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"Are dietary supplements safe? Are they effective?"

Dr. Jonathan Fielding, professor-in-residence in FSPH's Department of Health Policy and Management, wrote an op-ed published April 17 by U.S. News & World Report questioning the safety of dietary supplements.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Be Wary of Dietary Supplements

If a supplement sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

By Dr. Jonathan Fielding

Dietary supplements are big business. Last year, the U.S. market for dietary supplements was $27.6 billion, almost $10 billion more than we spend on athletic foot ware. According to a report by Grand View Research, the global market for dietary supplements will grow ten-fold to $278 billion by 2024.

But the more we learn about dietary supplements, the more public health questions they raise. Are dietary supplements safe? Are they effective? Who monitors manufacturing facilities, tests imported products and records adverse reactions?