The FDA just issued a news release urging consumers to stop using HydroxyCut products, noting that some products were “associtated with” liver injuries. Iovate, the manufacturer, has agreed to recall all HydroxyCut products.
Out of millions of doses of HydroxyCut sold, there were 23 reports of “serious health problems” “associated with” the use of the product, ranging from jaundice to elevated liver enzymes to permanent liver damage resulting in a liver transplant. There was also one death from liver failure.
I keep putting the “associated with” in quotes because we have to be very careful about how we interpret the terms we use.
Almost all people who die from asthma have probably used an inhaler shortly before their death. That means that use of asthma inhalers is “associated with” deaths from asthma. Can we say that asthma inhalers caused death in those patients? If so, we need to take asthma inhalers off the market.
Many people who die in hospital emergency departments are brought by ambulances. Ambulance use is therefore “associated with” deaths in the hospital emergency department. Do ambulances cause death? Should we stop EMS transports immediately?
Paying taxes is associated with increased … aww nevermind. You get the picture.
So is this FDA warning a bunch of hooey or has Iovate been slipping the general public a Mickey all these years?