Friday, February 27, 2015

Schneiderman's Supplement Scam

Attorney General's Junk Science is a Triple-Whammy for Gullible Consumers

by Jeff Stier New York Observer February 26, 2015

New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman made a shocking announcement earlier this month. He alleged that DNA tests his office commissioned found that about 80% of GNC supplements tested, including those sold as Ginkgo Biloba, St. John's Wort, and Ginseng didn't actually have any of the herb in the capsules……He put out a press release filled with self-righteous and self-serving statements from his allies including state legislators calling for the passage of their own bills and from the food police group, Center for Science in the Public Interest, lauding Mr. Schneiderman for doing "what federal regulators should have done a long time ago."……The problem is, Mr. Schneiderman's DNA tests, which he refuses to release, don't support his conclusion that herbs weren't in the pills as marketed…….."That's because DNA barcoding looks for a specific fragment of DNA, but the ingredients in herbal supplements are often highly processed — crushed, dissolved, filtered and dried — so that they may no longer contain the particular fragment of DNA that researchers are searching for…..Mr. Schneiderman either "knew or should have known," ……when launching an "open government" webpage, refuses to share even the basic methodology of his taxpayer-funded study……To Read More.....
My Take -One of the things I really appreciate about people on my side of all these green/left issues is their consistency. Jeff has consistently opposed much of what has gone on in the supplement industry and said so. With his view of supplements you might think he would support this initiative by the New York Attorney General. Yet he takes the high road and shows how this is nothing more than a corruption of science. He also says the AG is playing by rules of his own making in his attack on GNC and other outlets. No matter how I may feel about any of the issues I write about I feel it's important to not only be accurate and to be right, but it's absolutely important to be consistent. The love of facts and consistency of thought is completely alien to the green/left. That makes it all the more important for our side to be all we should be. After the corrupt practices of AG Spitzer you have to wonder if there are any people who hold that office who aren't corrupt. You also have to wonder when - or if - they will have to answer for their corruption. This is costing people money, just as did Spitzer's corrupt mudslinging, and in both cases, with the aid of the New York media. It certainly appears that corrupt New York officials and the corrupt media are fused emotionally, intellectually, and philosophically. Can anyone be safe from that? 


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