By Jack Minor
A blogger in North Carolina has been threatened with jail time for “practicing nutrition without a license” by writing about his experiences with diabetes and telling readers what types of food he was eating.
It was in January when the North Carolina Board of Dietetics and Nutrition told blogger Steve Cooksey, who writes at diabetes-warrior.net, that it was investigating him for providing nutrition care services without a license.
(OMNS, Dec 28, 2011) There was not even one death caused by a vitamin supplement in 2010, according to the most recent information collected by the U.S. National Poison Data System.
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Orthomolecular Medicine News Service, October 12, 2011
What Kind of Medical Study Would Have Grandma Believe that Her Daily Multivitamin is Dangerous?
by Robert G. Smith, PhD
(OMNS, Oct 12, 2011) A newly released study suggests that multivitamin and nutrient supplements can increase the mortality rate in older women . However, there are several concerns about the study's methods and significance.
- The study was observational, in which participants filled out a survey about their eating habits and their use of supplements. It reports only a small increase in overall mortality (1%) from those taking multivitamins. This is a small effect, not much larger than would be expected by chance. Generalizing from such a small effect is not scientific.
- The study actually reported that taking supplements of B-complex, vitamins C, D, E, and calcium and magnesium were associated with a lower risk of mortality. But this was not emphasized in the abstract, leading the non-specialist to think that all supplements were associated with mortality. The report did not determine the amounts of vitamin and nutrient supplements taken, nor whether they were artificial or natural. Further, most of the association with mortality came from the use of iron and copper supplements, which are known to be potentially inflammatory and toxic when taken by older people, because they tend to accumulate in the body [2,3,4]. The risk from taking iron supplements should not be generalized to imply that all vitamin and nutrient supplements are harmful.
Poison Control Statistics Prove Supplements' Safety Yet Again
(OMNS Jan 5, 2011) There was not even one death caused by a dietary supplement in 2009, according to the most recent information collected by the U.S. National Poison Data System.
The new 200-page annual report of the American Association of Poison Control Centers, published in the journal Clinical Toxicology, 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 whatsoever from any amino acid, herb, or dietary mineral supplement.
Two people died from non-nutritional mineral poisoning, one from a sodium salt and one from an iron salt or iron. On page 1139, the AAPCC report specifically indicates that the iron fatality was not from a nutritional supplement. One other person is alleged to have died from an "Unknown Dietary Supplement or Homeopathic Agent." This claim remains speculative, as no verification information was provided.
60 poison centers provide coast-to-coast data for the U.S. National Poison Data System, "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 awareness tracking."
Over half of the U.S. population takes daily nutritional supplements. Even if each of those people took only one single tablet daily, that makes 155,000,000 individual doses per day, for a total of nearly 57 billion doses annually. Since many persons take more than just one vitamin or mineral tablet, actual consumption is considerably higher, and the safety of nutritional supplements is all the more remarkable.
If nutritional supplements are allegedly so "dangerous," as the FDA and news media so often claim,
then where are the bodies?
Health freedom has just been handed a significant victory by the United
States District Court for the District of Columbia, which ruled last
week that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) violated the
First Amendment rights of a nutritional supplement company when it
censored truthful, scientifically-backed claims about how selenium can help reduce the risk of cancer.
If you think Medline and Wikipedia are biased, take a look through your newspapers and magazines. For example, have you noticed how the news media are quick to publish negative allegations about vitamin E, but slow to present the positive side?
Here's a check to see if this is so: Have you seen any articles on the effectiveness of vitamin E therapy reported in your daily newspaper?
From: Lloyd Wright
Sent: Tuesday, April 20, 2010 3:21 PM
Subject: RE: 3 questions concerning herbs etc
Good to hear from you!
I will answer below:
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Orthomolecular Medicine News Service, April 3, 2010
Doctors Say, Reader's Digest is Wrong.
Physicians and Researchers Set the Record Straight about Vitamins
(OMNS, Apr 3, 2010) Yes, Reader's Digest actually said:
"Once upon a time, you believed in the tooth fairy. . . And you figured that taking vitamins was good for you. Oh, it's painful when another myth gets shattered." ( http://www.rd.com/living-healthy/5-vitamin-truths-and-lies/article175625... )
But these doctors disagree:
Does READER'S DIGEST Shill for the Pharmaceutical Industry? Or is it Only a Really Bad April Fool's Joke?Posted April 4th, 2010 by admin
Comment by Andrew W. Saul
Editor-In-Chief, Orthomolecular Medicine News Service
(OMNS, Mar 31, 2010) Reader's Digest's editors cannot possibly be as
ignorant as their April 2010 article "5 Vitamin Truths and Lies" seems
Or can they?
Surely their silly attempt at vitamin-bashing is merely an April