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Would you take something that you knew was impure, contaminated, potentially deadly because it was a "natural product"? Million of people have been lured into believing that herbal products are safe. Nothing could be further than the truth.
I was shocked that Zoomer Magazine would accept an advertisement from Nick Jerch at Bell Distributors. The bogus ad appeared on page 31 of its Summer 2009 issue.
Moses Znaimer's Zoomer Magazine takes ads from Nick Jerch's Bell Distributors
Consumers should contact Zoomer Magazine's advertising department to complain:
Bell Distributors has been cited at least three times for making either adulterated products or marketing dangerous products in Canada. We don't understand why they are allowed to carry on business in our country. In fact the decision by the Natural Health Products Directorate to allow any of Bell's products on the market brings the credibility of our goverment into serious doubt.
Search the NHPD database for Bell -
None of the products advertised in this ad have been approved by Health Canada or the Natural Health Products Directorate.
I believe that the Competition Bureau should be called in to investigate Nick Jerch and his many unregulated products because Health Canada is doing nothing to stop these offensive ads.
Please follow more of Nick Jerch's products below. It seems that nobody cares. Many of his dubious products are carried in Health stores across Canada. You can't help but trip on the signs in front of the stores at local malls.
V P Sales & Marketing
550 Queen St. East, Suite 205
Toronto, ON M5A 1V2
Phone: 416-367-5353 X 224
Trueman Tuck fined $16,000 and told to stay away from the courtroom
Trueman Tuck and Miracle Bion
- GHR links on HealthWatcher.net - Don't forget to follow the July 15, 2008 decision taken by a Court in Belleville, Ontario that slapped a $16,000 fine on Trueman Tuck AND forever banned him from representing anyone in any court of law in Ontario. Before the decision was handed down, Tuck apparently admitted under oath that his highest personal annual income over the years was never higher than $29,000. Given that he has been known to have issues with the Canada Revenue Agency over the years somebody at the CRA needs to read the transcript of the final day of the trial, just to make sure they heard it right.
When Tuck cross-examined Terry Polevoy at the tail-end of the first day of the trial, it was obvious to everyone in the courtroom that he didn't exactly know what was fact and what was fiction. He went off on a fishing expedition about Polevoy's activities, and the Court shut him down when he raised numerous questions that were obviously improper. But, when the decision was finally handed down to Tuck on the second day, it was clear that his courtroom antics were over forever.
Fulvic acid marketer refuses to remove product from the market
Last warning from Health Canada - April 28, 2006
Miracle Bion, distributed in Canada by Clinique Naturopathique de la Cité, contains humic and fulvic acids, which come from humus. Humus is made up of decomposed plant and animal residues, is found in soil, and could be contaminated with many types of bacteria such as E. coli.
Miracle Bion is being promoted as an immune system booster and as a treatment for serious diseases, such as cancer, asthma, dementia, influenza, tuberculosis, epilepsy and arthritis.
Google images of various Miracle Bion Products around the world
In the Fall of 2005 Health Canada and other Federal agencies asked the distributor of Miracle Bion to stop selling it questionable product.
The Canadian distributor is actually company in Quebec City named Clinique Naturopathique de la Cité. A Search for this company reveals that they are located at:
2600 Boul Laurier
Telephone: (418) 650-6060
Miracle Bion web site looked like this in November 2004. Why in the world did it take Health Canada nearly a year to go to their offices?
The owner calls himself "Dr. Stéphane Croft, but he is far from a real doctor. He is an unlicensed, unregulated self-proclaimed naturopath who operates as nanocraft.ca. The web site can only be seen if you have password. But, archives are available.
James Lunney, a health critic for the Conservative party mentioned his name in a Parliamentary hearing of the Standing Committee on Health back in 2006.
