Cheap Supplements = Buyer Beware

PLEASE stop buying supplements from “anywhere” and letting price be the ultimate determinant of your final selection. I have been beating this drum for years. However, you need to be aware of the latest NY Times article outlining the Cease-and Desist order issued to your favorite big-box retailers. Turns out, the supplements they sell aren’t supplements after all. And, worse than that, they contain dangerous substances and potentially fatal allergens that go unlisted. 

“The New York State attorney general’s office accused four major retailers on Monday of selling fraudulent and potentially dangerous herbal supplements and demanded that they remove the products from their shelves.
The authorities said they had conducted tests on top-selling store brands of herbal supplements at four national retailers — GNC, Target, Walgreens and Walmart — and found that four out of five of the products did not contain any of the herbs on their labels. The tests showed that pills labeled medicinal herbs often contained little more than cheap fillers like powdered rice, asparagus and houseplants, and in some cases substances that could be dangerous to those with allergies.”
 NY Times, Feb 2015

I see my personal FB newsfeed full of people self-diagnosing and self-medicating with various concoctions every single day. Asking nutritional advice from a list of “friends” is akin to – well, I don’t actually know what to liken it to as I find it that dangerous and irresponsible. Not only is it a terrible idea to “throw a bunch of supplements” at a symptom, it can actually cause significantly more damage. Yes, scheduling a visit with someone licensed (aka accountable) and trained in nutriceuticals, metabolism disorders, and/or functional medicine will cost you money, and yes, the pharmaceutical grade supplements we suggest or sell might be more expensive than what you can find at Target, but guess what?

                                   You’re worth every single penny. Stop settling for cheap.