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Supplements are not safe

Paul Ingraham ARCHIVEDMicroblog posts are archived and rarely updated. In contrast, most long-form articles on PainScience.com are updated regularly over the years.

Ars Technica reporting on Rao et al:

“Between 2005 and 2012, the rate of supplement-related calls to poison centers increased 49.3 percent, researchers reported Monday in the Journal of Medical Toxicology. In the final year of data, the centers were getting calls at a rate of nearly 10 adverse exposures per 100,000 people.”

Grim. I wonder how many thought they were detoxifying.

And why is this happening? Contamination. A huge and totally unregulated industry selling to legions of credulous people who are knee-jerk cynical about Big Pharma but never question the scruples of supplement sellers. What could possibly go wrong?

The most contaminated product category? Homeopathy.

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