125,000. Supplements 0.
What does this mean? There was not
one death caused by a vitamin
supplement in 2010, according to the
most recent information collected by
the U.S. National Poison Data
System. The 203-page annual report
of the American Association of
Poison Control Centers, published
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
from any dietary mineral supplement.
Fifty-seven poison centers provide
coast-to-coast data for the National
Poison Data System. It is 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
over half of the U.S. population
takes daily dietary 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 or dose, actual
consumption is considerably higher,
and the safety of dietary
supplements is all the more
If you have not already been
notified by your physicians and
pharmacists, there are two recent
FDA alerts regarding Proton Pump
Inhbitors (PPIs for heartburn) and
Bisphosphonates (for osteoporosis).
been found to increase the chances
of acquiring Clostridium
Difficile-associated diarrhea. In
our opinion, this is due to the lack
of stomach acid, which is essential
for neutralizing virulent bacteria
such as C. Diff.
been found to increase the risk of
hip fracture in women, especially
women with a history of smoking.
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