No Deaths from Vitamins: 2011 Update
|Orthomolecular Medicine News Service, January 5, 2011|
Zero Deaths from Vitamins, Minerals, Amino Acids or Herbs:
Poison Control Statistics Prove Supplements' Safety Yet Again
(OMNS Jan 5, 2011) 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 the bodies?
Bronstein AC, Spyker DA, Cantilena LR Jr, Green JL, Rumack BH, Giffin
SL. 2009 Annual Report of the American Association of Poison Control
Centers' National Poison Data System (NPDS): 27th Annual Report.
Clinical Toxicology (2010). 48, 979-1178. The full text article is
available for free download at http://www.aapcc.org/annual-reports/
The data mentioned above are found in Table 22B, journal pages 1138-1148.
For Further Reading:
Download any Annual Report of the American Association of Poison Control Centers from 1983-2009 free of charge at http://www.aapcc.org/annual-reports/
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