Lamar Odom took 10 herbal pills; New study says herbal supplements hospitalize 23,000 per year

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Herbal supplements are not regulated by the FDA - that means you have no idea what ingredients are really inside the capsules.

They may contain cheap fillers like rice or sawdust, all the way up to hidden prescription drugs, and not a single herbal supplement is subjected to the same testing and FDA approval as legal prescription drugs.

In Lamar Odom's case, the former NBA star reportedly took 10 herbal pills from two different manufacturers, designed to act like Viagra, during his multi-day stay in a legal Nevada brothel.

According to the Washington Post, both of those brands, Reload and Libimax Plus, were not herbal-only, and contained strong hidden pharmaceutical ingredients to enhance male performance.

In fact, the FDA warned consumers two years ago to stop taking or to throw away any remaining Reload pills.

However, those pills might not be the cause of Odom's collapse on Tuesday.

According to the 911 tape, Odom admitted to cocaine use before arriving at the brothel, where he was found three days later with pink mucus-like fluid coming from his mouth and nose.

The 35-year-old estranged husband to Khloe Kardashian is on life support and in a coma at a Las Vegas hospital.

Doctors say he has a 50/50 chance of surviving and Kardashian must make his medical decisions.

About 150 million Americans each year are estimated to take dietary supplements.

A new ten-year study in the New England Journal of Medicine finds that herbal and "all natural" dietary supplements like vitamins, minerals, and amino acids send 23,000 people in the U.S. to the emergency room each year.

Dietary supplements make up a nearly $15 billion industry with new supplements popping up overnight, and often changing their names once they're deemed unsafe by the FDA.

For now, the FDA can only ban products if the ingredients are shown to be unsafe or untrue.

And remember, even if the ingredients are "all natural" does not mean they are safe.

Most patients in the study complained of heart problems, even at young ages, meaning the supplements .

Always talk to your doctor first before starting a dietary supplement.


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