As mentioned, there are rules that regulate dietary supplements—sort of. The Dietary Supplement Health Education Act (DSHEA) of 1994 created a definition for a dietary supplement and charged the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) with monitoring the safety of a supplement . . . after it reaches the market. The FDA is not responsible for analyzing the contents of a supplement or making sure that the supplement you purchase works. The way the act is designed, the manufacturer is responsible for ensuring that the supplement's label is truthful and not misleading. Manufacturers are also expected to follow the Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP), which ensures consistency in how the supplement is prepared, packed, and stored. According to the National Institutes of Health's Office of Dietary Supplements, there is no such thing as "standardization," as there is no accepted U.S. definition pertaining to dietary supplements. Therefore there is no assurance that each supplement has the same dose of active ingredients, nor any that it works.
Energy to Burn Nutritionism: In 2004, Americans spent $20.3 billion on dietary supplements. (Nutrition Business Journal, 2005)
Energy to Burn Nutritionism: According to the 2002 Health and Diet Survey, 73 percent of U.S. adults reported using a dietary supplement.
radio and TV commercials, including infomercials; through direct mail to consumers; or on the Internet is not misleading and is truthful.
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