The following 2:36 video is a perfect example of a well known licensed physician (Paul Offit) WITHOUT expertise in nutrition or vitamin supplementation selectively choosing unnamed references to promote FEAR about healthy lifestyle choices (ex vitamin and mineral supplementation.)
It is entertaining to watch him maintain a serious expression as he voices the “SERIOUS DANGERS” of multi vitamins (especially in mega doses.) The Annual Report of the American Association of Poison Control Centers’ National Poison Data System (NPDS) reported:
ZERO CASES OF DEATHS FROM MULTI MINERAL, MULTI HERBAL AND MULTI VITAMIN SUPPLEMENTS IN 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and (the latest information) 2015.
This number would include reported cases of MEGA DOSE SUPPLEMENTATION. (This does NOT mean, however, that everyone should take mega doses of ANYTHING without proper guidance by a licensed physician QUALIFIED to advise on vitamin, herbal and mineral supplementation.)
You might be interested to know that:
370 CASES OF DEATH OCCURRED FROM SINGLE SUBSTANCE **PHARMACEUTICAL EXPOSURE** CASES IN 2015 ALONE.
(REFERENCE: 2015 Annual Report of the American Assoc. of Poison Control Centers’ National Poison Data System (NPDS): 33rd Annual Report)
These 370 deaths did NOT INCLUDE the additional number of patients dying from adverse reactions to pharmaceutical prescriptions. EVERY YEAR there are over:
100,000 Deaths from properly prescribed, properly taken pharmaceuticals.
(REFERENCE: HARVARD UNIVERSITY: “New Prescription Drugs, A Major Health Risk With Few Offsetting Advantages”)
Did you know DOCTORS are the 3rd or 4th leading cause of DEATH (depending on reference chosen) behind Cancer, Heart Disease and Respiratory complications?
Although I believe the United States has one of the finest EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES available in the world, Dr. Paul Offit (lacking education and knowledge in nutrition and supplementation) does his profession a disservice when unnecessarily intimidating the public with these appearances. Do some manufacturers of vitamins make untruthful claims? YES! Do some manufacturers misrepresent the ingredients in their products. YES! Do quality vitamins and minerals in and of themselves pose a likely danger of DEATH to the general public? ABSOLUTELY NOT!
An informed consumer is the BEST CONSUMER to make the best informed decision. If we apply common sense to most American eating habits, we would see that approximately 70% of our population is overweight and/or obese based on food sources that LACK ADEQUATE NUTRITION. Quality vitamin and mineral supplements (although NOT A REPLACEMENT FOR HEALTHY MEALS) provide a good source of these nutrients lacking in the standard diet. Personally, I eat a healthy diet and consume additional supplements because our food supply doesn’t contain the nutrients it did 50 years ago. Between the increased quantity of pesticides and the shorter time span soil is given to replenish nutrients, I have chosen to supplement to insure my nutritional needs are met.
PLEASE DON’T LET THESE BIASED MEDIA APPEARANCES DISTRACT YOU FROM MAKING QUALITY HEALTH CHOICES FOR YOURSELF.
Dr. Offit believes vitamins are more dangerous than pharmaceutical drugs. When comparing over 100,000 deaths per year from prescription medications (taken properly) with ZERO deaths from vitamins from 2010-2015, one must question Dr. Offit’s judgement.