I couldn’t believe my eyes. Consumer Reports posted a fear-mongering piece attacking natural remedies. Under the headline “15 Supplement Ingredients to Always Avoid,” they needlessly blasted fifteen natural supplements in what looks like little more than an effort to frighten folks.
Doubt me? Just take a look at this line…
“These supplement ingredients can cause organ damage, cardiac arrest, and cancer.”
Man, that just scares the bejeebers out of you, doesn’t it?
Just as they wanted it to. They clearly intended to spark anxieties about natural remedies. It’s so superbly crafted that it will terrify 10s of thousands of folks sending them running into the arms of white coat professionals who can prescribe medications, which are “obviously” safer because, after all, they’re FDA-approved.
(Yes, I’m being sarcastic again, don’t you know me by now?!)
Consumer Reports wants you to fear green tea!
And some of those “dangerous” ingredients on the list you’ve got to see to believe. For example they included green tea (Camellia sinensis) on their bad guy list because it’s sometimes found in weight loss aids.
They say green tea powder may cause you to experience “dizziness, ringing in the ears… glaucoma… elevated blood pressure/heart rate, liver damage and possibly death.”
That’s green tea you realize, right? GREEN TEA!
I’m not suggesting that these rare potentials don’t exist, or that you don’t have to worry about side effects when you’re talking about natural remedies (because you do). But I’m fully convinced that weight loss medications are far more dangerous.
Maybe that’s just me because, you know, I’m a pharmacist remember?
You see I have access to, and regularly review, those long and boring package inserts that come with your meds. You know the ones I mean, they come folded up and when you attempt to read them you literally need a magnifying glass to learn all the potential disasters that could occur.
One “safe” FDA approved weight loss drug caused strokes
So Consumer Reports is telling you that green tea is dangerous, and they list “possibly death” as a risk. But nowhere in their article did they mention that in 1997, one of the most horrific drug recalls EVER to occur happened with one of those “safe” FDA-approved weight loss drugs.
Google “fen-phen” and you’ll learn that fenfluramine and dexfenfluramine were yanked off the shelves because they were destroying people’s heart valves and led to strokes and heart attacks. In that case the damage was done because this problem, unfortunately, could occur in people years after stopping!
Yet, they list green tea as a dangerous ingredient that could cause death. Yeah, well, so could water if you swallow it the wrong way.
Centuries old natural remedies called dangerous
Comfrey root was another one on their list where the benefits claimed were “relieves cough” and “treats cancer.” Comfrey has been used for centuries, and is considered very safe by herbalists, yet Consumer Reports posted “possibly death” for this tried and true herb too! Come on! Chemotherapy is the medication alternative to treating cancer.
The bottom line is no matter how bad an herbal ingredient is painted some drugs carry the same exact potential side effects and yet they get a free pass because of that FDA stamp of approval. Ridiculous!
I have an idea. Consumer Reports why don’t you stick to reviewing cars and blenders. You do that well. Leave the herbal and drug advice to experts like me who know what we’re talking about. Deal?
In addition to writing a syndicated column on health which reaches 20 million people each week, Suzy is the author of a number of books on natural health.
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