Last night in the ICU

We brought his family into a separate room with plenty of chairs. Sitting to the right of his father and mother, our attending uttered the first words in the room. “I think you know what I am about to say.” His mother took in a deep sigh, her eyes already swollen from inconsolable tears. “I

How Your “Natural” Supplements Could Kill You.

The reality is that dietary supplements are not regulated by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the same way that drugs made by pharmaceutical companies are. Dietary supplements do not need approval from FDA before they are marketed to consumers. The responsibility of monitoring safety and effectiveness falls on the manufacturer. In other words, I can bottle something and write on the label that my potion cures cancer, diabetes, and heart disease, and the government can do nothing to stop me. Though regulations were created in 2007 to “ensure the identity, purity, quality, strength and composition” of supplement products (in other words, to make it more likely that the bottle labeled as Vitamin C actually contains Vitamin C), the government does NOT enforce these regulations.