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Vitamins Laced with Anabolic Steroids are Responsible for 29 Illnesses, According to Doctor

Filed August 2nd, 2013 Laurie

When 29 people got sick after taking vitamins marketed as Healthy Life Chemistry By Purity First B-50, it was up to Dr. Keith Spaeth, of North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, New York, to do the necessary detective work to figure out what was causing the illnesses.

Spaeth’s research uncovered the frightening truth: the vitamins, were laced with anabolic steroids. Mira Health Products, the manufacturer of the product, has refused a U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) request to voluntarily recall the vitamins, and the agency says the company may now face seizure and sanction actions, according to Newsday.com.

Patients affected by the laced B-50 vitamins began trickling into North Shore in February. Doctors initially believed the culprit to be environmental contamination and sent patients to Spaeth, who is the director of occupational and environmental medicine at the hospital. Some of the women had facial hair growth and reported missed menstrual periods. Some of the men complained of impotence and had drastically low testosterone levels, according to Newsday.com.

Lab results show Healthy Life Chemistry By Purity First B-50 contains dimethazine and the highly potent methasterone, a controlled substance. Methasterone is a designer anabolic steroid that was first synthesized in the 1950s. Anabolic steroids are used by athletes and body-builders to increase body mass and can cause long-term health consequences, including an increased risk of heart attack and stroke, as well as liver failure. Men may experience testicular shrinkage, breast enlargement, and infertility, Newsday.com reported.

Vitamins and supplements do not face the same federal scrutiny that prescription drugs do and anabolic steroids are showing up more and more in these products, especially the ones marketing towards young people. Many medical professionals are calling for stricter supplement regulation, Newsday.com reported.

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