Pharmaceutical Drugs are 62,000 Times More Likely to Kill You than Supplements

Pharmaceutical Drugs are 62,000 Times More Likely to Kill You than Supplements

Well now…I have known supplements were safer than pharmaceuticals for years but here  is a study with data proving it!  PLEASE take the time to read this article and educate yourself – it COULD save your life!

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2012/07/24/pharmaceutical-drugs-vs-nutritional-supplements.aspx?e_cid=20120729_SNL_MC_1

Here are the facts from Dr. Mercola’s article that I found most interesting:

The UK-based, international campaign group, the Alliance for Natural Health International (ANH-Intl) recently revealed data showing that compared to supplements, an individual is:

  • Around 900 times more likely to die from food poisoning
  • Nearly 300,000 times more likely to die from a preventable medical injury during a UK hospital stay, which is comparable to the individual risk of dying that active military face in Iraq or Afghanistan

Additionally, the data shows that adverse reactions to pharmaceutical drugs are:

  • 62,000 times more likely to kill you than food supplements
  • 7,750 times more likely to kill you than herbal remedies

You’re also more likely to die from being struck by lightning or drowning in your bathtub than having a lethal reaction to herbs or supplements.

And this makes me ANGRY:
In the US, “the FDA’s Draft Guidance on New Dietary Ingredients (NDI), would have required the supplement industry to prove the safety of natural ingredients that, in many cases, have been on the market and used safely for decades!  
Fortunately, public outcry made the agency agree to take another look at their proposed guidance and to issue a revised draft.  It’s still not known when the revisions might be completed.

The original NDI draft essentially claimed dietary supplements are unsafe and must be carefully tested in order to “protect consumers.” The proposed safety thresholds even exceeded those required by pharmaceutical drugs despite extensive toxicological data showing supplements are FAR safer than drugs. As detailed above, drugs are 62,000 times more likely to kill you than supplements!  Why on earth would supplements need more stringent safety thresholds than drugs?

Based on the data showing supplements and herbal remedies are in the ‘super-safe’ category of individual risk, UK, European, and American authorities are completely out of line in their assertion that supplements are dangerous and need to be more heavily regulated.”*

A BIG thank you to Dr. Mercola for sharing this information and shedding light on BIG BROTHER whose pockets are getting fatter and fatter with dirty money at the expense of the American people!
Karma…it won’t be pretty!!!

*Dr. Mercola, Pharmaceuticals Drugs are 62,000 More Likely to Kill You than Supplements, http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2012/07/24/pharmaceutical-drugs-vs-nutritional-supplements.aspx?e_cid=20120729_SNL_M (July 2012).