Croft's name is found on page 5 of the Hansard. - November 22, 2005. Lunney states that Health Canada officials visited Croft on November 3, 2005 and told him that he was breaking the law. Not only that, Lunney said that the Health Canada people actually had the nerve to interrupt Croft's practice, and that he was losing business. Lunney, a chiropractor and supporter of all sorts of nutraceutical quackery, never mentioned that in Quebec naturopaths are not regulated. In other words, Croft can apparently do anything he wants in that Province and their government has never stopped him.
Trueman Tuck represents a number of companies who have marketed questionable or dangerous products from Canada, or who have imported them into Canada for remarketing. Some of the companies have marketed nutraceutical products that have been intentionally contaminated with real pharmaceutical drugs.
Bell Lifestyle - Nokomis Resarch Products
They continue to market sexual enhancement products despite problems with Health Canada.
May/June 2006 ad in Healthy Living Magazine
Despite the fact that Bell Distributors has manufactured or imported at least two products into Canada that have been cited by warnings from Health Canada, Nick Jerch, their owner, has balls enough to market two new sexual enhancement products. Some of them are advertised in natural health magazines.
In the advertisement in Healthy Directions he use the testimonial of a Dr. Joseph H. Kozak who is registered as a medical doctor in Ontario. The CPSO (College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario) prohibits any doctor from providing any commercial endorsements or giving testimonials. A complaint has been lodged with the CPSO. The on-line web site does not mention Dr. Kozak's name, but instead uses somebody named Frank Sweet who they claim has an MD and ND degrees. There is an elderly naturopathic physician who practices in Lake Havasu City, Arizona, but there is no Frank Sweet registered as an MD in that State.
Erosyntm - that's for women and is allegedly supposed to help the female libido and includes the testimonial of a 92 yr. old woman.
Fertalintm - for fertility. With no proof that it works, and no approval from Health Canada, Dr. Kozak endorses this one, too.
The products are made by Nokomis Research, Inc. and uses the same style packaging as Bell Distributors and is located in Etobicoke, Ontario. That web site is registered to a Rick Bendera from King City, Ontario, another Toronto suburb.
They claim that their products are patented. Unfortunately I was unable to find any patent or trademark registration in either the U.S. or Canada. Rick Bendera applied to the FDA to get approval for some other compounds that he claims were tested without detrimental side effects in mice and horses in 2003. A letter about SPERMINE AND SPERMIDINE from the FDA is on their web site.
Health Canada Warns do not take Stamen and Bell Magicc BulletBoth have been found to contain sildenafil, a prescription drug approved for male erectile dysfunction, sold under the brand name Viagra®. Inappropriate use of sildenafil could cause severe adverse reactions. Nick Jerch, who runs Bell Distributors has hired Trueman Tuck to help him file a lawsuit against Health Canada because he says that there is no Viagra in his stuff.
Magicc Bullet contaminated with Viagra®
Health Canada warns public not to use Bell Magnum BulletHealth Canada is warning consumers not to use Bell Magnum Bullet capsules, after it was found to contain an unauthorized substance similar, but not identical to, tadalafil. Tadalafil is a prescription drug approved for male erectile dysfunction, sold under the brand name Cialis®. Inappropriate use of tadalafil could cause severe adverse reactions.
Magnum Bullet contaminated with Cialis®
Chinese medicine outlets probed in UK
Traditional medicines have been used for centuries but scores of traditional Chinese medicine stores in Britain's high streets are being investigated for selling illegal medicines, the BBC has learned. Radio Five Live has discovered that 67 outlets selling Chinese medicines are under suspicion. The herbs are contaminated with dangerous drugs. Sandi Stay had both kidneys removed after taking Chinese medicine which contained a banned toxic drug. She believed she was taking harmless herbs to cure her psoriasis. Traditional Chinese Medicine is now available on virtually every high street and offers treatment for conditions like eczema and weight loss which conventional medicine finds difficult to help. However, some products contain illegal substances, others contain illicitly traded extracts, and many risk causing serious side effects. It's a totally unregulated sector, with no control over what’s on the shelf, and no proper safety tests of the medicines. The Five Live Report investigates Chinese herbalists who put the health of their patients at risk.
