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Dietary Supplements: Over 60 Billion Doses a Year and Not ONE Death, But Still Not Safe?

Dietary Supplements: Over 60 Billion Doses a Year and Not ONE Death, But Still Not Safe?

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  • Data from the U.S. National Poison Data System’s annual report, which tracked data from 57 U.S. poison centers and showed vitamin and mineral supplements caused zero deaths in 2010, while pharmaceuticals caused more than 1,100 of the total 1,366 reported fatalities
  • The top categories associated with the largest number of fatalities were ALL medications, including analgesics, sedatives, hypnotics, cardiovascular drugs, opioids, antidepressants, acetaminophen and antipsychotics
  • Ironically, the FDA's Draft Guidance on New Dietary Ingredients would require the supplement industry to prove the safety of natural ingredients that, in many cases, have been on the market and used safely for decades, using safety thresholds that are in excess of those required by pharmaceutical drugs -- despite data showing supplements are far safer than drugs
  • You can defend your right to access safe dietary supplements by taking action today

By Dr. Mercola

Vitamins, minerals and herbal supplements have a tremendously safe track record, yet they are often singled out as being potentially dangerous by government agencies like the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

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