NYTimes: Safety of Herbal Supplements Pulls Prosecutors Together

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Any thoughts out there about herbals in light of this story?

I’ve long counseled patients that regardless of possible benefits, there is little if any regulation of any kind on such products in America. No real proof of benefit or safety. No proof, even, that the ingredients listed on the bottle are actually in there. None, except corporate public relations and our trust in their good will and ethics, all experience to the contrary. FDA has shunned this entire area, except when too many people die. It’s the Wild West, part of the way FDA trends have for some years led us backward to a century ago, when snake oil was profitable and common:

NYTimes: Safety of Herbal Supplements Pulls Prosecutors Together

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