Our dogs’ health isn;t the only thing we should be concerned about. We humans need to take care of our own bodies first if we are going to love and provide for our dogs.
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is taking the fight to certain makers of dietary supplements that claim their products can treat or prevent serious diseases including cancer, Alzheimer’s and diabetes.
To the detriment of American consumers, dietary supplement companies have been making false and misleading claims for years, giving hope where there is none. These companies have been making outrageous claims with absolutely no proof to back them up.
The FDA has promised to update its dietary supplement policies, vowing to seriously upgrade and modernize the way it regulates dietary supplements. The FDA’s commissioner, Scott Gottlieb, vowed to make the biggest changes to supplement oversight in more than a quarter of a century.
While the FDA does not examine dietary supplements prior to their release to the public, it can and regularly does step in whenever it is determined that products appear to be unsafe or come with over-the-top claims of treating serious diseases and conditions. Sometimes, third-party organizations, watchdogs, or industry experts will alert the FDA, while other times the FDA will begin investigating of its own accord.
One reason this is such important news is just how big the dietary supplement industry is. Dollar estimates are in the tens of billions. In fact, around 75 percent of Americans take some sort of supplement on a regular basis. This includes taking minerals and multivitamins, often daily.
Nearly 80 percent of older people regularly take dietary supplements to combat the effects of aging. There are tens of thousands of different products for consumers to choose from, which makes it extremely difficult for the FDA to keep tabs on every supplement out there.
Fortunately, for every shady product with exaggerated claims, there are reliable and effective supplements that steer clear of the falsehoods. Some products that the FDA has cleared have been on the market for decades and are frequently recommended by doctors and medical professionals.
And, just because a newer product appears on the market does not make it suspect. Medical and scientific breakthroughs will logically lead to new and improved supplements. The Melaleuca Peak Performance Pack for example, has been clinically proven to reduce the effects of free radicals on the body. What it does not do is claim to cure cancer, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, or any other serious disease.
Whenever a product sounds too good to be true, it almost always is. Fortunately, it appears that consumers now have the reassurance from the FDA that they will be better protected going forward.