Tainted Products Marketed as Dietary Supplements_CDER FDA

A fascinating website that I was not aware of, in which the FDA lists the products that they have tested to have been shown to be tainted with chemicals that are not listed on the package label. If you were taking supplements or other Internet advertised products, you may want to look them up on this list to make sure they’re not listed here.


Adulteration by synthetic therapeutic substances of traditional Chinese medicines in Taiwan. – PubMed – NCBI

“The controversies regarding the combination of synthetic therapeutic substances and traditional Chinese medicines without adequate labeling should be resolved through regulatory actions for better safety of drug use.”


NYTimes: In Hong Kong, Folk Remedies Are Sickening Patients

The rise of use of Chinese traditional remedies has been going on for sometime here on the West Coast in particular. My late wife tried many substances in a vain attempt to save her life. It always made me wonder as to who was overseeing the possible abuse of these remedies, and many of them are available on the Internet with no regulation at all.

Raw milk risks documented

Given our “health concious” town of Port Townsend it’s worth reviewing the statistcs of raw milk caused disease. From the newsletter, Consumer Health Newsletter of Stephen Barrett, M.D.

Raw milk still a serious problem

After tabulating data from 2009 through 2014, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued another warning about the risks associated with consumption of raw (unpasteurized) dairy products. Outbreak-related disease burden associated with consumption of unpasteurized cow’s milk and cheese, United States, 2009–2014. Emerging Infectious Diseases 23:957-964, 2017] The CDC report concluded:

The growing popularity of unpasteurized milk in the United States raises public health concerns. We estimated outbreak-related illnesses and hospitalizations caused by the consumption of cow’s milk and cheese contaminated with Shiga toxin–producing Escherichia coli, Salmonella spp., Listeria monocytogenes, and Campylobacter spp. using a model relying on publicly available outbreak data. In the United States, outbreaks associated with dairy consumption cause, on average, 760 illnesses/year and 22 hospitalizations/year, mostly from Salmonella and Campylobacter. Unpasteurized milk, consumed by only 3.2% of the population, and cheese, consumed by only 1.6% of the population, caused 96% of illnesses caused by contaminated dairy products. Unpasteurized dairy products thus cause 840 times more illnesses and 45 times more hospitalizations than pasteurized products. As consumption of unpasteurized dairy products grows, illnesses will increase steadily.