Many times when I see things written about supplements, the negative stated is that they are “unregulated” and can be hazardous to your health. Well, is that really true? I see commercials for drugs every single day and the list of possible negative side effects mentioned is longer and scarier than the condition they are supposed to treat. And they are (supposedly) regulated!
This segment from an article on Dr. Mercola’s site clarifies: This is patently false, and you only have to look at the very first sentence on the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Website1 to settle that dispute. There, it plainly states:
“FDA regulates both finished dietary supplement products and dietary ingredients. FDA regulates dietary supplements under a different set of regulations than those covering ‘conventional’ foods and drug products. Under the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994 (DSHEA):
FDA is responsible for taking action against any unsafe dietary supplement product after it reaches the market.” (Emphasis mine)
Data from the European Union indicate that pharmaceutical drugs are 62,000 times as likely to kill you as dietary supplements.
I’ve recommended specific supplements for people over the years and some have been wary to take a natural supplement, but wouldn’t think twice about taking a drug their doctor prescribes – no questions asked! Now understand, just because a supplement is natural doesn’t mean it’s safe in all circumstances or right for everyone. However, drugs have a very questionable track record, so I would suggest at least as much caution – if not more – when considering a pharmaceutical drug.
Let’s use statins as an example. Doctors now want one-third of all adults to be on a statin medication whether they have heart problems or not – even though they carry serious side effects and studies show they don’t prevent heart attacks or strokes for the majority of people. So who do you believe?
I don’t even expect you to believe me – here is a wonderful resource. Visit this site and type in “statins” in the search box on top. It will then ask you to refine your search. I clicked on “Statins for Heart Disease Prevention (Without Prior Heart Disease).” You will see the summary at the top shows that 98% saw no benefit, 0% were able to avoid death, 1.6% had a heart attack prevented and .4% avoided a stroke. Not the huge benefits the drug companies would have you believe. As scripture says we must know the truth and that truth will make us free!
I use and recommend specific supplements to clients as well as friends and family. This excerpt from a press release speaks volumes for me:
“Over a 27-year period, vitamin supplements have been alleged to have caused the deaths of a total of eleven people in the United States. A new analysis of US poison control center annual report data indicates that there have, in fact, been no deaths whatsoever from vitamins… none at all, in the 27 years that such reports have been available.”
Do you feel comfortable taking supplements? Why or why not?
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