflammatory processes. Chronic inflammation can lead to insulin resistance, a precursor to diabetes. Therefore, "if we can fix the inflammation part, it's possible that we could prevent insulin resistance or even ameliorate diabetes," Talukdar explained.
  • New vitamin D guidelines (Canadian Medical Association Journal)

    07/13/2010 3:44:21 PM PDT · by decimon · 37 replies · 1+ views
    University of Calgary ^ | July 13, 2010 | Unknown
    Physicians say Canadians should be taking more supplementsNew and updated guidelines on recommended vitamin D intake have been published this week in the online issue of the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ). Dr. David Hanley, professor at the University of Calgary Faculty of Medicine, and member of Osteoporosis Canada's (OC) Scientific Advisory Council, is the lead author of the paper on behalf of Osteoporosis Canada. "OC's current recommendations on vitamin D intake for Canadians are more than 10 years old, and since then, there has been a lot of new and exciting research in this area," says Hanley, who is...
  • The Antibiotic Vitamin

    11/10/2006 4:08:52 PM PST · by blam · 136 replies · 3,251+ views
    Science News ^ | 11-10-2006 | Janet Raloff
    The Antibiotic VitaminDeficiency in vitamin D may predispose people to infection Janet Raloff In April 2005, a virulent strain of influenza hit a maximum-security forensic psychiatric hospital for men that's midway between San Francisco and Los Angeles. John J. Cannell, a psychiatrist there, observed with increasing curiosity as one infected ward after another was quarantined to limit the outbreak. Although 10 percent of the facility's 1,200 patients ultimately developed the flu's fever and debilitating muscle aches, none did in the ward that he supervised. WINTER WOES. Cold-weather wear and the sun's angle in the winter sky limit how much ultraviolet...
  • Poisonous elements in popular protein drinks

    06/15/2010 8:57:58 PM PDT · by James C. Bennett · 17 replies · 572+ views
    ANI ^ | Jun 15, 2010 | ANI
    Protein drinks contain poisonous elements, according to a new report. A monthly review of consumer products and services, the Consumer Reports, has found that three such drinks available in the market had harmful content. EAS Myoplex Original Dark Chocolate Shake and two versions of Muscle Milk chocolate drinks, the report claims, had high levels of arsenic, cadmium and lead. The finding challenges senior vice president of scientific and regulatory affairs at the Council for Responsible Nutrition, Andrew Shao’s, claim that protein powders and drinks are a safe option for adolescents and pregnant women. The Consumers Reports drew attention to the...
  • The vitamin D miracle: Is it for real?

    12/06/2009 9:00:19 AM PST · by STARWISE · 261 replies · 8,180+ views
    Globe and Mail ^ | 3-30-09 | Martin Mittelstaedt
    The claims have been sensational. Martin Mittelstaedt checks up on the research behind the hype ### In the summer of 1974, brothers Frank and Cedric Garland had a heretical brainwave. The young epidemiologists were watching a presentation on death rates from cancer county by county across the United States. As they sat in a lecture hall at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore looking at the colour-coded cancer maps, they noticed a striking pattern, with the map for colon cancer the most pronounced. Counties with high death rates were red; those with low rates were blue. Oddly, the nation was almost...
  • New Vitamin D Guidelines May Raise Advised Dose

    04/30/2009 10:44:51 PM PDT · by neverdem · 18 replies · 2,056+ views
    Family Practice News ^ | 15 April 2009 | ERIK L. GOLDMAN
    SAN DIEGO — The Institute of Medicine is reviewing its 1997 guidelines for vitamin D intake, and will likely recommend increased supplementation when new guidelines are published in 2010. There is a growing consensus that currently recommended intakes—200 IU per day for individuals under age 50 and 400 IU for those aged 50-70—are too low, said Connie Weaver, Ph.D., director of the department of food and nutrition, at Purdue University, West Lafayette, Ind. A recent analysis of data collected by the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) during 1988-1994 and 2001-2004 even suggests that an epidemic of vitamin D...
  • Virgin olive oil deemed especially heart healthy