BBC Five Alive radio report on toxic TCM meds
Five Alive home page
FDA Issues Nationwide Alert for "Liqiang 4" Due to Potential Health Risk
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning consumers not to take Liqiang 4 Dietary Supplement Capsules because they contain glyburide – a drug that could have serious, life-threatening consequences in some people. The FDA learned of the potential problem through an anonymous consumer complaint and followed up with testing that revealed the presence of glyburide in this product.
Health Canada warns consumers not to use human growth hormone drug called GHR-15
What took them so long?
Health Canada is warning consumers not to use GHR-15, which is sometimes labelled as GHR, due to risks associated with unsubstantiated health claims, hyperthyroidism, and possible interactions and allergic reactions. This product is not authorized for sale in Canada. The company suggests it can cure or help prevent a variety of diseases, including cancer, diabetes, arthritis, heart disease, and multiple sclerosis.
Liver failure from Chinese herb Shou Wu Wan
"I Thought These Herbal Tablets Would Be Natural Way to Stop My Hair Loss. Instead I Nearly Died."
A Liverpool woman told how a Chinese medicine to prmote hair grwoth almost killed her. Mother-of-three Jeanette Tarbuck, 38, from Mossley Hill, spent 10 days in hospital with serious liver damage after taking a Chinese herbal remedy for hair loss.
Enzyte maker under fire
A Cincinnati company that sells dietary supplements around the country, including one claiming to enhance men's sexual performance, is the subject of more than 3,000 complaints from consumers.
The Better Business Bureau of Cincinnati and the Ohio Attorney General together have logged 3,736 complaints against Berkeley Premium Nutraceuticals in Forest Park, and its related companies, since 2001. More than 2,600 have been filed just in the last 12 months, the bureau said.
Most of the complaints focus on billing and marketing practices, particularly an offer for a free sample that automatically results in a customer being billed for an additional supply of the product.
Quackwatch.com comments on Enzyte
Sex in a bottle - Comments from CSPI
Cincinnati BBB report on Berkeley Premium Nutraceuticals
Comments from Skin Talk's Lilith Saintcrow
No Hard Evidence
The Center for Science in the Public Interest has filed a complaint against Cincinnati-based Berkeley Premium Nutraceuticals, saying that the company has crossed the line with its television ads for its product Enzyte. Yes, Enzyte- the commercials with the plastic smiling man and everyone in 50's drag. I love those commercials. I'd buy a whole case of that shit just for the commercials alone.
Enzyte Lawsuit Frequently Asked Questions - What does the suit claim?
The suit claims the maker of Enzyte, Berkeley Premium Nutraceuticals (Berkeley), intentionally distributed false claims about Enzyte increasing the size of men’s genitalia. The suit also claims the company used deceptive and confusing materials to mislead customers into waiving their right to collect a refund.
New Zealand issues recall of contaminated Chinese herbal drugs
Director-General of Health Dr Karen Poutasi is warning people to stop taking four products sold as herbal remedies after investigation and testing revealed they contain undeclared prescription medicines for the treatment of erectile dysfunction.
The Ministry of Health's medicines safety authority (Medsafe) is ordering the recall of these products because they contain the undeclared prescription medicines sildenafil or tadalafil (the active substances in Viagra and Cialis respectively). The adulterated herbal products subject to this warning are not approved for supply as medicines in New Zealand and pose a safety risk to consumers if taken without medical supervision.
The products to be recalled are:
1. Platinum Plus capsules
2. Boyjoy tablets
3. Wei Ge Wang tablets
Search Google News for more
Nationwide ALERT!!! - Health Canada Warns Canadians Not to Use "Sesa Hair Supplement"
OTTAWA - Health Canada is warning consumers not to use "Sesa Hair Supplement" capsules, a product designed to treat hair loss. This product is contaminated with unacceptable levels of lead and could cause serious adverse effects, including death. Health Canada strongly advises anyone who has used Sesa Hair Supplement capsules to consult their physician.
