- (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.
- 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?
- 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
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