New York, NY: Most everyone over 40 remembers Jefferson Airplane’s famous song, “White Rabbit.” Grace Slick, the writer and singer, said the song was intended to be a wake-up call to parents who read their children novels such asAlice In Wonderland, and then wondered why their children would later use drugs, namely hallucinogens. Today her lyrics, with a few changes, could be a wake-up call to adults taking herbal supplements:
Help me out on the ending: Instead of “feed your head,” you’re better off spending money on real food to “feed your body.” Joking aside, the herbal supplement business just keeps getter bigger, just like Alice is 10 feet tall. But we are hopeful that herbal supplement lawsuits will make them small.
Currently, four major retailers, including Wal-Mart and Walgreens, have been accused of herbal supplement fraud because some very popular supplements were either adulterated and/or mislabeled.
The Attorney General’s office on February 2, 2105 sent a “Cease and Desist Notification” to GNC Holdings, headquartered in Pittsburgh. GNC says it is “a leading global specialty retailer of health and wellness products, including vitamins, minerals, and herbal supplement products, sports nutrition products and diet products, and trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol ‘GNC.’”
Interestingly, the GNC Canadian webstore is “closed for remodeling.” Could the real reason be that the University of Guelph in Canada, back in October of 2013, tested the DNA in a number of its herbal products and found that many labels on the products didn’t accurately reflect what was in the container? And a month later, an article in the New York Times (November 3, 2013) said “Buyers Beware”: DNA tests show that many pills labeled as healing herbs are little more than powdered rice and weeds.” They are nothing more than cheap fillers that have the potential to do more harm than good.
source: lawyers and settlements