Here we go again, folks.
Consumer Reports is once again turning to the lowest form of sensationalism to save its failing magazine… and is even pushing to LIMIT or RESTRICT your access to life-changing and life-saving vitamins.
Instead of sticking to what it knows best — TVs and toaster ovens — this once-respected rag now claims your supplements are DANGEROUS!
The September cover, which just hit newsstands, contains more baloney than a delicatessen, promising a “complete guide to safety” along with “dangerous ingredients to avoid.”
Instead, you’ll find a series of half-baked reports that ignore science and repeat debunked claims — and that’s not even the worst of it.
To “prove” supplements are dangerous, they pulled a dopey stunt where they made their own weight-loss formula.
They admitted up front they deliberately used ingredients “that have not been clinically proved to be effective” that they bought online and them mixed on an editor’s desk, which they confessed was “a clear violation of the FDA’s Current Good Manufacturing Practices.”
Then, they printed a label on an office printer.
And what does this prove? I don’t know either.
I could build a leaky, creaky shack with the firewood out back, but that doesn’t prove houses are dangerous and poorly constructed.
The magazine also published a cheat sheet that refuses to admit that supplements work for anything, ever. Even glucosamine and chondroitin — the science-backed arthritis remedies many mainstream docs recommend — were dismissed, based on a shoddy cherry-picked study.
And, of course, the magazine also repeatedly claims supplements are “dangerous” because they’re “not regulated the same way as medications.”
Allow me to put this as politely as possible:
Supplements are HEAVILY regulated, and anyone who doubts this can check with the FDA itself. The agency says right on its website that it “regulates both finished dietary supplement products and dietary ingredients.”
In addition, the FDA says, “manufacturers and distributors of dietary supplements and dietary ingredients are prohibited from marketing products that are adulterated or misbranded.”
The FDA even declares that it is “responsible for taking action against any adulterated or misbranded dietary supplement product after it reaches the market.”
Does that sound “unregulated” to you?
Yet Consumer Reports is calling on draconian restrictions to limit your access to supplements — they’re even against vitamin D! — in its push to have them regulated “like drugs,” which would limit your access to vitamins or even force some of them off shelves.
For what? For nothing — because being “regulated like drugs” is the OPPOSITE of a safety guarantee.
FDA-approved medications routinely cause illness, injury, addiction, and death. Supplements, on the other hand, despite their widespread use, have an unparalleled safety record.
In fact, you’re quite literally 1,000 times more likely to be hospitalized due to pharmaceutical drugs than you are for supplements, and you get the truth right here, in a free report from my Daily Dose archives.