Frightening conclusions are being drawn from a flawed vitamin D study. Action Alert! You can almost see the smile on the reporter’s face at The New York Times who wrote the headline: “Study Finds Another Condition That Vitamin D Pills Don’t Help.” The study on which the article is based did indeed conclude that vitamin D supplementation did not reduce the risk of bone fractures compared to placebo. Read more.
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A new bill would take food and supplements out of the FDA’s jurisdiction under a new food safety agency. We are cautiously optimistic, but there are concerns. Action Alert! The new bill, introduced by Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL), Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), and Rep. Rose DeLauro (D-CT), moves all of the FDA’s food safety authorities, which include dietary supplements, to a newly-created Food Safety Administration. This would be a very positive move, as we’ve long argued that the FDA has a massive conflict of interest in regulating drugs and supplements, which are competitors, while FDA receives substantial funding from the drug industry. Read more.
While there is still work to be done to stop Sen. Durbin’s supplement attack, there have been several positive developments over the last week. We need to keep up the pressure! Action Alert! For many months now, we’ve been telling you about the biggest threat to your supplement access in the last decade: a policy known as “mandatory product listing” (MPL) for dietary supplements. Read more.
Mandatory Product Listing is a Bad Idea. View this video.
OK, so I did something let’s just say not very bright. I was testing a bad looking board on a boat dock, when the board broke and I fell straight into the hole plunging down three feet into the slot where the board had been. During the plunge both bare legs scraped hard against the adjacent boards. My thighs were instantly red like a belt sander had been run across them. Although blood red, there were no splinters, embedded dirt, or blood to complicate the injury. Read more.
Multivitamins containing most of the essential vitamins and minerals at doses that provide greater than 100% of the RDA are the most commonly used dietary supplements; approximately 1/3 of US adults takes one or another formulation. But the bloom is off the rose with major press outlets declaring: Read more.
This article was originally published in May 2022. Sen. Durbin’s bill is still alive; a version of it has also been added to a piece of legislation that must pass by the end of September this year, S. 4348, the Senate’s FDA user fee reauthorization legislation. We have to keep up the pressure in Congress opposing this bill. Over the last few months, we’ve been reporting on the serious consequences of enacting mandatory product registration for supplements—for example, the major threat to higher-dose supplements and to supplement choices more generally. Read more.
The FDA continues refusing to provide a pathway for CBD supplements, all in an effort to protect drug industry profits. We need to force their hand. Action Alert! Last month, the FDA’s Science Board conducted a hearing concerning the safety of CBD in dietary supplements. After almost four years, the agency is still pointing to safety concerns with CBD that prevent the agency from devising a regulatory structure for these products on the marketplace. Read more.
Skeptics often dismiss and criticize natural approaches to healthcare, claiming that there isn’t evidence to support their effectiveness. Here’s why they’re both wrong and right (for the wrong reasons). Action Alert! Mainstream critics have been calling natural medicine “snake oil” and “quackery” for years. The essence of this argument is that there isn’t any evidence that natural medicines are effective at preventing or treating illness. Read more.