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FDA 101: Health Fraud Awareness U.S. Food & Drug Administration

Health fraud is the deceptive sale or advertising of products that claim to be effective against medical conditions or otherwise beneficial to health, but which have not been proven safe and effective for those purposes. In addition to wasting billions of consumers' dollars each year, health scams can lead patients to delay proper treatment and cause serious—and even fatal—injuries. Since the 1990s, peddlers of fraudulent "health" products have used the Internet as a primary tool to hawk their wares. This has kept the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and other agencies busier than ever in protecting the public from health fraud.

Overview of Dietary Supplements What is a dietary supplement? U.S. Food & Drug Administration

Congress defined the term "dietary supplement" in the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA) of 1994. A dietary supplement is a product taken by mouth that contains a "dietary ingredient" intended to supplement the diet. The "dietary ingredients" in these products may include: vitamins, minerals, herbs or other botanicals, amino acids, and substances such as enzymes, organ tissues, glandulars, and metabolites. Dietary supplements can also be extracts or concentrates, and may be found in many forms such as tablets, capsules, softgels, gelcaps, liquids, or powders. They can also be in other forms, such as a bar, but if they are, information on their label must not represent the product as a conventional food or a sole item of a meal or diet. Whatever their form may be, DSHEA places dietary supplements in a special category under the general umbrella of "foods," not drugs, and requires that every supplement be labeled a dietary supplement.

Caffeinated Drink Cited in Reports of 13 Deaths

Federal officials have received reports of 13 deaths over the last four years that cited the possible involvement of 5-Hour Energy, a highly caffeinated energy shot, according to Food and Drug Administration records and an interview with an agency official.

Food Supplements and Herbal Medicine

This presentation covers a case study by Dr. Lalita Kaul, Profressor of Community and Family Medicine. The presentation goes into detail about various herbal treatments, and includes a basic primer wiht regard to use, potential toxicity and efficacy based on scientific analysis.

Diet Rating System Advised by U.S. Panel for Food Labels

Meals offered in U.S. stores need standardized labels to allow customers rank their dietary value, based on a study from the government science panel.

The leading-of-pack diet labels should make use of a rankings system like the federal Energy Star program that rates consumer product efficiency, the U.S. Institute of drugs stated today within the report. Labels should rate sodium, sugar and body fat content on the scale of zero to 3, the panel stated.

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Teen's Death Puts Spotlight on Deadly Designer Drug '2-C-E' small text medium text large text

A Spring Break party in Minnesota ended in tragedy after one teen died and 10 others were sickened when they overdosed on a designer drug called '2-C-E.' The case has highlighted the dangers of the synthetic hallucinogen, which the group apparently bought legally online.

Documentary Aired on Local Television

A 45-minute documentary based on "The Last Smile" has been aired on local television.

Host Jim Wieder of Channel 4 (retired) interviews Jeevan Zutshi looking for the reasons that address the serious problems of using dietary supplements sold in gyms, whole food stores, GNC and elsewhere.The documentary covers an interview with the author as well as with representatives from The Food and Drug Administration and the American Dietetic Association.They are Mary Ellen Taylor, FDA Director and Washington based Lalita Kaul, PhD, RD, LD, LN.This is the first documentary sponsored by Amit Zutshi Foundation to highlight the important work that needs to be done to educate our youth, FDA and Policy makers.Please spread the word and tell your friends and family to tune in on Channel 27 and in Fremont on Channel 29 as per following schedule for next three weeks:Mondays and Thursdays at 09:00 AMand every day at 6:00 PM on KCTH 27 Chabot College Television In Fremont, it is being telecast on Comcast Channel 29 on every Monday at 10:00 PM. They also broadcast it on AT&T U-VERSE which reaches entire California and stream live on Chabot College Television is the Community Media Center for the East Bay's Public Access needs.  Currently serving Hayward, San Leandro, San Lorenzo, Union City, Fremont, Newark & Castro Valley. The program was made possible by Chabot College Television.  Gary Carter is the Dean of the School of the arts. Dr. Celia Barbarena is the President and the Chabot College Board of Trustees. The Chief Engineer and Producer of the program is Sujoy K. Sarkar.

A “Dirty Dozen” List of Supplements Consumers Should Avoid

Hidden Drugs and Steroids Found in More Than 170 Supplements Since 2008

A new investigation in the September issue of Consumer Reports and available online at describes a striking lack of government oversight for the bustling $26.7 billion dietary supplement market and identifies a “dirty dozen” list of supplement ingredients that have been linked by clinical research or case reports to serious adverse events, such as cancer, coma, heart problems, kidney damage, liver damage, or death.

Amit Zutshi Foundation HOSTS Scholarship of Jatinder Kaur for $500 for Spring 2010

We are pleased to announce the recipient of an Ohlone College HOSTS Scholarship, funded by the Amit Zutshi Foundation.

Half of Americans use Supplements

As more than half of U.S. adults are popping vitamins and supplements, the question remains -- has it made Americans healthier?

That depends on whom you ask.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Wednesday that more of half of U.S. adults use dietary supplements -- including multivitamins, minerals and herbs.