Article HERE. It’s not a great piece, because it fails to pinpoint the key issue, which is the overall lack of regulation of the alt med industry, and the failure to adequately police quack marketing campaigns. But for all that it’s very lengthy and detailed.
Ingredients of Shady Origins, Posing as Supplements
By NATASHA SINGER
Published: August 27, 2011
DR. PIETER COHEN is scanning the shelves inside a shop in Chinatown here when something familiar — and potentially dangerous — catches his eye.
“What’s that yellow box, behind the other one?” Dr. Cohen asks the clerk.
It is Pai You Guo, a supposedly natural weight-loss supplement from China that, according to federal authorities, has tested positive in the past for containing two hazardous drugs, including a suspected carcinogen. The product was recalled in 2009.
Even though there is little evidence that many dietary supplements provide real health benefits, legal supplements, from multivitamins to ginkgo biloba, are a big and growing business. Americans spent $28.1 billion on them last year, up from $21.3 billion five years ago, according to estimates from Nutrition Business Journal, a market research firm. ...
$28 billion is a lot of money ...