Women's Health | Robert Lang, MD
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Supporting your health and wellbeing is our most important product. To that end, we want to let you know that, although we do profit from the supplements that we sell, the main reason that we sell them is that we are very concerned about the quality, authenticity, and purity of what is ‘out there.’ When I first started to recommend wholistic means for healing 30 years ago, virtually all of the natural supplements were produced by companies that were started by people with a commitment to help us heal.

There was integrity in the supplement industry and the FDA kept a close eye on anyone who strayed from the status quo and shut them down promptly. All that changed in 1994 with the passage of the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA.) Interestingly, this was spearheaded by a single senator that received a LOT of financial support from supplement manufacturers in his home state and elsewhere. The rules changed. The FDA was no longer responsible for the safety of supplements that was turned over to the manufacturers.

The FDA must prove that a supplement is unsafe before it can be recalled. Since 1994, the majority of the supplement industry is concerned more about profit than your health. Venture capitalists have purchased many of the older companies and started new ones for profit above integrity. To make matters worse, China, India and other 3rd world countries are supplying ingredients with the same purpose, to make money. Now do not get me wrong, I am not against capitalism I am only against making the profit at the expense of some else’s health and wellbeing.

For example, fish oil along with vitamin D, is one of the supplements that almost everybody needs for the prevention of heart disease, dementia, inflammation and poor immune function. In March, 2010 suit was brought against many companies for selling fish oil that has PCB levels that were over the state standard. California is the only state where it is illegal to sell anything that contains a carcinogen or may cause birth defects without a warning on the label.

The retail supplement market is extremely competitive. Therefore, companies cannot compete if they spend the money, to ensure quality, by using independent testing laboratories. We only sell products from companies I trust.

Lastly, do not purchase any ‘natural’ supplement over the internet, from the radio or TV or from a newspaper or magazine unless you know that you can trust the source. There are innumerable reports of toxicity and other health problems from these supplements. If it sounds too good to be true, it almost certainly is.

http://www.fda.gov/Food/DietarySupplements/default.htm

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