The Reading / Listening - Level 5

Millions of people take dietary supplements in the belief that they boost health. New research casts doubt on these pills and tablets. The American organisation Consumer Reports (CR) found serious health risks from vitamins, probiotics, and weight loss pills. CR said the biggest problem is that supplements are largely unregulated. Medicinal drugs have to be tested for safety and effectiveness, but supplements need much less government approval. This means consumers are in the dark regarding the ingredients of the supplements and how the body reacts to them.



Lisa Gill from CR said the report showed the dangers of supplements. She said they could cause liver and kidney failure, kidney transplants, and heart problems. Gill added: "Just because it's not prescription, you say, 'oh, it's safe,' but that's not necessarily true." She urged people to avoid 15 ingredients in supplements, including red yeast and caffeine powder. She warned: "There have been deaths associated with each of these." She told people to see a doctor or pharmacist before taking supplements. She said: "Treat it like a medication….It's really about your health."

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    Level 4 or  Level 6

Sources
  • http://boston.cbslocal.com/2016/07/29/new-report-finds-serious-health-risks-from-taking-dietary-supplements/
  • http://www.cbsnews.com/news/dietary-supplements-health-risks-consumer-reports-15-ingredients-to-avoid/
  • http://www.consumerreports.org/vitamins-supplements/supplements-can-make-you-sick/


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. research casts doubt
  2. serious health
  3. weight
  4. supplements are largely
  5. supplements need much less
  6. This means consumers are in
  7. the ingredients
  8. how the body
  1. unregulated
  2. of the supplements
  3. on these pills
  4. reacts to them
  5. loss pills
  6. risks
  7. the dark
  8. government approval

Paragraph 2

  1. the report showed the dangers
  2. they could cause liver and
  3. kidney
  4. but that's not
  5. She urged people to
  6. There have been deaths associated
  7. She told people to see a doctor
  8. Treat it like a
  1. avoid 15 ingredients
  2. or pharmacist
  3. of supplements
  4. medication
  5. necessarily true
  6. transplants
  7. with each of these
  8. kidney failure

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Millions (1) ___________________ dietary supplements in the belief that they boost health. New research (2) ___________________ these pills and tablets. The American organisation Consumer Reports (CR) found serious health (3) ___________________, probiotics, and weight loss pills. CR said the biggest problem is that supplements (4) ___________________. Medicinal drugs have (5) ___________________ safety and effectiveness, but supplements need much less government approval. This means consumers are in the dark regarding the ingredients of the supplements and how (6) ___________________ them.

Lisa Gill from CR said the report (7) ___________________ of supplements. She said they could cause liver (8) ___________________, kidney transplants, and heart problems. Gill added: "Just because it's not prescription, you say, 'oh, it's safe,' but that's (9) ___________________." She urged (10) ___________________ 15 ingredients in supplements, including red yeast and caffeine powder. She warned: "There have been deaths (11) ___________________ of these." She told people to see a doctor or pharmacist before taking supplements. She said: "Treat (12) ___________________….It's really about your health."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Millionsofpeopletakedietarysupplementsinthebeliefthattheyboosth
ealth.Newresearchcastsdoubtonthesepillsandtablets.TheAmerican
organisationConsumerReports(CR)foundserioushealthrisksfromvit
amins,probiotics,andweightlosspills.CRsaidthebiggestproblemistha
tsupplementsarelargelyunregulated.Medicinaldrugshavetobetested
forsafetyandeffectiveness,butsupplementsneedmuchlessgovernme
ntapproval.Thismeansconsumersareinthedarkregardingtheingredie
ntsofthesupplementsandhowthebodyreactstothem.LisaGillfromCRs
aidthereportshowedthedangersofsupplements.Shesaidtheycouldca
useliverandkidneyfailure,kidneytransplants,andheartproblems.Gill
added:"Justbecauseit'snotprescription,yousay,'oh,it'ssafe,'butthat'
snotnecessarilytrue."Sheurgedpeopletoavoid15ingredientsinsuppl
ements,includingredyeastandcaffeinepowder.Shewarned:"Thereha
vebeendeathsassociatedwitheachofthese."Shetoldpeopletoseeado
ctororpharmacistbeforetakingsupplements.Shesaid:"Treatitlikeam
edication….It'sreallyaboutyourhealth."

Student survey

Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

(Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

Discussion — Write your own questions

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

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Free writing

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Answers

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