Several weeks ago, the New York State attorney general's office hammered four major retailers. The AG accused these retailers of "selling fraudulent and potentially dangerous herbal supplements." Then the AG demanded that the retailers remove these products from their shelves. The case seemed strong. But I showed you how these accusations were built on fraudulent data.
You see, the DNA barcoding testing the AG is relying on is fatally flawed. That's because the extraction process used to standardize herbal extracts removes any trace of plant DNA.
Meanwhile, GNC has now subjected their questioned products to a fourth round of testing using an independent third-party lab. Once again, all of their products have been shown to be safe and pure using reliable and accepted scientific testing methods.
Now a white paper commissioned by four supplement trade associations lays bare the attacks made by the NY AG.
Even though the industry commissioned this study, they wanted some independence for the experts. So two of the four experts were non-industry scientists. In this report, the authors write: "As the Attorney General's office has not released the full methodology, the testing procedures or the analytics of the tests, it is impossible to place any confidence in the publicized results," said lead author Danica Harbaugh Reynaud, PhD. "However, we can conclude that because of the limitations of DNA barcoding, especially on botanical extracts, that the claim by the NY AG's office that the majority of supplements lacked any botanicals at all is, quite simply, unjustified."
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Even though the accusations and actions of the NY AG are "unjustified," he continues to press forward. He has formed a coalition with AGs from Connecticut, Indiana, and Puerto Rico. This coalition is to investigate the business practices of the herbal supplement industry. It's becoming obvious that the NY AG has much greater political ambitions — and he thinks bullying the supplement industry will win him votes. He's not going to let faulty test results get in his way.
In my way of thinking, this is an obvious abuse of power. The NY AG is trying to position this as a national inquisition into supplements by going after the entire supply chain and benign label claims. And he's doing it for his own political gain. There was no due process for the supplement companies involved. There was no evidence presented. Just a proclamation from on high and a requirement to obey. This should outrage every American who cares for justice and doing what's right. It's time to take action!
If you are from New York, I beg you to contact your AG's office to protest these actions and urge them to drop this altogether. Tell their office to go after the real bad guys, not an industry that helps people better their health. The AG needs to release all the details of his flawed DNA barcode "study" too. Don't let him continue to dodge this issue. He knows how week his data is, so he'll avoid this at all costs. Only you can make him release his information.
And if you are from Connecticut, Indiana, Puerto Rico, or any other state that may join this witch hunt, challenge your AGs to back off until the information is released and due process is followed. Please stay vigilant.
Your insider for better health,
Steve Kroening is the editor of Nutrient Insider, a twice-a-week email newsletter that brings you the latest healing breakthroughs from the world of nutrition and dietary supplements. For over 20 years, Steve has worked hand-in-hand with some of the nation's top doctors, including Drs. Robert Rowen, Frank Shallenberger, Nan Fuchs, William Campbell Douglass, and best-selling author James Balch. Steve is the author of the book Practical Guide to Home Remedies. As a health journalist, Steve's articles have appeared in countless magazines, blogs, and websites.