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Why isn’t the FDA doing anything to address those “Food Supplements”/additives such as MSG (monosodium glutamate), hormone disruptors, pesticides, antibiotics, genetically modified organisms, and high fructose corn syrup that are really a threat to the American public?

Orthomolecular Medicine News Service, October 9, 2008
FDA Claims “Food Supplement” Deaths; Hides Details from the Public

(OMNS, October 9, 2008) “Dietary supplements cause 600 ‘adverse events'”, reported USA Today on 22 Sept, 2008. In an article that looks much like an official US Food and Drug Administration press release, it said that “Serious side effects from the use of food supplements resulted in 604 “adverse-event” reports – a list that includes at least five deaths – through the first six months that such accounts have been required by law.” (1)

Good grief! Looks like all those supplement-popping health nuts really are nuts after all. Food supplements simply must be dangerous!

Or are they?

Later on in the article, far from the headline, USA Today conceded that “An adverse event can be anything from a concern that a supplement isn’t working to a serious illness that follows consumption.” And, FDA spokesman Michael Herndon admitted that of the five deaths and 85 hospitalizations reported, “Some of these deaths were likely due to underlying medical conditions.”

FDA’s method of gaining data is suspect at best and biased at worst. Their “Dietary Supplement Adverse Event Reporting” webpage, http://www.cfsan.fda.gov/~DMS/ds-rept.html, states: “FDA would like to know when a product causes a problem even if you are unsure the product caused the problem or even if you do not visit a doctor or clinic.” The measure of uncertainty involved in publicly soliciting adverse reports “even if you are unsure that the product caused the problem” is noteworthy.

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