The ‘natural’ pill myth
Americans spend $28 billion a year on vitamins, minerals, herbals, probiotics, and other dietary supplements assuming they are safe. Herbal supplements are often sold with blossoming flowers and verdant leaves on the packaging implying that the ingredients in the pills and powders are natural extracts of the featured plant. They may not be. In fact, untested synthetic compounds — no different than medications — often masquerade as natural supplements.