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  1. The Dietary Supplement Safety Act of 2010: A long overdue correction to the DSHEA of 1994?
    BACKGROUND: A BAD, BAD LAW One of the themes of this blog has been how, over the last couple of decades, the law has been coopted by forces supporting “complementary and alternative” medicine (CAM) in order to lend legitimacy to unscientific and even pseudoscientific medical nonsense. Wh…
  2. DSHEA: a travesty of a mockery of a sham
    In 1994, Congress enacted the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA). This act allows for the marketing and sales of “dietary supplements” with little or no regulation. This act is the work of folks like Tom Harkin (who took large contributions from Herbalife) and Orrin Ha…
  3. Society for Science-Based Medicine: Comment to FDA on homeopathic drug regulation
    Author’s note: The FDA has asked for public comments on the regulation of homeopathic products. The Society for Science-Based Medicine’s Comment follows, modified for this format. The Comment is based in part on two previous posts, “How should the FDA regulate homeopathic remedies?”…
  4. This stimulant can kill, yet you can legally buy it online. Why?
    This stimulant drug is highly toxic and perfectly legal. If there’s one thing that unites all countries and cultures, it’s our love of caffeine. Whether it’s coffee, tea or other foods, caffeine is the most widely consumed drug in the world — more than alcohol, and more than to…
  5. Homeopathic industry and its acolytes make poor showing before FDA
    Ask your pharmacist if nothing is right for you. (HT @leachkathleen) On April 21 and 22, the FDA held a public hearing: to obtain information and comments from stakeholders about the current use of human drug and biological products labeled as homeopathic, as well as the Agency’s regulatory …
  6. Green Tea: Panacea or Poison?
    In the news: a woman in Fort Wayne, Indiana is suing the Arbonne International company in Allen Superior Court, claiming that its product contained toxic levels of green tea extracts, causing her to develop acute liver failure. Green tea accounts for 20% of tea consumption worldwide. It has become …
  7. Mandatory breast density reporting legislation: The law outpaces science, and not in a good way
    Over the years, our bloggers here at Science-Based Medicine have written time and time again about the intersection of law and science in medicine. Sometimes, we support a particular bill or law, such as laws to protect children against religion-inspired medical neglect; laws making it harder for ma…
  8. Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food? The obsessive worship of “medicinal foods”
    Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food. – attributed to Hippocrates Who said anything about medicine? Let’s eat! – attributed to one of Hippocrates forgotten (and skeptical) students   Who hasn’t seen or heard Hippocrates’ famous quote about letting food…
  9. Supplements are the Wild West of health. One Attorney General is out to change that.
    Bold moves from the New York State attorney general’s (AG) office are shaking up the supplement industry. In February, the AG accused four retailers (GNC, Target, Walmart, and Walgreens) of selling supplements that failed to contain their labelled ingredients. Using a testing method called &#…
  10. Wikipedia vs Quackery – Standards vs Chaos
    Wikipedia’s front page Wikipedia, an online open-source encyclopedia, can boast 470 million visitors each month, making it one of the most popular websites on the internet. It is an incredibly useful resource – I think it’s fair to say it is the online reference of record. For that r…
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