Herbal Safety Data
No Deaths from Supplements. No Deaths from Minerals or
Amino Acids. No Deaths from Homeopathics or Herbs By Andrew W. Saul, Editor, THE ORTHOMOLECULAR NEWS SERVICE
(OMNS, Jan 5, 2017) Not only are there no deaths from vitamins, there
are also zero deaths from any supplement. The most recent (2015)
information collected by the U.S. National Poison Data System, and
published in the journal Clinical Toxicology (1), shows no deaths
whatsoever from dietary supplements.
NO DEATHS FROM MINERALS
There were zero deaths from any dietary mineral supplement. This means
there were no fatalities from calcium, magnesium, chromium, zinc,
colloidal silver, selenium, iron, or multimineral supplements. Reported
in the "Electrolyte and Mineral" category was a fatality from
the medical use of "Sodium and sodium salts" and another
fatality from non-supplemental iron, which was clearly and specifically
excluded from the supplement category.
NO DEATHS FROM ANY OTHER NUTRITIONAL SUPPLEMENT
Additionally, there were zero deaths 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, or melatonin. There were zero deaths from any homeopathic
BUT WHEN IN DOUBT, BLAME A SUPPLEMENT. ANY SUPPLEMENT.
There actually was one fatality alleged from some "Unknown Dietary
Supplement or Homeopathic Agent." This is hearsay at best, and
scaremongering at worst. How can an accusation be based on the unknown?
Claiming causation without even knowing what substance or ingredient to
accuse is baseless.
THE TRUTH: NO MAN, WOMAN OR CHILD DIED FROM ANY NUTRITIONAL SUPPLEMENT.
If nutritional supplements are allegedly so "dangerous," as
the FDA, the news media, and even some physicians still claim, then
where are the bodies?
Mowry JB, Spyker DA, Brooks DE et al. 2015 Annual Report of the
American Association of Poison Control Centers' National Poison Data
System (NPDS): 33rd Annual Report. Clinical Toxicology 2016, 54:10, 924-1109,
Data for minerals, herbs, amino acids, and other supplements are
presented in Table 22-B.
The complete 187-page article is available for free download from http://www.aapcc.org/annual-reports/