Alert over fatal mix of herbal pills and medicines
Alert over fatal mix of herbal pills and medicines
By Sam Lister, Health Correspondent - The Times
Doctors warn that thousands are at risk
THOUSANDS of people are risking their lives by mixing herbal remedies with common prescription drugs. “If complementary medicines were perfectly safe and had been thoroughly tested, there wouldn’t be a problem. But most of these medications remain untested and unresearched. This is potentially very dangerous.”
Penis-enlargement firms sued
A California man on Thursday sued a slew of international companies, including a Greeley, Colorado distributor, alleging the penis-enlargement products they market and distribute do not work. They are associated closely with another company, Albion Medical
and operate out of the Bahamas.
They also market a product called MaxiDerm
a patch that you put on your body that allegedly claims to enlarge your penis. Of course this is just another scam.
The lawsuit seeks class-action status to represent an estimated 1 million people who ordered the products in response to advertisements on television, radio and spam e-mail. The lawsuit names as defendants Leading Edge Marketing Inc. of British Columbia, TechniPak LLC of Greeley and several others. The lawsuit described TechniPak as the "operational hub" of the enterprise.
Leading Edge Marketing has a terrible track record and has been under the gun in numerous other mailorder and internet scams around the world. They recruit others to do their sales work for them and they paid a hefty commission.
Some distributors carry the whole line of products
made by or distributed by Leading Edge Marketing and Albion Medical. Some of the sites even contain Links to diet drugs and narcotics.
. They say that they are located in the U.S., but they are really in the Bahamas, just like Leading Edge Marketing.
Missing ingredients in herb tests
St John's Wort is a popular remedy.
Tests on St John's Wort tablets showed huge variations in how much active ingredient different brands contain.
Some people buying the popular herbal medicine may be getting virtually none, reveals the study by Taiwanese experts.
Healthy, Wealthy, But Wise?
Los Angeles Times correspondent Matthew Heller
addresses the spamming of America by E'Ola and their ephedra containing products.
How the Dietary-Supplement Trade Became Utah's Third-Largest Industry, and Why That May Not Have Been Such a Great Idea
FDA Bans all ephedra products
On Dec. 30, 2003, FDA issued a consumer alert on the safety of dietary supplements containing ephedra. The alert advised consumers to immediately stop buying and using ephedra products.
On January 1, 2004 Canadians can look foward to new regulations which were enacted because consumers, government and some natural health product manufacturers felt the existing rules were too lax, labelling on some products incomplete and the health claims on some products did not have enough supporting evidence.
Regulations - FAQs
Health Canada Warnings and Advisories
Canadian Natural Health Products Directorate - NHPD
Health Canada News Release - Dec. 12, 2003
OTTAWA- Health Canada is advising Canadian consumers not to use the herb comfrey or any health products that contain comfrey because they might contain a compound called echimidine, which may cause liver damage.
Ottawa warns against comfrey products - this is amazing because it was a claim that indeed comfrey was safe that was made by former Canadian talk show hostess Christine McPhee many years ago that initiated Dr. Terry Polevoy's quest to expose natural health fraud in this country.
Unhealthy radio on Talk 640 - Now Magazine article by Colman Jones
- November 2, 2000 featuring Dr. Terry Polevoy and the infamous comfrey references that it was safe even for babies which was made on the Touch of Health, Christine McPhee's AM640 weekly show in Toronto. The date of that particular show was February 26, 2000. I wrote to her immediately to inform her that comfrey was quite toxic, and perhaps she may have mixed it up with another herb. She objected to my comments and proceeded to call my office repeatedly to complain.
Canada takes action on Comfrey
Here's what Colman Jones had to say:
"The doctor objected to McPhee's reference to the herb comfrey, which she claims is one of nature's bone builders but which he insists is toxic when ingested and can cause cancer in animals."
