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ConsumerLab.com at Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo Ė ConsumerLab.com's president, Tod Cooperman, M.D., spoke on Sunday about the quality of dietary supplements at FNCE 2014 in Atlanta, run by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Dr. Cooperman spoke to hundreds of dietitian nutritionists along with noted sports nutritionist, Lisa Dorfman, R.D, focusing on supplements in integrative sports nutrition. The presentations are online.


 
In the Fox and Friends report, "Do generic drugs work as well as brand name drugs?" (September 27 2014), ConsumerLab.com president Tod Cooperman, M.D., advised consumers of warning signs that may indicate a generic drug is not working properly. The report featured ConsumerLab.comís findings in 2007 that a generic version of the antidepressant Wellbutrin XL 300 (bupropion hydrochloride XL 300) was releasing its ingredient much more quickly than the brand name version of the drug. [If you have experienced a problem which you believe is attributable to differences among generic drugs, please let us know.]


 
The ABC Nightline report, "Prescription Drugs: Generics, Brand Names Not the Same?" (September 24, 2014) highlighted ConsumerLab.comís tests of a generic version of the antidepressant Wellbutrin XL 300 (bupropion hydrochloride XL 300), which found the drug released its ingredient much more quickly than the brand name version of the drug. In the report, ConsumerLab.com president, Tod Cooperman, M.D., discussed why this can be a problem. The findings led to further investigation by the FDA and eventual removal of two generic versions of bupropion XL 300 from the market. [If you have experienced a problem which you believe is attributable to differences among generic drugs, please let us know.]


 
The article "Drink's breast enlargement claim 'not backed by science'" in the South China Morning Post (August 13, 2014) quotes ConsumerLab.com President, Tod Cooperman, M.D. who states: "This scam has been going on for many, many years in many different forms with a variety of herbal ingredients that naturally contain isoflavones." For more information about these types of products, see ConsumerLab.com's report on Breast Enhancement Supplements >>


 
The article "Cocoa Powders Found to Contain a Toxic Metal" on Prevention.com (August 2014) featured findings from ConsumerLab.com's Garcinia Cocoa Powders, Extracts, Nibs, and Chocolate Review.


 
In Goop.com's article "Demystifying the Diet" (July 17, 2014) nutritionist Kelly Dorfman discusses quality issues with multivitamin supplements and notes how difficult it can be for consumers to evaluate ingredient quality without independent information. She recommends subscribing to ConsumerLab.com when trying to compare ingredients and find a quality multivitamin supplement. (See ConsumerLab.com's Multivitamin Review now for tests and quality comparisons).


 
The article "Fish Oil Boosts Brain Power" on Yahoo Health (July 16, 2014) discusses a study suggesting a benefit of fish oil supplementation in preventing cognitive decline (recently reported by ConsumerLab.com in the Fish Oil Supplements Review) and recommends ConsumerLab.com as a resource for choosing the best fish oil supplement.


 
On The Dr. Oz Show (July 7, 2014) ConsumerLab.com president Dr. Tod Cooperman talked with Dr. Oz about quality issues with herbal supplements (such as St. John's wort and echinacea), and three important things to look for on labels before buying. Read Dr. Cooperman's article "Smart Guide to Choosing Herbal Supplements" on Dr. Oz's site and watch the segment "How Safe Are Your Herbal Supplements: Part 2" > >


 
The article "Are Cocoa and Chocolate a Reliable Source of Flavanols?" in Nutrition Action.com (July 1, 2014) refers to ConsumerLab.comís recent test of these products (See CL's Review of Cocoa Powders, Extracts, and Chocolate Ė Sources of Flavanols). The author, David Schardt, Senior Nutritionist with Center for Science in the Public Interest, points out, "This is the first time that flavanol levels in commercial products have been made public."


 
Dr. Zorba Paster, a syndicated health journalist, referred to ConsumerLab.com as his "favorite online source" for checking the quality of products in a recent article about protein shakes in the Quad City Times (June 20, 2014). Dr. Paster is also heard on public radio at Zorba Paster On Your Health.


 
An NBC New York report on the Dangers of Generic Drugs (June 2, 2014) featured ConsumerLab.com president, Tod Cooperman, M.D., discussing the need for the disclosure of more information about generic drugs and supporting a bill proposed in New York State requiring the release of bioequivalence data for all generic drugs sold in the state. If the bill passes, New York would be the first state with this requirement. The NBC report includes an interview with a woman who had used the generic antidepressant (bupropion XL 300), which ConsumerLab.com tested in 2007, leading to further investigation by the FDA and eventual removal from the market. [If you have experienced a problem which you believe is attributable to differences among generic drugs, please let us know.]


