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CRN Questions Accuracy of Herbal Products Article
Date:2/1/2010

ns about their lack of safety. In fact, in the first full year that the law requiring manufacturers to report serious adverse events was in effect, FDA reported receiving 1,080 adverse event reports, only 672 of which were considered serious -- for all dietary supplement products (vitamins, minerals, herbals, sports supplements, weight loss supplements and specialty supplements). For the same year, FDA received over 526,000 adverse event reports related to drugs and biologic products, over 300,000 of which were considered serious, including close to 50,000 deaths.  

CRN encourages consumers to talk openly with their physician about the herbal supplements they are using or considering using, particularly if they are on medications. According to the 2008 'Life... supplemented' Healthcare Professionals (HCP) Impact Study(2), 63 percent of cardiologists say that they inquire about the dietary supplements their patients are taking. Furthermore, the study shows that 73 percent of cardiologists agreed that a regimen of healthy eating, dietary supplements, exercise and other smart lifestyle choices is key to maintaining heart health.

This article represents a biased, poorly written and contrived attack on herbal supplements. Many herbal supplements offer healthful benefits, and fiber, garlic, and Hawthorne provide heart health benefits, and the potential risk for a drug interaction can be eliminated by speaking openly with your doctor. If consumers are buying from reputable companies, they can feel confident in the quality and safety of these products. Herbal supplements should not replace medications or the need for smart lifestyle choices like healthy diet and regular exercise, but instead should be integrated as part of a total health regimen."

Note to Editor: The Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN), founded in 1973, is a Washington, D.C.-based trade association
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