Google News Search for Health Canada and comfrey
FTC actions against comfrey merchants - July 2001
FDA search for comfrey on Google
California Court rules against GNC, Trimedica, and GroBustIn a major setback to the floggers of herbal bust enhancers, Carlos Negrete, a lawyer who tried to get a lawsuit against his clients thrown out of court based on FREE SPEECH was taken down a notch or two by a judge in the California Court of Appeals.
Grobust loses free speech appeal
Special Report on the Ware Against Ephedra
If Ephedra is removed from the shelves what will happen?
When Illinois recently voted to ban ephedra in that State, how will the rest of North America handle it. Despite all the public pronouncements and efforts by Health Canada (yeah right), high dose ephedra or ma huang products are easy to obtain up here. Major news program is looking for Canadians who are willing to talk about their experiences with high dose ephedra. We know that it's easy to get, and we'd like to hear from you for an on-camera interview. So just contact us and we will pass your name on the the producer.
Contact: HerbalWatch with your story
Product Review: Sexual Enhancement Supplements tested by Consumerlab.com Half of the twenty-two products tested were not compliant with FDA label requirements due to incomplete label information, such as incorrect or missing plant species names and/or no identification of the plant parts used.
Health supplements: R.I.P. - The Guardian - Sept. 14, 2002
Millions of Britons take herbal vitamin and mineral supplements, either as a preventative measure or to treat specific ailments. But they may not be able to for much longer.
Herbal remedies 'could harm health' - Sept. 6, 2002 -
Herbalists have warned people are putting their health at risk by using remedies inappropriately. Analysis of some products, particularly Chinese remedies, has shown they contain steroids and toxic heavy metals.
Health Canada issues a stop-sale order for all products containing Kava Kava - Aug 21, 2002
Santé Canada interdit la vente de tous les produits contenant du Kava -
Kava kava products ordered off the shelves over liver concerns - August 21, 2002 Stores ordered to remove them. Also, all internet sales from other countries will be subject to seizure at the border by Canadian Customs. I wonder why a naturopathic doctor objected to this action.
FDA warns against Chinese diet pills
Chasu (Jianfei) Diet Capsules and Chasu Gempi, because they pose a potential public health risk. - August 13, 2002 "FDA is taking this action as a precautionary measure to help assure that people are not exposed to this potentially dangerous product," said Dr. Lester M. Crawford, FDA Deputy Commissioner.
Products of this type are often sold in small urban markets as alternatives to Western medicine. In 2001, FDA issued a nationwide alert on the recall of thirteen "Treasure of the East" herbal products because of a dangerous ingredient, aristolochic acid, which is toxic to the kidney.
Wild yams make Wild claims
Wild yam cream a threat to women's health - Quackwatch - July 19, 2002
Many women are being encouraged to purchase and use "Wild Yam Cream" said to offer relief from premenstrual and menopausal symptoms.
The preparation is made by a company called "NATURAL efx" and is promoted with materials that include testimonials, the recommendation of
a "Dr. Betty Kamen," and citations of medical literature purported to support the claims being made.
Britain may take action over herbal remedies
Fears over herbal remedy tests in U.K. - BBC - July 21. 2002 - Health food shops could face closure if tighter EU laws
on herbal remedies come into force in the UK,
opponents have warned. The proposed directive on traditional herbal medicines
aims to standardise regulations across Europe.
Ban proposed for herbal medicine KAVA KAVA - BBC - July 18, 2002 U.K. government watchdog is considering banning the
use of Kava-kava as a herbal supplement after
patients reported liver problems.
Slim 10 linked to deaths in Asia
July 2002 - One Japanese woman died and 11 other people
suffered liver problems after taking Chinese-made diet pills, some of which
were similar to a brand banned in Singapore.
The "Slim 10" diet pill was yanked from Singapore store shelves earlier this
year after being linked to the death of one woman and the illnesses of at
least 20 more, including a top television host who nearly died of liver failure.
