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TWIW 148: Researcher famed for accusing natural remedies of fraud, accused of fraud
11, Apr, 2022
This Week In Wellness Steven Newmaster, a researcher and botanist at the University of Guelph is facing charges of using fraudulent research methods. Newmaster found fame in 2013 publishing a study in BMC Medicine using DNA barcoding on herbal products such as echinacea, ginkgo biloba, and St. John’s wort and accusing the products of containing different plants to those labelled, laden with inert fillers and tainted with contaminants that could cause liver and colon damage, skin tumours, and other serious health problems. These reports had significant impacts on the natural health industry and led to major retailers removing products from their shelves.
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