 
For the fourth year in a row, ConsumerLab.com president, Tod Cooperman, M.D., was asked by the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) to talk to nutrition researchers as part of the 2014 Dietary Supplement Research Practicum offered by the Office of Dietary Supplements in June. As part of the "Meet the Watchdogs" panel, Dr. Cooperman was joined by David Schardt of Center for Science in the Public Interest and others. The annual practicum is an intensive program to provide fundamental knowledge of dietary supplements to faculty and post-doc students at academic institutions; healthcare practitioners; and others with advanced biomedical degrees.
 
 

 
In "Doctor Oz Goes Face to Face with Scam Artists" (April 29, 2014) ConsumerLab.com's president, Tod Cooperman, M.D. revealed that a Garcinia cambogia supplement boasting Dr. Oz's (unauthorized) endorsement was "the worst" Garcinia product among those tested by ConsumerLab.com. This information helped Dr. Oz get the product removed from the market. (Test results are found in the Garcinia cambogia Supplements Review>>)


 
On The Dr. Oz Show (February 18, 2014), ConsumerLab.com president Dr. Tod Cooperman talked with Dr. Oz about quality issues with protein powders, based on CL's latest report. Read Dr. Cooperman's article "Smart Guide to Buying and Using Protein Powders" on Dr. Oz's site and watch the segment "Oz Investigates: Protein Powder" >>


 
The article "How to boost your heart and brain health with fish oil" in USA Today (February 12, 2014) discusses the latest clinical findings for fish oil and cites results of ConsumerLab.com's Fish Oil Supplements Review.


 
The article "Probiotics can enhance health, but what are effective doses?" on the Philadelphia Inquirer's website philly.com (January 26, 2014) cites statistics from ConsumerLab.com's Vitamin and Supplement Users Survey and test findings from its Probiotic Supplements Review. The article includes recommendations from various experts regarding the use probiotics.


 
On The Dr. Oz Show (November 27, 2013), ConsumerLab.com president Dr. Tod Cooperman talked with Dr. Oz about adulterated herbal supplements, as well as supplements to help prevent or treat colds and flu tested by ConsumerLab.com (echinacea, zinc, vitamin D). Read Dr. Cooperman's article "3 Top Supplements for Colds and Flu" on Dr. Oz's site and watch the segment "What's Really in Your Herbal Supplements?" >>


 
The article "The Diet Pill That's Scamming You" on Prevention.com (November 2013) featured findings from ConsumerLab.com's Garcinia Cambogia Supplements Review.


 
In the article "Beware the Impurities in 'Natural' Supplements" in The Wall Street Journal (November 20, 2013), Dr. Murali Doraiswamy, a professor of medicine at Duke University Medical Center, writes, "Readers can turn to ConsumerLab.com to see purity results for specific herbal brands."


 
On NPR's Science Friday (November 8, 2013), two experts, David Schardt, Senior Scientist at Center for Science in the Public Interest, and Victoria Maizes, M.D., Executive Director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine, each recommended ConsumerLab.com as a resource when trying to choose among herbal and other supplements. ConsumerLab.com is mentioned at 6 and 8 minutes into the segment "Navigating Dietary Supplement Regulations."


 
The article "Herbal-Supplement Scam: Tests Reveal Fake and Dangerous Ingredients" on Yahoo! Shine (November 4, 2013) recommends ConsumerLab.com as a resource to research herbal supplements.


 
ConsumerLab.com's president, Tod Cooperman, M.D., was asked by the Institute of Human Nutrition at Columbia University's College of Physicians and Surgeons to talk to physicians, dieticians, nutrition researchers, and students at its Micronutrient Supplement Symposium on October 26, 2013 in New York City. Dr. Cooperman spoke on the "Evaluation of Supplement Quality and Safety" and participated in a panel discussion. The goal of the symposium, which was attended by more than 600 individuals, was to "better understand how to counsel patients about dietary patterns and supplement use" and "close the gap on shortfall nutrients."


 
Presenting at the FDA on June 21, 2013, ConsumerLab.com president, Tod Cooperman, M.D., asked the Office of Generic Drugs for more transparency and honesty regarding generic drug approvals and labeling. Other presenters at the FDA Generic Drug Regulatory Science Initiatives Public Meeting in Silver Spring, MD included FDA officials, industry representatives, and researchers in the generic drug field. The presentations and slides can be watched online — Dr. Cooperman's presentation is in "Part 1" at the 1:16:30 time mark.


