I received a disturbing email just today from a concerned blog reader. She sent the following email through Fitness Connect. “The FACT you have on your page about supplements being unregulated is false. Go to the FDA webpage and read about the DSHEA Act of 1994 and the regulation of dietary supplements. You are misinforming your readers!”
It is very, very important to me that my readers are served in the best way I can serve them. Considering that this person did not offer any professional credentials to me, or offer any reason why she is qualified to make such a judgment, I have decided to leave this issue up to the very qualified, and verified fitness professionals on IDEA ANSWERS. Help me out here. The blog and fact she is referring to can be found here: http://blog.ideafit.com/blogs/marlan-eller/supplements-what-your-persona……
The information that this concerned individual has addressed with me can be found here: http://www.fda.gov/food/dietarysupplements/default.htm
In addition to the fda.gov link, please read the frequently requested information questions that are related to this issue. These can be found below the information on DSHEA. The two questions of concern to me are “What is FDA’s role in regulating dietary supplements versus the manufacturer’s responsibility for marketing them?” and “Who has the responsibility for ensuring that a dietary supplement is safe?” Clicking on these questions will lead you to an “Overview of Dietary Supplements.” I suggest strongly that everyone read this (The FDA position) before offering an opinion.
I would like to discuss this matter in depth, and if possible, come to a group consensus about this matter once and for all (have I misinformed my readers? OR is further clarification needed when I address these matters?). I will share my view on this after there have been answers posted. I want to get a fair assessment from the professional community with the information at hand.
Thank you, in advance, for your thoughtful responses. Please don’t hold back, but keep it professional. It’s very important to me that my information accurate, and if I have erred here, I need to know how to correct it. I am trusting you all with helping me to correct any misinformation that might be being disseminated on my part.
I reviewed all the links that you posted and can only agree with the other people who have already answered.
Another thing to consider is that the FDA will only act if there is something being brought against a supplement. Else it can be sold for years, and you can only that it does no harm. There are no requirements that manufacturers prove anything. I could put M&Ms in a bottle and sell them as the latest supplement against male pattern baldness.
I was also wondering what interest the person had who decided to take you to task about your blog. Do you know?