It’s bad enough that herbal supplements, exempted from serious Food and Drug Administration oversight since 1994, have had an alarming record of being terribly dangerous. Added to the potential dangers, supplements usually don’t–can’t–act as advertised to cure your aching joints, your failing heart, your unsatisfactory sex life.
Last week it got even worse: The New York State Attorney General’s office revealed that, in 4 out of 5 instances, herbal supplements add injury to insult by failing even to contain the mostly ineffective herbs featured on their labels. The herbs notable for their absence: echinacea, garlic, gingko biloba, ginseng, valerian, St. John’s wort, and saw palmetto.
This disclosure could be particularly delicious because, if true, it severely damages the supplement industry’s usual claim when one of its chicaneries stands revealed. That’s the claim that deceptive and fraudulent supplements are confined to a few fly-by-night operators, and that the supplements industry as a whole remains virtuous and unadulterated…..To Read More…..