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F.D.A. Finds “Natural” Diet Pills Laced With Drugs

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February 9, 2009

This article by NATASHA SINGER in the New York Times,  reports that the USA Food and Drug Administration (FDA) now says weight-loss capsules, called StarCaps and promoted as natural dietary supplements using papaya, could be hazardous to your health.

In violation of the law, the agency has found, the capsules also contained a potent pharmaceutical drug called bumetanide which can have serious side effects. In a continuing investigation that has prompted consumer warnings and recalls by some distributors, the F.D.A. has determined that dozens of weight-loss supplements, most of them imported from China, contain hidden and potentially harmful drugs. In the coming weeks, the agency plans to issue a longer list of brands to avoid that are spiked with drugs. Read the remainder of the New York Times report.

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Herbal remedies for arthritis mostly ineffective, says study

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Tuesday 10 February 2009

This article, from the Guardian, writes that many herbal medicines and other complementary therapies do nothing to help people with rheumatoid arthritis, referring  to a report published today. A review of published data on natural remedies found the majority were completely ineffective at relieving patients' symptoms, or had only tentative evidence to suggest they worked. Read more at the Guardian

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