Monday, December 9, 2013

There may be more than herbs in herbal supplements

As a board certified plastic surgeon, I see ads for herbal supplements everywhere.  

They have been touted to cure a multitude of diseases and provide a “new lease” on life.  


Now buyers of herbal supplements need to be aware that many supplements contain unlisted additives.  These dilute the “herbs” and can cause problems for people suffering from allergies.  


The bottom line is that quality control is non-existent.  


How big is this business?  It is a $5 billion dollar business.  The FDA requires companies to test their products for safety but there is an “honor” code that the supplements do contain what is printed on the label.  


Again, buyer beware.

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