Consumer Reports on supplement risks: the dirty dozen
Consumer Reports in its latest issue is taking on risky supplements with poor evidence of effectiveness (most of them herbs). The ones CR advises people to avoid due to links to serious side effects are:
A USA Today editorial points out continued problems with our watered-down regulatory system that permits "dietary supplements" to be marketed without evidence of safety and efficacy, and the extreme difficulty in getting dangerous ones (either due to intrinsic hazards or adulteration with unlabeled toxic substances) taken off the market.
Unfortunately, powerful industry influences and the protection of politicians like Utah's Orrin Hatch keep regulation weak - making it important that we all stay well-informed about the risks and benefits (if any) of these products.