supplements

Americans' use of many (but not all) dietary supplements declined between 1999 and 2012, is welcomed. But the increased use of some -- particularly vitamin D -- can have deleterious health effects. Hopefully, consumers will pay more attention to the science about supplements, and less to hyperbolic media reports about the latest "miracle" supplement.
Brain hacking is a relatively new term referring to cognitive enhancement coined by a generation of overachieving, aggressive millennials determined to stay ahead of the curve by playing chemist and guinea pig.
The health claims made by dietary supplement purveyors do not ring true, according to a "Frontline" exposé recently aired by PBS. Not only are many mislabeled as to content, some are actually dangerous and potentially lethal. Worse yet, the FDA can't get them off store shelves until someone is hurt or killed.
Vitamin D has acquired the reputation of a sort of miracle nutrient, with various studies suggesting it can prevent cancer, strengthen muscle and bones and prevent falls and fractures. But recent studies don't support such ideas thus, no new miracles in sight!
In another case of science versus politics, it's Dr. David Seres squaring off with Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch on the topic of supplements. Who should we believe, an ethical physician focused on improving public health or a career politician whose state has become a hotbed for sleazy supplement companies hawking dangerous products?
The NIH is spending another $35 million to "study" alternative treatments they know don't work - hopefully they can prove it once and for all.
We've written repeatedly about the problems with dietary supplements which contain ingredients that range from ineffective to dangerous. But now Oregon has noticed, and the state is suing General Nutrition Centers for selling supplements containing ingredients that haven't been approved for sale in the U.S.
Because of the 1994 Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA), dietary supplement purveyors can't claim that their products can prevent, treat or cure disease. So they have to resort to "support" verbiage. But we know what they really mean.
So-called "dietary-nutritional supplements" are almost entirely unregulated, yet millions of Americans ingest them. A new study finds that over 20,000 ER visits each year and 2,000+ hospitalizations are attributable to such products. Just say no!
A news report says Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson was associated with a supplement maker, and actually took a regimen of products to treat his prostate cancer diagnosis. After hearing his dubious views on vaccines during the debates, this latest discovery makes us feel even more uncomfortable about his commitment to sound science.
A new systematic review of published calcium articles reveals new findings on what to expect from different types of calcium and their correlation to bones.
Another expose of the phony dietary supplement industry scam by Dr. Pieter Cohen reminds us to warn all consumers about the dangers these useless and potentially toxic products pose to the unwary. Thanks to Dr. Cohen's work to keep this travesty in the news.