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(OMNS) American poison control statistics show that in one year, there
were 28 deaths from heroin; acetaminophen (the active ingredient in
products like Tylenol ) killed 147. Though acetaminophen killed over five
times as many as an illegal drug, few would say that we should make
this generally regarded as safe, over-the-counter pain reliever require
Yet misconceptions and misinformation about alleged dangers of mineral,
herbal and amino acid supplements are persistent, in spite of the lack
of scientific evidence to support such fearfulness.
The 2003 Annual Report of the American Association of Poison Control
Centers Toxic Exposures Surveillance System, published in the American
Journal of Emergency Medicine (1), lists eight deaths in the mineral
supplemental category. Five are not from supplements at all, but rather
are from pharmacological sources rightly termed electrolytes : two
from sodium and three from potassium (p 389).
Pharmacologic doses of sodium and potassium are usually given in hospital intravenously and are a frequent cause of electrolyte imbalance. Two deaths were allegedly due
to iron overdose. Since 1986, there has been an average of two deaths
per year associated with iron supplements.
The sole remaining death was
from calcium, a mineral that is employed medically for its antidote
properties. In fact, in 2003, calcium was used as a lifesaving antidote in
5,228 cases (p 344). There is no evidence that the single listed
calcium death was from a supplement, and the odds are overwhelming that it
was not. That makes a years total of perhaps two deaths associated with a supplemental mineral. Caffeine also killed two people in2003.
Yet tea, coffee and cola soft drinks are not sold with restriction,
prescription, or in childproof bottles, and rather few would maintain
that they need to be.
The 2003 Report of the American Association of Poison Control Centers
Toxic Exposures Surveillance System indicates a total of 13 deaths
attributed to herbal preparations. Three of these are from ephedra, two from
yohimbe, and two from ma-huang. Accepting all seven claims of deaths
attributed to these products, we still find that there were over 20 times
as many deaths each year from acetaminophen.
Only three deaths are attributable to other single ingredient
botanicals, and oddly enough, their identity remains unnamed in the Toxic
Exposures report. Reporting three deaths without naming the cause is a
clear admission of uncertainty.
Millions of persons take herbal remedies, and have done so for
generations. Indigenous and Westernized peoples alike have found them to be
safe and effective, and the 2003 Report of the American Association of
Poison Control Centers Toxic Exposures Surveillance System confirms this
(p 388-389). There have been no deaths at all from cultural medicines,
including ayurvedic, Asian, Hispanic, and in fact, from all others.
Additionally, we find:
Blue cohosh: 0 deaths
Ginko biloba: 0 deaths
Echinacea: 0 deaths
Ginseng: 0 deaths
Kava kava: 0 deaths
St John's wort: 0 deaths
Valerian: 0 deaths
Furthermore, there have been zero deaths from phytoestrogens,
glandulars, blue-green algae, or homeopathic remedies.
AMINO ACID SUPPLEMENTS
In 2003, poison control centers reported zero deaths from amino acids.
SO WHERE ARE THE BODIES?
Natural health products, such as amino acids, herbs, minerals, and
other nutritional supplements, have a proven safe usage history. This is
clearly demonstrated by the 2003 Annual Report of the American
Association of Poison Control Centers Toxic Exposures Surveillance System,
published in the American Journal of Emergency Medicine.
1. Watson WA et al. Vol. 22, No. 5, September 2004, p 335-404.
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Linus Pauling defined orthomolecular medicine as "the treatment of
disease by the provision of the optimum molecular environment, especially
the optimum concentrations of substances normally present in the human
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