Harmful effects of Dietary Supplements



according to webmd health news over half American adults take some sort of dietary supplement but does anyone really know what they are putting into their bodies according to an article called adverse events associated with dietary supplements over 2300 phone calls were made in 211 poison control centers in 2003 and they all reported negative effects from dietary supplements the FDA does not stand by supplements today even though some of them can really be useful to our health it would be of great importance to society's health if the FDA regulated dietary supplements and took the ones that are proven harmful off of consumer shows the history of dietary supplements in the United States is shorter than that up in other countries Native Americans and European settlers were actually the first ones to start using herbs and animal glands as dietary supplements in the United States in 1941 the FDA finally started establishing a basis of how to how they are going to regulate dietary supplements the FDA would now recommend that supplement companies start putting allowance on the labels so for example two pills two times daily in 1966 the FDA began to publish a fresh guideline on regulating dietary supplements these guidelines still focused on the labeling and now what the products actually contain so for example conjugated linoleic acid in that instance one decade later in 1976 the progs Meyer bill was passed just prohibited the FDA from controlling the treatment of vitamins and met in the United States so dietary supplements were no longer considered a drug they were actually pushed into their own separate category in 1990 the nutrition labeling and education act was passed this act was held was created to help improve the knowledge of information pertaining to nutrition it was passed with the safety of consumers in mind all of these acts were passed over time to help construct some sort of rules and regulations for the FDA but the most important act was passed in 1994 and that was the dietary supplement health and education act this act can go both ways it was a good thing and a bad thing it just depended on how you looked at it the good thing about it was it now supplements were safer because these companies are actually registering their products with the Food and Drug Administration but then again in some eyes they saw it as the FDA taking a step back it made it easier for dietary supplement manufacturers to come out with more products without having to have the FDA regulate them by this point the FDA was getting as far away from dealing with SIA with dietary supplements as possible when the law was passed annual sales drastically rose they went from four thousand dollars annually to fifty to seventy-five thousand dollars annually according to julie Deardorff as of today there are 54,000 dietary supplements in the natural medicine hensive database of those 54,000 dietary supplements only one-third of them have some sort of safety backing them by scientific evidence that they are safe for consumption and twelve percent of them have had major health concerns in the past year the FDA has recalled eighty bodybuilding supplements some of them actually containing steroids fifty sexual enhancement supplements or you weight loss supplements at this point do we still think we know we're putting into our bodies right here this is my example of a safe supplement this is conjugated linoleic acid and right on the label here it tells you exactly what it is it what is it there are two grams of conjugated linoleic acid and it tells you to take and that's in two soft gels and it tells you how you need to take and how many times a day to take it so that's an example of a safe supplement because it tells you exactly what is in it the one ingredient for my example of an unsafe supplement would be this it is a pre-workout called G speed it was actually just recalled and put back out on the market due to a few people that actually died off of it but they took too much is what actually happened with that but the thing that is unsafe about this is it tells you the ingredients it tells you there's l-arginine a kg glycerol powder all these things in there but it doesn't tell you how much of that ingredient is actually in the product so a lot of these things can really cause major health concerns the current regulations that the FDA has is that before basically they don't have they don't have any related regulations before they go on to consumer shelves it is after there has been some sort of health issue is when the dietary supplement is recalled the FDA kind of uses the honor system with these companies for labeling correctly labeling their products correctly just like on these but a lot of times even with the conjugated linoleic acid how do you really know that there's two grams in there you don't and the FDA certainly hasn't hasn't looked at it to see if that is correct I believe that they should put a surgeon general's warning on dietary supplements so that just like tobacco products say stating that it can cause these health risks and they're not necessarily safe they do say that they're regulated they're not regulated by the FDA so that is good the good thing about it is they do require if there are any serious health concerns you have to report that to the FDA so that is one of their rules that they do have whether they all get reported probably not I still think it is actually really hard to get them off shelves while there once they're recalled because you don't know how many of these are actually mass-produced and people can still sell them after they have been recalled it's just something that's very common it's hard to get them off of off of the shows I think that we should make our own branch of the Food Drug Administration that regulates dietary supplements this will take a lot of tax dollars but me personally I do think that it b word that I would pay the extra tax dollars to have this done some other ways to make dietary supplements safer is just to make it more difficult for the manufacturers to produce you can be a burden to the manufacturers by raising prices limiting availability I think that a good example would be for internet sites raising prices to have that sort of internet site to sell supplements or making it just making it a burden making it harder to get a dietary supplement site because there's thousands of them out there it's really easy to to get there is actually only one band supplement in the United States and that is called a faedron and there it was the ingredient was found in energy boosters and fat burners that were sold all over the United States ephedrine was known to cause heart attack stroke liver failure and kidney failure and also changes in blood pressure some other products maybe even these have been known to contain pesticides prescription drugs heavy metals in the ingredients dietary supplements also have good effects so not only are there bad effects we talked about a good effects this could be a good supplement and without a gun without dietary supplements a lot of people wouldn't be able to live a normal life for example um if you are low on iron your blood doesn't have enough iron in it then I would recommend just getting something like this where it's just iron and that would be the safest route to go as opposed to getting something that has a bunch of different stuff mixed in it because you really don't know and it also never hurts to consult a physician before you do this I would actually be a very good idea it could save you all of this information is very important to remember about dietary supplements and it is very important to do your research before you take any dietary supplements hopefully in the future I think that we won't have to worry as much and the united states food and drug administration can understand the importance of society's health when it comes to using all of these supplements thank you

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