Herbal Supplement Sellers Dispense Dangerous Advice, False Claims

Undercover government employees received consistently false information when shopping for supplements, and analyses show most supplements contain trace amounts of contaminants

By Katherine Harmon

Numerous recent studies have undercut the purported benefits of various herbal supplements. Gingko, echinacea and St. John’s wort, have all been found relatively ineffective against many of the ills they have been claimed to help.
This does not seem to have slowed purchases by U.S. consumers, who spent $14.8 billion on these and other natural supplements in 2007, according to a report released last summer…More>>

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