GNC, Walmart, Target, and Walgreen's Sell Herbal Medicines without the Herbs
The Attorney General of the State of New York tested samples of herbal remedies sold by top national stores and found 4 out of 5 times, the bottles contained no trace of the herb promised on the label.
Instead of ginko biloba, ginseng, St. John's wort, valerian, and other promised medicinal herbs, the NY Attorney General found powders of rice, asparagus, peanuts, peas, soybeans, carrots, radish, and other such items.
Imagine buying a bottle of ginko biloba at Walgreen's, or Target and only getting powdered rice!
How could top national stores like Walmart, GNC, Walgreen's, and Target sell products that do not contain the product 4 out of 5 times?
The answer is very simple, the companies that make herbal medicines and dietary supplements, once sold by Orrin Hatch, are now protected by laws created by Senator Orrin Hatch that specifically exclude their manufacture from testing and monitoring by the FDA.
The wild enthusiasm for "herbal" remedies and the laws that protect companies that sell them from ever being examined has led to the sadly predictable debacle that 80% of the goods are empty of the promised product.
1. The dietary supplement and herbal medicine market is rife with extreme fraud.
2. 80% of the time you buy some of the most commonly sold herbal remedies you are actually buying powdered foods.
3. This level of failure to deliver the goods is happening right now at the top national retail stores with the biggest names, including: GNC, Walgreen's, Walmart, and Target.
4. At this time, there is no reason that you can trust a bottle of an herbal medicine contains the herb.
Dr. Arthur Lavin
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