Some so-call "Dietary Aids" are Extremely Dangerous
Posted Dec 30 2013 7:51pm
An excellent article in the December 22, 2013 New York Times by Anahad O'Connor reported on the liver damage which has been tied to some dietary aids. She notes that a high school senior was hoping for a liver transplant after his liver was damaged by a concentrated green tea extract that he bought because it was said to be "fat burning".
The sad part of this account is that the FDA is not allowed to test these substances. This came about because Senator Orrin Hatch of Utah had a bill passed in 1994 that allowed the health food maufacturers to be free of FDA controls. Apparently, Senator Hatch has many of these manufactureers in his state. I have met Senator Hatch and am appalled at his lack of concern for people's health. What was he thinking?
The article stated that almost half of Americans use some type of dietary supplement. These do not have to be labeled with all the ingredients or have the possible side effects listed. The writer also noted that 32 billion dollars are spent annually by Americans on these products. That makes no sense and I wish the AMA and physicians would speak out against these harmful products.