Regulating Dietary Supplements Essay

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According to the 2002 Harris poll, seven out of ten adults in the United States take vitamins, minerals, herbs, or other supplements (Schardt 2). Due to media advertising, dietary supplements are becoming more popular. Companies compete to have the best supplements. It is said that forty percent of American adults take vitamin supplements and over the counter products, which total in several billion dollars (Farley 2). Although many of the supplements claim to be healthy and help lose weight, the dangers are endless. Dietary supplements can be illegally spiked and are not safe. Therefore, putting regulations on dietary supplements and their safety hazards is necessary. To begin, the Federal Food and Drug Administration does not have …show more content…
Mild symptoms are hardly reported to physicians and health agencies and consequently there are more problems that remain undiagnosed (Schardt 5). The side effects experienced by the consumers believe that their symptoms are normal and do not report them. "A 2001 report by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services estimated that only about one out of one-hundred adverse reactions are reported to the FDA" (Schardt 5). The FDA then has to prove that it poses a risk to the consumers before the product is able to be banned. Also, the FDA has found 300 products that are frauds. These products are usually in dietary supplements, sexual enhancement supplements, and bodybuilding products. These products contained unapproved stimulants (Starling 1). Michael Levy, the FDA’s director in its Division of New Drugs and Labeling Compliance said, “These products are masquerading as dietary supplements- they may look like dietary supplements but they are not legal dietary supplements” (Starling 1). Most adverse reports consist of liver damage, strokes, heart attacks, kidney failures, and death. “The Federal Food and Drug Administration noted that it had, 'worked with industry' to to recall more than forty products marketed for weight loss more than seventy products marketed for sexual enhancement more than eighty products marketed for body building” (Starling 1).
More companies are being discovered for breaching the regulations. “New Jersey-based body building
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