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The truth about health supplements
Dessart Photo credit: AP | Bottles with diet supplements containing the dietary supplement ephedra sit on shelves at a health product store in Watertown, Mass. (Dec. 31, 2003) Lining drugstore shelves across the country, nutritional and dietary supplements can be found in any number of varieties. Boasting promises of slimmer waistlines, bulked-up muscle mass and increased performance, these products are both widely used and largely unregulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Recently, both NBC News and USA Today published reports with disturbing facts about the dietary supplement industry, including the news that items currently on the shelves diet supplements Fat Zero, Fruit & Plant Slimming and Extreme Body Slim contain sibutramine, a prescription diet drug that was previously yanked from the U.S. market in 2010 because of its potential to damage the heart. How did that fact go unnoticed?
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