Deadly Diets from China - July 19, 2002
A popular brand of diet pills from China promised a quick path to a slimmer figure. Instead, at least six women died in three Asian countries.
Dozens have been hospitalized, their internal organs damaged and digestive systems poisoned by substances not listed on its label. Some have sought liver transplants. With its long history of producing herbal remedies, China has become one of the world's largest producers of fake medicines, which are believed to be responsible for thousands of Chinese deaths every year.
Last year, authorities closed 1,300 factories while investigating 480,000 cases of counterfeit drugs, according to the state-run newspaper China Daily.
Last year, 192,000 people in China died after using bogus or poor quality drugs, according to the state newspaper Shenzhen Evening News
Four more deaths in Japan - July 21, 2002
Imported slimming pills from China are being blamed for at least four
deaths and over 150 cases of illness in Japan, with health authorities bracing for a further
increase in the number of casualties.
Chinese shut down alleged source of deadly diet pill operation
Chinese diet pills kill one, sicken 11 in Japan
Canada bans all kava kava sales including internet
Health Canada issues a stop-sale order for all products containing Kava Kava - Aug 21, 2002
More on kava kava
Nature's Way Products, Inc. Recalls Nettle Because of Possible Health Risk
SPRINGVILLE, UT - July 2, 2002
Alarm bells went off at Nature's Way when it was found that 4 lots of their Nettle products were contaminated with lead. The company, located in Springville, Utah has thus far not placed this warning on their web site. The company stated the problem has been traced to a single batch of raw material used to manufacture the
currently recalled products. A further story on NPI's web site may help.
Health Canada - Herbal supplement warning
OTTAWA - June 19, 2002
Canadians warned not to use seven herbal products manufactured in the United States by BotanicLab because they contain undeclared prescription drugs that could cause serious health effects if not taken under medical supervision.
Health Canada warns about another aristolochia threat
OTTAWA - May 17, 2002
Health Canada is warning people not to consume any Longdan or Lung Tan Xie Gan herbal
medicine products. They may contain aristolochic
Chinese herbal scammers Hua Fo
OTTAWA - Health Canada is warning consumers not to use Hua Fo tablets bearing the
(Drug Identification Number) DIN 02243366, after they were found to contain an unauthorized
substance similar, but not identical to, sildenafil. Sildenafil is a prescription drug approved for
male erectile dysfunction, sold under the brand name "Viagra". Inappropriate use of sildenafil
could cause severe adverse reactions.
Toxic Heavy Metals and Undeclared Drugs in Asian Herbal Medicines
by Edzard Ernst
Asian herbal medicines are currently used by large sections of the
population. - HMS Beagle - April 2002 - Because they are not regulated as medicines and are freely
available to everyone, serious safety concerns might be associated with
these herbal medicines. In this article, evidence suggesting that some Asian
herbal medicines contain toxic heavy metals or undeclared prescription drugs
is reviewed. In particular, Indian and Chinese preparations have been
implicated. Although adulteration with drugs is by definition fraudulent,
the inclusion of heavy metals could be either intentional for alleged
medicinal purposes or accidental. Evidence from various countries implies
that toxic heavy metals and undeclared prescription drugs in Asian herbal
medicines might constitute a serious health problem. However, the majority
of the data is anecdotal and insufficient to define prevalence figures. Ways
ought to be found to maximize consumer safety.
Kava can cause severe liver injury - April 8, 2002 - SAN FRANCISCO --St. John's wort may reduce the efficacy of a drug used by
chemotherapy patients, according to new research that was presented at the 93rd annual
meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research (www.aacr.org).
St John's Wort and Cancer drugs
Kava can cause severe liver injury - March 25, 2002 - The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is advising consumers of the potential risk of severe liver injury associated with the use of kava-containing dietary
supplements. Kava (Piper methysticum) is a plant indigenous to the islands in the South Pacific where it is commonly used to prepare a traditional beverage.
