No Deaths from Vitamins, Minerals, Amino Acids Or Herbs!!

Posted on January 21, 2010. Filed under: No Deaths from Vitamins |

Poison Control Statistics Prove Supplements’ Safety

Orthomolecular Medicine News Service

1-20-10

(OMNS) — There was not even one death caused by a dietary supplement in 2008, according to the most recent information collected by the U.S. National Poison Data System. The new 174-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 or herbal product. This means no deaths at all from blue cohosh, echinacea, ginkgo biloba, ginseng, kava kava, St. John’s wort , valerian, yohimbe, Asian medicines, ayurvedic medicines, or any other botanical. There were zero deaths from creatine, blue-green algae, glucosamine, chondroitin, melatonin, or any homeopathic remedies.

Furthermore, there were zero deaths in 2008 from any dietary mineral supplement. This means there were no fatalities from calcium, magnesium, chromium, zinc, colloidal silver, selenium, iron, or multimineral supplements. Two children died as a result of medical use of the antacid sodium bicarbonate. The other “Electrolyte and Mineral” category death was due to a man accidentally drinking sodium hydroxide, a highly toxic degreaser and drain-opener.

No man, woman or child died from nutritional supplements. Period.

61 poison centers provide coast-to-coast data for the U.S. National Poison Data System, which is then reviewed by 29 medical and clinical toxicologists. NPDS, the authors write, is “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 154,000,000 individual doses per day, for a total of over 56 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 the bodies?

Those who wonder if the media are biased against vitamins may consider this: how many television stations, newspapers, magazines, and medical journals have reported that no one dies from nutritional supplements?

Reference:

Bronstein AC, Spyker DA, Cantilena LR Jr, Green JL, Rumack BH, Giffin SL. 2008 Annual Report of the American Association of Poison Control Centers’ National Poison Data System (NPDS): 26th Annual Report. Clinical Toxicology (2009). 47, 911-1084. The full text article is available for free download at http://www.aapcc.org/dnn/Portals/0/2008annualreport.pdf . Vitamins statistics are found in Table 22B, journal pages 1052-3. Minerals, herbs, amino acids and other supplements are in the same table, pages 1047-8.

For Further Reading:

Download any Annual Report of the American Association of Poison Control Centers from 1983-2008 free of charge athttp://www.aapcc.org/dnn/NPDSPoisonData/AnnualReports/tabid/125/Default.aspx

Nutritional Medicine is Orthomolecular Medicine

Orthomolecular medicine uses safe, effective nutritional therapy to fight illness. For more information:http://www.orthomolecular.org

The peer-reviewed Orthomolecular Medicine News Service is a non-profit and non-commercial informational resource.

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4 Responses to “No Deaths from Vitamins, Minerals, Amino Acids Or Herbs!!”

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A perfect example of harmless and helpful treatments that have a lot of negative stigma from mainstream medicine. You should also definitely check out coherent light therapy, which is basically the same story.

Further stunning news comes from examining some other statistics. Amazingly, not one person who remained confined to their home died in a car accident last year. This, obviously, demonstrates conclusively that deaths in motor vehicle accidents are entirely avoidable and unnecessary. (well, it either proves that or we’re both making bizarre claims about real statistics. It must be true!) And speaking of conspiracies, how often do you hear about the safety of agoraphobia in the media? See what I mean? They must hate us too!
What could possibly be gained from driving in a car that makes the risks of death, dismemberment, paralysis, or the chronic effects of brain injury worthwhile? Just like nothing is ever gained from conventional medical treatment so the risk is entirely unnecessary, correct?
One might argue that comparing a risk benefit ratio is more enlightening in situations like this but life is so much simpler if we just pretend that low risk is all we seek from any given experience.
I’m sure you don’t drive since many people die who make that choice and for what, a loaf of bread? Low risk is the key to so I’m sure you stay locked up in your bubble. Did you somehow disinfect the computer you brought into the bubble or do you have those gloves that reach out of the bubble to the computer? How do you get vitamins in there?

Wow, you’re brilliant……….

Arjuna…OH come on…The lack of benefit argument for alternatives is simply that- an argument and nasty opinion.

But the risk/benefit ratio…it won’t take much to beat conventional pharmaceutical risk benefit ratios. They have set the bar so low that anything will beat it. Over 50,000 people in the US were killed by Vioxx. HIgh risk! Benefit? A reduction in pain- supposedly. Now there is a risk/benefit ratio that you can attempt to defend and opinionate your way out of.


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