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Author Hurley, Dan, 1957-

Title Natural causes : death, lies, and politics in America's vitamin and herbal supplement industry / Dan Hurley.

Publication Info. New York : Broadway Books, [2006]


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 Bristol, Main Library - Non Fiction  338.476 H939    Check Shelf
 Manchester, Main Library - Non Fiction  338.47 HURLEY    Check Shelf
 Middletown, Russell Library - Adult Nonfiction  338.47615 HUR    Check Shelf
 New Britain, Main Library - Non Fiction  338.476 H93    Check Shelf
 Portland Public Library - Adult Department  338.4 HUR    Check Shelf
 Wethersfield Public Library - Non Fiction  615.321 HURLEY    Check Shelf
Edition First edition.
Description viii, 324 pages ; 25 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 275-308) and index.
Contents Prologue : Sue Gilliatt's nose -- pt. 1. A brief history of thyme -- ch. 1. The rattlesnake king -- ch. 2. Mother nature -- ch. 3. Wholesome as a glass of milk -- ch. 4. Kessler vs. Kessler -- ch. 5. Ancient Chinese remedy -- pt. 2. Alternative universe -- ch. 6. What's really in that bottle? -- ch. 7. One a day -- ch. 8. Women and children first -- ch. 9. Shark bait -- ch. 10. Looking for Mr. Natural -- ch. 11. Proof -- Conclusion : What we can do -- Acknowledgments -- Notes -- Index.
Summary More than 60 percent of Americans use herbal and dietary supplements, fueling sales of $20 billion a year--despite a lack of evidence that these products are either safe or effective. Aside from extensive coverage of ephedra, the weight-loss supplement linked to the death of Baltimore Orioles pitcher Steve Belcher in 2003, the media has been disturbingly silent about the danger. Journalist Hurley breaks the silence: he charts the rise in deaths, disfigurements, and life-threatening injuries caused by supplements deceptively promoted as "safe and natural," and brings to light the backroom politics that led to the passage of the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994 (DSHEA), which essentially freed the industry from any FDA oversight. He shows how the industry concealed the truth about dozens of untested treatments, blending hard facts with harrowing personal stories to provide a hard-hitting look at an industry that is out of control.--From publisher description.
Subject Phytotherapy -- adverse effects -- United States.
Dietary Supplements -- adverse effects -- United States.
Drug Industry -- United States.
Herb-Drug Interactions -- United States.
Plant Extracts -- adverse effects -- United States.
Vitamins -- adverse effects -- United States.
Herbs -- Toxicology.
Dietary supplements -- Toxicology.
Herb industry -- United States.
Dietary supplements industry -- United States.
ISBN 9780767920421
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