If you haven't seen this yet, I'll let the news release from Consumer Reports below speak for itself. All I can say is Yay! that Consumer Reports is willing to take on the supplement industry and shine the light on the dangers of supplement products. You may want to consider purchasing the latest issue for all the facts.
Release Date: 08/02/2012
Consumer Reports Investigates Vitamins and Supplements: Ten Dangers That May Surprise You
YONKERS, NY — In a new report in its September issue and online at www.ConsumerReports.org, Consumer Reports identifies ten hazards that might surprise the large swath of American adults—more than 50 percent—who take vitamins, herbs, or other nutritional supplements.
“Patients sometimes assume that supplements are safe because they are ‘all natural,’ but not all supplements are truly natural. In fact, one of the greatest safety hazards to consumers involves supplements that have been spiked with prescription drugs or toxic metals,” said Jose Luis Mosquera, M.D., medical adviser, Consumer Reports, and an internist who specializes in integrative health and medicine.
Consumer Reports identifies ten hazards distilled from interviews with experts, published research, and its own analysis of reports of serious adverse events submitted to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request. Here are some of the hazards discussed in the report, plus advice for staying safe: