What’s in YOUR Supplements?

Schneiderman said that only 4 percent of Walmart’s supplements (“Spring Valley” brand) actually contained the ingredients listed on the label, while 18 percent did at Walgreens (“Finest Nutrition” brand), 22 percent at GNC (“Herbal Plus” brand), and 41 percent at Target stores (“Up & Up” brand). Only the GNC garlic consistently tested as advertised, according to the AG’s office.

A research letter published in JAMA Internal Medicine (free full text) a few years ago on a bunch of OTC Vitamin D supplements showed similar variability, ranging from 9% to 146% potency.

That’s the #1 reason I have accepted only prescription Vitamin D (and now B12). If it’s important enough for my doctor to recommend, then it’s important to me that I get the amount I need!

via Big Retailers Ordered to Stop Selling ‘Adulterated’ and ‘Mislabeled’ Herbal Supplements | Food Safety NewsFood Safety News.

Edited to fix opening quotation formatting that broke when posting from my phone earlier.


About that Anthem data breach

Those who are at risk are customers of Anthem Blue Cross, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia, Empire Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Amerigroup, Caremore, Unicare, Healthlink, and DeCare.

Lovely! I’ve been customers of 2 of these. (But I guess the hackers already know that.)

Time to ruin my credit so nobody will want to steal it? Mall’s open until 9pm!!!

via Anthem data breach: Steps you need to take – CBS News.