Dietary Supplements

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Hill1 Alex Hill Maggie Werner English 102 7 April 2008 Change of Policy Now days people will do almost anything they can to enhance their personal appearances and try to maintain a healthy lifestyle. In today’s society, the rational thought of individuals in regards to fitness and a better physique is quick results with minimal effort. Whether it is through liquids, pills, or powders, dietary supplements seem to catch the attention of numerous people nation wide. This comes to no surprise when reflecting our current society and media. In a matter of watching television for five minutes, one may be drawn into the desirable and misleading results of commercials where “flab” turns into “fab” in a matter of days by simply ingesting pills and restricting diets. What individuals fail to notice is the fine print that states, “Results are not typical and may vary from person to person” (Thompson 317). The thought of just popping a pill and waiting for results is what attracts so many unknowing civilians to dabble with uncertified supplements. Dietary supplements can be both harmful and beneficial towards consumers, but the effects of the supplements are uncertain until they are placed on the market and indulged by the public. Because the FDA does not have to examine the contents and safety of a dietary supplement before it can be sold in stores, people are physically being put in danger of dietary supplements everyday. It is almost like people are being used as guinea pigs for the supplement manufacturers, since the only time the FDA gets involved with dietary supplement problems is after someone has already been harmed or killed by an unknown dangerous side effect from that supplement. The FDA should be held liable to approve all dietary supplements
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Hill2 before they can be purchased on the shelves and used by civilians because of the awaiting risks that may follow. The FDA is short for the Food and Drug Administration. Which entitled to their job description are supposed to keep harmful chemicals which can be consumed, away from being available to purchase by any human. The department of health and human services states that “The FDA regulates dietary supplements under a different set of regulations than those covering "conventional" foods and drug products (prescription and Over-the-Counter)” (Schneeman). They believe that the supplement manufacturer is responsible for safely assessing and labeling a supplement before it can be placed on the shelves. If that is so, then in the incident of a problem arising which concerns a supplement, one would assume that the manufacturer would have to take care of the problem, right? Wrong; according to the FDA policy and regulations, “the FDA is responsible for taking action against any unsafe dietary supplement product after it reaches the market” (Schneeman). It would only make sense to have the FDA regulate dietary supplements before allowing the manufactures to sell them. Not only would this help civilians lower the risk
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This note was uploaded on 05/14/2008 for the course ENGL 102 taught by Professor Bivona during the Spring '08 term at Arizona.

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