Monday, February 10, 2014

Another Lie, Another Dollar

by Kate Collins

Do you take vitamins and other supplements? If so, YOU MAY BE AT RISK!

Not.

But this is what the pharmaceutical lobbyists would like you to believe. They want you to fear that no one is watching over the supplement industry, therefore, DO NOT TAKE THEM.

They couldn't be more wrong. But they could scare you out of buying products that might make you healthier, more resistant to infections and viruses and bacteria that might otherwise send you to the doctor for -- drum roll, please --- pharmaceuticals!

 Look at the very first sentence on the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) Website. 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."

So there!

Do you want supplements regulated like drugs, which is what many officials are pushing for? Are you kidding me? If you think drugs are safer, take a look at these scary facts. (Source: Mercola.com, http://tinyurl.com/lhf6lbh)

"Prescription medications kill over 100,000 people each year when properly prescribed, while vitamins have not caused a single death in 27 years.

Painkillers alone kill 23,000 Americans each year. And Vioxx, created by Merck, was responsible for over 60,000 deaths before being pulled off the market. That was just ONE drug approved by the FDA as "safe."

As for counterfeit supplements, yes, some illegal products do enter the market, but so do counterfeit drugs."  Does the existence of illegal or counterfeit drugs indicate a lack of drug regulation? No, because there's a difference between regulation and enforcement.

So next time someone in the news brings up the safety of your vitamins or dietary supplements, you can guess who or what is behind it. As always, follow the money.