Green Kingdom Herbs contaminated - April 4, 2001
Prescription Drugs Again Found in Herbal Products
Some Brands of Dietary Supplement 5HTP Tainted
Samples of six brands of a popular dietary supplement have been found to be
tainted with a chemical contaminant, raising concerns about the product's
safety, researchers report in a study published today.
(There's a Canadian connection here)
- (Jan 21, 1999) FDA warns about products containing Gamma Butyrolactone or GBL and asks companies to issue a recall.
Ginseng contaminated with toxic pesticides
Don't Buy Phony "Ergogenic Aids"- Quackwatch
Proteabolic - Policing Cyberspace
Companies Advertizing Chromium Picolinate
Can't substantiate weight loss and health benefit claims, says FTC. According to
the FTC's Jodie Bernstein, Americans spend about $33 billion a year on weight loss
products, programs and services. "There's only one way people can tell the sizzle
from the substance when it comes to these kinds of claims," she said. "Subject
them to a healthy dose of skepticism." Over the years, the FTC has brought more
than 140 cases against companies making deceptive weight loss and health benefits
Young athletes try creatine; adults hold their breath
The strength training supplement, popular among pro and college athletes, has filtered
down to the high school set. This unsettles adults, who doubt the young athletes
understand what creatine does and don't know how many teens are involved. The
National Federation of State High School Associations, a governing body for high
school sports, says high school officials, including coaches, should not condone
Creatine: A Review of Efficacy and Safety
Journal of American Pharmaceutical Association - Review article
Although many trials have studied the effects of creatine, high-quality research
is lacking. Studies have employed very small sample sizes and produced variable
results. Furthermore, the results observed in highly trained athletes cannot
necessarily be extrapolated to the general public. It is also not clear whether
individual variations in baseline creatine levels affect the efficacy of
supplementation. Little information exists on the short-term or long-term safety
of creatine. Drug interactions with most supplements, including creatine, have not
Oral Creatine Supplementation - Physician and Sports Medicine
- (May 5, 1999) There is concern that the "win at all costs" attitude has become
too prevalent in today's sports-oriented society. Adolescents are the most easily
influenced age-group, yet they are the least studied with respect to sport supplementation.
Regardless of whether creatine is ergogenic or not, does its prevalent use send
the wrong message? Would the use of creatine and other supplements steer athletes
away from the most reliable and safe method of enhancing performance, namely practice
and dedicated training?
Dangers of Creatine
NPR's commentator Diana Nyad thinks that creatine could be dangerous. The naturally
occuring substance is popular among athletes, who believe it helps increase muscle
NPR's Michael Henessey of Hugo's Market in Washington, D.C., talks about the
increased sale of creatine and who's buying it.
NPR's Noah Adams speaks with Sports Illustrated writer Michael Bamberger about
creatine, an unregulated dietary supplement that is becoming increasingly popular
among professional athletes and teenagers. Bamberger says it helps build muscles
and cuts recovery time after a workout - allowing the user to get bigger, faster,
and stronger. Combined with rigorous training, creatine can increase strength by
at least five percent. Although no major side-effects have been detected, many
caution that we don't know enough to be sure that it is safe.
Florida High School Athletic Coaches Warn Against Creatine Monhydrate
The Truth about Creatine Monohydrate?
For Athletes, Creatine Monhydrate Has Powerful Lure
The diet supplement creatine monoxydrate, used to build up muscle strength, is
a popular among athletes. Don't count Astros outfielder Derek Bell among them:
Bell headed to the weight room this winter, after stopping first
at the health food store to pick up some creatine. His decision produced a pair of
side trips - two stays in the hospital for treatment of kidney ailments. Bell told
the Houston Chronicle in Friday editions that it was his use - or misuse - of
creatine monohydrate that landed him in the hospital.
Deaths Force Changes in Wrestling
Many coaches and athletes agree it is time to expose the sports' subculture and
eliminate the pressure - and danger - of drastically cutting weight.
MMWR - Hyperthermia and Dehydration-Related Deaths
associated with intentional rapid weight loss in three collegiate wrestlers.
North Carolina, Wisconsin, and Michigan, November-December 1997