No deaths in 2008 from vitamins, minerals, etc.

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  1. mbofov

    mbofov Active Member

    *Orthomolecular Medicine News Service, January 19, 2010*

    No Deaths from Vitamins, Minerals, Amino Acids or Herbs Poison Control Statistics Prove Supplements' Safety

    (OMNS, January 19, 2010) 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?

    This article may be reprinted free of charge provided 1) that there is clear attribution to the Orthomolecular Medicine News Service, and 2) that both the OMNS free subscription link
    and also the OMNS archive link
    are included.


    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
    . 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 at

    *Nutritional Medicine is Orthomolecular Medicine*

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  2. mbofov

    mbofov Active Member

    Over 60,000 died from Vioxx before it was pulled from the market. Tylenol has destroyed many livers and sends thousands to the ER each year, but it's still sold. Tainted batches of Tylenol were making many people sick but there wasn't even a mandatory recall (much less a ban on production). One YEAR after the tainted products were discovered, Johnson & Johnson (the "family" company) instituted a voluntary recall.

    A bad batch of tryptophan (not tryptophan itself) killed some people back in the late 80's, I think it was less than 20. Yes, that is 20 people too much. But the culprit was the processing, not the tryptophan. But this resulted in a complete ban on the sale of tryptophan for many years. This coincided with the meteoric rise of Prozac for depression. As most of us here know, tryptophan is a safe natural way of raising serotonin levels without bizarre or dangerous side effects. Go figure --