No Deaths from Vitamins or Minerals: Statistics

by Orthomolecular New Service
Source: Health Action, Winter 2009/2010

Not even one death was caused by a vitamin or dietary mineral in 2007, according to the most recent statistics available from the United States National Poison Data System (NPDS).

The 132-page annual report of the American Association of Poison Control Centers in the journal Clinical Toxicology (December 2008) 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.

Furthermore, there were zero deaths in 2007 from any dietary mineral supplement. In other words-no fatalities from calcium, chromium, zinc, colloidal silver, selenium, iron or multimineral supplements.

There was one death from chronic overdose of magnesium hydroxide, commonly known as the laxative/antacid milk of magnesia, and it was inappropriately listed in the "dietary supplement" reporting category. Nutritional supplements do not contain magnesium hydroxide.

Sixty-one poison centres provide coast-to-coast data for the NPDS, which is then reviewed by 29 medical and clinical toxicologists. In 2007, NPDS reported 1,597 fatalities from drugs and other ingested materials. Not one death was due to a vitamin or dietary mineral supplement.

If nutritional supplements are allegedly "dangerous," as regulatory authorities and the news media often claim, where are the bodies?


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