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Where Are The Bodies?

Where Are The Bodies?

Vitamin Supplement Safety Confirmed by America's Largest Database

(OMNS Jan 30, 2013) The new annual report of the American Association of Poison Control Centers shows zero deaths from multiple vitamins; zero deaths from vitamin A, niacin, vitamin B-6, vitamin D, or vitamin E.

Two people are alleged to have died from vitamin supplements in the year 2011, according to AAPCC's interpretation of the most recent information collected by the U.S. National Poison Data System. One death was allegedly because of vitamin C; the other supposedly because of "Other B-Vitamins." As the AAPCC report specifically indicates no deaths from niacin (B-3) or pyridoxine (B-6), that leaves folic acid, thiamine (B-1), riboflavin (B-2), biotin, and B-12 as the remaining B-vitamins that could be implicated. However, the safety record of these vitamins is extraordinarily good; no fatalities have been confirmed for any of them. Vitamin C is also an extraordinarily safe nutrient. No deaths have ever been confirmed from supplementation with vitamin C.

Even allowing that the AAPCC data is correct (and we do not), two deaths in a year associated with vitamins, nationwide, is a very small number. 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 annually. Since many persons take far more than just one single vitamin tablet, actual consumption is considerably higher, and the safety of nutritional supplements is all the more remarkable.

To quote Abram Hoffer, MD, PhD: "No one dies from vitamins." The Orthomolecular Medicine News Service invites submission of specific scientific evidence conclusively demonstrating death caused by a vitamin. Association is not causation; allegation is not proof. If there were such proof, the media would have had it all over their front pages.

If vitamin supplements are allegedly so "dangerous," then where are the bodies?


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Healthiness vs Illness



It is unfortunate that our 'health systems' do not measure, nor attempt to improve healthiness - they only detect and attempt to treat specific illness. As a result, we have a very lopsided view of reality. The same product (Vitamin C, for example) can be a nutrient, designed to improve healthiness, or a drug - specifically designed and dosed to treat a case of scurvy. We don't measure drugs by whether or not they improve or decrease healthiness, but the sad situation is that we don't measure nutrients effects on healthiness either. We only measure supplements - as to whether or not they might cause illness. We need a new paradigm if we want to understand health effects instead of just trying to extrapolate from treatment regimens. And we need to expand our treatment regimens and research to understand health effects as well as treatment effects. In many cases, specific treatments for illness actually decrease healthiness (antibiotics are the most common example) in the expectation that once the disease is killed - the body can recover to normal health. http://personalhealthfreedom.blogspot.ca/2011/01/health-paradigm.html tracy

the naysayers need to check their arithmetic...



Even though water is considered to be the 'least toxic of all nutrients', more people become ill from drinking too much water than die from taking Vitamins. People do die from drinking too much water - and infants are especially susceptible. "In fact, according to pediatricians like James P. Keating, MD, medical director of the St. Louis Children's Hospital Diagnostic Center, too much water dilutes a baby's normal sodium levels and can lead to seizures, coma, brain damage and death." All nutrients are toxic in extreme amounts. But all drugs are 'toxins', not nutrients, by definition. They are not designed to 'create healthiness', they are designed to 'fight illness'. This is why all drugs have side effects: http://personalhealthfreedom.blogspot.ca/2012/03/why-all-drugs-have-side-effects.html to your health, tracy

Am I a Naysayer ?



I just want to say that I am not advocating drugs against nutrients, but reminding they can be dangerous too, and folic acid is one of them if you call that a nutrient. Folic acid is not the way it is found in nature, and is harmful.

Still, you can often find a situation where solution is drugs and not nutrients; and nutrients, such as excess copper in elderly people who took no supplemental copper, can be dangerous too.

If such things make me a naysayer, I am.

Vitamins vs. Pharmaceuticals



The point to this article is the argument traditional medicine conducts when people question the doctor's prescription during an office visit. Unfortunately our medical professionals are honed in on maintenance rather than cures. Without getting too complicated, just think of statins for example. Yes, statins help reduce cholesterol and may even protect against coronary heart disease, but at what cost? Although not as quickly, fish oil in the form of Eicosapentaenoic Acid (EPA) and Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA) accomplishes the same thing. Not only does this Omega-3 essential fatty acid work better than statins, but it costs less, is safer, and has no long-term side effects that statins do. If people consumed enough nutrients, not too much, and not too little, avoided environmental toxins, and got enough exercise chances are that pharmaceutical companies would go bankrupted. Compared to the deaths caused by prescription drugs vitamins are life-savers.  http://skinnyliver.com

Fish oil is not that good



My mom has hypercholestrolemia and she used fish oil and statins. Though statins are worse than fish oil most of the time, I think fish oil is not necessary. She will try some policosanol when my brother brings it from USA...

I think vitamins and minerals are often used when they aren't doing any good and most multivitamins should eliminate harmful ingredients.

Most fish are much better than fish oils, and they have other good nutrients to supply, that means fish oil is useless.

Vitamin Deaths



Something doesn't have to kill you to be harmful to your body. Kind of a ridiculous argument since most people die of diseases where it's hard to put the cause on one particular thing.

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