Are you a big believer
|Or are you skeptical … but considering trying dietary supplements to improve some aspect of your health?
Either way, you’re not alone:
Half of Americans use dietary supplements on a regular basis to improve their health.
These men and women spend about $30 billion a year-on herbs, vitamins, minerals, hormones, and other pills-bought without a doctor’s prescription.
According to a recent study, more than 90,000 types of supplements are marketed in the United States.
But before you invest your money-and your health-in dietary supplements, I urge you to listen to this timely warning from the Federal Trade Commission …
“Unfounded and exaggerated claims for dietary supplements have proliferated,” according to Howard Beales, former Director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection.
Beales notes that the FTC has challenged deceptive advertising for health care products with more than $1 billion in sales-mostly for dietary supplements.
Biggest myths about “safe” natural medicines
The nutritional supplement marketers and the pharmaceutical industry seem to be at war.
At stake: billions of dollars in revenue from the sales of pills-medicines we take to protect and improve our health.
Advertising from the dietary supplement industry often makes out the pharmaceutical industry to be an “evil empire”-raking in billions by poisoning consumers with expensive, dangerous chemicals they shouldn’t be taking.
But some of the myths and half-truths that all this expensive advertising has implanted in the public awareness can be downright dangerous to YOUR health …
MYTH #1: Dietary supplements are far safer than prescription drugs because they are “natural.”
THE REALITY: The fact that a supplement is derived from an herb or other plant, and is therefore “natural,” doesn’t necessarily make it safe.
If everything that was made from plants was safe, we wouldn’t be told to avoid eating certain berries or mushrooms while hiking in the woods. And would you consume arsenic or hemlock?
MYTH #2: Dietary supplements are rigorously tested, and their effectiveness backed by all sorts of studies and scientific proof.
THE REALITY: To gain FDA approval, any new prescription drug has to pass a series of strict clinical trials. But dietary supplements are sold without FDA approval.
Worse, they either undergo no testing at all-or the “testing” to which they have been submitted typically does not meet the standards required by the scientific community.
Example: Supplement advertisements frequently boast that a particular herb has been used for a thousand years in Asia. In reality, some Chinese herbs can cause liver damage and other dangerous side effects.
MYTH #3: Supplement makers are knights on white horses riding to our rescue, while the pharmaceutical industry is “evil.”
THE REALITY: Both the pharmaceutical and the dietary supplement industries spend millions of dollars trying to get us to buy their products.
So the question comes down to: who-and what products-do you trust?
The 2019 Dietary Supplements Wellness Report
Your Complete Guide to Making the Best Choices
With thousands of different dietary supplements to choose from-from alpha-lipoic acid to zinc-no one person can keep up with all the new developments in nutritional therapies.
And unless you’re an M.D. yourself, do you really have the background to separate the good science from the hype?
That’s where the University of California, Berkeley Wellness Reports can help save you time and money while improving your health.
Our editorial advisors, all M.D.s or Ph.D.s with impressive credentials in their specialties, conduct an exhaustive search of the medical literature on a particular topic-in this case, dietary supplements.
They then carefully review the research to ensure that it’s based on scientifically sound methods … and to confirm the accuracy and reliability of the findings.
Next, our editors painstakingly convert medical jargon, formulas, and statistics into clear, plain English.
You’ll find it fascinating reading-and useful. Our experts tell you exactly what you need to know about the particular dietary supplement you’re thinking of taking … plus, how to apply key research findings to improve and maintain your own health.
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And so much more …
Of all the decisions you make pertaining to your health, selecting dietary supplements puts you on less secure ground than anything else:
Advertising for “alternative medicine” is often filled with hyperbole.
You can buy and take any supplement without a doctor’s prescription or even recommendation.
The clinical proof of the efficacy of supplements is often sketchy, and sometimes virtually nonexistent.
Now, the 2019 Dietary Supplements Wellness Report can help you make better-informed choices when deciding whether to take supplements-and which to buy.
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