I'm frequently asked about the supplements I take. One day last week I was in a group of business friends and this question came up: There are so many supplement companies out there who constantly tell us their product is the best cure for whatever ails you. Why are you so enthusiastic about the USANA products?
Little did I know that Beverly Mahone was videotaping me.
Click HERE to watch me "in action".
What Did I Say In the Video About Unreasonable Claims?
The FDA regulates dietary supplements as a category of food, not drugs. The DSHEA, passed in 1994, restricted the ability of the FDA to exert authority over supplements as long as manufacturers made no claims about their products treating, preventing, or curing diseases. If a dietary supplement claims to cure, mitigate, or treat a disease, it would be considered an unauthorized new drug and in violation of the applicable regulations and statutes.
The FDA's response:
Is it legal to market a dietary supplement product as a treatment or cure for a specific disease or condition?
No, a product sold as a dietary supplement and promoted on its label or in labeling* as a treatment, prevention or cure for a specific disease or condition would be considered an unapproved--and thus illegal--drug. To maintain the product's status as a dietary supplement, the label and labeling must be consistent with the provisions in the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA) of 1994.
*Labeling refers to the label as well as accompanying material that is used by a manufacturer to promote and market a specific product.
Unfortunately,misleading claims about supplements are common, in particular on poorly regulated commercial websites. (Federal Trade Commission)
Before you take any dietary supplement, make sure you know the quality and efficacy of that supplement. Don't be fooled by marketing hype and tales too good to be true... they usually aren't.
Robin Thomas spent 22 years in medical research at the University of North Carolina focusing the last 7 years on the inflammatory process of chronic degenerative diseases. In 2004 she left the laboratory to start her own health and wellness business. Both her experience working with participants of clinical studies and caring for a child with multiple health challenges has given Robin a passion for helping others improve their own health. Robin shares informative articles about new research discoveries in nutritional medicine and adopting lifestyle changes aligned with a healthful and passionate life at her blog, http://robinthomas.biz
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