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Natural causes : death, lies, and politics in America's vitamin and herbal supplement industry

Author: Dan Hurley
Publisher: New York : Broadway Books, ©2006.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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More than 60 percent of Americans use herbal and dietary supplements, fueling sales of $20 billion a year--despite a lack of evidence that these products are either safe or effective. Aside from extensive coverage of ephedra, the weight-loss supplement linked to the death of Baltimore Orioles pitcher Steve Belcher in 2003, the media has been disturbingly silent about the danger. Journalist Hurley breaks the silence:  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Hurley, Dan, 1957-
Natural causes.
New York : Broadway Books, ©2006
(OCoLC)899689342
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Dan Hurley
ISBN: 9780767920421 0767920422 9780767920438 0767920430
OCLC Number: 70122602
Description: viii, 324 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: Sue Gilliatt's nose --
A brief history of thyme --
The rattlesnake king --
Mother nature --
Wholesome as a glass of milk --
Kessler vs. Kessler --
Ancient Chinese remedy --
Alternative universe --
What's really in that bottle? --
One a day --
Women and children first --
Shark bait --
Looking for Mr. Natural --
Proof --
What we can do.
Responsibility: Dan Hurley.
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More than 60 percent of Americans use herbal and dietary supplements, fueling sales of $20 billion a year--despite a lack of evidence that these products are either safe or effective. Aside from extensive coverage of ephedra, the weight-loss supplement linked to the death of Baltimore Orioles pitcher Steve Belcher in 2003, the media has been disturbingly silent about the danger. Journalist Hurley breaks the silence: he charts the rise in deaths, disfigurements, and life-threatening injuries caused by supplements deceptively promoted as "safe and natural," and brings to light the backroom politics that led to the passage of the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994 (DSHEA), which essentially freed the industry from any FDA oversight. He shows how the industry concealed the truth about dozens of untested treatments, blending hard facts with harrowing personal stories to provide a hard-hitting look at an industry that is out of control.--From publisher description.

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