Orthomolecular Medicine News Service, December 28, 2011
No Deaths from Vitamins
America’s Largest Database Confirms Supplement Safety
(OMNS, Dec 28, 2011) There was not even one death caused by a vitamin
supplement in 2010, according to the most recent information collected by
the U.S. National Poison Data System.
Additionally, there were no deaths whatsoever from any amino acid
or dietary mineral
Three people died from non-supplement mineral poisoning: two from medical
use of sodium and one from non-supplemental iron. On page 131, the AAPCC
report specifically indicates that the iron fatality was not from a
Fifty-seven poison centers provide coast-to-coast data for the
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.”
Well 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
165,000,000 individual doses per day, for a total of over 60 billion doses
Since many persons take far more than just one single vitamin or mineral
tablet, actual consumption is considerably higher, and the safety of
nutritional supplements is all the more remarkable.
Over 60 billion doses of vitamin and mineral supplements per year in the USA, and not a single fatality. Not one.
If vitamin and mineral supplements are allegedly so “dangerous,”
as the FDA and news media so often claim, then where are the bodies?
The data mentioned above are found in Table 22B.
Mineral data on page 131; vitamin data on pages 137-139 .
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This report demonstrates again the safety of supplements, but my review
of the report showed another recorded death from a single
Compared to the hundreds of thousands of deaths from prescription drugs,
approved by the same Food & Drug Administration that shows hostility
to these dietary supplements.