Lamar Odom: How Big of a Role did Herbal Supplements Play in All of This?
Unless you have missed out on some recent news, it was reported recently that Lamar Odom is in the hospital, as of this writing, and in pretty bad condition. One of the things that they found in his body were herbal supplements. Now, at first look this might not be that big of a deal until we learn some more facts. The main fact being that the FDA does not regulate herbal supplements.
I want to let that sink in for a second. There is no regulation being done, and anyway, to the supplements that we are taking into our bodies. It has recently even been reported that there are 23,000 hospitalizations when someone takes herbal supplements every year. This isn’t saying that 23,000 people died, just that they were hospitalized.
I do want to also say right now that I think a large percentage of these cases were because they did not follow the instructions on the label. We know that some supplements have the potential to be more addictive, moreso to addictive personalities than other ones, so the possibility that they knowingly took more than what was recommended is another high probability situation. However, it does not take away the fact that the FDA really does need to regulate the supplements. I have heard both sides of the story and the side against them regulating it just seems to be from companies that don’t want to adhere to their rules, right or wrong.
Another important issue also stems from instances where I can almost guarantee people did not check with their doctor before using certain supplements. Although it is seen as something of a mattress tag violation in this world, these labels are put there for your safety and the directions are essential to follow. If you are unsure, ask your doctor before purchasing the supplement, that way you are not out any money and buying a supplement that you should not use. I can’t really give a safe number of how many instances are caused by user error but I, on the flipside, I am also sure that these instances, and some percentage, were no real fault of the user. There is just way too much of a risk by using the supplements that are not regulated by the FDA, almost everything else that we consume in this world is regulated by the FDA and it is very important to have these regulations in place. As we move on in the future I hope that regulation, in some form or another, will occur with supplements.