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HEALTH DEPARTMENT URGES
CAUTION IN CHOOSING CALCIUM
As a result of a press release
issued recently by the Natural Resources Defense Council
(NRDC), the Rhode Island Department of Health is urging
consumers to exercise caution in choosing calcium supplements.
The NRDC has issued a statement
that some calcium supplements contain lead.
The NRDC also announced that it has filed a petition with
the Food and Drug Administration to establish regulations
on lead in calcium supplements. Because nutritional supplements
are not regulated for safety and effectivess like foods
and medications are, there are no federal laws requiring
calcium supplements to be lead-free.
Lead can be found in
calcium supplements especially if the calcium is
from oyster shell (from the ocean), bone meal (animal byproduct),
or dolomite (dug up from the Earth). "Young children, pregnant
and breastfeeding women are of greatest concern if consuming
these ‘natural source’ calcium supplements because they
are most vulnerable to the effects of lead ingestion," says
Dr. Patricia A. Nolan, R.I. Director of Health.
It is generally public perception
that "natural" source supplements are better than synthetic,
but in this case, calcium carbonate that is not from any
of the above mentioned "natural" sources is the best choice.
Consumers should look for key words like, "natural," "natural
source," "oyster shell," "bone meal," and "dolomite" as
indicators of calcium supplements that could possibly contain
traces of lead. Laboratory made calcium carbonate is the
best choice for a calcium supplement to minimize exposure
Dr. Nolan advises consumers
that the preferred source of calcium is calcium-rich foods,
but calcium-fortified foods and calcium supplements can
also be used to achieve optimal intake if needed.
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statements have not been evaluated by the FDA.
This product is not intended to diagnose, cure, prevent or treat
The above is a Government ORDERED statement.
It is NOT based in either reality or sanity.
Just like our Government.
a landmark decision on Friday, Jan. 15, 1999, the US Court of Appeals
for the District of Columbia ruled that
the health claim rules imposed by the FDA unconstitutional
and in violation of the Administrative Procedure Act.
The court instructed the FDA to allow the use of disclaimers on
labels rather than to suppress these claims outright.
The court further held prohibiting nutrient disease relationship
claims invalid under the first Amendment to the Constitution.