Supplements containing the herbal ingredient kava are promoted for relaxation (e.g., to relieve stress, anxiety, and tension), sleeplessness, menopausal
symptoms and other uses. FDA has not made a determination about the ability of kava dietary supplements to provide such benefits.
FDA Issues Consumer Advisory on Kava - Natural Products Insider - March 26, 2002
The American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) noted that the precautionary
information in the advisory is consistent with its position statement issued in December
Safety Alert sent to doctors - FDA - December 21, 2001
American College of Cardiology Warnings
Heart patients warned against garlic, ginseng supplements
Patients who take herbal supplements risk death because those so-called natural products could interfere with their regular medications. Who is reponsible when someone walks into drug store, and buys a product that they saw in an advertisement, and then bleeds to death? Will Shoppers Drug Mart be sued because their pharmacists failed to discuss those risks with the customer. The real problem is with the companies and their partners, the pharmacists, who market unregulated herbs, drops, extracts and patches on the unsuspecting public. Our recommendation is that you pass by the herbal aisle and head straight out of the store. Don't believe the hype, go home and open up your fridge and grab a nice big tub of Häagen-Dazs and smother it with hot fudge, and then some whipped cream, and enjoy. You'll probably live just as long, and be much happier. Why not join NAAFA.
Stringent regulation of traditional medicines is urgently needed
Herbal slimming teas contain banned drug
Traditional Chinese medicines for slimming still cause health problems and stringent regulation is urgently needed, according to a letter in
this week’s BMJ. High concentration of banned weight loss drug fenfluramine were found in tablets supplied to patients and also in the patients’ urine.
Teens who take herbs at serious risk for drug abuse
CAM use goes hand in hand with drug abuse
Boston - Reuter's Health - High school students who use herbal products may also
be more likely to use cigarettes, alcohol and illicit drugs, researchers reported at the Society
for Adolescent Medicine annual meeting here.
"Kids who used an herbal product were almost six times as likely to use cocaine, almost seven
times as likely to use methamphetamine, almost nine times as likely to use heroin, and about
eight items as likely to use other illegal drugs," according to Dr. Susan Yussman.
Doctor condems Health Canada for allowing sale of dangerous herb - Canadian Press
Leading specialist in eating disorders says that the federal government is shirking its responsibility by allowing the sale of products
containing a potentially dangerous drug that people are using to lose weight.
Health Canada takes the heat on Ephedra
"It's addictive, just like speed," Birmingham said. "People get used to it, they may have to steal for it. It ruins
their life and it also changes their behaviour."
He said ephedra, also known as ma huang, can cause strokes, seizures, hypertension, psychosis and depression.
CMAJ 2002;166(2):225 -- Barbara Sibbald
Health Canada has announced a voluntary recall of some products containing ephedra and
ephedrine, even though their sale has long been prohibited in this country. In Canada, ephedra
is authorized for use only as an over-the-counter nasal decongestant. "None of these products
should have ever been allowed," says Dr. Stephen Jones of West Elgin, Ont., who helped
compile a herbal database for Health Canada in 1990.
Voluntary recall of ephedra products not enough, MD says
Royal Numico N.V. reported that even though it had a 14-percent increase in overall
sales, it would have to write off approximately $350 million in goodwill and
brands for Rexall Sundown due to a downturn in the herb and vitamin market. I wonder how much their Cellasene division has cost them in legal fees after the FTC investigation was launched?
Royal Numico writes off $350 million
blames their Rexall Sundowne affiliate
SHOPPERS DRUG MART STILL SELLS
EPHEDRA FOR WEIGHT LOSS
A high potency stimulant that contains 135 mg. of ma huang is still
being sold by one of the three Shoppers Drug Marts in Dundas, Ontario.
One of our associates found it on their shelves on January 21, 2002.
I am very upset that this stuff is still on the market.
The label reads:
It burns fat, boosts energy, controls appetite and tones muscles.
It FIGHTs fat, stress, fatigue and depression.
