Evidence for weight loss herbal supplements branded ‘insufficient’

Posted 20 February 2020

A global review of herbal supplements for weight loss has concluded that although statistical differences have been observed there is ‘insufficient evidence’ to recommend any current herbal weight loss treatments…

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The above article is based on the research article below:

Effectiveness of herbal medicines for weight loss: A systematic review and meta‐analysis of randomized controlled trials

First published:27 January 2020
Peer Review The peer review history for this article is available at https://publons.com/publon/10.1111/dom.13973.

Abstract

AIM:

To update the available evidence on the efficacy and safety of complementary medicines to assist in weight loss by conducting a systematic review and meta-analysis of herbal medicines for weight loss.

METHODS:

Four electronic databases (Medline, Embase, CINAHL and

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Dangers of dietary supplements spotlighted

Posted 19 February 2020

Michael White, a professor of pharmacy at the University of Connecticut, has summarized how consumers are endangered by the U.S. dietary supplement marketplace. The problems include (a) microbial contamination, (b) heavy metal contamination, (c) prescription drug adulteration, (d) herb substitutions, (e) added ingredients to herbal products, and (f) inaccurate labeling of ingredient dosages. He blames the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA) of 1994, which allows supplement and herbal products to be marketed without providing proof of their quality to the Food and Drug Administration. Reference: White CM. Dietary supplements pose real dangers to patients. Annals of Pharmacotherapy. Jan 24, 2020

Calling the situation a “Wild West scenario,” White concludes:

The DSHEA Act was written to limit the FDA’s oversight of dietary products, and it has done just that. Health professional and consumer advocacy organizations need to come together and with one voice sound Read the rest

Are medical errors really the third most common cause of death in the U.S.?

Posted 19 February 2020

Promoters of “alternative medicine” have exploited previous estimates of hospital deaths “due to medical error” to undermine the public confidence in medicine. Dr David Gorski has assessed the most recent Yale study and has provided an analysis of the study, below.

The claim that medical errors are the third leading cause of death in the US has always rested on very shaky evidence; yet it has become common wisdom that is cited as though everyone accepts it. But if estimates of 250,000 to 400,000 deaths due to medical error are way too high, what is the real number? A recently published study suggests that it’s almost certainly a lot lower.

David Gorski on February 3, 2020

I say this at the beginning of nearly every post that I write on this topic, but it bears repeating. It is an unquestioned belief among believers in alternative medicine

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Natural supplements can be dangerously contaminated, or not even have the specified ingredients

Posted 15 February 2020

February 15, 2020 12.23am SAST

The Conversation

C. Michael White

Professor and Head of the Department of Pharmacy Practice, University of Connecticut

More than two-thirds of Americans take dietary supplements. The vast majority of consumers – 84% – are confident the products are safe and effective.

They should not be so trusting.

I’m a professor of pharmacy practice at the University of Connecticut. As described in my new article in the Annals of Pharmacotherapy, consumers take real risks if they use diet supplements not independently verified by reputable outside labs.

What are the risks?

Heavy metals, which are known to cause cancer, dementia and brittle bones, contaminate many diet supplements. One study of 121 products revealed 5% of them surpassed the safe daily consumption limit for arsenic. Two percent had excess lead, cadmium and aluminum; and 1% had too much mercury. In June 2019, Read the rest

European manifesto against pseudo-therapies published

Posted 09 February 2020

The Association to Protect the Sick from Pseudoscientific Therapies (APETP in Spanish), a civil society association formed by victims of pseudoscientific therapies along with scientists, doctors, nurses, physiotherapists, computer scientists, lawyers, and other professionals has published the European Manifesto Against Pseudo-Therapies. Scientific and medical personnel who add their names as signatories of the manifesto declare that:

  • Scientific knowledge is incompatible with what pseudo-therapies postulate, as in the case of homeopathy.
  • European laws that protect homeopathy are not acceptable in a scientific and technological society that respects the right of the patients not to be deceived.
  • Homeopathy is the best known pseudo-therapy, but it is not the only one nor the most dangerous one. Others, such as acupuncture, reiki, German New Medicine, iridology, biomagnetism, orthomolecular therapy and many more, are gaining ground and causing victims.
  • Measures must be taken to stop pseudo-therapies, since they are harmful and
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