Swanson Vitamins and herbs can cause illness
Posted in the Fargo Forum
#1 Sep 28, 2012
Herbs that I purchased from Swanson Vitamins have given me some major health problems including excessive menstrual bleeding lasting months and requiring surgery, and other herbs causing me to be depressed. These herbs include black cohosh, ginseng, and a mix of Lemon Balm/passion flower/scullcap capsules.
I have read a good deal about the dangers of herbs that are sold over the internet. Lead in ginkgo pills, arsenic in herbals, toxic metals and parasites in dietary supplements.
According to Huffington Post, one fourth of all supplements tested by an independent company over the last ten years have had some sort of problems. Some contained contaminants. Others had contents that did not match label claims. Some had ingredients that exceeded safe limits.
There is a law that treats supplements like food and allows them to go straight to market without FDA approval. Tens of thousands of supplement-related health problems are handled by U.S. poison control centers each year, according to a report in the New England Journal of Medicine. Contaminants and hazardous metals have been found by consumerlab.com with black cohosh and ginkgo products tested in recent years from various herbal and vitamin companies. Last year, nearly 200 people were sickened by supplements containing up to 200 times the amount of selenium stated on the label.
The supplements and herbs discussed in these publications were sold via the internet from several herbal vitamin companies. No specific herbal companies were mentioned by name in these articles.
Folks should be reluctant to purchase any herbs or supplements on the internet. I hope that the FDA will check more supplements and have more testing for safety for many herbs and vitamins sold online.
#2 Sep 13, 2014
Monique.Rodriguez at PIHHealth.org ... yum
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