 
The New York Times article "What's in Your Green Tea?" in its "Well" blog (May 23, 2013) featured recent findings from ConsumerLab.com's tests of brewable green tea, bottled green tea, and green tea supplements.


 
In a segment on The Dr. Oz show (April 9, 2013) about vitamin quality, ConsumerLab.com president Dr. Tod Cooperman revealed there were problems with almost 40% of the multivitamins ConsumerLab.com recently tested, and problems with some tested calcium supplements. Read Dr. Cooperman's article "What's Really In Your Vitamins," on Dr. Oz's site and watch the two-part segment of "What's Really In Your Vitamin Supplements" here >>Part 1 >>Part 2
 
 

 
In a segment about generic drugs on The Dr. Oz show (April 9, 2013), Dr. Tod Cooperman, president of ConsumerLab.com, discussed differences between name brand and generic drugs with Dr. Mehmet Oz. Read Dr. Cooperman's article on the show's site, "What You Need To Know About Generic Drugs," for tips on how to use generic drugs safely, and watch the two-part segment of the show here >>Part 1 >>Part 2
 
 

 
In the Wall Street Journal's MarketWatch article 10 Things Vitamin Makers Won't Say (April 30, 2013), ConsumerLab.com president Dr. Tod Cooperman describes common problems with supplement quality and advises consumers to be wary of labels that use certain key words and phrases, which can be used to obscure the exact amounts of expensive ingredients, like chondroitin.
 
 

 
ConsumerLab.com president Dr. Tod Cooperman spoke with Whole Psychiatry radio show host Dr. Robert Hedaya (April 2, 2013) about the reasons for taking a supplement, and how to choose the right one while avoiding common quality pitfalls. You can listen to the broadcast "How to Select a Vitamin Supplement."
 
 

 
Stacy Johnson of MoneyTalksNews spoke with Tod Cooperman, M.D. of ConsumerLab.com for the report, "Are Generic Drugs Safe?" (March 20, 2012). The report cites ConsumerLab.com's tests and provides tips for consumers when using generic drugs. (If you have had a problem with a generic drug, let us know.)
 
 

 
In "What Is In Your Vitamin Supplements," (March 18, 2012) All Seasons Cyclist (a website for avid cyclists) published a review of ConsumerLab.com, putting a subscription to ConsumerLab.com in its "highly recommended" category.
 
 

 
USA Today's article "Vitamin D Doses Often Don't Match Labels, Study Says" (February 11, 2013) reports that a study by researchers at Kaiser-Permanente found amounts of vitamin D in supplements to range from 9% to 140% of what was listed on bottles. It notes that ConsumerLab.com has found similar findings (see the Vitamin D Supplements Review).
 
 

 
Dr. Mehmet Oz asked Dr. Tod Cooperman, President of ConsumerLab.com, to discuss safety concerns with energy drinks and ConsumerLab.com's test results from its recent B Vitamin Supplements and Energy Drinks Review. The conversation aired on The Dr. Oz Show (December 19, 2012). Watch the segment>>>
 
 
The article "Probiotics Benefits May Be More Than A Gut Feeling" in The Wall Street Journal's Your Health column (November 26, 2012) cited ConsumerLab.com's latest review of probiotic supplements, which revealed that two out of 12 products selected for testing had fewer viable probiotic organisms than expected from the label.
 
In a segment on The Dr. Oz Show about omega-3s from fish and marine oils (October 1, 2012), Dr. Oz asked Dr. Tanya Edwards of the Cleveland Clinic how consumers can figure out if a supplement is a good one or a bad one. Dr. Edwards, responded, "I tell all my patients to go to ConsumerLab.com." Watch the segment>>>
 
 
The article "Flavor in Curry Favored by Some for Joint Pain" in The Wall Street Journal's Aches & Claims column (July 16, 2012) cited ConsumerLab.com's latest review of turmeric and curcumin supplements, which revealed that two out of 10 products selected for testing had fewer active compounds than expected from the label.
 
The Chicago Tribune highlighted ConsumerLab.com's role as an independent source of dietary supplement information in "Dietary Supplements: Manufacturing Troubles Widespread, FDA Inspections Show" (June 30, 2012). The article details a number of manufacturing violations uncovered by the FDA since it began new industry compliance inspections in 2008. ConsumerLab.com president Tod Cooperman, M.D., explains that significant problems have been found with approximately one out of every four products the company has tested and describes some of the reasons for this.