Who are the idiots at Health Canada that allowed this product on the
market in the first place, and who allowed the packaging to state this?
The government of Canada has failed again to remove dangerous herbs from
the largest drug store chain in Canada. How in the world do they hope to
remove this stuff from under the counter at gyms, health food stores,
and other places?
This type of product is dangerous, it is abused, and how it found itself
on the shelves of a Shoppers Drug Mart store in the first place is beyond belief.
Health Canada - DPD Company Search
INTEGRITY MARKETING INC.
12 - 111 FOURTH AVE - Suite 386
ST. CATHARINES, ONTARIO
Health Canada - DPD Product Search
HERBS AND NATURAL PRODUCTS ATC
Strength: 133.5 MG / CAP
More Ontario Ephedra Distributors
Google search for "GL-100 Ephedra"
Healthwise - Another Ontario based vendor of numerous ephedra containing products is, registered by Mike BelCastro who is from Welland. It's really amazing what you can uncover when you look at the mixtures of herbs on his site. Some of these products contain herbs that are on the Health Canada restricted list. Many items on this site contain ephedra, and are clearly pitched weight loss. Some that have been hawked for years as a quick weight loss item seem to somehow be placed on their web site as a decongestant. This site provides almost no information about the products, and when they do, they are deceptive, especially the ones that claim to treat cancer.
Greencanyon - another Ontario marketer of ephedra products, at least has one of those sites that provides detailed information about its products, especially ephedra.
GL-100 sold as a weight loss product - The label says "Go from Fat to firm in just a few weeks. Each Capsule contains: Ephedra (Ma Huang Extract 6% - 133.5 mg)(133.5 mg yielding ephedrine) - 8 mg.ma huang. In a propietary blend of -
412.5 mg. White willow bark (salix alba), reishi mushroom (ganoderma lucidum),
licorce root DGL (glycyrrhiza glabra), kola nut (cola nitida), gymnema sylvestre),
ginseng root (panax ginseng), ginger root(zingiber officinale), kelp powder(fucus
vesiculosis), guarana seed (paullinia cuppana), yerba mate leaves(ilex
paraguariensis), black pepper fruit ext.1:1 (pipernigrum), bee pollen, nutritional
(I don't know about you, but this is not exactly what someone with a plugged nose would need. It is intended and labeled as a weight loss product. Does the stuff on the shelf of the Shoppers Drug Mart say that, too)
Shoppers Drug Mart sale of more bogus diet products
The sale of ephedra is still out of control. When is the government, and
when is Shoppers Drug Mart going to do something about it?
Ephedra and ma huang recalled by Health Canada - January 8, 2002
Health Canada is requesting a recall from the market of certain products
containing Ephedra/ephedrine after a risk assessment concluded that these products pose a
serious risk to health. Adverse events including stroke, heart attacks, heart rate irregularities,
seizures, psychoses and deaths have been reported in association with the use of some
products containing Ephedra/ephedrine. Ephedra refers to several related species of herbs.
Ephedrine is one of many chemical derivatives of this herb.
More on ephedra
Herbal remedy linked to liver disease - Kava bans multiply
A popular herbal relaxant available off the shelf in Canada was banned in France yesterday
as reports tied it to severe liver damage.
Joseph Brean - National Post - January 10, 2002
Health Minister announces regulation of natural health products.
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Have you Been Ripped Off?
We are seeking plaintiffs for class action lawsuit against major herbal
products. We are collecting information to assist the courts to
file charges against the distributors, marketers, and promoters. Please send us the information and we will get back to you.
If you feel you have suffered from any herbal product, or supplements that contain herbal ingredients, a national documentary film producer wants to hear from you. If you want to share your story with millions of people who are potential victims of these herbal products, you can help. Please specify which product you are complaining about in the subject field.
- Kava kava
- Body Solutions
- Plant Macerat
- Diet patches
- Chinese diet and herbal teas
- Ephedra or Ma huang