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The FDA warning consumers not to buy a popular vitamin the government says the B fifty supplement made by healthy life chemistry.
Contains potentially harmful substances.
Several reports of illnesses prompted the FDA to make the move with us now doctor Kevin Campbell professor of medicine.
At the University of North Carolina the great University of North Carolina doctor Kevin thanks for coming back and what is the problem with this.
So this B fifty actually contains anabolic steroids these is that same steroids.
That our failed in illegal supplements that weight -- is and other athletes have been.
Using in the past the problem is that the company that makes these pills did not put these on the label.
First -- -- -- legal and secondly they didn't label them BF DA requires.
That's supplement companies actually put everything on the label -- in the -- and that's the only regulation there.
Or for supplements while let me ask you this because anytime you buy one of these vitamins one of these supplements are told that it.
We'll help you with something specific what is this supposed to do.
You know they build being vitamins as energy builders energy boosters.
B vitamins are important in the -- cells manage energy and breakdown foodstuffs so -- important nutrients but we get -- in our diet it's rare that you need to take supplements like this.
And probably they put the steroids and they are so that they can actually show growth in muscle mass and things like how -- -- Goodness you're kidding I never even heard of B fifteen extra to have B 125.
And be 2000.
-- You know what isn't due to people what's what's the bad affects the downside is it like taking steroids and you know you get all cranky an angry all the time.
It really is in fact there can be very significant affects you can have liver damage you can have thyroid damage.
Offer men you can have impotence for women you become infertile.
It's really armed lots of bad side effects that are -- significance the same things you see in weight lifter is that it illegally use that -- steroids for competition.
Now I understand that a lot of patients were complaining of the kinds -- reactions they had that that's what happened there.
So one of the common.
Symptoms you might find his muscle aches fatigue and Malays.
And one particular physician had been referred about 25 patients with these same symptoms.
And being a good investigator he came up with the common -- in all these patients was this supplement he called the FDA in the FDA investigated while.
Well you know I don't understand you know the FDA.
Hasn't issues and its problems we've covered many of them honest -- but why can't they just.
Require that some of this information be on the label so we can at least learn it.
We -- that only requirement the FDA has four supplements is that everything in there has to be on the label of course these guys violated the law.
But for other medicines such is you know the pills if your doctor prescribes -- medical devices.
There's a rigorous.
Certification program we have to do clinical trials and show that the drugs are safe.
And effective before they can even go to market and may be the FDA needs to consider looking at some of these types of regulations in supplements as well.
All right B fifty don't diet but thanks a lot for coming on doctor appreciate your time.
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