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Suspect Supplements, Cutting Cancer, and Stair Steppin’

Weight-loss drugs under fire, calcium takes on cancer, and runners take it to the stairs.

Risky Business
Just because a weight-loss drug says it’s “all-natural,” doesn’t mean it’s safe. That’s the message that the FDA is trying to get out to consumers. In fact, 69 (giggle) herbal weight-loss remedies are cited for being tainted with prescription drugs, laxatives, diuretics and anti-seizure medications. Yeowsers.

Although thankfully no deaths have been attributed to the supplements, the FDA is concerned that those already on prescription drugs could have negative interactions with these over-the-counter herbal remedies. And just as a reminder, all supplements—weight loss or not—are not regulated by the government for safety. So, buyer beware.

It’s a jungle out there.

Beyond Strengthening Bones
Milk drinkers rejoice: Diets high in calcium may help keep cancer away. Researchers studied nearly half a million older Americans and found that foods that were high in calcium were more beneficial than supplements.

Not a milk drinker? Don’t forget that most soy products are fortified with calcium, as are many fruit juices. In addition, good-for-you greens like broccoli, spinach and Swiss chard are high in calcium, as are many nuts.

Eat it up!

Uphill Battle
Ever thought to yourself, “Gosh, I love to run but sometimes it’s just not challenging enough? (Hey, me neither, but keep reading…) Well, here’s the answer for you: tower running. Think you, hundreds of stairs and a ridiculous amount of sweat.

That’s right, some people are trading in the stair-climber and treadmill at the gym for the stairwell. And now there are even stair-climbing events to compete in, from climbing the Empire State Building to summiting the Las Vegas Stratosphere. Masochists I say. But, hey, at least they get a good view once they get to the top.

Going up?

Have you or would you ever try tower running? Do you eat enough calcium-rich foods? Are you wary of herbal supplements? Let us know below. —Jenn

 

Photos grabbed from blmurch, Firenzesca and easement on Flickr.

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  2. tfh says:

    I wish the FDA or another government agency would start regulating herbal supplements. Since some of these remedies (although not, in my opinion, weight loss drugs) may be effective and since so many consumers use them, the lack of regulation I find bothersome.

  3. Sagan says:

    Sadly I do NOT get enough calcium, but I’m working on it. Also am glad that there’s more awareness about the supplements!

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