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American roulette - Contaminated dietary supplements

posted August 25, 2010 @ 3:21 PM  |  Health and Nutrition category

The New England Journal of Medicine

~By Pieter A. Cohen, M.D

In one of the most dangerous cities in the United States, one portly police sergeant has more to worry about than crime. His doctor had been encouraging him for years to lose weight, and like millions of other Americans, he decided to try a weight-loss supplement to help him shed his extra pounds. But instead of losing weight, he lost his job. According to the label, his diet pills, which were imported from Brazil and sold in the United States, contained vitamin E, centella, senna, and cascara, among other "natural" ingredients. Not included on the label was the amphetamine detected in his urine drug screen. The now-unemployed sergeant is not alone. Such contaminated supplements represent an emerging risk to public health.

Read on at The New England Journal of Medicine


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