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Dietary Supplements Send 23,000 people to Emergency Departments Each Year

Leading research demonstrates that in the US, 23000 people visit hospital emergency departments and more than 2100 are hospitalized due to dietary supplements, particularly weight loss and sexual enhancement supplements. Vitamins, dietary supplements and herbal medications have no monitoring of their safety and are not in any way regulated. Supplements do not require rigorous research trials to prove efficacy like pharmaceutical medications, which puts consumers at significant risk, who often believe that such produces are “natural and safe”. Ingredients in such supplements vary significantly and may contain hidden ingredients and untested chemicals that are often different to the packaging.  Whilst many are safe, it is important to discuss any supplements with your doctor. The Food and Drug Administration has “repeatedly warned about the dangers of such products”.



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