SHOULD WE BE AFRAID OF VITAMINS?

February 17, 2014                                                                                                                                by: Robert Zito   This is a story that goes out to HeathImpactNews.com. We had made the decision years ago to not to publish our findings on the Ill Effects of Supplements.  It is clear that your everyday Herbal Supplements and Vitamins are safe. I’m afraid we held back on publishing because our research was leading to a much bigger battle. Our excuse being – limited resources and time to properly present the full story. Heath Impact New’s articles on Big Phara’s War on Supplements, made us reconsider the decision.  This is our very ruff draft of:  Should We Be Afraid of Vitamins?

August 11, 2012                                                                            Should We Be Afraid of Vitamins?                                         According to several reports that the networks have run…. WE SHOULD BE!

I myself was shocked when I heard a 10 second blurp on CBS channel 11 KTVT Dallas about a five year study done by the FDA that showed 115 deaths due to vitamins and countless others who were harmed or hospitalized.  At first I thought this was another attack on Vitamins and Supplement being pushed by big pharma, but after days of trying to locate this FDA report I was only able to uncover the following information.

After doing several searches for this study and combing the FDA’s own database, I was unable to find anything remotely close to what I heard on the news. The FDA does have several warnings of varying degrees about different individual vitamins, but no comprehensive study. I then thought maybe I miss heard the story. So I went to find it on KTVT’s website, but found nothing.

I expanded my search and found a story from the same day, that ran on WEAR channel 3 Pensacola: http://www.weartv.com/newsroom/top_stories/videos/wear_vid_24175.shtml Well, there it was, 115 deaths, 2100 hospitalizations. This was too close to be just a coincidence. I guess big news companies don’t have to quote their source. So, I had do some more of my own searching.  Then it started to make sense.

The only other relevant story that kept rising to the top of my searches was one written by www.consumerreports.org/cro/magazine/2012/09/10-surprising-dangers-of-vitamins-and-supplements/index.htm. This story was also stating, 115 deaths, 2100 hospitalizations and 10 unkown dangers??? It appeared that this was the source of the  information that channel 11 and Channel 3 put on their news. So what if the Networks picked up on an early release of the September issue for Consumer Reports?  If you only read the first few paragraphs you will might believe there is a problem. Please look for the words “reports” and “our own analysis of reports” (plural)

         10 Surprising Dangers of Vitamins and Supplements        Don’t assume they’re safe because they’re ‘all natural’   _________ Consumer Reports_magazine: September 2012.________    More than half of American adults take vitamins, minerals, herbs, or other nutritional supplements. Some of those products aren’t especially helpful, readers told us in a recent survey, but that aside, don’t assume they’re safe because they’re “all natural.” They may be neither.
  Here are 10 hazards that we’ve distilled from interviews with experts, published research, and our own analysis of reports of serious adverse events submitted to the Food and Drug Administration, which we obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request. Read and be warned. 1. Supplements are not risk-free – More than 6,300 reports of serious adverse events associated with dietary supplements, including vitamins and herbs, streamed into the FDA from supplement companies, consumers, health-care providers, and others between 2007 and mid-April of 2012. The reports by themselves don’t prove the supplements caused the problems, but the raw numbers are cause for some concern. Symptoms included signs of heart, kidney, or liver problems, aches, allergic reactions, fatigue, nausea, pains, and vomiting.
  The reports described more than 10,300 serious outcomes (some included more than one), including 115 deaths and more than 2,100 hospitalizations, 1,000 serious injuries or illnesses, 900 emergency-room visits, and some 4,000 other important medical events.

I think I highlighted enough for everyone to see that Consumer Reports feels there is “cause for concern” even though,” the reports do not prove supplements caused the problems”. Also, there are no reference notes or links to FDA findings.  Is anyone fact checking???  Fine, but if you had clicked the earlier link to channel 3’s story, you would have scene they clearly stated that an FDA report stated the information when in fact it was Consumer Reports findings and no mention that the reports themselves do not prove supplements caused the problems.

A new report says vitamins and supplements could do more harm than good. Consumer Reports investigated ten unknown dangers associated with taking supplements.  Between 2007 and April 2012, the FDA reported 115 deaths and more than 2100 hospitalizations because of events linked to vitamins and herbs. The report also cautions that the FDA doesn’t require supplements to have warning labels unless they contain iron. Experts warn supplements should only be taken when there is a true deficiency determined by a doctor.    Monday, August 6 2012, 06:10 PM CDT

Is this the hidden agenda of big pharmaceutical companies to push to restrict access to natural remedies or is it just a lazy summer intern trying to get a headline before going back to school?      WHO CARES!

What I did find was good information from the FDA: Fortify Your Knowledge About vitamins has good info & a video. http://www.fda.gov/forconsumers/consumerupdates/ucm118079.htm

When it comes to your health you must seek the best information from as many quality sources as possible. You will then be able to see through the conjecture and bias and understand the basic principles of what your body needs. Do your homework and consult with your physician to prevent any possible complications.

Here is was another link which offers good information about supplements: http://www.fda.gov/Food/DietarySupplements/ConsumerInformation/ucm110417.htm#safe

If there is an FDA Announcement you’ll find it here: http://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/default.htm

Also, consider the American Association of Poison Control Centers (AAPCC) as a good source of information. In 2010, U.S. poison centers answered more than 3.9 million calls, including nearly (2.4 million calls or 61%) about human exposures to poisons. The top substance involved in exposure calls was painkillers; about (320,000 exposures or 8%) to painkillers were reported in 2010. Other medicines involved in exposure calls to poison centers included sedatives/ hypnotics/ antipsychotics (168,000 exposures or 4.3%), antidepressants (103,000 exposures or 2.6%), topical preparations (110,000 exposures or 2.8%), cardiovascular drugs (98,000 exposures or 2.5%), antihistamines (96,000 exposures or 2.5%), cold and cough preparations (78,000 exposures or 2%) and (72,000 exposures or 2%) for vitamins. Given the US population is currently 312,780,968, that means only .00002301% of the population called Poison Control due to the use of vitamins. Most of which were due to capsules logged on throat.

Meanwhile: “Emergency Department visits resulting from adverse reactions to pharmaceuticals increased 84 percent in the long term, rising from about 1.3 million visits in 2005 to about 2.3 million visits in 2011.”**

**http://www.samhsa.gov/data/2k13/DAWN2k11ED/DAWN2k11ED.pdf What is also found in this 100 page report from the Substance Abuse and Mental Heath Services Administration are the horrific number case from Alcohol and Prescription Drugs. The report covers everything from Caffeine and Aspirin to Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories, but no cases of Vitamins. Perhaps Big Pharma should worry more about helping to reduce the 2.3 million cases they contributed to, rather than fearing lost revenue to the Herbal industry.

Another related story : Google Brings EU Ban to America

 http://www.aapcc.org.

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