Tempted to try a dietary supplement because of a label promising staggering amounts of weight loss? Lured by a product that is said to be a cure for HIV or cancer? Impressed by scientific research to back up these claims? According to an article in the Washington Post consumers need to beware.
Weight loss supplements are big business. And the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) does not regulate these non-prescription diet, immune system boosting and energy promoting products. It is a 20 Billion Dollar industry selling products lacking scientific evidence to back up claims of good health and medical benefits.
Read more in an official concern issued by The Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN) citing two reports released last week by the Department of Health and Human Services and the Office of Inspector General. The reports claim that supplement companies are guilty of misleading consumers by making false claims on in their labeling and by using non-scientific evidence to back up their products’ effectiveness and safety.
This is not a new problem. Herndon injury lawyer Doug Landau reported on this over a year ago, citing evidence as far back as 2007.