The U.S. Food and Drug Administration advises not to purchase or consume Total Body Formula in the flavors of Tropical Orange and Peach Nectar, or Total Body Mega Formula in the Orange/Tangerine flavor.

There are 43 reports of people in 9 states who experienced serious adverse reactions.

After 5 to 10 days of taking this stuff, significant hair loss, muscle cramps, diarrhea, joint pain, and fatigue occurred.

The FDA found the products contain extremely high levels of selenium — up to 40,800 micrograms per recommended serving. That’s more than 200 times the amount of selenium per serving (200 micrograms) indicated on the product labels!

It’s not known if anyone from the distributor, Total Body Essential Nutrition of Atlanta, or the company they bought it from (not mentioned in the FDA press release) had assigned anybody to quality control.

It appears not.

4/13/08 16:17 JR

Hi, I’m JR

John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at, a complementary and alternative medicine website.