Share The Wealth by Chris Gupta
November 05, 2004

Pushing for Supplement Restrictions - Again!

..."Mounting evidence showing the numerous side effects of popular supplements and their potentially dangerous drug interactions makes it clear that now is the time for manufacturers to let consumers take the driver's seat. Here's what could be done to help consumers make more informed choices:

Reclassify supplements routinely recommended by physicians. These include folic acid for pregnant women, calcium for those at risk for osteoporosis, iron for those with anemia, and multivitamins for everyone. None should fall under the dietary-supplement umbrella."...

WOW - holly molly "numerous side effects" some stats! given that supplements are several orders less toxic than foods (Dietary Supplement 0.0001% vs Food 0.24% deaths - in plane language that is 1 death in a million people vs 1 in 417).

We are supposed to fall for this industry malarkey.

Boy Suzanne Leigh is one straight shooter. The death rate from properly prescribed and used drugs is 5.18% or roughly 5 in 100 (That is: for every 1 death from supplements, 417 die from foods and 50,000+ die form drugs!) - but she turns a blind eye on this inconstancy in her argument on dangers between drug and supplements. On the one hand they claim they have not got the resources to regulate dangerous drugs but they can spend so much time, expense and energy squandering what little they do have on perfectly safe natural products. Boy are they desperate!

See also: Understanding The Pharmacartel Assault On Supplements

Chris Gupta

Letter to USA Today (for email and instructions see below)

From Shane Ellison M.Sc.

Author Health Myths Exposed

As a drug chemist I was intrigued by Suzanne Leigh's article in USA Today entitled "Lax rules let supplements lurk as health threats.” My intrigue was replaced with disappointment.

Pushing for stricter regulations on dietary supplements, Leigh lacks insight. She writes that the journal known as Experimental Biology and Medicine showed Citrus aurantium to have the potential of eliciting the same cardiovascular dangers as ephedra. This is in sharp contrast to what the study actually found. The journal published that no adverse events have been associated with ingestion of C. aurantium. This study is a weak defense for restrictions.

Turning up the rhetorical heat, Leigh closes with "the deaths linked to ephedra might be just the beginning.” The problem here is that there was never a link. The U. S General Accounting Office insisted that the majority of side effects thought to be caused by the plant ephedra were instead caused by the FDA approved drug ephedrine. Still, 155 deaths over the 5000 years that ephedra has been used is hardly worth concern when compared to the deaths caused annually by FDA approved drugs: 100,000 according to the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Here lies my disappointment. If others share this lack of insight, access to dietary supplements will become limited and subject to the pharmaceutically compliant FDA. Dietary supplements are essential to healthy living. Restrictions will undermine our health. People will grow sick. To witness, observe the lack of health among those who don't use dietary supplements but instead practice the worship of pharmaceutical drugs.

Suzanne Leigh's article is here

About the Author

Shane holds a Master's degree in organic chemistry and has first-hand industry experience with drug research, design and synthesis. He understands that Americans want and deserve education rather than prescriptions. His shocking ebook surrounding cholesterol lowering drugs can be downloaded for FREE as a pdf file at

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posted by Chris Gupta on Friday November 5 2004
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Readers' Comments

Thanks for the comments on Susan Leigh's article. I also found it to be incomplete and one sided. My initial impression after reading her article was that she was most likely on the payroll of big pharma due to the fact that she doesn't even mention the millions of deaths caused by the drug industry.

Posted by: JP Johnson on November 10, 2004 03:43 PM


I guess it is all on how you look at it!
I am not for government interference, but I still feel some guidlines need to be on these suppliments, Just about everyone I know, myself included, was taking too high a dosage on a lot of this stuff, A lot of people have the, if a a little helps, then double the dose, mentality!
People need to be educated on OC herbs and suppliments, Most Drs today recognise how helpful a lot of these can be for our general well being, and like one Dr said if taken in proper dose it certainly can't hurt you!
I don't think we need to get into a One or the Other mentality! either, Supliments work very well with prescription medicines...
I do worry about the local health food store safe are those? I have read tons of articles that scare me off organic food, green tea. and other things...
But I have multiple health problems so I have to be careful...and yes, I do take both prescription drugs and suppliments, and like everyone else I hate the pharmacutical companies for their greed! but then they do have to spend years and possibly billions researching these drugs....

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