General Health

Daily Dose: 4/12/2013

dailydoseThe Dangers of Dietary Supplements: Last week, the Food and Drug Administration reported 85 deaths and illnesses associated with dietary supplements containing the ingredient dimethylamylamine, also known as DMAA. This stimulant, found in supplements such as OxyElite Pro and Jack3d, has been found to cause an increase in blood pressure, shortness of breath, a tightening in the chest, and even heart attacks, especially when  taken with caffeine. The supplements containing DMAA are marketed as a natural way to enhance athletic performance and to increase weight loss, though the FDA has only approved this particular ingredient as a nasal decongestant. The FDA has asked manufacturers to stop marketing products containing DMAA, though more research must be done to completely ban the stimulant. Read more about the dangers of DMAA here.

You Could be Eating “Superbugs”: A report released today by the Environmental Working Group found that an alarmingly high percentage of supermarket meat contains antibiotic-resistant strains of salmonella, complybacter, and e coli, types of bacteria responsible for 3.6 million cases of food poisoning each year. 81 percent of ground turkey, 55 percent of ground beef, and more than half of all chicken sampled contained these “superbugs.” A simple case of food poisoning may not sound too alarming, but the problem here is that as these strains of antibiotic-resistant bacteria become more common, we are not able to use them to treat disease. An article on suggests that we as consumers take steps to solve this problem, such as refusing to buy meat that isn’t organic or raised without antibiotics, or to stop eating meat altogether.