**These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
The FDA and the National Council Against Health Fraud recommend the following:
- Look for products with the “U.S.P.” notation. This indicates that the manufacturer has followed rigorous “United States Pharmacopeia” standards.
- Be wary of claims like: “breakthrough,” “magical,” “new discovery.” If it were a cure it would be widely reported in the media and your health care provider would recommend it.
- Be wary of pseudo-medical jargon such as: “detoxify,” “purify,” “energize.” It is difficult to define and to measure the results of such general claims.
- Be wary of claims that the product helps treat a wide range of symptoms. No one product can do this.
- Be wary of products that claim to be backed by scientific studies, but the references are not provided, or are very limited, or out of date.
- Be wary of products with no side effects – only benefits.
- Be wary of products that accuse the government, medical profession or drug companies of suppressing information about helpfulness of the product.
- Recognize that “natural” doesn’t guarantee “safe.” Poisonous mushrooms are natural but can cause serious illness and even kill.
- Consider the manufacturer. Nationally based manufacturers have likely followed higher standards and practiced tighter controls.
Individuals who decide to take supplements also take on the responsibility of being informed consumers. In addition to the above tips, individuals also should consult with their health care provider before taking any supplement.
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