Supplements and natural health products are under increasing pressure from government regulators. You would think there were massive problems and that people were getting sick from them. The truth is a little different. The subtle pressure is that there must be something wrong with them. I think supplements should supplement a good diet, not replace it or try to make up for bad eating habits. But when you are trying to recover, or rebuild, a little extra help is good.
Nutritional supplements have a ‘clean bill of health’
According to a report issued in early 2015 by the U.S. National Poison Data System, not one death had been attributed to a nutritional supplement in 2013, the most recent year information was collected and reviewed. Its latest 251-page report contains data from 2.2 million poisonings reported by 55 American Association of Poison Control Centers. The findings were published in the journal Clinical Toxicology.
The American Association of Poison Control is the body responsible for maintaining the National Poison Data System (NPDS), a database of information on more than 60 million poison exposures reported since 1983. NPDS is considered the authoritative voice on poisonings, and the only database of its kind in the country.
Nutrition-based health advocates are quick to emphasize the results show no deaths due to any type of dietary nutritional supplement, including zero deaths from any amino acid, herbal, or mineral products. Yet, according to USDA survey data, much of the U.S. population remains deficient in a number of vitamins and minerals, based on Recommended Daily Allowances (RDAs).
Fortunately, all those red flags and strong reservations turn out to be wrong. For all the hand-wringing, and predictions of catastrophe that lead to unneeded regulation, the study of all poisonings shows there has not been a single death traced to the use of nutritional supplements. Meanwhile, prescription drugs – those properly prescribed – account for 128,000 deaths and 2.74 million serious adverse reactions each year.
NaturalHealth360 has again brought the studies to the public. You won’t see this on the mainstream media but the truth needs to be public.
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