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GNC Bodybuilding Supplements and Defective Products

Many of the retailers of herbal supplements and dietary supplements seem to have an array of products all destined to aid in providing a healthy lifestyle. People go into the stores, expecting to find products to help them lose weight, bulk up or get pumped up for a workout. Consumers who are newer to the health kick often rely on the salesmen at stores such as GNC and Total Nutrition to give them an accurate assessment of the proper products to take to get the look they want. It’s assumed that these employees have some kind knowledge in nutrition and training to be able to tell consumers what they need to improve their bodies. However, this is not always the case. As with any other sales type of job, supplement stores do not require a heaping knowledge that most private and degree-oriented nutritional or chemical professionals work so hard to understand. The part-time employees are typically just individuals who have tried products that have worked for them or have had experience with working out. While these familiarities can lead to some knowledge on supplements, it can often lead to negligence on the majority of the thousands of supplements’ adverse effects.

The Fatal Dose

One such example of negligence was the death of a soldier who bought the supplement Jack3d at GNC. Jack3d is a pre-workout that contains a powerful stimulant called dimethylamylamine or DMAA. Some medical experts and health regulators say that this compound has similar effects on the body as amphetamines.  DMAA is often paraded as a “natural” stimulant, with many claimed functional uses including a body-building aid, an athletic performance enhancer, and a weight-loss aid. Although DMAA at one time was approved as a drug for nasal decongestion, no medical use of DMAA is recognized today. The FDA has not found any reliable science indicating that DMAA exists naturally in plants. The case has united some military physicians, professional sports organizations and supplement researchers who say Private Michael Sparling’s death and the reports of at least four others. Expose major weaknesses in federal protections for consumers.

Some leading industry professionals argue that the retailers of supplements should be held to a higher standard because of the potential hazards that may arise in the very ingredients or formulas of the products sold, not just in contamination or manufacturing error. According to some researchers, workout and weight-loss supplements need to be categorized as drugs of a particular concern because they often contain an assortment of stimulants that results in high blood pressure and heart rate. These serious conditions may lead to serious health problems. Furthermore, these experts say supplement retailers should take responsibility for following ingredient research and voluntarily withdraw products as a precaution after safety concerns are questioned.

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Without complete FDA regulation, dietary supplements and sports enhancement drugs have become a dime a dozen. Many companies try to sell products to individuals without having any testing or factual studies completed on the human body. These specific drugs affect the body just as drastically as FDA regulated pharmaceutical drugs and need to be taken with caution. The case of the marine opens many objections and suspicions on the reliability of GNC and health centers. Their claim to “build a better body” only perpetuates the reality that these stores don’t have a clue on whether their products will actually “better a body”.

Do not let these claims go without punishment if they cause more harm than good to your body. Defective products and product liability go hand in hand at health centers and dietary supplements makers. They have a duty to produce accurate labels and safe products that benefit the healthy lifestyle that many choose to preserve and maintain. If you believe that you or someone you know may have been affected by a dietary supplement or “natural” health drug, you may be entitled to compensation if these remedies cause you injuries. Please call the Sibley Dolman Gipe Accident Injury Lawyers, PA at (833) 606-DRUG [3784] today for a free consultation and evaluation.

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