    09/07/2006 1:13:49 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 41 replies · 521+ views
    Yahoo ^ | Wed Sep 6 | Amy Norton
    When it comes to heart health, virgin olive oil may have an edge over other vegetable fats, new research suggests. Reporting in the Annals of Internal Medicine, European researchers say virgin olive oil may be particularly effective at lowering heart disease risk because of its high level of antioxidant plant compounds. In a study of 200 healthy men, the researchers found that virgin olive oil -- rich in antioxidants called polyphenols -- showed stronger heart-health effects than the more extensively processed "non-virgin" variety. The findings suggest that virgin olive oil has more going for it than its supply of heart-healthy...
  • Grapes reduce risk factors for heart disease and diabetes, U-M animal study shows

    04/26/2010 6:40:41 AM PDT · by decimon · 18 replies · 582+ views
    Findings show grape consumption lowered blood pressure, improved heart function and reduced other risk factors for heart disease and metabolic syndrome Ann Arbor, Mich. – Could eating grapes slow what's for many Americans a downhill sequence of high blood pressure and insulin resistance leading to heart disease and type 2 diabetes? Scientists at the University of Michigan Health System are teasing out clues to the effect of grapes in reducing risk factors related to cardiovascular disease and metabolic syndrome. The effect is thought to be due to phytochemicals -- naturally occurring antioxidants – that grapes contain. Findings from a new...
  • Arthritis

    05/05/2010 11:14:42 PM PDT · by blackbart.223 · 50 replies · 1,084+ views
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  • Congressman Waxman sneaks anti-vitamin amendment into Wall Street reform bill

    05/01/2010 8:31:43 AM PDT · by truthfinder9 · 58 replies · 1,811+ views
    Natural News ^ | Mike Adams
    Mike Adams Natural News April 30, 2010 Of all the sneaky tactics practiced in Washington D.C., this recent action by Congressman Henry Waxman (D-CA) is one of the most insidious: While no one was looking, he injected amendment language into the Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2009 (H.R. 4173) that would expand the powers of the FTC (not the FDA, but the FTC) to terrorize nutritional supplement companies by greatly expanding the power of the FTC to make its own laws that target dietary supplement companies. Congressman Henry Waxman wants to give the FTC even more powers...
  • Anti-Supplement Measure Slips into "Reform" Bill, HR 4173

    04/28/2010 5:45:16 PM PDT · by MetaThought · 8 replies · 413+ views
    Congressman Waxman Slips Obscure Anti-Supplement Measure into Wall St. “Reform” Bill Passed by the House; Please Take Action to Prevent Same Thing Happening in the Senate! (The FTC's) chief mission is to combat commercial fraud. It has full authority to pursue companies making fraudulent claims. But the FTC can’t go beyond that, can’t set other regulatory requirements, without advance approval of Congress. The FTC once had this regulatory “rule-making” authority. It lost it in the 1980’s because Congress thought the Agency was abusing it. At the present time, if the FTC moves against a dietary supplement company for false or...
  • Vitamin D as effective as vaccine in preventing flu

    03/15/2010 5:38:06 PM PDT · by neverdem · 37 replies · 906+ views
    foodconsumer.org ^ | 14/03/2010 | David Liu
    Taking high doses of vitamin D3 supplements in winter helps reduce risk of acquiring seasonal flu in winter, a new Japanese trial demonstrated. The trial results, reported in the March 10, 2010 issue of American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, show that children given vitamin D(3) supplement were 42 percent less likely to get infected with seasonal flu than those who were given a placebo. The efficacy is remarkable as it may be comparable to that of flu vaccine, which is generally low because the virus used to construct the vaccine is likely different from the circulating one. Deficiency of Vitamin...
  • AZ-Sen. 2010: Hatch, McCain reach (bipartisan) agreement on dietary supplements (FLIP FLOP ALERT)

