It’s already a gamble whether herbal supplements will boost your brainpower or ramp up your immune system, but that’s not all you’re rolling the dice on with many pills marketed as “herbal” remedies. Researchers used DNA tests to put herbal supplements through their paces, and found that a third of the 44 bottles were often diluted with or used fillers like soybean, wheat, rice and powdered weeds to totally replace the herbs touted on packaging. [More]
Back when I was in high school, there was only one kind of ‘herbal supplement’: the magic jay bone. Quizzing me and my horde of giggling compatriots in the back of senile Mrs. Johnson’s fourth period Remedial English class, any researcher who cared to have asked would have found that the ratio of herbal supplement takers to illegal drug users was one to one.