In a related piece, "Dietary Supplement Tips for Consumers," the Chicago Tribune recommends ConsumerLab.com, along with sites such as FDA.gov, to readers who want to "minimize their risk," when it comes to choosing and using a dietary supplement.
 
"The Supplement Everyone Needs to Take," published by Rodale.com (May 2012) reports on a study which found fish oil supplementation reduced cardiovascular stress due to air pollution. The article suggests that people consult ConsumerLab.com's tests of fish oil supplements when choosing a supplement.
Full story>>>
 
The New York Times "Well" column cited ConsumerLab.com's study of coconut waters in an article "Really? The Claim: For Better Hydration, Drink Coconut Water" (August 8, 2011).
Full story>>>
 
Responding to a consumer's question about natural cholesterol control on the drweil.com website (June 30, 2011), Andrew Weil, M.D. noted that the most effective natural product available to help lower LDL cholesterol is red yeast rice. He commented that some products are less effective than others and suggested that consumers see ConsumerLab.com's ratings of red yeast rice products.
Full story>>>
 
The Wall Street Journal's Health Journal cited ConsumerLab.com's latest test results in the article "Multivitamins: So Many Types, So Many Labels" (June 21, 2011). The article explored the need for multivitamins, the discrepancy between Daily Value figures on products and the latest recommended intake levels, and the reliability of label information.
Full story>>>
 
In its article "4 Dietary Supplement Myths Busted," Eating Well magazine (July 2011) cites ConsumerLab.com's research to bust the myth that "What's listed on the label is what's really in the product."
Full story>>>
 
In an article about herbal remedies in a local edition of the Chicago Tribune (June 10, 2011), Dr. Leslie Mendoza Temple, M.D., Director of the Integrative Medicine at NorthShore University HealthSystem, recommended ConsumerLab.com as a "good resource for people looking to learn more about herbs and supplements as well as to compare different supplement brands."
Full story>>>
 
In a web chat on cancer and nutrition hosted by the Daily Press in Virginia (April 28, 2011), certified oncology dietician Lynne Groeger of the Peninsula Cancer Institute was asked to name the most important/trustworthy supplements. In her response, Groeger noted, "I use ConsumerLab.com to help make decisions about good supplements."
Full story>>>
 
ConsumerLab.com, featured in Prevention Magazine article on Yahoo! Health (Feb. 4, 2011) providing insights into the 5 most popular supplements in the recent CL Survey: fish oil, multivitamins, vitamin D, calcium and CoQ10.
Full story>>>
 
Energy Drinks: Too Good to Be True? Dr. Cooperman, President of ConsumerLab.com, featured on The Early Show on CBS where Michelle Miller reports on the claims of the energy drink, "5-hour Energy" and what CL found. (Feb. 7, 2011)
See the segment now>>>
Dr. Cooperman, ConsumerLab.com President, featured in Prevention Magazine article on MSNBC.com (January 17, 2011) where he discusses the safety concerns surrounding online diet pills.
Full story>>>

Experts recommend ConsumerLab.com for nutrition guidance. Two dietitians (Jenna A. Bell, PhD, RD, LD, and Scott Josephson, MS, RD) and two fitness professionals (Nicki Anderson and Brett Klika) met in a panel discussion on nutrition guidance and recommended ConsumerLab.com as a top "go-to" website at the 2010 IDEA World Fitness Convention>>>

Dr. William Obermeyer of ConsumerLab.com Dr. William Obermeyer, Vice President of Research at ConsumerLab.com featured on CBS News affiliate stations (November 10, 2010) discussing the verification process ConsumerLab.com uses for its independent tests on vitamins and supplements.
Watch the segment now >>

The American Medical Association's Archives of Internal Medicine journal (October 25, 2010) published a peer-reviewed article based on ConsumerLab.com's testing of red yeast rice supplements. The article is authored by Ram Gordon, M.D. and David Becker, M.D., both of the University of Pennsylvania Health System, and ConsumerLab.com's Tod Cooperman, M.D. and William Obermeyer, Ph.D. Data in the article includes results from ConsumerLab.com's Product Review of Red Yeast Rice Supplements (2008). ConsumerLab.com is scheduled to publish its next review of red yeast rice supplements in 2011.

Tod Cooperman, MD , President of ConsumerLab.com discussed fish oil supplements on The Dr. Oz Show (September 26, 2010).
Watch the segment now >>

Tod Cooperman, MD gave expert testimony before the Senate Special Committee on Aging regarding the quality of dietary supplements on May 26, 2010. Dr. Cooperman's testimony starts at 38:00.
Watch now >>

Tod Cooperman, MD (left), President of ConsumerLab.com, appeared on The Dr. Oz Show to discuss problems that can occur with dietary supplements (April 27, 2010).

