Supplements 1,000 times safer than common meds?
Here we go again. The mainstream media has gone into full-blown panic mode over a report claiming that supplements caused 23,000 ER visits last year.
Yes, it doesn't matter if you're taking fish oil or a Flintstone the press wants you to believe you're in mortal danger. They've been cranking out "special reports" about the supposed dangers of vitamins as if they've exposed some kind of secret safety epidemic plaguing America.
The only problem is the new research doesn't actually prove that supplements are dangerous at all.
And while there IS a real safety problem in America all right, it's certainly not supplements we need to be worried about. In fact, if anything, this fear-mongering report actually proves they're safe!
You won't find this mentioned in those panic-driven press reports, but those 23,000 ER visits are out of 150 million people who take dietary supplements -- making it a rate of less than a tenth of a percent.
And almost none of those reports bother to mention that nearly all of the 23,000 folks who went to the ER were sent back home with nothing seriously wrong.
Just 2,154 of those patients were hospitalized.
When you look at the data, most of those cases were related to weight loss and energy products. And that's no surprise since loading up on stimulant-related herbal products for weight loss or energy boosting is a bad idea.
Energy drinks loaded with caffeine or herbal stimulants for weight loss can cause side effects in people sensitive to those items. As I've explained before, you should stick to stimulant-free supplements because stimulants could cause heart symptoms.
But even so, supplements are far safer than drugs. In fact, let's compare the safety record of every supplement put together to just one common drug: acetaminophen, aka Tylenol.
Every year, 78,000 Americans visit the ER entirely because of acetaminophen use and overuse.
That's more than three times as many people going to the ER because of Tylenol than every single supplement in the country put together.
Most of them aren't sent home, like folks who took supplements. Taking too much acetaminophen is the leading cause of acute liver failure in the nation. In fact, more than 1,500 people have died from taking the drug in the past decade alone, and every year 300 more people die from acetaminophen overdoses.
That's just the toll of one drug.
Overall, medication causes 1.9 million hospitalizations per year -- meaning you're actually 1,000 times more likely to be hospitalized because of your medicine than you are for your vitamins.
And, sadly, every year nearly 40,000 people die because of prescription drugs, compared to zero deaths due to vitamins.
Yet the media wants to talk about "vitamin safety" and not drug safety!
Don't fall for the hype. Your supplements are safe, and can help keep you off UNSAFE medication -- so talk to a doctor today about natural drug-free options for protecting your health.