Poison Control Centers’ New Data implies that Dietary Supplements are Safe

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New data has been released regarding the 28th Annual Report of the American Association of Poison Control Centers. The report shows that there is a ‘wide margin of safety for dietary supplements’. The report is a collection of data from 2010 that was reported through the Poison Control Centers’ National Poison Data System (NPDS).

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This news is both positive and reassuring in our efforts to help people become healthier.

Liquid Health’s CEO Brandon Siggard, described the results as “positive and reassuring”. He said, “The results from the 28th Annual Report of the American Association of Poison Control Centers, is a welcomed response to some of the negative press on supplements recently. This news is both positive and reassuring of our efforts to help people become healthier.” He went on to say, “Although this report shows the safety of the dietary supplement industry as a whole, it is very important to try to take these results in context.“

It is reported that about 50 percent of Americans use supplements. A study of close to 20,000 participants showed these results. The study from the National Institute of Health, Office of Dietary supplements also showed that 20 percent of the adults in the study are taking a health supplement with at least one botanical. The results of the study were published in the Journal of Nutrition.

In 1993, Senator Orrin G. Hatch, Republican of Utah, defended herbal supplements in front of the Senate. He said, “[herbal remedies]…have been on the market for centuries,'' he said, adding: ''In fact, most of these have been on the market for 4,000 years, and the real issue is risk. And there is not much risk in any of these products.''

The Poison Control Center has kept detailed records and statistics on the reports of poisonings for every kind of substance, which includes dietary supplements. In 2007, the Poison Control Center reported no deaths associated with multiple vitamins, b-vitamins, or from Vitamins A, C, D, or E. It also reported that there were no deaths from any of these vitamin supplements or any other vitamin in 2010.

Dietary Supplements are defined and regulated by the 1994 Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA) which was passed by Congress. Under DSHEA health supplements are used with a common goal to restore and/or maintain “structure and function” of the body. Read more at http://www.nih.gov or http://www.liquidhealthinc.com.

SOURCE:
Clinical Toxicology (2011), 49, 910-941
Liquid Health, Inc.
National Institute of Health

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