Dangers of Dietary Supplement Deregulation

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  • Market deregulation is overall a very very good thing. If there is a need in the market place to test the quality of a product independent companies that do testing will come to fruition and give their stamp of approval. There are many many ways a free market will self-regulate itself for the benefit of the consumers. Hardcore leftists just turn a blind eye to economics and prefer to be spoon fed by their adopted parent – The State.

  • Thank you for the report. However, I would appreciate it if you would review the following report: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23624536. This report studied milk thistle for fungal contamination. According to the abstract, "No live fungi were recovered from MT seed tea bags, liquid extracts, capsules or soft gels." Since my wife takes a milk thistle capsule almost daily, I would like to know if you have an issue with the methodology or conclusions of the study. Your video is alarming.

  • Dr. Greger, thank you for all the hard work that you do! I have learned so much and made so many positive changes because of your videos.
    Regarding the video style, I prefer Tyler's the most, because the graphics really supplement what you're saying. Whereas on this video (Julien's), the graphics distracted me too much and I wasn't able to focus as well on what you were saying. Daniel's style was good too, although I still prefer Tyler's out of the three.
    Thanks again!

  • Is it true the more expensive a brand is the better quality? For example I was just looking at a holy basil supplement yesterday. One brand was literally half the price of another, yet had the same number of milligrams per capsule. I always buy the more expensive one thinking it's better. Am I an idiot? How could prices differ that much?

  • I don't like or care or supplements an only take the bare minimum and absolute essentials (B12, algae oil and occasionally MV or plant-protein). Overall definitely not a fan of supplements.

  • Thank you for this information – it helps us to keep some healthy skepticism. However, I don't trust the FDA to regulate supplements. Many of these abuses are real, but buyers can beware, and sue if there is fraud regarding true content of supplements or outright contamination. If it had been up to the FDA, we could not purchase B-12 in amounts greater than a few micrograms or Vitamin D in amounts above 400 IU. … The aflatoxin findings are incredible. If the testing was valid, the tests must be so sensitive that we can assume aflatoxin is nearly everywhere all of the time, and that the foods at the supermarket would likely all test positive for it as well..

  • Thank you for this information – it helps us to keep some healthy skepticism. However, I don't trust the FDA to regulate supplements. Many of these abuses are real, but buyers can beware, and sue if there is fraud regarding true content of supplements or outright contamination. If it had been up to the FDA, we could not purchase B-12 in amounts greater than a few micrograms or Vitamin D in amounts above 400 IU. … The aflatoxin findings are incredible. If the testing was valid, the tests must be so sensitive that we can assume aflatoxin is nearly everywhere all of the time, and that the foods at the supermarket would likely all test positive for it as well.

  • Really liking the new format of how info from studies is presented/focused on with the green enlarging font!

    Also.. as someone who has been a long time user of vitamins/supplements, YIKES! o.O

  • Ephedra really is a scary supplement, the plant should be respected. The supplement has no business on store shelves, it should be kept under lock & key for the physicians only, and further steps should be taken that even the physician cannot abuse the plant or their access to it. It is extremely dangerous. As for myself, I felt like I was going to have a heart attack after taking just a little amount that I poured out of the capsule onto the tip of my finger, fractions of the amount that was in the capsule, and I thought that was going to kill me, I'm lucky to be here to tell people this. Why such a price to pay for the uplift it gives a person? It can be a gift if used correctly and under strict supervision of a physician and a herbalist who are both familiar with the use of Ephedra. I wish I could take it, I wish it didn't have potentially fatal consequences but it does and so I avoid it.
    Or perhaps??? Could there have been something else in that so called Ephedra capsule leading me to blame the ephedra for all the pains I got down my left arm? up the left side of my neck? in the upper left part of my back just behind my shoulder blade?

  • I'm not sure I like the new animation style. I find it less effective, meaning, it takes longer to focus on the excerpts he's referencing, especially since he's not reading them verbatim. While it looks pretty, I'd scrap it.

  • So can we say NSF and Consumerlab are just hoax? I think their are still good supplements out there, you just have to look for certain criteria like is it safe, bioavailability etc. before taking one, and just sad that MOST, not ALL supplements fail in such criteria.

  • Is there a reliable reviewer / tester of supplements? I've read some bad reviews about consumerlab.com that said they get paid by the producers of supplements to review products.
    As a vegan I take a lot of supplements, so I'm a little worried about what's in them.
    Thanks!

  • Yes, pass more laws, more restrictions…protect everybody. NO! If people want to eat Ephedra with out reasonably doing some realistic research then they have that right. There will always be stupid people…until they weed themselves out Darwin-style

  • Thought Clouds
    "Big pharma"
    "Supplements=Good"
    "What are heavy metals"
    "Reverse psycholgy=big pharma=big money=dietary supplements are safe=opps=FDA doesnt care"

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