Dec 09 2010
Obviously, no one wants to unintentionally give anything harmful to their children, they are their most precious gift and must be guarded at all cost. The best safe guard we can use to protect our children is our knowledge based on the truth of what is known to be safe and what is known to be dangerous. But with all the media advertisement hype aimed at us just finding a healthy brand of cereal can be a challenge let alone finding a safe supply of herbs or supplements.
If you depend on the media to
Well the truth is going to be a real surprise to you as it was to me just how low the number of fatalities really is. Below are the facts from the American Association of Poison Control Centers (AAPCC) who keep records of these kinds of incidents. Anyone has access to these numbers including the media and those in government who are trying so hard through spin to put tighter controls on herbs and vitamin supplements.
In the last 25 years there have been a total of 11 fatalities from taking herbs and supplements and for many of those years there were zero fatalities. For instance in 2008 not one person died from taking an herb or the best hair growth vitamins on the market! (ref. Orthomolecular News). Your chance of being struck by lightning in 2008 was much higher. The National Weather Service reported 28 deaths from being struck by lightning in 2008.
What makes this news even more amazing is when you consider the vast amount of herb and vitamin supplements consumed by Americans. A low estimation of herb and vitamin consumption by Americans is 56 billion doses a year says, “Orthomolecular News”.
Now contrast those very low numbers of herbal and vitamin deaths with those from a product line we have all grown to trust and give to ourselves and our children regularly from our local drug store. Deaths from aspirin and ibuprofen type anti-inflammatory drugs kill an estimated 16,500 Americans every year and hospitalize approximately 107,000 patients (how many of these were children was not listed) (ref. Deaths).
Now that you know the truth about the real safety of herbs and supplements, I am going to give you some extra
Certified Organic means that you can be safe in the knowledge that the herb you give to your child or yourself has not been sprayed with pesticides, fumigated or grown with petrochemicals or in a cesspit somewhere outside the
Because guess what, not all vitamins are the same; the majority are made from things that if you knew what was in them you would never buy them, let alone put one of them in your mouth. Here is a list of things that are put in so called “natural” vitamin supplements including children’s vitamin’s that you see advertised every day and you can find covering the shelves in just about any store. Benzene, petroleum esters, acetylene, refined oils, coal tar derivatives, hydrochloric acid, ammonia, isobutyraldehyde with formaldehyde, phytin hydrolyzed with calcium hydroxide and sulfuric acid, cobalamins reacted with cyanide, irradiated animal fat/cattle brains and I could go on but enough is enough you get the idea (ref. Thiel).
And I am sure that you thought the same thing that I did, “that they have to make those vitamins from food because we like every life form on this planet depend on plants for our nutrition.” Well, this seems to be one of those many places were our government, probably the FDA, forgot to use their brains or somebody influenced their decision. Anyway you now have this knowledge and can apply it to protecting yourself and your family just like I did when I learned this valuable
No Deaths from Vitamins, Minerals, Amino Acids or Herbs, Poison Control Statistics Prove Supplements’ Safety, Orthomolecular Medicine News Service, January 19, 2010, by Doctor Andrew W. Saul, Ph.D, (Editor)
Bronstein AC, Spyker DA, Cantilena LR Jr, Green JL, Rumack BH, Giffin SL. 2008 Annual Report of the American Association of Poison Control Centers’ National Poison Data System (NPDS): 26th Annual Report. Clinical Toxicology (2009). 47, 911-1084. The full text article is available for free download at http://www.aapcc.org/dnn/Portals/0/2008annualreport.pdf . Vitamins statistics are found in Table 22B, journal pages 1052-3. Minerals, herbs, amino acids and other supplements are in the same table, pages 1047-8.
Aspirin kills 400% more people than H1N1 swine flu, Natural News, November 20, 2010, by Mike Adams (Editor),
Deaths ascribed to the use of over-the-counter NSAIDS.” (Wolfe M. MD, Lichtenstein D. MD, and Singh Gurkirpal, MD, “Gastrointestinal Toxicity of Nonsteroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs”, The New England Journal of Medicine, June 17, 1999, Vol. 340, No. 24, pp. 1888-1889.)
Naturopathy For The 21st Century, Robert J. Thiel, Ph.D., Whitman Publications, 2000
USDA, Organic Foods Production Act (OFPA) of 1990 and regulations in Title 7, Part 205 of the Code of Federal Regulations. The National Organic Program (NOP) develops, implements, and administers national production, handling, and labeling standards. Inacted in October 2002, and administered by the Department of Agriculture (USDA). fnic.nal.usda.gov/nal_display/index.php?info
FDA, General Dietary Supplement Labeling, April 2005, Guidance for Industry, A Dietary Supplement Labeling Guide, www.fda.gov/food/dietarysupplements
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