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    Default No Deaths From Supplements

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    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?
    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 at http://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


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    Default Re: No Deaths From Supplements

    Look - we all know that these compounds are actually quite deadly. The fact that nobody has "supposedly" died from taking them is purely anecdotal - there have been no long-term randomised, placebo-controlled studies proving they are not dangerous, apart from the ones that did and that we discredited because the scientists were all ginger-nuts and therefore not to be taken seriously.
    As for those hundreds of thousands of deaths due to prescription drugs, prescribed correctly, well they are also just anecdotal. Our own perfectly unbiased with no funny business or book-cooking studies demonstrated empirically that those drugs are perfectly safe. Anyone claiming otherwise will be ridiculed, ostracised, have their funding withdrawn, be fired from their jobs, be sued into bankruptcy and their fluffy bunnies boiled.

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