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From: Jeff Novick, MS, RD, LD, LN (novick.vegsource.com)
Subject:         Re: Sodium bicarbonate
Date: August 19, 2008 at 1:20 pm PST

In Reply to: Sodium bicarbonate posted by A.J. on August 19, 2008 at 1:14 pm:

Hi A.J.

Misinformation abounds in the world of health care. Not only in the traditional world, but also in that of what is often referred to as the "alternative" or "complementary" health care world. So, the question is, who do you beleive and how do you evaluate the information? Where is the "Burden of Proof?"

A great example of this is the recent settlement that the privately held Airborne Health, based in Bonita Springs, Fla., will add $6.5 million to funds it has already agreed to pay to settle a related class-action lawsuit. That suit, which alleged that Airborne falsely claimed its products could cure or prevent colds, was settled earlier this year for $23.5 million.

As I have said here many times...

"My position is that there should be some good evidence for anything we do, whether it is a food, a diet, a herb, a medicine, a supplement, a treatment, or anything. We should also be aware of the potential harm and/or side effects.

Good evidence, means peer reviewed published studies in mainstream scientific journals.

Anyone can came out and make virtually any claim they want. The *burden of proof *is not really on us to disprove every one of them and all their claims but the real *burden of proof *is on them to substantiate their products, diets and their claims. And with more than short term unpublished data or anecdotal info. Often times, if these companies or people get shut down for one product or diet, they just rearrange a few things and come right back out with a new product or diet making the same extra-ordinary claims.

in addition, extra-ordinary claims require extra-ordinary proof.

The burden is on them, not me."

So, my question to you is, where is the evidence for the use of these products?

Caveat Emptor!

In Health
Jeff

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