Paul Offit, M.D., Author, Do You Believe in Magic

FDA Seeks To Ban Alternative Products Claiming To Be “Natural” Therapies for Diabetes

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has sent warning letters to 15 companies asking them to stop selling dietary supplements that falsely claim to prevent and treat diabetes and “replace medicine in the treatment of diabetes.”

Dr. Offit, author of the newly released book, Do You Believe in Magic (Harper, June 2013), is available for media interviews to discuss the lack of scientific evidence supporting the safety and efficacy of alternative and so-called natural therapies and the challenges FDA faces in protecting consumers from these potentially dangerous products.

Dr. Offit is the Chief, Division of Infectious Diseases and Director, Vaccine Education Center at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

To arrange an interview, please contact Dana Mortensen at or 267-426-6092.


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