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Liver failure and transplant needed after supplement use

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Posted 06 April 2016

According to a new report, a 26-year-old otherwise healthy Australian man required a liver transplantation following the use of two dietary supplements. The patient had taken a whey protein powder containing green tea and many other ingredients, as well as a weight loss supplement containing 70% Garcinia cambogia for one week. Analytic testing did not identify any contaminants.

In 2009, there were at least 40 cases of liver injury in the U.S. following the use of Hydroxycut weight loss products. The formulation of Hydroxycut products varied, but most of those associated with liver problems contained Garcinia cambogia and green tea. The Norwegian food safety authority has also issued a warning about green tea extract supplements following multiple reports of liver damage.

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Smith RJ, Bertilone C, Robertson AG. Fulminant liver failure and transplantation after use of dietary supplements. Med J Aust. 2016 Jan 18;204(1):30-2… Read the rest

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DNA of endangered Snow Leopard and Tiger found in Chinese medicines

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Posted 11 April 2016

A recent article from the Journal of Forensic Science Medicine highlights the role Traditional Chinese medicines (TCM) play in the illegal trade of endangered and threatened wildlife species. Recent testing revealed that 50% of 26 TCM products contained undeclared plant or animal DNA, included DNA of the endangered snow leopard and possibly tiger. Also, 50% of the products contained an undeclared pharmaceutical agent, including warfarin, dexamethasone, and others. The article noted that while some products may be contaminated inadvertently, it is unlikely that an endangered species would be added to a product by accident. While this illegal use certainly has environmental implications, it also poses a direct health risk for humans. In 2009, there was a report of a man who died suddenly after taking the TCM product Chan Su, which contains extracts from a species of toad.

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Byard RW. Traditional medicines and species … Read the rest

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Health Canada issues warning for dangerous unauthorized supplements

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Posted 08 April 2016

Health Canada recently issued a warning for products labeled Novadalin B17Amygdalin, and Bitter Apricot Kernel. According to Health Canada, these products claim to treat cancer with no evidence of benefit. Furthermore, these products contain apricot kernel extract, which may contain amygdalin. This compound can potentially release cyanide in the body when ingested. This can lead to serious side effects, including death. Health Canada advises any consumer who has used these products to stop taking them immediately and to contact a healthcare provider. These products are also available for sale online in the U.S.

[Source: Natural Medicines]
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Health Intelligence – misguiding the public?

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Update 15 May 2012: I have been sent evidence that “horse chestnut” (listed as “esculin”) was scheduled as S3 in December 1979.

Posted 12 May 2012

Health Intelligence magazine states on its front cover as a byline: “The Science of Health.” In its advertising blurb on its associated company Solal Technologies’ website, it is stated to be “Sophisticated. Cutting edge. Credible.” The editorials in Edition 15 (May 2012) are however misleading, and disturbingly so.

The first [text] editorial by Colin Levin bemoans the new food labelling regulations from the Department of Health as having gone too far “[i]n their noble intention to prevent (sic) consumers from misleading claims.” He even quotes the Health Products Association of South Africa (HPA) which is “disappointed” that the regulations don’t address the relationship between certain food (sic) and various diseases.

So what’s the problem?

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