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The Consistency Project
The Consistency Project
on Supplements and the Worried Well
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The Consistency Project
The Consistency Project
on Supplements and the Worried Well
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Topics:
Defining “misplaced vigilance” and the “worried well”
Dietary Supplement Health & Education Act of 1994 and regulating supplements as food
Supplements vs. additives or pharmaceutical drugs and where the FDA exerts control (post-market or pre-market)
Disparity in regulations between supplements and drugs, growth of markets, and profit motives
Supplement claims (e.g., structure-function claims), measuring effectiveness, and optimizing well
Supplement safety concerns: toxicity, purity, strength
Certification of supplements like USP or NSF (purity vs. efficacy)
Conventional medicine and the worried well

Referenced Articles

Bailey, 2020. Review of regulatory guidelines for supplements.
Supplement contamination examples: aflatoxins in milk thistle, heavy metals in Ayurvedic medicines, THC in CBD supplements, and selenium toxicity.

Referenced Podcasts:

On Food Additives and Artificial Sweeteners
On Biohacking, Optimization, and Other Shades of Grey
On Exercise as an Anti-Inflammatory

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