December 20, 2010 |
We all know what aging looks like from the outside: wrinkled skin, gray hair, a growing need to turn up the volume on "Jeopardy. " But in recent years, scientists have made some breakthrough discoveries about how we age on the inside, right down to our genes. The science of aging has created a glimmer of hope that we could someday slow the process ? a dream that has already spread beyond the lab to the marketplace. Anti-aging research used to be mainly about finding new ways to get lab mice to take their vitamins.
February 22, 2004
I found Matthew Heller's article on St. George, Utah, the supplement industry and the FDA fascinating ("Healthy, Wealthy, But Wise?" Feb. 1). But it left me wondering: Wouldn't it be preferable to educate consumers to act in their own best interests and then trust them to do so? Carol Nahin Palm Desert
February 1, 2004 |
The federal government banned herbal supplements containing ephedra just four weeks ago, but for America's $16-billion nutritional supplement industry, the good times--those go-go years of unchecked growth and relative freedom from regulation--may have ended much sooner. On Oct. 30, 2001, armed U.S. marshals traveling in a convoy drove to an industrial park on the outskirts of the sleepy, southwestern Utah community of St. George.
November 2, 2003
"FDA Draws Fire Over Dietary Aids" (Oct. 29) should have read "Sen. Orrin Hatch Draws Fire.... " The Utah senator is guilty of the same hypocrisy that seems to permeate his party these days. This longtime supplement champion has kept Food and Drug Administration regulators at bay for years while he and his son, a lobbyist for the industry, have both benefited from his cozy relationship with this ephedra-producing industry. After joyfully pocketing the campaign contributions of these supplement manufacturers based in Utah -- the "Silicon Valley" of the supplement industry, for years -- Hatch now says he finds it inexcusable that "a small number of irresponsible supplement companies are taking advantage of consumers."
December 18, 2006 |
The $22-billion-a-year U.S. dietary supplement industry will be required to report consumer side effects from its products under a bill that Congress passed and President Bush is expected to sign. Supplement manufacturers, including Herbalife Ltd., United Natural Foods Inc., Nature's Sunshine Products Inc. and Usana Health Sciences Inc., will have 15 business days to report adverse events, including death and hospitalization, to the Food and Drug Administration.
December 31, 2003
The Bush administration's announcement that it plans to ban ephedra came several weeks after lawsuits forced Metabolife, the last major manufacturer of products containing the risky drug, to stop selling ephedra products. It's a classic case of closing the barn door long after the cows have ambled on. Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy G. Thompson said he decided to announce the ban now -- the government's first-ever on a dietary supplement -- so that people making New Year's weight-loss resolutions wouldn't be tempted to try "speed"-like ephedra, long sold as an exercise and weight loss aid. The obvious question is, why did he wait so long?