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.

10 comments:

lavendersbluegreen said...

You are so right! I have changed what I am doing nutritionally and with vitamins (increased and using powder or liquid) and at the same time have decreased my prescription meds for asthma and allergies. I have had less hospitalizations....

Nancy Malven said...

I bave learned not to pay attention to all these reports. They are so conflicting. On week something is beneficial, the next week the same something is harmful or ineffective. People, for the most part, know what is healthy and what is not. Eating healthy and taking vitamin supplements keep you healthy. This is all about big pharm controlling drugs and making money.

mary kennedy said...

This is so true. It's all about the bottom line. Luckily scare tactics aren't going to intimidate us from taking what we need to stay healthy! Great post.

Kate Collins said...

We really do have to be our own doctors, when it comes to doing our research, otherwise we'd be loaded up with pills that cause all kinds of unwanted side effects. Good for you for using your head!

Kate Collins said...

You said it, Nancy! There's no money to be made on healthy people! Same goes with curing disease. No profit in a cure.

Kate Collins said...

I just wish that was true with the entire population, but I've heard people express doubts about taking vitamins because of those reports. I always tell them to find out who or what agency is behind the study. That's the telling factor.

Aurian said...

That is disturbing news Kate, such tactics should be illegal. Slander? I do take two multivitamins each day, and have been doing so for years. I think it helps me get the flu less often.

Sandi Lewis said...

At the age of 60, I take fewer prescriptions than most people I my age. I take a vitamin pill and Vitamin E.
I rarely believe what is written about different supplements. I will do research to find out more about them.
As far as prescriptions advertised on TV? When they list all the potential side-effects, I wonder why people take them.

Kate Collins said...

You're wise, Aurian. Anything we do to build up our immune system is good. I haven't had the flu in 14 years -- and I won't get a flu shot. I just keep my immune system very strong.

Kate Collins said...

I do, too, Sandi! I'm a big believer in keeping the immune system strong through diet and supplements, and what are those side effects? Good health! I take a melatonin at night and once asked a doctor what the side effects would be if a child swallowed a bunch. He said, "The child would be very sleepy." LOL.