In the ongoing war on vitamins, the media takes up supplement bashing once again in the form of the usual misrepresentations and outright lies by some senator and comedian. Its one more step towards implementing Codex in the US and putting unnecessary restrictions on supplements. The media seems to be self-projecting though (the same way a certain doctor awful does) without mentioning that the pharmaceutical-medical complex has far more wealth and vested interests in the government. The FDA is practically a revolving door for Big Pharma interests.
The media war started with Dr. Oz's weightloss supplements apparently. They fail to mention that the problem is not with the supplement industry as a whole, but with a few low-quality companies and their products. Theres a difference between vitamins and herbs and the fly-by-night weightloss/steroid industry and the government agencies should be competent enough to know the difference. Of course, they are totally ignorant about alternative health. I agree that most of the weightloss industry is a fraud as true weightloss is not found in "magical diet pills". The way to lasting weight reduction is changing your lifestyle and diet.
Its odd that the media takes aim at the supplement industry though as the pharmaceutical industry is full of fraud and corruption. They also have far more control over the US medical system unlike supplement industry. Of course, the medical establishment claims that their drugs are "scientifically-proven" despite the fact that 67% of medical journal retractions are due to fraud and misconduct and the numerous ways that drug studies are based on fraud (publication bias, ghostwritten studies). The FDA constantly threatens to shutdown the whole supplement industry simply based on a few low-quality products found to be contaminated or spiked (ironically the contamination often is a pharmaceutical ingredient).
I'd rather take supplements than take drugs anyways. No TV comedian is going to dissuade me, however, the general population with their ignorant and complacent attitude could end up being persuaded by a media agenda.