posted on Dec, 22 2013 @ 03:23 PM
reply to post by xuenchen
This is a interesting and relevant topic. Although, I would like to make a clarification about a point in the source article. The Dietary Supplement
Health and Education Act of 1994, at its simplest, makes it that supplement manufacturers do not need approval from the FDA nor do they need to
substantiate the claims about their product. As long as there are no outstanding laws against the supplement ingredient, and it has the "Claims have
not been evaluated by the FDA. This product isn't intended to diagnose, treat, cure..blah blah blah" somewhere on the label, then it can be sold
without FDA approval. If it becomes clear that there is some over-riding danger with the product or the company isn't following labeling laws, then
the FDA can step in with a variety of measures (ban the substance, force relabeling, fines, etc.).
As these products aren't required to be vetted or substantiated, it's somewhat of a game of roulette. Just because a product is in a health food
store, doesn't mean it's "healthy"- see tryptophan in 1980s, nothing wrong with it per se, but some company in Japan used a new method of
synthesis and created a toxic by-product; also some plants will just flat out kill you. Some of these products are just garbage that are neither
helpful nor harmful or the active ingredient may not even be present in the product at all. Then again there are some great natural
products/medicines, e.g. St. John's Wort, Kava; and the medical derivatives (morphine, atropine, digitalis, etc).
Of course, what I've blathered on about applies in the U.S. Sorry for the wall o' text, I'm just really interested in this sort of stuff.