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Sunday, November 29, 2015



The American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) responds to misinformed studies and media articles that contain inaccurate information about herbs and herbal products. As long as scientists, journalists and authors continue to publish specious herb-related works, AHPA will publicly highlight corrections.

News Item: KJRH-TV "Natural herbal weight loss supplements are popular, but 'natural' doesn't always equal safe," KJRH-TV, May 16, 2014 
Reponse: Letter to the editor

News Item: katie "Top Herbs for Your Health,” katie, April 29, 2014
Reponse: Letter to the editor

News Item: TIME Magazine "Cleveland Clinic’s New Medicine,” Time, April 17, 2014
Reponse: Letter to the editor

News Item:
 Forbes Magazine "We Worry About Trace Amounts Of BPA While Playing Russian Roulette With Dietary Supplements,"  April 11, 2014
Response: Letter to the editor.

News Item: Legal Examiner "It the Dietary Supplement Industry The Drug-Making 'Wild West'?" January 27. 2014
Reponse: Letter to the editor

News Item:
History Channel reality show "Appalachian Outlaws," January 23, 2014
Response: A
joint letter to the network responding to its false portrayal of the wild American ginseng harvesting practices.

News Item: "Skip the Supplements," -- The New York Times 
Response: AHPA Letter to the editor -- Dec. 31, 2013

News Item: "Are Your Supplements Pointless," -- Prevention
Response: AHPA Letter to the editor -- November 15, 2013

News Item: Warn Patients of Herbal Products' Contamination Risks-- Medscape
November 6, 2013
Response: AHPA Letter to the editor -- November 6, 2013

News Item: Study: Many herbal supplements contain no herbs -- Global Post 
November 6, 2013
Response: AHPA Letter to the editor -- November 6, 2013

News Item:
"DNA barcoding detects contamination and substitution in North American herbal products," -- BMC Medicine
Response: AHPA Letter to the editor -- November 11, 2013

News Item: Maker of dangerous pain pills is 'ghost' that can't be found -- USA Today
September 27, 2013
Response: AHPA Letter to the editor -- September 30, 2013

News Item: Alluring but risky medicine -- Los Angeles Times July 6, 2013
Response: AHPA Letter to the editor -- July 9, 2013

News Item:
Book raises alarm about alternative medicine -- USA Today June 18, 2013
Response: AHPA letter to the editor -- June 20, 2013
News Item: 2 Energy Drinks Tell Murky Tale of Supplement Regulation -- Chicago Tribune, Sept. 9, 2011

Response: Supplement regulation (seventh letter on page), Michael McGuffin, President, AHPA

News Item:  "What's Really in Herbal Supplements?" -- PBS NewsHour 10/21/2010

Response: Letter to the Producer -- Michael McGuffin, President, AHPA

News Item :  Use of Herbal Products and Potential Interactions in Patients With Cardiovascular Diseases -- Journal of the American College of Cardiology

Response:  Importance of Providing Cardiologists With Useful Advice on Herb-Drug Interactions -- Steven Dentali, Ph.D., Chief Science Officer, AHPA.

News Item: FDA Cracks Down on Supplement "Spiking"; AHPA Reacts -- Integrative Medicine, A Clinician's Journal, September 2010. 

Television Interview:  August 6, 2010 - Michael McGuffin interviewed by Fox LA News in response to article in Consumer Reports, "
Dangerous Supplements:  What You Don't Know About These 12 Ingredients Could Hurt You," August 2010.

Steven Dentali, Ph.D., participated in an interview/debate on "The safety and efficacy of botanical and herbal dietary supplements," moderated by Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics.  On its "Point/Counterpoint" page, the online journal also published an article by Dr. Dentali entitled Successful Botanical Research Requires Botanical Expertise, February 2010.

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