The C.A.M. Report
Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Fair, Balanced, and to the Point
  • About this web log

    This blog ran from 2006 to 2016 and was intended as an objective and dispassionate source of information on the latest CAM research. Since my background is in pharmacy and allopathic medicine, I view all CAM as advancing through the development pipeline to eventually become integrated into mainstream medical practice. Some will succeed while others fail. But all are treated fairly here.

  • About the author

    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.

  • Common sense considerations

    The material on this weblog is for informational purposes. It is not medical advice or counsel. Be smart, consult your health professional before using CAM.

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    Consumer alert: “Total Body Formula” and “Mega Formula”

    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

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