From a news release by the University of California at Davis:
The new study, published in this month’s issue of Environmental Health Perspectives – available online at www.ehponline.org – was prompted by the case of a 54-year-old woman who was seen at the UCD Occupational Medicine Clinic following a two-year history of worsening hair loss, fatigue and memory loss.
Seafood is our primary source of arsenic in the food supply and we all have detectable arsenic in our blood after a plate of oysters. But this case was particularly disturbing:
Over a period of several months, the woman’s short- and long-term memory became so impaired that she could no longer remember her home address. She also reported having a rash, nausea and vomiting, which made it very difficult to work and forced her to leave a full-time job. The woman actually increased her dosage of kelp from two to four pills a day after her doctors still could not find a clear diagnosis.
This quote gets my award for the most succinct description of what is wrong with herbal regulation in the US:
“Part of the problem,” Schenker said, “is that the FDA has limited control over dietary supplements. It can’t scrutinize products like herbal kelp before they enter the market, so it has to rely on adverse reports to determine product safety.”
Nowhere in the press release is it said exactly why the woman was taking kelp supplements other than to promote “vital living and well-being.”
Can anyone from the herbal industry tell me what is so overbearing about requiring a simple heavy metal analysis of one’s product before it is marketed?