Dietary supplements always carry the same disclaimer: “This statement has not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is no intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.” If the supplement is not intended to do anything, then why take it? What about all those testimonials from people who have taken the product and had some kind of positive reaction. Keep in mind that the statement says that it is not intended to work on any DISEASE. Many supplements advertise non-medicinal benefits—more energy, a better night’s sleep, or better mental awareness. Basically it will help with something in our life that we find a problem, but not necessarily a health issue.

Basically anything that goes into your body falls under the purview of the FDA. The FDA is a agency within the Department of Health and Human Services. According to their website, “The FDA is responsible for protecting the public health by assuring the safety, efficacy, and security of human and veterinary drugs, biological products, medical devices, our nation’s food supply, cosmetics, and products that emit radiation.”

Dietary supplements are not regulated like drugs. Here are some important differences.

1. Federal law does not require dietary supplements to be proven safe to the FDA’s satisfaction before they are marketed.

2. With regard to labeling, the law does not require the manufacturer or seller to prove to the FDA’s satisfaction that the claim is accurate or truthful before it appears on the product.

3. The FDA’s role with a dietary supplement product begins after the product enters the marketplace.

4. Once a dietary supplement is on the market, FDA has certain safety monitoring responsibilities including monitoring mandatory reporting of serious adverse events by dietary supplement firms and voluntary adverse events reporting by consumers and health care professionals.

5. It is not legal to market a dietary supplement product as a treatment or cure for a disease, or to alleviate the symptoms of disease.

Some companies walk a very fine line when it comes to these regulations, particularly about making claims about the health benefits of their products. Others companies have taken a different approach and have sought to prove a benefit by subjecting their products to the same rigorous testing that is required for drugs. Usually, this involves clinical trials done by an independent facility.

The growing number of dietary supplements on the market as well as the potential health benefits of some products has prompted the FDA to look at their policies regarding dietary supplements. While no changes in the policies are currently anticipated, the FDA does aggressively investigate companies when they receive multiple complaints or when multiple health problems are reported.

Dietary supplements can be beneficial, but it is important to check out the company thoroughly. It is also advisable to consult with healthcare professional, although you may have a difficult time finding one that knows much about dietary supplements. You can also look at the FDA’s Consumer Updates pages http://www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/ConsumerUpdates/default.htm for information about product approvals, safety warnings, and other health information. Make sure you get only the best! I only work with the best how about you?

Author's Bio: 

I was born in the summer of 1955, in a Soddy on the Great Plains, in the …oh wrong story.

My friends call me they call me Robin, Dr Robin, the Blindguy and Dr Blindguy.
I am married to Kathy and have two grown daughters out of the house (26 and 27) and two daughters in the house, 16 and 17 and a granddaughter 10 and a grandson 2 years old, that live with in Iowa City, Iowa.

“Dr. Robin”, the well known MLM Radio personality is an Eagle Scout and 24 year U.S. Army and Army Reserves veteran. While still in the Army, he began building his “honorary” doctorate in the Network Marketing world. He built a huge Amway organization in the tens of thousands. He later was a top producer at A.L. Williams and has had experience in numerous other network marketing companies. He is a nationally recognized expert in the network marketing business with the following credentials: Certified Network Marketing Instructor since 2005, Certified Network Marketing Mentor since 2005, Certified Network Marketing Scholar since 2006, Certified Master Network Marketer since 2007. Dr. Robin is also considered an ambassador for network marketing as well as serving in the capacity of policing the companies that do not positively represent the industry. Dr. Robin has been the host of several radio shows (KEN I, KDEF, KKIM, KQAK,). Did we forget to mention; he has done all of this in the past several years and Dr. Robin is blind? Dr. Robin is the current host of his radio show, "Networking with the Blindguy" with up to 4.7 million listeners.

Certified Network Marketing Instructor
Certified Network Marketing Mentor
Certified Network Marketing Scholar
Over 37 years in Network Marketing (MLM)
Millionaires Club three times
#2 Retailer in a MLM for 2005
#1 Recruiter in another MLM for 2006
#1 Mentor for Network Marketing in 2006
Presidents Club 2007
Nominated for an American Business Award (Stevie) 2005,2006,2007,2008.
Nominated for an International Business Award (Stevie) 2005,2006,2007,2008.
In Marquis Who's Who in America for 4 years straight
Over 6.5 connection in my LINKEDIN.COM Network
Holds the following, PhD in Accounting, MBA in Marketing, MS in Bio Chemistry, and several BA and BS degrees.

Now for the rest of the Story.

Dr Robin Rushlo has been through many trials and ups and downs in his life.

He has pins in both ankles, both knees, right hip, an artificial right shoulder, a full metal plate in his head. He is 100% blind with only light perception in the right eye. He been 100% blind since January 2000. Without hearing aids he is 78% deaf. He uses adaptive software to surf the net and run his businesses. He has adaptive software that runs his cell phone and walking GPS systems.

Dr Robin has the motto "If the Blindguy can DO IT, anyone can!"