Posted August 21, 2013

Seller of Vitamin, Tea and MSM Supplements Warned For Drug Claims

August 7, 2013, the FDA issued a warning letter to Vibrant Life Vitamins, following a review of the company's websites which found statements made about Taheebo Life Tea, Life Glow Plus, Super Life Glow, Life Glow Basic, Vibrant Life MSM, Herbal MSM, and Organic Germanium to be drug claims.

Taheebo Life Tea capsules contain an extract of Lapacho tree bark. They were promoted on Vibrant Life's website, www.oralchelation.com, with statements such as "Help prevent hardening of the arteries" and "Lapacho (Taheebo) undoubtedly contains a substance found to be highly effective against cancer."

(See ConsumerLab.com's Encyclopedia of Natural Products article on Lapacho for more information about this ingredient, and see the Review of Green Tea Supplements for tests of related products.)

Life Glow Basic contains EDTA, N-Acetyl-Cysteine and methylsulfonylmethane (MSM). It was promoted to remove toxic metals from the body and help prevent cancer on Vibrant Life's website, www.ChelationTherapyOnline.com, with statements such as "It is well suited to taking as a cancer prevention supplement."

Life Glow Plus and Super Life Glow are multivitamins that also contain EDTA, N-Acetyl-Cysteine and MSM. They were promoted to remove toxic metals from the body and help prevent cancer on Vibrant Life's website, www.ChelationTherapyOnline.com, with statements such as, "The thousands of my customers who have been singing the praises of Life Glow Plus, Super Life Glow or Life Glow Basic … didn't even know it, but they were being protected against cancer."

(See ConsumerLab.com's Encyclopedia of Natural Products article on N-Acetyl-Cysteine for more information about this ingredient, and see the article on Chelation Therapy for more information about EDTA and chelation. Also see the Review of Multivitamins and Multiminerals for tests of related products.)

Vibrant Life MSM and Herbal MSM contain methylsulfonylmethane. They were promoted on Vibrant Life's website, www.vibrantlifemsm.com, with customer testimonials such as "I was diagnosed with ...Chronic fatigue, depression, parathesia, stomach and liver pain... MSM changed all that...it is far superior to any supplement I have consumed."

(See ConsumerLab.com's Review of MSM Supplements for tests of related products.)

Organic germanium was promoted on Vibrant Life's website, http://www.oralchelation.com/oral_chelation_products.html, with statements such as "Germanium has shown results in tumor reduction, boosting the immune system and relieving rheumatoid arthritis."

The FDA also cited the company's use of webpage meta tags such as "heart disease" and "fight heart disease" as evidence of drug claims.

In addition, Taheebo Life Tea , Life Glow Plus, Super Life Glow, Life Glow Basic, Vibrant Life MSM, Herbal MSM, and Organic Germanium were found to be misbranded because the labels did not provide adequate directions for use.

To read the FDA's warning letter, use the link below.