‘Craze’ Supplement Found to Contain Methamphetamine-Like Chemical

A team of scientists from the United States and the Netherlands found that the popular body-building supplement Craze contains a chemical similar to methamphetamine.

The researchers warned that the risks associated with the meth-like chemical, which is not listed on the Craze label, are unknown because it has never been studied in humans. Continue reading ‘Craze’ Supplement Found to Contain Methamphetamine-Like Chemical

Testosterone Gels Are Expensive, Often Unnecessary, and Can be Dangerous

Endocrine tumors and chemotherapy can cause a man’s testosterone level to plummet, but testosterone gels might not be the promising solution that drug makers promise them to be. In fact, they might cause more health problems than they fix.

Testosterone gel commercials urge men to talk to their doctor about “Low T” – a condition many physicians believe is invented. For men looking for an easy and painless way to restore the energy of their youth, get a more competitive edge in sports, or ramp up their sex drive, the gels seem like a godsend, as evidenced by the more than $2 billion these products generated in American sales last year, according to the New York Times. Continue reading Testosterone Gels Are Expensive, Often Unnecessary, and Can be Dangerous

Amber Teething Necklaces Pose Choking, Strangulation Risks for Babies

Baltic amber necklaces have become a popular alternative way of soothing teething pain in babies throughout Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and increasingly the United States, but the beads pose a choking and strangulation hazard to little ones, according to an article on the New York Times’ Well blog.

Retailers claim the amber releases a pain-relieving substance that is absorbed into the skin and bloodstream when it is warmed by the baby’s body temperature, leading parents to believe the necklaces are a safe, natural way to help their child feel comfortable again. There is no evidence to support retailers’ claims, however, and an unattended child could choke on a bead that breaks off of the necklace or wrap the necklace around his neck and accidentally choke himself, according to Well. Continue reading Amber Teething Necklaces Pose Choking, Strangulation Risks for Babies