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Newspapers:
Boston Globe, Chicago Sun-Times, Chicago Tribune, Gannett News Service, Investor's Business Daily, Minneapolis Star Tribune, Newsday, New York Post, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Reno Gazette-Journal, San Francisco Chronicle, Stars and Stripes, The Arizona Republic, The Atlanta Constitution, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The Baltimore Sun, The Christian Science Monitor, The Detroit Free Press, The Hartford Courant, The Journal News, The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, The Oregonian, The Orlando Sentinel, The Seattle Times Magazine, The Tampa Tribune, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, USA Today, and Wilmington Morning Star.

Magazines:
Arthritis Today, Better Homes and Gardens, Business Week, Cooking Light, Fitness Magazine, Glamour Magazine, Health Magazine, HerbalGram, Herbs for Health, Kiplinger's Personal Finance, Ladies' Home Journal, Men's Health, Modern Maturity, Money Magazine, Mother Earth News, New Choices Magazine, Newsweek International, O the Oprah Magazine, Parade, Prevention Magazine, Pure Power, Magazine Protégez-Vous, Reader's Digest, Remedy Magazine, Runners World, Self, Shape, Time, USA Weekend, U.S. News and World Report, and Vegetarian Times

Newsletters:
AARP Bulletin, Bottom Line Health, Bottom Line Personal, Cosmetics Cop Newsletter, Dr. Andrew Weil's Self Healing Newsletter, Environmental Nutrition, Nutrition Action Newsletter, The Johns Hopkins Medical Letter — Health After 50, The Tufts University Health & Nutrition Letter, Townsend Letter for Doctors and Patients, and the UC Berkeley Wellness Letter

Radio:
"Eye on the Internet" (KRLD 1080/Dallas-Fort Worth); Focus on the Family with Dr. James Dobson; National Public Radio (NPR) All Things Considered, Morning Edition, and Talk of the Nation; The People's Pharmacy (Public Radio); Leonard Lopate Show (WNYC - New York); HealthTalk with Dr. Hoffman (WOR).

Television:
ABC News 20/20, CBS Evening News with Dan Rather, CNN Headline News, and NBC Today Show and Weekend Today Show.

Trade & Professional Publications:
American Journal of Nursing, Complementary Practice of Alternative Medicine, Drug Store News, Food Labeling and Nutrition News, Functional Foods, Health Supplement Retailer, Journal of Practical Psychiatry, NACDS Chain Pharmacist Practice Memo, Natural Business, Natural Pharmacy, Nutraceuticals World, Nutritional Outlook, Primary Psychiatry, Psychiatric Annals, The Tan Sheet, Today's Dietician, Today's Health & Wellness, U.S. Pharmacist, Vitamin Retailer Magazine, and Whole Foods.

Books:
"Nutrition Concerns in Women" by Sarah Johnston Miller, Pharm.D., BCNSP appearing in the American College of Clinical Pharmacy's Pharmacotherapy Self-Assessment Program version IV, 2002.
The Wellness Revolution, Paul Zane Pilzer, John Wiley & Sons, 2002.
Nutritional Aspects and Clinical Management of Chronic Disorders and Diseases, Edited by Felix Bronner, CRC Press, 2002.
Reader's Digest Cut Your Cholesterol, David L. Katz, M.D. and Debra L. Gordon, Reader's Digest Association, Inc., 2004
Natural Causes, Dan Hurley, Broadway Books, 2006
The New 8-Week Cholesterol Cure, Robert E. Kowalski, HarperTorch, 2006.
The World's Greatest Treasury of Health Secrets, BottomLine Books, 2006
What to Eat: An Aisle-by-Aisle Guide to Savvy Food Choices and Good Eating, Marion Nestle, North Point Press, 2006
What Your Doctor Hasn't Told You And The Health Store Clerk Doesn't Know, Edward L. Schneider, M.D. and Leigh Ann Hirschman, Penguin Group, 2006
Understanding Dietary Supplements, Jenna Hollenstein, MD, RD, ELS, University Press of Mississippi, 2007
You: Staying Young: The Owner's Manual for Extending Your Warranty, Michael F. Roizen, Mehmet C. Oz, Free Press, 2007.
Instant Health Answers, Edited by Marianne Wait, Readers Digest Association, 2010.


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