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INJURY FROM DRUGS AND SUPPLEMENTS

I believe there is a concerted attack that has been waged (by those who are losing control and money) that is aimed at preventing people from using supplements in this country. The article below was released on the heels of the article in the Annals of Internal Medicine on December 17, 2013 that came to the conclusion that using supplements was totally ineffective in keeping us healthy.  (I will write more about that study later in the week). Reports have shown that more and more Americans are using supplements and are finding that the wise use supplements assists them as they take a more responsible approach to maintaining good health.

 

As everyone who knows me is aware, I adamantly abhor the steps criminals take to make money even though it will harm others. I have written in the past about the dangers of designer weight loss and body building products. I caution everyone to be very careful to investigate any herbs or supplements before they purchase them. I admonish people to NOT simply put anything into their bodies—to please check with those experts who know about supplements and who know how to investigate the companies who make and sell them. It is usually not the herbs themselves that cause harm, although there are some herbs you do not want to use; it usually is the adulteration of those herbs by criminals that is the problem.

 

The information in the article below is concerning to me and the article is targeted to physicians. If a physician is not knowledgeable about supplements, s/he will not only be very unenthusiastic, to say the least, about recommending any supplements to his or her patients, but will actually recommend against the use of any supplements.  When you read the article, you will understand why.

 

The statistics cited in the article below (“Dietary supplements account for nearly 20 percent of drug-related liver injuries that turn up in hospitals, up from 7 percent a decade ago, according to an analysis by a national network of liver specialists”) pale in comparison to the injury and death statistics from the misuse of pharmaceuticals.  

 

All deaths and injuries are concerning, whether they are caused by supplements or pharmaceutical drugs. However, the rate of deaths from pharmaceutical drugs is high and rising—up 300 percent in the past 30 years. We are talking about tens of thousands of deaths a year from pharmaceutical drugs, most of them opioids and psychotropic agents. These deaths and injuries are caused from misuse of medicinal agents that were meant to help.

 

We need to be cautious and wise about the supplements and drugs we use to treat our maladies and to help us maintain good health. But we cannot allow sensational reporting to cause us to panic and throw out the baby with the bath water. We need to do our own research so we can make good decisions and put everything into perspective. That is my opinion. 

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/22/us/spike-in-harm-to-liver-is-tied-to-dietary-aids.html

http://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2013/11/13/drug-poisoning-deaths-have-tripled-in-the-last-30-years 

December 29th, 2013
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