|Travelling "snake oil" salesman.|
The modern version of the snake oil salesman is alive and well and living on the Internet. Fronted by "non-profit" entities, these folks will sell you pills, recipes, cookbooks, lifestyle plans, all sorts of cures for what ails the modern man, woman, and child.
It's not illegal to push a lot of these products, and they often pose more of a hazard to your pocketbook than your health. Caveat emptor. But some products can pose a hazard to human health.
Last week we had headlines warning families against the purchasing of human milk from anonymous sources via the Internet. "Moms beware..." "Dangerous bacteria..." "Breast milk sold online may have harmful bacteria..." blared the headlines. (See my blog post "Something smells off and it's not the milk."
This week we have a helpful not-for-profit organization with the "vital health news" that donor breast milk is "contaminated." The CDC says so! (Not.) Oh no! But wait, there's more. Bovine colostrum to the rescue! You don't have to buy that dangerous, icky, filthy human milk. You can purchase quality cow colostrum for your baby!
|Product sales website warning of "New CDC Research showing "contaminated" donor breast milk.|
These same bodies govern how infant formula is manufactured. In 81 countries around the world of there are outright laws preventing the marketing of products like this. In North America our health authorities have declined to ban the marketing of these products, but they have asserted their regulatory authority over the kinds of ingredients that can be included in breast milk substitutes, and they monitor the manufacturing of infant formula to try to keep dangerous pathogens from harming newborn infants.
|Emma Kwasnica, founder of HM4HB,|
wet-nursing her the child of a friend
hospitalized for a health emergency.
networks drew warnings from
Health Canada, the FDA, and
France's health authority when they
became popular 3 years ago.