Saturday, February 7, 2015

What's In A Title?


Fair warning: soapbox post! So I was getting my next post ready, when I came across an article from iflscience.com.

http://www.iflscience.com/health-and-medicine/herbal-supplements-dont-contain-what-they-claim

Although not about skin care products, it struck a chord with me (translation: I got really mad). It underscores the importance my previous post about language and semantics when we are discussing an issue, or passing on information. The heated, (and sometimes hard to stomach) battle going on in the comments section on Facebook, also seems to mirror the combativeness and polarizing that occurs between different product manufacturers, with different philosophies in skincare. I usually love iflscience.com (including their irreverent name), so I was really disappointed. I had to write about it.

The title reads: "Herbal Supplements Don't Contain What They Claim"

Wait.....What? ALL herbal supplements? EVERY kind? From every company? Big? Small? Organic? Mainstream? Specialty? Says who? (I'll stop.)

In reality, no, just a misleading title. Four large companies did get busted and received cease and desist letters from the FDA. Read the letters here. But you wouldn't know this unless you read the article in it's entirety. The title makes a very inappropriate blanket statement. And let's be honest, the title is as far as most people get.

Disclaimer: I do use herbal supplements religiously. I'm no specialist on herbs, but I see an amazing functional medicine practitioner/acupuncturist who IS an expert, and I trust him implicitly with what I put in my body. I know for a fact he has done exhaustive research and carefully chosen companies that batch-test for purity, and are sticklers for formulation. So to throw all those reputable companies and the people that use them under the bus? Frustrating, unjust, and not factual. Read carefully, thoroughly, and always beyond the title!

Have you read something that freaked you out about your products? Let me know, I'm happy to give you my take. You can always email jill@jjodar.com, or leave it in the comments section.

Rant is concluded. Now I'll get back to your originally scheduled post- Sulfates in the Ingredient Spotlight up next!



1 comment:

Ressie Mae said...

I agree. All too often the media seizes a new item and capitalizes on fear to make us notice their coverage. I'm also seeing a naturopath for some nutritional issues and thought the same as you--OMG: Herbal Supplements! When I settled down, I realized how much I trust my naturopath (a big commitment) and did some research on the ingredients in my supplements. Didn't take too long--most of the ingredients are actual herbs! Thanks for calling this out.