Senator Claire McCaskill is questioning various retailers and Internet companies regarding the sales of supplements that claim to preserve brain health in seniors by blocking the effects of memory loss, dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. The products carry dubious names like “Food for the Brain,” “Dementia Drops” and “Brain Awake.”
McCaskill, who is a member of the Senate Aging Committee, sent letters to 15 retailers inquiring about the vetting process involved with products that make untrue claims. The committee is often involved in probes of health scams that target senior citizens.
The current investigation delves deep into the industry of bulk dietary supplements which brings in $30 billion annually by way of questionable manufacturing and often outrageous advertising and marketing practices. Since supplements are not subject to FDA approval like over-the-counter and prescription drugs, the market is wide open to an older, vulnerable population.
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On May 26, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders officially kicked off his 2016 presidential bid in Burlington with a fiery speech that implored progressives to help him create “a political revolution” that will transform the United States “economically, politically and environmentally.”
“This country faces more serious problems today than at any time since the Great Depression,” Sanders told a crowd of 5,000 at Waterfront Park. “If you include the planetary crisis of climate change, it may well be that the challenges we face now are more dire than any time in our modern history.”
Sanders, 73, vowed to elevate issues like income inequality, climate change and campaign finance in the presidential campaign. He said that the “grotesque” level of money and power that the nation’s billionaires currently enjoy is “immoral, bad economics and unsustainable.”
While Sanders was praised by a string of onstage supporters, including environmental activist Bill McKibben, several leading Vermont Democrats, including Sen. Patrick Leahy, Gov. Peter Shumlin and former Gov. Howard Dean, were notably absent from the event. All three have thrown their support behind Hillary Clinton’s campaign.
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It has been a busy past few weeks for the Democratic Party, as the apparent coronation of Hillary Clinton is in jeopardy of becoming a list of serious contenders for the Democratic Presidential nominee spot. Chief among those who have already made an announcement is Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont), but it also appears that former Virginia Senator Jim Webb is seriously considering a run for the White House as well.
Speculation has it that there are others still waiting to announce, with one of those being current Vice-President Joe Biden, who many think is the big pink elephant in the room. Speculation continues as well on whether Martin O’Malley, former Maryland Governor, will enter the race. O’Malley has a press conference scheduled for May 30. The summer before the actual primary, it is clearly “heating” up as the 2016 White House race gets underway.
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