• Forecast
  • News Tip
  • Categories
Temperature Precipitation
Estimated read time
1m 28s

FDA issues recall after steroids found in supplements

By KTVA CBS 11 News 12:26 PM December 5, 2013

Health professionals advise always checking with your doctor before taking any vitamin or supplement.

ANCHORAGE- When it comes to vitamins and supplements, the choices are endless.  However, it can be challenging for consumers to find vitamins and supplements that work and won’t be harmful.

“I think for consumers, it’s really a challenge,” said Dr. Kenneth Spaeth, Director of Occupational and Environmental Medicine North Shore.

Dr. Spaeth recently noticed bout 20 of his patients, taking the same brand and type of supplements, were getting sick.  Some men lost their libido. Some women grew facial hair while their voice grew deeper.

“They didn’t know what was happening to them,” Spaeth said.

He suspected that three healthy life chemistry supplements all had contaminants and the signs were consistent with the presence of steroids. The supplements were B-50, Multi-Mineral, and Vitamin C. Spaeth’s suspicions led to a national recall by the Food and Drug Administration.

“There are some bad players out there like any other industry,” said Howard Chasser, owner of a health food store.  According to Chasser, consumers need to be careful.

Chasser offers three safety tips: choose a well-known brand, do your research, ask questions and be critical.

Chasser said there are brands that contract the manufacturing process out — but many companies that do this have significantly less control over the quality of their products. If the bottle says “manufactured for,” then you can start by calling the contractor for information on raw materials used. If the claims on the bottle sound too good to be true, according to Chasser, they probably are.

“There’s no magic pills,” Chasser added.

Spaeth advises that you always check with your doctor before taking any vitamin or supplement.

You can find out more about the vitamin recall on the FDA’s website.

Latest Stories

  • News

    Anchorage Assembly approves first pot cultivation license, bans smoking, vaping in Town Square Park

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Jul 26, 21:39

    The first pot cultivation facility within Anchorage got the go ahead from the Assembly Tuesday evening to begin production. Assembly members approved a measure giving Dream Green Farms in Mountain View their cultivation license. This was the first application for a facility like this within the municipality. Any business looking to sell marijuana will have to […]

  • News

    Japanese utility companies optimistic about investing in Alaska’s natural gas

    by Liz Raines on Jul 26, 20:55

    Governor Bill Walker wants to lower the price tag on Alaska’s natural gas pipeline project, AKLNG. Currently at $45 to $65 billion, it’s one of the most expensive in the world. Now, a Japanese energy developer, Resources Energy, Inc. (REI), says its utility companies would be willing to chip in for cheaper gas. Alaska currently partners […]

  • News

    Will Fish and Game open Fish Creek to dipnetting this weekend?

    by Bonney Bowman on Jul 26, 20:30

    Dipnetting is serious business for Alaskans looking to stock their freezers ahead of winter. With the season quickly winding down, many are wondering if Fish Creek in the Mat-Su will open to subsistence dipnetting. It’s been closed so far, because the Alaska Department of Fish and Game says not enough salmon have passed through their […]

  • Lifestyle

    Business accelerator program aims to help small businesses flourish in Alaska

    by Heather Hintze on Jul 26, 18:22

    After two years in business, Heather Kelly has seen the demand for more healthy options when it comes to backcountry camping food. That’s the concept behind her startup, Heather’s Choice: dehydrated meals made with Alaskan ingredients like smoked salmon. “We’ve steadily grown. Today we’re sitting at $31,000 through our website which is our best month […]

  • News

    Update: 46 people rescued from sinking fishing boat in Aleutian Islands

    by Associated Press on Jul 26, 16:58

    The Latest on the rescue of 46 crew members who abandoned a fishing vessel in Alaska’s Aleutian Islands on Tuesday (all times local): 9 p.m. Officials say two Good Samaritan vessels have rescued 46 people who abandoned a fishing boat in Alaska’s Aleutian Islands. Coast Guard Petty Officer Lauren Steenson says there were no reports […]

  • Crime

    Chickaloon man charged with assaulting rafters along river

    by Associated Press on Jul 26, 14:29

    A man suspected of using a knife to confront a rafting party along the Chickaloon River has been charged with four counts of felony assault. Alaska State Troopers say 56-year-old Bruce Harrison of Chickaloon, claiming the group was trespassing, on Monday untied a raft carrying five juveniles and kicked it into fast water toward rapids. […]

  • DayBreak

    Alaska’s sports legends help the Alaska Sports Hall of Fame celebrate its 10th year

    by Daybreak Staff on Jul 26, 13:34

    The Alaska Sports Hall of Fame is celebrating its 10-year-anniversary and a collection of the state’s greatest all-stars will be in attendance. From Super Bowl and Stanley Cup winners, to Olympic medalists, the public is invited for a chance to meet all of them Thursday and Friday. Tuesday, Alaska Sports Hall of Fame executive director […]

  • Crime

    Police: Teen seriously injured in early morning shooting

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Jul 26, 13:09

    A 17-year-old male was taken to an Anchorage hospital with serious injuries after he was shot in the chest in the Fairview neighborhood early Monday morning, according to Anchorage Police Department spokesperson Anita Shell. Shell provided few details, but said at 4:48 a.m. the teen walked into a Holiday Gas Station, at the 4600 block […]