Heparin, a blood thinner, used primarily in kidney dialysis centers or to prevent blood from clotting duringÂ heart surgery has been found to be contaminated not by the heparin active ingredient but rather by a cheap, toxic hypersulfinated chondroitin sulfate substitute from China.
AwarenessÂ of the killer substitute ingredient happenedÂ around the first anniversary of the pet food recall when a cheap, toxic ingredient (melamine)Â was substituted in the manufacturing of pet foods. An epidemic ofÂ thousands of pets because seriously ill or died.
One year later, bad things are still happening without scrutiny of U.S. food and drugs (and toys) supplied from China and other countries.
According to Wikipedia, chondroitin sulfate is made from the cartilage of cows, pigs, sharks.Â Chondroitin sulfate is used to treat osteoarthritis in people and also in veterinary medicine, to treat dogs with arthritis.
In 22 countries, chondroitin is a prescription item but in the United States, it is not. Here it is considered a dietary supplementÂ without mandatory standards for formulation and labeling as to the percentage of actual chondroitin in the dietary supplement. Â Â
Unlike chondroitin sulfate, the culprit was oversulfated chondroitin sulfate which is a man-made chemical.
Oversulfated chondroitin sulfate mimics heparin’s qualities and is a chemicallyÂ modified form of chondroitin sulfate.
Currently the FDA doesn’t know if this man-madeÂ contaminant found up in the heparin was deliberately or by accident. Oversulfated chondroitin sulfate is less expensive than the active pharmaceutical ingredient in heparin.
The moral of the story is that you really don’t know what is in those nutritional supplements and dietary supplements that you buy. Not only can you be paying for a product that doesn’t have the percentage of ingredients necessary to help you lose weight, feel good, yadda yadda — but these same products and drugs could be filled with toxic substances.