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E.03 Are Supplements Healthy?

With Michael Anderson

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Today we dig deep on what is being put into our supplements. It’s all out there but why do we not know more about it?


Today we look at Pieter Cohen’s story.

“Pieter Cohen’s brush with death came at a most inconvenient time: just as he was about to nail another menacing ingredient in a dietary supplement.

Hiking last August in New Hampshire with his wife and three children, Cohen, an internist at Cambridge Health Alliance in Massachusetts, stumbled and fell. A rock punctured his left calf. “It was a little cut, but deep,” recalls his wife, Lauren Budding. By the next day, bacteria were coursing through Cohen’s bloodstream. The leg turned red and swelled. His blood pressure dropped precipitously. Cohen was rushed to a community hospital and soon after by ambulance to a trauma unit in Boston.

Doctors worked feverishly to stabilize him and stop the spread of infection. Over the next few days, the threat of death ebbed, though the risk that he would never walk normally remained. Cohen, meanwhile, fretted about the same matters he usually did: consumers, including his patients, who might be swallowing dietary supplements spiked with drugs. Bedbound and in searing pain, he asked for his computer. His wife refused.”


Not all supplements are created equally.  Many contain strange ingredients that are not food-based, as well as GMO ingredients, petroleum, rocks, and artificial food dyes.

Americans spend over a billion dollars each year on supplements, yet many of these supplements contain ingredients that prevent absorption or can have adverse effects.  For example, cheaper calcium supplements are made from rocksand have been linked to heart attacks.

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