The Phantom Of The Opera

For many American film lovers, it is 1925's The Phantom of the Opera that defines horror in the silent film era. Lon Chaney's Erik may not have modern moviegoers fainting as legend says they did when Christine reveals his deformed skeleton-like face, but there's no doubt he holds a special place in horror fans' hearts to this day. The Phantom Of The Opera Synopsis - Spoilers Included The new owners of the Paris Opera House refuse to believe the previous owners' warnings about the holder of box 5--a "phantom of the opera"--even though the phantom's presence is well-known and openly discussed among the opera's performers. The mysterious phantom has eyes that are just "ghastly beads", compared to holes in a grinning skull, explains stagehand Joseph Boquet, who claims to have actually seen the phantom. Over that skull, he continues, is stretched tight yellow skin with only two large holes where his nose should be. Meanwhile, the opera's

Hanna’s Herb Shop Gets FDA Warning

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, or FDA, recently sent a formal warning letter to Thomas Brown and the store he manages, Hanna’s Herb Shop, for non-allowed drug claims the company reportedly made about several of its herbal products.

Hanna's Herb Shop Gets FDA Warning Letter
FDA Letter To Hanna's

FDA warning letter sent to Thomas Brown and Hanna’s Herb Shop for non-allowed health claims made of the store’s Kolester, Kava Kava, St. John’s Wort and other herbal remedies.

The letter, which was dated March 5th 2019, called out several products in particular. Among them were:

  • Kroeger Herb Kolester
  • Kroeger Herb St. John’s Wort Complete Concentrate
  • Kroeger Herb FLT (Flu Tea) 
  • Kroeger Herb Heart Care Blend
  • Kroeger Herb Circu Flow and Aloe Vera Juice (Inner Leaf)

In the case of the “flu tea” remedy just the name of the product was enough to get the FDA’s attention. And then there was the case of a bee pollen product, which apparently got the company in trouble simply because it was listed under allergy remedies.

But the allegations FDA made about some of Hanna’s herbal remedies were little more serious. A customer testimonial about the Kroeger Herb Circu Flow and Aloe Vera Juice product, for example, seemed to position it as an alternative to a surgical procedure. And Hanna’s Kolester supplement was hawked as an alternative to pharmaceutical statins.

FDA typically gives supplement peddlers 15 working days to address allegations that they are marketing products with illegal claims and that is the case here.

As of my check this morning, the FDA-cited claims I looked up had been removed from the website. Neither the site’s blog nor any of Hanna’s social media accounts address the FDA formal warning.