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Sports Illustrated Article on Supplements


Anybody else read it? Thoughts?

It's titled "What You Don't Know Might Kill You"

It talks about the lack of regulations in the supplement industry. Good read.


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It was a really good article. I read it a couple of times. Has a lot of informative information and also lays out a nice history of the supplement biz.



a small extract:

There is a simple reason that the industry has become, in the words of Darryn Willoughby, director of the Exercise and Biochemical Nutrition Laboratory at Baylor, a Pandora’s Box of false claims, UNTESTED products and BOGUS science. To sell ANY type of food or drug, a company must submit to scrutiny from the FDA. That scrutiny once applied to supplements such as concentrated milk, egg and soy powders, which fed the demand for nonperishable food additives during World War II. But in 1994 Congress passed the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA), which allowed supplementsâ??broadly defined as vitamins, minerals, herbs, amino acids and other products that don’t contain approved pharmaceutical drugs and don’t claim to treat diseasesâ??to be SOLD WITH NO PROOF of effectiveness or safety, and without approval from the FDA (page 59). That legislation, heavy with lobbyists’ fingerprints, razed virtually every barrier to entry into the marketplace.



Good old propaganda against the supplement industry just before the Codex Alimentarius takes full effect.