A report published over the weekend found that over 750 dietary supplements contained potentially harmful drugs that were not listed on the label. The study analyzed warnings by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) between 2007 and 2016.
The primary culprits were supplements marketed for weight loss, muscle building, or sexual enhancement. The supplements, many branded as “natural”, contained unapproved pharmaceuticals, including Sibutramine for weight loss, synthetic steroids for muscle building, and Sildenafil for sexual enhancement.
Despite their status as over-the-counter dietary supplements, over 20% of these products contained multiple unapproved ingredients. These ingredients can be extremely harmful – especially if you don’t know what you’re taking. According to a 2015 study, more than 20,000 people went to the emergency room for issues associated with dietary supplements.
What’s worse, some products were reported to contain new unapproved drugs after receiving FDA warnings. This means that drug companies, after being exposed for adulterating their supplements, simply switched out one dangerous drug for another.
This is a major concern for consumers, thousands of whom may be unwittingly consuming dangerous pharmaceuticals without knowing it. Sildenafil, the active ingredient in Viagra, was found in 21.3% of the offending drugs. It has been known to cause headaches, sudden loss of hearing, impaired vision, congestion, and even heart attacks.
So how can we protect ourselves from these potentially dangerous drugs hidden in dietary supplements? Big pharma has shown time and time again that profits are more important than people. One can simply look at the vaccine industry to see how safety and research are put aside for massive profits from a coerced market.
Not only does big pharma control most medical schools, it also censors information about natural, homeopathic healing. Given that pharmaceutical companies spend far more on marketing than actual research, it’s no wonder that they’re threatened by affordable, natural methods for treating disease.
Or the cancer industry, where doctors profit from prescribing chemotherapy even though chemotherapy can actually cause cancer! Meanwhile, promising cancer cures have continually been covered up and shut down by both the government and big pharma. After all, “Nobody is going to pay $70,000 for a new cancer drug if they can buy [something else] for 75 cents.”
The answer is to stick with organic, natural products. According to David Fabricant, CEO and President of the Natural Products Association, “If it sounds too good to be true, it is too good to be true. If it’s promising great weight loss gains, or great strength gains or it says it’s comparable to Viagra, that’s a red flag.”
There are a plethora of God-given, natural, organic herbs and minerals that keep our bodies healthy without all the nasty side effects. For example, apple cider vinegar can help with weight loss, immune support, and stabilization of blood sugar. Black pepper essential oil supports the muscles in numerous ways, and cholesterol is the primary building block of testosterone, which is essential for men’s health and libido.
Nutrition is the most important, and absolute best way to keep your body healthy and vibrant. Unfortunately, fruits and vegetables are so depleted of nutritional value, that even the right diet may not be enough to keep your body healthy. The truth is, you likely have no idea what’s in your food. From GMOs to soil depletion, healthy, whole foods simply don’t pack the same punch they once did.
Synthesized dietary supplements aren’t as beneficial as supplements based on whole foods. To protect your body from dangerous, potentially harmful, hidden pharmaceuticals, be sure to stick to organic, natural, whole foods.