$40 Billion Dollar Rip Off: No FDA Oversight of Supplements As they are Listed as Food not Drugs!
The supplement companies avoid FDA evaluation of their claims because unless they say it cures disease they can say whatever they want. They are listed as food not drugs. Tell the thyroid patient on T4 for hypothyroid Hashimoto’s thyroiditis who looks at the “thyroid support” section of the pharmacy and buys one support supplement with excessive iodine and “unlisted hidden” amount of thyroid hormone. This is not food. The patient is at risk for overdose,nodule growth and stimulation of cancer nodules. The FDA only registers supplements and with only 12 inspectors they can only cover claims of cures on the labels. Off the shelf studies of thyroid support supplements found various amounts of T4, and T3. These are prescription only hormones that should not be in “food” supplements.
Comments: If you are a thyroid patient be advised that the FDA will not protect you from the $40 Billion dollar supplement companies trying to take your money for nothing gained. Read the small print on the label by the FDA. It says they have done nothing to protect your health, except to warn you thyroid support supplements do nothing to help your thyroid condition. It is food but it has dangerous things in the food.Iodine excess and potential actual thyroid hormone.
DO NOT TAKE THYROID SUPPORT SUPPLEMENTS IF YOU HAVE A THYROID CONDITION. Talk to your endocrinologist before buying these useless dangerous “food”products.
Richard Guttler MD,FACE,ECNU