The offensive against herbal supplements, Part 1

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Dr. Andrea Wong, Vice President of Scientific and Regulatory Affairs for the Council for Responsible Nutrition, weighs in on New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s offensive against herbal supplements; is this an example of grandstanding in the guise of consumer advocacy? Dr. Wong discusses an independent White Paper that critiques the AG’s reliance on an unreliable methodology, DNA barcoding, to assess supplement quality. Is the supplement industry "poorly-regulated” as alleged by the AG? Why hasn’t the AG released the actual reports upon which his investigation is predicated? How can consumers be assured of quality and potency when purchasing natural products? What safeguards are in place to avert toxicity? Was the FDA asleep at the switch over marketing of an amphetamine-like synthetic ingredient (BMPEA) that should have been banned? Is this representative of the unreliability of the supplement industry as a whole? She urges consumers to join the #ReleaseTheReport Twitter campaign. Click HERE for part 2.

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