Diet Supplements and Swine Flu
Earlier in 2009 the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned consumers about possible swine flu cure supplements or diet supplements being sold without approval, which claim to cure or prevent the swine flu. Despite the increased crack-down on these products, many websites still exist claiming they can cure the H1N1 virus with their diet supplements, sprays, or devices.
The FDA is currently attacking all diet supplement companies making claims it can cure the swine flu, warning consumers not to buy these products. These diet supplements are not proven to work–and may even cause harm.
Why the FDA is Concerned
The FDA is concerned about pills that claim to cure swine flu because even they do not know how to cure it–and such supplements don’t base their claims on any legitimate studies or facts.
According to an FDA official, these supplements also compromise a person’s health. People who use these products often do not seek any medical assistance–if they are infected, they risk having it advance into something more serious. This could increase the number of deaths from the H1N1 virus.
Because of this risk, they are currently pursuing any company claiming they can cure the swine flu virus. They are concerned this could worsen the swine flu epidemic.
Can Pills Cure the Swine Flu?
The CDC has not identified any legitimate cures for the swine flu, and any claims made by any companies are not verified as legitimate. The closest thing to a cure are oral antibiotics, which contained a weakened version of the virus–not any vitamins or other ingredients. If there is a cure, none of the major United States or world health organizations have discovered it yet. It is very likely the claims made by these companies are not as legitimate as claimed.
What to Watch Out For
Numerous products are still claiming to cure the swine flu, despite aggressive action by health organizations. If you run into a product or website making these claims, contact the FDA:
- Diet pills that claim to revitalize the immune system to prevent an H1N1 infection. A strong immune system helps prevent the virus, but people cannot obtain this benefit through a pill. A healthy diet and plenty of nourishing fluids can, however.
- Healing gels containing natural ingredients that claim to cure the infection. The H1N1 virus attacks the cells inside of the body, which topical gels cannot penetrate. Furthermore, viruses are only treatable with oral antibiotics, not gels.
- Diet pills that claim to cure the virus anywhere in the body. Vitamins and minerals cannot kill it–only antibiotics can. No viruses can be eliminated by consuming more vitamins, and none of these claims are backed up by any independent studies.
- Any natural pills or creams claiming their cure is based off clinical evidence. There are no studies any health organizations recognize as being evidence for a cure–a cure currently does not exist. Chances are this evidence is based off small studies completed by the company, not a study evaluated by the FDA.
People who wish to report fraudulent claims or diet supplements should contact the FDA at 1-888-INFO-FDA.