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The Dangers Within

For the supplement industry, it may be easy to see staunch critics in Congress, the media and research publications as the primary enemies, but the biggest threats to the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994 (DSHEA) may come from within. As the theory goes, the industry’s failings, be they related to quality, claims or unity, provide fodder for those who would criticize the industry and attack DSHEA. If DSHEA was won by rallying Americans to the cause of greater access to supplements, it will remain an ongoing force only if consumers continue to see its merits or, at the very least, see little reason to abandon ship.

For the supplement industry, it may be easy to see staunch critics in Congress, the media and research publications as the primary enemies, but the biggest threats to the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994 (DSHEA) may come from within. As the theory goes, the industry’s failings, be they related to quality, claims or unity, provide fodder for those who would criticize the industry and attack DSHEA. If DSHEA was won by rallying Americans to the cause of greater access to

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