Quickies: Misleading Supplement Ingredients, Anti-Vax Stuff, and Daria

  • New York Attorney General Targets Supplements at Major Retailers – “The authorities said they had conducted tests on top-selling store brands of herbal supplements at four national retailers — GNC, Target, Walgreens and Walmart — and found that four out of five of the products did not contain any of the herbs on their labels. The tests showed that pills labeled medicinal herbs often contained little more than cheap fillers like powdered rice, asparagus and houseplants, and in some cases substances that could be dangerous to those with allergies.”
  • Doctor to Chris Christie: You Make My Job Impossible – “As a pediatrician, clueless politicians like Chris Christie—who says parents should have a choice when it comes to vaccines—make my already tough job even harder.”
  • Revenge-Porn Website Owner Kevin Bollaert Convicted, Faces Up To 20 Years – “Attorney General Kamala Harris told reporters in Los Angeles on Tuesday that the jury sent a message that criminals attempting to exploit victims from behind a computer screen ‘will not be shielded from the law or jail.’ ” From Michael.
  • What’s Up With That: Why Do Cats Love Boxes So Much? – “Thankfully, behavioral biologists and veterinarians have come up with a few other interesting explanations. In fact, when you look at all the evidence together, it could be that your cat may not just like boxes, he may need them.”
  • I Didn’t Vaccinate My Child—And I Regret It – “When I first told my mother that my partner and I would be taking our daughter to a friend’s wedding in India, my mom cried. ‘But she’ll have to get vaccinated,’ she eventually said, through heavy tears. Because my daughter, who was then 4 years old, still hadn’t been vaccinated. And not vaccinating her is a decision I now regret.”
  • The Misanthropic Love Story of Daria Morgendorffer and Jane Lane – “Watching an episode of Daria folded us into the world Daria and Jane forged through their mutual cynicism. More than any other show of its generation, Daria understood the fierce attachment that comes from, at long last, discovering someone who finds most human beings as flagrantly buffoonish as you do. Here in this world, cheerleaders squeak like understudies for The Chipettes, emotionally mangled teachers wear their failures on their sleeves, and a crooked (and rather delusional) school principal scavenges for wealth and acclaim. Embracing social exclusion as a benediction, Daria and Jane’s twinned desire to reject social mores is the foundation of their relationship, the philosophy that makes their friendship almost a conviction.”

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Mary Brock works as an Immunology scientist by day and takes care of a pink-loving princess child by night. She likes cloudy days, crafting, cooking, and Fall weather in New England.

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  1. I know some who works in as quality control for one of the supplement manufacturers. They do indeed do testing and follow guidelines to make sure they’re not putting allergens into the supplements and that they do contain what they’re supposed to. The powdered rice and sand are to make the material go through the machines more smoothly. She said the New York lab making these claims is using a new, unvalidated testing method.

    1. Care to cite your sources, rather than relay third hand knowledge? Thanks.

      (“She said” and “I know some one” doesn’t really cut it.)

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