A frightening report reveals that a massive amount of common dietary supplements can make you sick.
You may believe that adding a dietary supplement to your daily routine could be giving you the edge in maintaining a healthy lifestyle. But according to Consumer Reports, dietary supplements do not face the same regulatory standards medications sold in the U.S., and this lack of oversight is putting millions of consumers at risk of falling ill for a wide variety of reasons.
The report tells the heart-wrenching tale of Calvin Jimmy Lee=White, born two months premature and weighing just three pounds. Calvin was given a daily probiotic, or a powder, liquid or pill containing live bacteria that is intended to help manage the microorganisms inside of the gut. Calvin failed to gain weight and develop, and it was discovered that an infection was causing a massive clot in his aorta. Calvin died when he was only eight days old.
Doctors eventually found that Calvin’s death was the result of a contaminated probiotic, which delivered a deadly fungus into the baby’s intestines that spread throughout his body.
The probiotic given to the premature child was not the only risky product available on the markets today; in fact, Consumer Reports reveals that nearly 94 percent of physicians recommend various vitamins and minerals to their patients, and 45 percent have recommended herbal supplements. Seven percent of physicians reported selling supplements directly from their offices.
Consumers continue to buy supplements at a growing rate, with sales increasing by 81 percent in the past decade. As such, it creates a growing regulatory hurdle for officials hoping to keep the range of available products safe for consumers to use.
The Government Accountability Office found that between 2008 and 2011, the FDA received 6,307 reports of health issues resulting from the use of dietary supplements, including 92 deaths and more than 1,000 serious injuries or illnesses. The GAO fears that the actual number of issues created by supplements exceeds the number reported.
While many of the available supplements can be safely used, the glaring lack of regulation means that instances of contamination or false information printed on labels are likely to be high. If you are planning on incorporating a dietary supplement into your routine, be sure to research the product thoroughly before.
Consumer Reports has listed the following 15 supplement ingredients to always avoid, as they can result in organ damage, cancer, cardiac arrest and other ailments.