Another Natural Supplement Marketed for Kids Contains Deadly Poison
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a recall of over-the-counter homeopathic children’s medications sold under CVS Pharmacy’s name for having a dangerous amount of belladonna – a poisonous plant.
The recall included:
• CVS Homeopathic Infants’ Teething Tablets
• CVS Homeopathic Kids’ Ear Relief Oral Liquid
Raritan Pharmaceuticals, manufacturer of the medications for CVS, complied with the recall, but did not waste time blaming the debacle on Homeolab USA, the drug company’s supplier of belladonna blends. Raritan said “the company is voluntarily recalling the product out of an abundance of caution.”
Belladonna is traditionally used for conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), Parkinson’s disease, and arthritis among other ailments.
Side effects of belladonna include:
• Dry mouth
• Blurred vision
• Fast heartbeat
• Inability to urinate or sweat
• Mental problems
For adults a dose of less than 100 mg can be fatal , but “for children, a fatal dose is significantly less.”
The supplement industry has been a hot bed for less than ethical production of over-the-counter medications under the guise of “all natural” and in opposition to scientifically proven therapies.
Last year several attorney generals from various states formed a coalition to “crack down on fraud and quality control issues” based on a previous investigation into the validity of certain brands of herbal supplements.
Because of the findings in the report, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman “issued subpoenas to the manufacturers of the products, demanding that they explain how they verify the quality of their products and what testing they do to support a variety of claims on their labels, like ‘gluten free’ and ‘hypoallergenic’.”
Schneiderman pointed out that this problem “resonate[s] outside of [New York’s] borders. New Yorkers and consumers nationwide deserve confidence that when an herbal supplement is represented as authentic, pure and natural, that it really is.”
Earlier that year, Schneiderman initiated an investigation involving testing 6 samples of herbal supplements sold at stores within New York. Those samples were given to James Schulte, DNA barcoding expert with Clarkson University (CU).
Each sample was retested for accuracy in DNA present; repeating the testing process 5 times and according to conclusions, Scheiderman explained: “The testing revealed that all the retailers were selling a large percentage of supplements for which modern DNA barcode technology could not detect the labeled botanical substance.”
Shockingly only 20% of store brand herbal supplements showed verifiable DNA evidence that they contained the plants listed on the labels.
Walmart’s supplements tested only 4% valid. Also none of the 6 supplements taken from Walmart stores were “found to contain purely the ingredient advertised.”
The problem with herbal and natural supplements was highlighted in a 2013 study released by the University of Guelph (UoG), showing that commercial herbal products (CHP) contain many dangerous unlisted ingredients, fillers and cheap alternatives.
Forty-four products from 12 separate corporations were tested . It was determined that 60% of CHP contain plant species not referred to on their labels.
But the damage that has been done to the public by the supplement industry goes back to the early 1990s when the FDA attempted to regulate supplements and their corporations; however the industry began a massive fear-monger campaign to mobilize their customers to “write Congress now” and “Protect your right to use vitamins and other supplements” to show support for refusing to allow the FDA to have oversight authority.
The response was staggering. More Americans wrote to protest the Nutrition Labeling and Education Act (NLEA) of 1990 than protested the Vietnam War.
Commercials paid for by the supplement industry featured police state cops breaking into the home of Mel Gibson in an Orwellian illusion of government coming to take customer’s vitamins from them – if by force when warranted.