    03/11/2010 11:48:51 AM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 53 replies · 799+ views
    The Salt Lake Tribune ^ | 2010-03-11 | Matt Canham
    Washington -- Senators have reached an agreement on more modest dietary supplement safeguards that would make it easier to crackdown on products that could hurt people. The move comes only a few days after Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz, stepped away from a tougher bill because of the concerns expressed by Sen. Orrin Hatch, who is a major supporter of the dietary supplement industry, one of Utah's biggest sectors. McCain and his co-sponsor Sen. Byron Dorgan, D-N.D., announced the agreement in a letter sent to Hatch, R-Utah, and two other supplement supporters, Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, and Sen. Mike Enzi, R-Wyo....
  • Skepticism Mounts on Need for Vitamin D Supplementation

    03/08/2010 5:33:34 PM PST · by neverdem · 58 replies · 413+ views
    Family Practice News ^ | 15 February 2010 | BRUCE JANCIN
    SNOWMASS, COLO. — Serious questions exist about the safety and efficacy of the popular practice of high-dose vitamin D supplementation across a broad swath of the population. One of these concerns is that not all of the extra calcium absorption promoted by boosting vitamin D is going into bone to prevent fractures. Some of it may actually be taken up by atherosclerotic plaque, increasing the risk of cardiovascular events, Dr. Lenore M. Buckley cautioned at a symposium sponsored by the American College of Rheumatology. This is of particular concern in patients with known coronary disease and for those at high...
  • McCain Withdraws Support from Supplement Safety Bill

    03/05/2010 1:23:45 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 54 replies · 1,394+ views
    OTC Today ^ | 2010-03-05
    A Senate staffer confirmed that Sen. John McCain no longer supports a bill he introduced to significantly tighten regulatory requirements for dietary supplements. McCain offered the Dietary Supplement Safety Act of 2010, S. 3002, in February. The Arizona Republican will now collaborate with Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, on revised legislation that allegedly provides for transparency and safety within the supplement industry but without the intensive regulatory intervention proposed in S. 3002. No timeline is set for introduction of a new bill. Hatch thanks McCain for withdrawing his support of the original legislation in a March 4 letter. "I'm counting on...
  • AZ-Sen. 2010: Dietary-supplement firms fight McCain (J.D. jumps into the fray against McCain)

    02/27/2010 8:50:08 AM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 61 replies · 1,451+ views
    The Arizona Daily Star, Tucson, Ariz. ^ | 2010-02-27 | Rhonda Bodfield
    The dietary-supplement industry is fighting a bid by U.S. Sen. John McCain to force it to disclose ingredients and register with the Food and Drug Administration. The Dietary Supplement Safety Act of 2010 would also strengthen recall authority of any dietary supplement the FDA finds to be hazardous. Opponents say subjecting manufacturers to increased reporting requirements could drive up prices and restrict the availability of vitamins and supplements. They contend the FDA is hostile to supplements because they don't go through the drug approval process - but that's an expensive process for natural substances that can't be patented. Tucson's Food...
  • Proposed Bill May Destroy Freedom of Access to Nutritional Supplements (McCain + a Democrat)

    02/25/2010 5:29:52 AM PST · by webschooner · 47 replies · 1,328+ views
    Salem-News.com ^ | 2-19-2010
    McCain-Dorgan Bill could make nutritional supplements available only by doctor’s prescription; stifling natural product innovation. (FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.) - Ironically, in the middle of American Heart Month 2010, the U.S. Senate is weighing a proposed amendment to the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act (21 U.S.C. 321) that could deny freedom of access and mandate a doctor’s prescription for many dietary supplements, like purified fish oil, which could become seven times more expensive than it is today. Senators John McCain (R-AZ) and Byron Dorgan (D-ND) have dubbed their new bipartisan bill the “Dietary Supplement Safety Act of 2010.” A reading...
  • New Israeli Research: How To Boost Memory and Avoid Memory Loss

