I want more regulation. I am sick and tired of hearing lead and god knows what else found in supplements. If I am paying $$$, I would like it to be safe.
Also, some things I use but I have no idea what long term side effects are as no one has to do any studied. I take Peppermint Oil capsules for IBS and it works great....but is is safe to take for years? Who knows. It is very disconcerting.
That's the thing. The reasons that drugs have side effects is that it is difficult to make a biologically active compound that has pharmacological activity that is desirable that does not also have some activity that is no desirable (AKA side effects). Just because something is natural does not mean that it is safe, or healthy. And if it does something desirable, it may have some undesirable effects as well. And that needs to be studied. Consumers deserve safe and effective medications.
And then there is the manufacturing issues. There was some drama a few years ago that some teething tablets had belladonna in it. How does that happen? How is that OK?
The pharma industry has some issues, but they are regulated and audited very closely.
I just don't trust any company - pharma or "natural" oriented - to act in the best interests of consumers. Money is just too strong of a lure. I want a consumer protection agency with teeth. I do think this may either raise prices or reduce availability. But that means that what is available for sale is proven to be safe and effective, and that's a good thing.