Calcium and Bone Loss
How does insufficient calcium intake contribute to the development of osteoporosis?
How Much Calcium Do I Need?
Bone Chilling Miracle Drug
The popularity of dietary supplements is at an all time high. We're looking at supplements to improve our health as well as to cure what ails us. As Americans we're often looking for that ‘quick fix' or easy answer-much to our detriment. While the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulates claims made on product labels, it bears the burden of proof when it comes to proving that a product is unsafe. Part of the problem is that dietary supplements are regulated similar to food and do not go through the rigorous testing that is routine for drugs.
Coral calcium is a blatant example of the power of infomercials and mass marketing. There have been claims made that this product can do everything from curing Alzheimer's to diabetes and cancer. This creates false hopes: many stop their traditional medications (chemotherapy for example) in hopes that this will be the answer to their prayers. By the time the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and FDA go after a company for making false and unsubstantiated claims-these companies have already made their multi-millions, not to mention the harm that's come to those who've fallen prey to these deceptive claims
Since it's going to take some time for regulations to provide adequate consumer protection, it's up to the consumer to make choices that protect their health. This means reading the fine print on labels and when in doubt, enlisting the help of a registered dietitian or pharmacist.
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Barbara Lewin R.D., L.D. Sports Nutritionist
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