What You Should Know About Supplements (part 2)

Are Cheerios medicine?

As stated in the Part 1 of this series, senator Durbin is leaning toward labeling all supplements as drugs. Need vitamin C? Calcium? You may have to get a prescription from your doctor if his bills pass. Stay informed.
Letter from the Food and Drug Administration.
Did you know the FDA went after General Mills for saying their Cheerios were heart healthy? See the full letter here: http://www.fda.gov/iceci/enforcementactions/warningletters/ucm162943.htm

As ridiculous as this seems (no one would overdose after eating even an entire box of Cheerios), the FDA wants you to know that making claims about cholesterol reduction would classify Cheerios as medicine even though clinical studies have shown it’s possible to reduce cholesterol after eating Cheerios due to the water soluble fiber contained in them.

The same nonsense occurred with POM Wonderful 100% Pomegranate Juice.

Supplements that make any medical claims would also be considered medicines. This is why you see this statement so frequently: “XXXX is not intended to treat or cure any disease. The claims made for XXXX have not be evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.”

As stated in the Part 1 of this series, senator Durbin is leaning toward labeling all supplements as drugs. Need vitamin C? Calcium? You may have to get a prescription from your doctor if his bills pass. Stay informed.

General Mills, Inc. 5/5/09
www.fda.gov
Promotional Claims False & Misleading/Misbranded

What You Should Know About Supplements (part 1)

There are those who want to take them away

In a backhanded approach to ‘protect’ consumers from supplements, for years Senator Dick Durban has attempted to get their availability restricted. His bills have failed a few times due to incredible scrutiny of organizations such as the Alliance for Natural Health (http://www.anh-usa.org/). Get their free newsletter to stay informed!

Durbin’s tactics lean toward labeling supplements as drugs which would make them available by prescription only and put many of the supplement manufacturers out of business because of the harsh restrictions placed on manufacturing, clinical trials, regulation by the Food and Drug Administration, etc.

Part two later…

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