    02/23/2010 2:19:14 AM PST · by Baruchg · 19 replies · 938+ views
    Israel National News ^ | February 23, 2010 | Baruch Gordon
    Those who live in industrialized countries have easy access to healthy food and nutritional supplements, but magnesium deficiencies are still common. That's a problem because new research from Tel Aviv University suggests that magnesium, a key nutrient for the functioning of memory, may be even more critical than previously thought for the neurons of children and healthy brain cells in adults. Dr. Inna Slutsky of TAU's Sackler School of Medicine published results of a 5-year probe which has significant implications for the use of over-the-counter magnesium supplements.
  • John McCain's Fake "Supplement Safety Bill" Dangerous to Your Health

    02/20/2010 9:42:47 AM PST · by molybdenum · 28 replies · 729+ views
    The Voice of Global Health Freedom™ ^ | 2-12-10 | Natural Solutions Foundation
    How to stop them? Generate Huge Opposition and GROW it by dissemination! We are pleased to say that about 16 health freedom and consumer groups have followed our lead and taken p this battle. That is wonderful. Our momentum and leadership are what you, and the other groups, rely on. Our numbers are what the decision-makers respond to ...http://www.healthfreedomusa.org/cat=4
  • The Miracle of Vitamin D: Sound Science, or Hype?

    02/01/2010 11:21:10 PM PST · by neverdem · 63 replies · 1,916+ views
    NY Times ^ | February 1, 2010 | TARA PARKER-POPE
    Imagine a treatment that could build bones, strengthen the immune system and lower the risks of illnesses like diabetes, heart and kidney disease, high blood pressure and cancer. Some research suggests that such a wonder treatment already exists. It’s vitamin D, a nutrient that the body makes from sunlight and that is also found in fish and fortified milk. Yet despite the health potential of vitamin D, as many as half of all adults and children are said to have less than optimum levels and as many as 10 percent of children are highly deficient, according to a 2008 report...
  • Hazards: A Warning on Mixing Herbs and Medicine

    02/08/2010 10:21:02 PM PST · by neverdem · 222 replies · 1,695+ views
    NY Times ^ | February 9, 2010 | RONI CARYN RABIN
    Researchers are warning that popular herbs and supplements, including St. John’s wort and even garlic and ginger, do not mix well with common heart drugs and can also be dangerous for patients taking statins, blood thinners and blood pressure medications. St. John’s wort raises blood pressure and heart rate, and garlic and ginger increase the risk of bleeding in patients on blood thinners, the researchers said. Even grapefruit juice can be risky, increasing the effects of calcium-channel blockers and statins, they said. “This is not new research, but there is a trend toward more and more use of these compounds,...
  • Putting Limits on Vitamin E (QALY fied)

    12/30/2009 12:54:48 PM PST · by decimon · 22 replies · 769+ views
    American Friends Tel Aviv University ^ | December 30, 2009 | Unknown
    The potent antioxidant may do more harm than good, TAU research suggestsVitamin-fortified foods and dietary health supplements can ease health worries. But what kinds of vitamins are right for you? And how much of them should you take, and how often? A research group from Tel Aviv University has done the most comprehensive and accurate study of clinical data on Vitamin E use and heart disease to date, and it warns that indiscriminate use of high-dose Vitamin E supplementation does more harm than good. Their results were recently reported in ATVB, a leading journal of cardiology, and discussed in the...
  • Medicines to Deter Some Cancers Are Not Taken

    11/13/2009 3:32:33 PM PST · by neverdem · 10 replies · 1,202+ views
    NY Times ^ | November 13, 2009 | GINA KOLATA
    Forty Years' War Many Americans do not think twice about taking medicines to prevent heart disease and stroke. But cancer is different. Much of what Americans do in the name of warding off cancer has not been shown to matter, and some things are actually harmful. Yet the few medicines proved to deter cancer are widely ignored. Take prostate cancer, the second-most commonly diagnosed cancer in the United States, surpassed only by easily treated skin cancers. More than 192,000 cases of it will be diagnosed this year, and more than 27,000 men will die from it. And, it turns out,...