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Feed Your Body with Food, Not Herbal Supplements

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New York, NYMost everyone over 40 remembers Jefferson Airplane’s famous song, “White Rabbit.” Grace Slick, the writer and singer, said the song was intended to be a wake-up call to parents who read their children novels such as Alice In Wonderland, and then wondered why their children would later use drugs, namely hallucinogens. Today her lyrics, with a few changes, could be a wake-up call to adults taking herbal supplements:

“And the herbal pills drugstores sell you
Don’t do anything at all
Go ask scientists, because they know more
Remember what they said
Feed your head…with scientific facts.”


Next stanza:


And if you go chasing cure-alls
You should know it’s only snake oil
Tell ’em the New York State Attorney (AKA hookah-smoking caterpillar)
Has given you the call
Call your lawyer and he’ll bust them all.


Help me out on the ending: Instead of “feed your head,” you’re better off spending money on real food to “feed your body.” Joking aside, the herbal supplement business just keeps getter bigger, just like Alice is 10 feet tall. But we are hopeful that herbal supplement lawsuits will make them small.

Currently, four major retailers, including Wal-Mart and Walgreens, have been accused of herbal supplement fraud because some very popular supplements were either adulterated and/or mislabeled.

The Attorney General’s office on February 2, 2105 sent a “Cease and Desist Notification” to GNC Holdings, headquartered in Pittsburgh. GNC says it is “a leading global specialty retailer of health and wellness products, including vitamins, minerals, and herbal supplement products, sports nutrition products and diet products, and trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol ‘GNC.’”

Interestingly, the GNC Canadian webstore is “closed for remodeling.” Could the real reason be that the University of Guelph in Canada, back in October of 2013, tested the DNA in a number of its herbal products and found that many labels on the products didn’t accurately reflect what was in the container? And a month later, an article in the New York Times (November 3, 2013) said “Buyers Beware”: DNA tests show that many pills labeled as healing herbs are little more than powdered rice and weeds.” They are nothing more than cheap fillers that have the potential to do more harm than good.

The Attorney General’s Office reports after DNA testing the following fake supplements supplied by Walgreens:

•“Finest Nutrition” ginseng pills promoted for physical endurance and vitality.
Findings: No ginseng, 15 tests yielded allium (powdered garlic) and rice

•“Finest Nutrition” Gingko Biloba. Findings: No Gingko Biloba. Only DNA identified was orzo (a pasta-like rice)

•“Finest Nutrition” St. John’s Wort. Findings: No St. John’s Wort. Found allium, orzo and dracaena, a tropical house plant

•“Finest Nutrition” Echinacea. Findings: No Echinacea. Found allium, orzo, and an item from the daisy family

Supplied by Wal-Mart:

•“Spring Valley” Ginkgo biloba, a Chinese plant supposed to enhance memory
Findings: No Gingko biloba. Found dracaena, mustard, wheat and radish. (Four DNA tests out of 15 revealed zero plant DNA)

•“Spring Valley” St. John’s Wort. Findings: No St. John’s Wort. Found allium, orzo and cassava - a tropical root crop

There are hundreds of herbal supplements on the market, many of which contain bogus herbs and almost half of them consumed by Americans.

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READER COMMENTS


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Pls include me

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One should always look for herbals that have clinical backing as to purity. Some doctors and Chiropractors are familiar with brands that are reputable. Big Pharma has been looking for ways to shut down the Herbal industry for some time. I have never trusted GNC, they cropped up too fast as a nstional chain, and their prices always too high. Tried a few items and was unimpressed. Maybe they were made from pasta too.

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Hi,
I have used Spring Valley supplements and have some in the cabinet as writing this.
Please include me in your action.
Thanks!

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