What’s Dr. Oz Smoking?

I’ve ranted and raved on more than one occasional about Dr. Oz and his breathless endorsements of weight loss supplements that have no business being endorsed. But no matter; regardless or whether or not such supplements are supported by an ounce of clinical data or not – and it’s usually the latter – anything that gets dropped from Oz’s lips is an instant best seller. And despite the fact that nothing...

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Study: 5-Hour Energy No Better Than Caffeine

LiveScience has the “buzz” on a recent study that compared 5-Hour Energy shots to plain ol’ caffeine with respect to brain activity during an attention-requiring task. No difference between the two was found. “Before the task, participants consumed 8 ounces of either water, water with caffeine, or water containing the energy drink 5-Hour Energy. The caffeinated drinks were adjusted so that they had the same...

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Does Ginkgo biloba Extract Cause Cancer?

Rhetorical fists are flying over a recent technical report released by the National Toxicology Program (NTP) on the toxicology and carcinogenesis of oral Ginkgo biloba extract in rats and mice. In one corner is the Center for Science in the Public Interest, which is advising consumers to avoid Ginkgo-containing supplements and energy drinks. The CSPI is also calling for an FDA ban. In the other corner are supplement industry leaders,...

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Wrongful Death Suit Filed Against USP Labs & GNC

USPLabs’ legal woes continue. The company recently settled a class action lawsuit for $2 million dollars. Now, its facing another suit, over the death of Michael L. Sparling, one of the two soldiers who died in 2011 while working out after consuming DMAA-containing supplements. According to the New York Times… “Now the parents of Michael L. Sparling, one of the soldiers who died, have filed a wrongful-death lawsuit...

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More Sibutramine-Containing “Natural” Weight Loss Supps Seized

According to NBC News in Miami, U.S. Marshals seized a range of weight loss products produced by Globe All Wellness, which the FDA claimed were adulterated with sibutramine. Sibutramine, a prescription weight loss drug, was withdrawn from the U.S. market in 2010, after it was found to increase heart attack/stroke risk. The FDA’s press release lists the following products: SlimXtreme SlimXtreme Gold SlimPlus SlimLee GelSlim...

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Vibrational HCG… Really?!

Over the weekend, I surfed over to Science-Based Medicine, and scanned this post by pharmacist Scott Gavura about HCG and weight loss. It’s a well-written article, although if you’ve seen what Paul and I have had to say on the topic, in general, you won’t see much that’s new. There was one thing in his article, however, that took me by surprise. It was inserted into a paragraph about the FDA crackdown on...

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