Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Once Again, a Big Fat ZERO Deaths from Vitamins, Minerals, Amino Acids or Herbs

Every year the American Association of Poison Control Centers publishes their annual review of the previous year’s deaths by various substances.

And once again there has not been a single verified death from taking vitamins, minerals, amino acids, herbs, or any other dietary supplement.

Compare that to the staggering 106,000 annual average deaths per year from taking FDA-approved prescription drugs…

…and uncountable numbers of serious (and oft-times life-altering) side effects caused by prescription drugs…

…and you can easily see why Americans are so enthusiastic about their nutritional supplements!

Still, the shrill cries continue from the pro-pharmaceutical crowd, demanding that nutritional supplements be more heavily regulated “to save lives.”

My question: Where are all of the bodies?

-- Spencer

Once Again, a Big Fat ZERO Deaths from Vitamins, Minerals, Amino Acids or Herbs

Poison Control Statistics Prove the Safety of Nutritional Supplements Yet Again

There was not even one death caused by a dietary supplement in 2009, according to the most recent information collected by the U.S. National Poison Data System.

The new 200-page annual report of the American Association of Poison Control Centers, published in the journal Clinical Toxicology, shows zero deaths from multiple vitamins; zero deaths from any of the B vitamins; zero deaths from vitamins A, C, D, or E; and zero deaths from any other vitamin.

Additionally, there were no deaths whatsoever from any amino acid, herb, or dietary mineral supplement.

Two people died from non-nutritional mineral poisoning, one from a sodium salt and one from an iron salt or iron. On page 1139, the AAPCC report specifically indicates that the iron fatality was not from a nutritional supplement. One other person is alleged to have died from an "Unknown Dietary Supplement or Homeopathic Agent." This claim remains speculative, as no verification information was provided.

60 poison centers provide coast-to-coast data for the U.S. National Poison Data System, "one of the few real-time national surveillance systems in existence, providing a model public health surveillance system for all types of exposures, public health event identification, resilience response and situational awareness tracking."

Over half of the U.S. population takes daily nutritional supplements. Even if each of those people took only one single tablet daily, that makes 155,000,000 individual doses per day, for a total of nearly 57 billion doses annually. Since many persons take more than just one vitamin or mineral tablet, actual consumption is considerably higher, and the safety of nutritional supplements is all the more remarkable.

If nutritional supplements are allegedly so "dangerous," as the FDA and news media so often claim, then where are all of the bodies?


Read the actual study in the journal Clinical Toxicology, here.

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