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Going to court over the lead content in Ayurvedic meds

A woman from Iowa has filed a lawsuit claiming she contracted lead poisoning from a Maharishi herbal product.

She apparently got it from a physician at a clinic in India.

A reader treated by the same doctor at the same clinic had a different experience and shares it in his comment.

Tests done by the Iowa Department of Public Health showed the product, Garbhapal Ras, was made up of nearly 3% lead.

What’s surprising is how long it took for a user of Ayurvedic herbal remedies to report this problem.

Now we hear from Mr. Steve Yellin, a media spokesman for the Maharishi University of Management in Fairfield, “These products have been on the market for 30 years, and it’s the first time I’ve heard of anything like this.”

Apparently, Mr. Yellin hasn’t been paying attention.

This blog and its readers have paid attention: here, here, here, here, and here.

It will be interesting to see if this is just the first in an avalanche of lawsuits from patients of Ayurvedic.

3/10/08 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 www.Vicus.com, a complementary and alternative medicine website.