Are Your Supplements Safe?

Wednesday, April 29th, 2015

By Linda Hall, RN

Per the New York Times:

In early February 2015, the New York Attorney General’s office investigated and accused 4 major retailers of selling fraudulent and potentially dangerous herbal supplements. These retailers are G.N.C., Walgreens, Target, and Walmart. In their research, it was found that 4 out of 5 products didn’t contain any of the herbs listed on the label, and instead, often contained a variety of fillers. Other studies have found some vitamin “fillers” to be potentially harmful or allergenic. (Only time will give the consumers the information of whether the accusations are valid).

So the question is, “Why should I purchase supplements at Atlanta Functional Medicine or through the suppliers that are used by the Practice?”

1. Our doctors have “vetted” our products. Only products that have benefited patients are sold. Many of the products have been used by our physicians for over 10 years.

2. Shopping online for less expensive supplements may save you money, but there is no guarantee that these supplements are actually legitimate and are not expired, repackaged, or counterfeit.

3. AFM supplements are considered pharmaceutical grade or professional grade whenever possible. We source our supplements from companies that use the most rigorous quality standards in the industry. This is in an effort to provide our patients with the highest quality products, and therefore, the best clinical outcomes.

4. The practitioners and staff desire each patient to have access to the highest quality and grade in every product purchased.

If you have any questions about this article, or about our supplements, please do not hesitate to call our office at (770) 667-3006.

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