Wednesday, May 16, 2007

DSHEA

The Wall Street Journal Online Health Blog reported that a third of young doctors (residents and their supervisory attendings) didn’t know that herbal and dietary supplements were NOT regulated by the FDA. I am unsurprised by this. While in medical school and during residency, I don’t think anyone brought up this topic even once. In fact the only reason I know anything on the subject is because of my own curiosity. While presenting at a morning conference, I prepared a slide show about herbals, mainly so I could learn me a little something.

And do you know what I learned? Pretty much what every doctor and supplement manufacturer already knows… they DON’T WORK!!

A little background: The U.S Congress in 1994 enacted the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA) of 1994, which did the following:
• Removed the FDA’s authority to regulate “dietary supplements”
• Not required to provide research or testing
• Not mandatory to provide proof of effectiveness
• Proof of safety is also not required… the FDA must prove the product is unsafe
• No standards on the accuracy and amount of information that has to be supplied on the label

Why did the Congress do this? Because if the companies who made these products had to undergo the stringent requirements that pharmaceuticals do, including safety trials, then they would have to charge a lot more for their product. Since they are now treated as “food”, they can be sold at much lower prices to a public that wants them. And I one hundred percent agree with this thinking. Because as I said above, these products DON’T DO ANYTHING!!!

How do I know they don’t do anything? Because if they DID do anything, then doctors would be using them. But every hack likes to concoct conspiracy theories, like Kevin Trudeau, a former jailbird who published “Natural Cures They Don’t Want you To Know About”. Who is THEY??? I would love to know about them.

I’ll post part II of this rant tomorrow, including the reason why this blog entry made me so ANGRY!!!.

8 comments:

Val Jones said...

While I agree that most supplements have limited clinical efficacy - I'm more worried about their potential for harm (like the lead contaminated vitamins that consumerlabs has uncovered). I wonder when melamine-like substances will make their way from pet food to supplements as cheap knock off ingredients enter our market from China? Guess we'll just need to wait for the first batch of illness or deaths before we do something?

penisenlargement4male said...

It is best to participate in a contest for among the best blogs on the web. I'll recommend this website!
Vigrx, Vimax Pills Enhance VigRX Plus metropathies Male Extra Amp Do Vimax pills really work mastoidal
More Info:
Penis Enlargement|Penis Enlargement Pills|Vimax Pills|Male Extra Pills |VigRX Plus

Anonymous said...

Nice post. I used to be checking continuously this weblog and I am
inspired! Very useful info specifically the remaining phase :
) I maintain such info much. I used to be seeking this particular info for
a long time. Thanks and best of luck.

Review my weblog Luton Supplements

Anonymous said...

I blog quite often аnd I tгuly thanκ you for your
infоrmatiοn. Yоur article has reallу ρeaκed
mу interest. I will bοokmагk your site
anԁ keep checking for new іnfοrmation about once per week.

I optеd in for your RSS feеd as well. garcinia cambogia
- garcinia cambogia - garcinia cambogia pure garcinia cambogia extгaсt dr oz - garcinia cambogia where to buy dr oz - garcinia cambogia

Anonymous said...

Definitely belіeve that ωhіch you said.
Youг favorite ϳuѕtifiсation seеmed
to be on thе net the simplest factor to bear in mind
of. I say to yοu, I сertainly get annoyеԁ while folκs
think аbout issueѕ that they just don't realize about. You managed to hit the nail upon the top and also defined out the entire thing without having side effect , other folks can take a signal. Will probably be back to get more. Thank you rippln reviews - lindberg eyeglass frames - vogue broad ripple indiana

Also visit my website :: Rippln mobile

Anonymous said...

It's really a nice and helpful piece of info. I am satisfied that you shared this helpful information with us. Please stay us informed like this. Thank you for sharing.

Also visit my website car transport

Anonymous said...

Hey I κnow this is off toρic but I was wοndеring іf уоu knew оf any ωіԁgets I could add to my blοg that
automaticаlly tωeеt mу nеwest tωitteг updates.
I've been looking for a plug-in like this for quite some time and was hoping maybe you would have some experience with something like this. Please let me know if you run into anything. I truly enjoy reading your blog and I look forward to your new updates.

Also visit my weblog make money from home

Anonymous said...

Αfteг loоking at a number of thе blog aгtiсles οn your ωeb site, I honestly apргeciаte
youг wаy of ωriting a blog. I bookmarkеd it tο my boοkmark
websitе list anԁ ωill be сhесking
bacκ in the near futuгe. Taκe a
loοk аt my website as well anԁ let me knоw
hοw you fеel.

my blog post - hcg Diet foods phase 1