The Wellness Truth Network

The Wellness Truth Network

February 15, 2011 13:20 ET

FTC Censorship Of Safe Nutritional Supplements Forces Reliance on Dangerous Drugs

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA--(Marketwire - Feb. 15, 2011) - In the wake of the FTC crack-down on manufacturers of dietary supplements, a new report shows that not even one death occurred from vitamins, minerals, herbs, amino acids or other dietary supplements in 2009. FTC censorship of dietary supplements is allegedly intended to protect consumers. In light of this new report, says the Wellness Truth Network, it is difficult to see just why the FTC is so concerned. Is the commission really acting in the best interests of Americans?

The report, prepared by the American Association of Poison Control Centers and published in the journal Clinical Toxicology, details the data collected by 60 coast-to-coast poison centers for the U.S. National Poison Data System. According to the report, no fatalities were associated with herbs or nutritional supplements for the entirety of 2009.

In contrast, adverse reactions from drugs that are properly prescribed and properly administered cause about 106,000 deaths per year, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). In fact, prescription drugs are now the fourth-leading cause of death in the U.S.

Additionally, some sources have reported as many as 700,000 visits to U.S. hospital emergency rooms each year as a result of adverse drug reactions.

Ironically, some of the drugs causing adverse reactions and fatalities are given for conditions that could be successfully addressed with some of the safe nutritional supplements being targeted by FTC censorship.

According to Bob Held, CEO of Wellness Truth Network (WTN), "Treatment and prevention of Diabetes with nutritional supplements could, for example, prevent the nausea, diarrhea, low blood glucose, skin rash or itching, and weight gain caused by some medications prescribed for diabetics. The effort to control those side effects might also lead to prescriptions for additional medications that, in turn, could have their own side effects that may also have to be controlled by additional drugs. It's a never-ending cycle."

Despite the availability of drugs for Diabetes, more than 70,000 Americans die from Diabetes each year. And, with more than 2 million new Diabetes cases being diagnosed each year, it's obvious that the drug route is not controlling this epidemic.

"The public wants healthy solutions," says Held. "It's hard to figure out just who or what the FTC is protecting by trying to prevent the use of nutritional supplements. One thing we know for sure, it's not the health of Americans."

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