Natural Isn’t Necessarily Safe

Peter Forster Physical Conditions and Health

23,000 emergency room visits per year are the result of taking “natural supplements.” Natural does not mean safe. In 1994, Congress passed the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA), with heavy backing from industry. By defining herbal supplements and botanicals as dietary supplements, DSHEA exempted them from the more rigorous standards used by the FDA in regulating food, drugs, and …