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Doctors Plead: Quit Wasting Your Money On Vitamin Supplements Already

Every year, Americans spend $28 billion on potions that we imbue with magical powers. We mean, of course, vitamin pills and supplements. We take them by the handful even though study after study has showed us that for people who have a deficiency, vitamin pills don’t do very much good, and may harm our health in the long run. Yes, harm. [More]

Study Links Prolonged Use Of Heartburn & Ulcer Medications With Vitamin Deficiency

Study Links Prolonged Use Of Heartburn & Ulcer Medications With Vitamin Deficiency

There are millions of Americans who regularly take prescription proton pump inhibitor (PPI) medications to treat heartburn and ulcers, but researchers claim to have found a link between prolonged use of these drugs and a vitamin deficiency that could increase the risk of dementia, nerve damage, anemia, and other medical complications. [More]

The lawsuit says Motts Immune Support juice does nothing to support one's immune system.

Dr. Pepper Snapple Group Sued Over Mott’s For Tots Immunity Claims

A recently filed lawsuit alleges that the labels Mott’s for Tots Immune Support Fruit Punch are making claims it shouldn’t — namely that the beverage will help support one’s immune system. [More]

Did You Buy Disney Or Marvel Vitamins? There Might Be A Refund Waiting For You

Did You Buy Disney Or Marvel Vitamins? There Might Be A Refund Waiting For You

I prefer to get my vitamins the old-fashioned way (i.e., in the shape of Flintstones characters), but for those of you who prefer your vitamins in the shape of Disney characters or Marvel superheros, the Federal Trade Commission wants you to know you might be due a refund. [More]

Are You Overpaying For Vitamins?

Are You Overpaying For Vitamins?

According to a recent study surveying over 60 different multivitamins, “there was almost no connection between price and quality.” [More]

Experts: You Don't Need Extra Calcium, Vitamin D

Experts: You Don't Need Extra Calcium, Vitamin D

Those daily vitamin supplements may not be doing as much good as you think, and may in fact harm you. A committee of medical experts from the Institute of Medicine released a report that says excessive amounts of calcium and vitamin D aren’t helpful. [More]

Choose A Multivitamin

Choose A Multivitamin

Multivitamins come in an array of packages like “Silver,” “Kids Chewables,” and “Schwarzenegger,” but it’s all marketing. Just buy the cheapest. They’re all the same, just in different colored boxes. That’s the advice Consumer Reports is dishing out after it tested 21 different kinds of multivitamins, and finding most were indistinguishable from one another, with two exceptions. [More]

Want More Lead Or Pesticide In Your Body? Try Dietary Supplements

Want More Lead Or Pesticide In Your Body? Try Dietary Supplements

Lead has a deservedly bad reputation when it comes to human health and development, but because it’s classified as a heavy metal it will always be kind of awesome. Well, to me. Pesticide, not so much. If you dislike ingesting either type of toxin, you might be interested in a new study being released today by the Government Accountability Office that found trace amounts of “lead and other contaminants” in every sample of 40 health supplements tested. [More]

Health Supplement Guru Nearly Dies After Ingesting Own Product

Health Supplement Guru Nearly Dies After Ingesting Own Product

Gary Null sells something called Ultimate Power Meal, which he says you’re supposed to eat twice a day every day. He did that for a month and nearly died, so now he’s suing the company that manufactured the product. [More]

Interactive Chart Helps You Vet Health Supplements

Interactive Chart Helps You Vet Health Supplements

Are you tired of forgetting whether you should add creatine or cinnamon to your kale smoothie? Do you worry that the milk thistle you’ve rubbed on your genitals isn’t helping? The “Snake Oil?” graphic at informationisbeautiful.net can help you out–it provides a graphical overview of 166 different health supplements and arranges them according to how much evidence there is that they actually work. [More]

Foods That Are Bad For You: Now Good For You!

Foods That Are Bad For You: Now Good For You!

The Times has a write-up of the Smart Choices campaign, an industry-supported healthy foods labeling program that generously designates foods like Fruit Roll-Ups, mayonnaise, and Cocoa Puffs as good for you. “These are horrible choices,” says the head of the nutrition department at Harvard School of Public Health.

What's In Your Herbal Remedies and Supplements?

What's In Your Herbal Remedies and Supplements?

In the wake of FDA warnings about steroids in nutritional supplements, federal officials are studying ways to improve safety in dietary supplements. Mean time, we’ve got a few consumer tips for those of you who take supplements, courtesy of the Wall Street Journal:

http://consumerist.com/2009/08/04/hey-kids-get-up-off/

Hey, kids! Get up off the couch, go outside, and maybe drink a glass of milk once in a while. A study published in the scientific journal Pediatrics shows that 70% of children studied had “insufficient” Vitamin D levels, or an outright deficiency. [Consumer Reports Health] [Pediatrics]

$500,000 In Consumer Refunds From Rite Aid After False Cold Remedy Advertising Suit

$500,000 In Consumer Refunds From Rite Aid After False Cold Remedy Advertising Suit

Remember the class-action lawsuit against the makers of cold-and-flu-preventing magic potion Airborne? Airborne claimed that it could prevent or shorten colds and flus, without any actual scientific evidence to back those claims up.

If This Juice Is Made From Strawberries, Where's The Naturally Occurring Vitamin C?

If This Juice Is Made From Strawberries, Where's The Naturally Occurring Vitamin C?

John read our post yesterday about Naked Juice‘s decision to remove vitamins and herbal stuff from some of their product line, and forwarded us a response he got from the company a month ago. His question: if Strawberry Kiwi Kick contains 14 strawberries, why does the nutritional label say it contains 0% vitamin C? The answer is a good reminder of the difference between fresh food and food that’s been processed, conveniently packaged, and wrapped up in some healthy-looking branding.

Quest Says Nearly 10% Of Its Vitamin D Tests Were Inaccurate

Quest Says Nearly 10% Of Its Vitamin D Tests Were Inaccurate

Last October, Quest Diagnostics contacted “thousands of doctors” around the country to notify them that one or more of their patients might have received “questionable” results on vitamin D tests performed over the past two years. It’s offering free retests to anyone who was affected.

FDA Is Not Impressed By Diet Coke Plus

FDA Is Not Impressed By Diet Coke Plus

Last month, the FDA sent Coca-Cola a letter warning that their Diet Coke Plus (“it’s what plants crave”) violates FDA standards for products fortified with vitamins.

Why Is The New Centrum Advanced Formula Causing Stomach Pains?

Why Is The New Centrum Advanced Formula Causing Stomach Pains?

“>nearly everyone reporting stomach pains. However, there are only eleven reviews for the product, so we’re wondering how many people have actually tried the new Centrum and suffered for it. Anyone here?