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I had the opportunity to attend last night’s All-Star game in St. Louis with my son last evening. It was a great game-fast paced with some exciting plays in the field, especially by hometown favorite Carl Crawford.

As we prepare to travel back to Tampa today, I couldn’t help but think about the goodwill generated by the pre-game ceremonies, the back stories about the players, and the game itself. Baseball is fortunate to have many goodwill ambassadors, perhaps none more exemplary than Albert Pujols. Besides being a fantastic ballplayer, he’s a gentleman who’s humble and gives back to his St. Louis community.

These players and an exciting game last night help fans forget about the problems that linger in baseball such as steroids and the use of banned substances. In some instances, such as JC Romero’s case, the banned substance violation should scare us all. Romero was suspended for using a banned substance that he purchased at a GNC store in Cherry Hill, NJ. He consulted with the team trainer about the purchased dietary supplement and was given the go-ahead to use it. Unfortunately, for Romero, the product labeling wasn’t complete and 6-OXO Extreme contained substances (unknown to Romero) banned by Major League Baseball.

Romero’s case points out a potential problem for all of us with dietary supplements. The products aren’t evaluated or regulated by the FDA. While they boast about using "all natural" ingredients, the consumer never knows the combinations of those ingredients nor the quantities mixed together. It’s a dangerous situation for all consumers, not just ball players.

Anyway, steroids and banned substances aside, baseball is alive and well because of the quality of its players. They are not only All-Stary because of their physical prowess. They are All-Stars as well for the content of their character.


  1. Gravatar for Marc Ullman
    Marc Ullman

    If dietary supplements are not regulated, I suggest that you inform the United States Food And Drug Administration so that it stops misinforming your potential clients. Among other things, the FDA website states: FDA regulates dietary supplements under a different set of regulations than those covering "conventional" foods and drug products (prescription and Over-the-Counter).

  2. Gravatar for Nick Carroll
    Nick Carroll

    Thanks for the link Marc. I believe though that the supplements are probably not regulated in a way that most people assume they are. I know that "Generally, manufacturers do not need to register their products with FDA nor get FDA approval before producing or selling dietary supplements.*" was surprising to me.

  3. Gravatar for Marc Ullman
    Marc Ullman

    Nevertheless, there is a significant difference between "unregulated" and "regulated differently". Counsel should be clarifying consumer confusion, not adding to it.

  4. Joe Saunders

    Thanks for the comment Marc. Point well taken. I should have been more specific. The FDA does have some reglatory power to remove products from the market if the product is found to be dangerous. However, the FDA does not require that these dietary supplements be shown to be safe and effective prior to marketing as they do with pharmacuetical products.

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