Health Department Warns Dietary Supplement Could Cause Adverse Health Effects

For Immediate Release: April 16, 2008
Media Contact: Communications Office
Vermont Department of Health

BURLINGTON – The Vermont Department of Health is warning people not to drink a dietary supplement “Total Body Formula,” and “Total Body Mega Formula” due to possible adverse health effects.

Hazardous levels of selenium and chromium were discovered in the product by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The supplement is manufactured for Total Body Essential Nutrition Inc. and is not sold in Vermont, but is available online and could cause adverse health effects, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

No one in Vermont has reported an adverse reaction to the product, but the FDA is advising anyone who has “Total Body Formula” in flavors Tropical Orange and Peach Nectar, and Orange/Tangerine flavor “Total Body Mega Formula” to discard them in the trash.

“Total Body Formula” products are sold in eight-ounce and 32-ounce plastic bottles.

Excessive intake of selenium may cause the following symptoms: significant hair loss, muscle cramps, diarrhea, joint pain, fatigue, loss of finger nails and blistering skin. Excessive intake of chromium may result in gastrointestinal problems, flushing or rash, dizziness, headache, chest pain, changes in thought processes, muscle problems, kidney failure, or liver damage.

Anyone who has consumed the product and has symptoms consistent with toxicity from selenium or chromium should contact their health care provider or the Health Department at 802-863-7240.

As of April 11, 2008, 91 adverse reactions have been reported from Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and Virginia health departments.  The American Association of Poison Control Centers and the FDA report additional exposures in other states.

The product was distributed in 16 states (Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia).

Health care professionals and consumers are also encouraged to report adverse reaction to the product to the FDA's MedWatch program at 800-FDA-1088 or online at


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