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Swine Flu Supplements: Magic Pill?
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Since people are always looking for that magic cure pill, it's inevitable that I've been getting questions about supplements for swine flu.
It's of no surprise that some companies have jumped at the opportunity to sell supplements that supposedly combat swine flu. And it's no surprise that there is so much interest.
People are very concerned -- honestly, far more concerned than they probably should be -- about getting sick from swine flu.
There are absolutely no supplements that are known to help fight swine flu. Last week, the FDA and the FTC alerted the public to be wary of any product that claims to diagnose, prevent, treat, or cure the H1N1 swine flu.
A group of supplement industry associations have joined together to come out against swine flu supplements, pointing out that they are "unaware of any scientific data supporting the use of dietary supplements to treat swine flu. Furthermore, federal law does not allow dietary supplements to claim to treat any diseases, including swine flu."
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