Thursday, May 27, 2010

Dietary Supplement Warning for Autism and other Developmental Disorders

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Nearly all of the herbal dietary supplements tested in a Congressional investigation contained trace amounts of lead and other contaminants, and some supplement sellers made illegal claims that their products can cure cancer and other diseases, investigators found.  As per the New York Times article on Herbal Supplements, Many contain mercury, cadmium and arsenic(not in toxic levels, but they are still there) as well as pesticide residue.

The GAO report will be out  next week and I will be posting the findings on line. 

If you want to check out the testing for specific supplements go to the Consumer Lab's website.  There is a small fee for subscribing to the website.  Consumer Labs also has recommendations for specific vendors that it has found sufficient quality control (available without charge).  I am lucky that my nutritionist has been really careful about sourcing her vitamins and supplements-- she uses vitacost a lot and specifically recommends certain brands.

This is really important for folks with developmental disorders and mental illness.  Many, many of us are using supplements and vitamins because we wish to avoid side effects from medication or there are no real drugs that treat our condition.  The sad thing is that we could be making ourselves sicker with lead, mercury, pesticides and other neurotoxins.

What I think we will find is that Big Supplement and Big Box Pharma/Nutrtion distributors don't quality control.  Too much is coming from China (yes, China provides a lot of our vitamins sold in supermarkets or chain stores).

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