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Know the Facts on Supplement Safety – NPA Daniel Fabricant, Ph.D. 10.14.2015

Dear NPA member:97-of-dietitians-recommend-supplements-CRN-survey_dnm_headline

We have learned about a new “study” that will be released at 5 pm ET today that, among other things, suggests that 23,000 people per year visit an emergency room due to dietary supplements.  Despite being funded in part by FDA and being co-authored by FDA officials, this number was NOT derived from the official AER reporting data (which showed about 3,300 AERs in 2012), a point we are stressing to media.  We will forward the study as soon as it is made public.  Other points the study tries to make is to suggest that all supplements should come in childproof packaging and that supplements in pill form should conform to the 22 mm standard for pharmaceuticals.  We are saying that many supplements including iron already come in childproof packaging so additional requirements are unnecessary.

We know that USA Today will be writing a story on the study and have already conducted an interview with the reporter, Liz Szabo.  Our main points will be reflected in our official NPA news release, but these are some of the views we shared with the reporter this morning:

“The facts are that adverse events from supplements are extremely low given their widespread usage, and most of these are the result of three factors:  accidents, people not consulting with their doctor, or misuse of a product combined with other health factors.  Supplements are safe, which is why millions of Americans use them every day.”

  1. Dietary supplements have a mandatory serious adverse event reporting requirement and those data are available – be happy to show that to you.
  2. The official AER data shows a much different picture, with fewer than 3,300 happening in 2012.
  3. Hospitals are ADDING supplements to formularies – if hospitals thought there were legitimate concerns this wouldn’t be happening.
  4. Weight loss, body building and sexual enhancement are the top three problem areas in our industry, because that’s where we see the most internet, fly-by-night outfits that don’t adhere to good manufacturing practices.
  5. Everyone needs to consult with their doctor or caregiver, and especially those who use some of the products in these areas.
  6. Supplements are safe, which is why millions of Americans use them every day.
  7. The facts are that adverse events from natural supplements are extremely low especially compared to pharmaceuticals, which is why demand for natural alternatives is growing.
  8. The facts are that adverse events from supplements is extremely low given the widespread usage, and most of these are the result of three factors:  accidents, people not consulting with their doctor, or misuse of a product combined with other health factors.

As always, we are happy to answer any questions about this and will share information as soon as it becomes available.

Best regards,

CEO & Executive Director, NPA

1773 T Street, NW

Washington, DC 20009

Are There Any Valid Reasons for Not Using Dietary Supplements?

Are There Any Valid Reasons for Not Using Dietary Supplements?  Greg Pryor

I apologize for the leading headline but I was trying to get you to read at least the first paragraph of my short article.  My short answer to the question is that, in my opinion, there is NO reason for anyone to not use at least one dietary supplement.  I began using a supplement in the late ’60’s when I was in high school.  My mom put a little red “One A Day” multiple vitamin pill next to my dinner plate and told me to take it after I ate. I have been taking some supplements all my career, but I didn’t understand why I should be using dietary supplements until 1991—-24 years later!

In ’91, I was introduced to the great value of using dietary supplements by a friend.  After I analyzed the product line offered by Company A, I became a distributor.  However, after 3 years of successful marketing of Company A products, my wife, Michelle, and I decided to form our own company, www.lifepriority.com.  We began offering the same products (but with the Life Priority label) offered by Company A.

Initially, I had joined Company A because I began using nutritional formulas called Designer Foods®.  The Designer Foods® were formulated by 2 famous nutritional research scientists, Durk Pearson & Sandy Shaw®.  Michelle and I KNEW that the Designer Food®LifeGuard Daily Antioxidant Supplement formulas worked since we felt better soon after we began using them!

Now, after talking to users and non-users of supplements for the last 25 years, I have come to the following conclusions.   Many users do not know what supplements to take, how much to take and when to use them.   Many non-users reason that “supplements don’t work”, “they cost too much”, “they go right through you”, “I get what I need from my diet”, “I am allergic to them”.

There are a few givens in this life.  We are all aging.  Getting the right nutrients in our diet can slow up the aging process.  Most of us do not get enough of the essential nutrients in our daily diet. If we become sick, mentally or physically, we do not enjoy life as much and can be a burden on our family.

Please visit our company, Life Priority, at www.lifepriority.com.  If you want to discuss anything about your use (or non-use) of dietary supplements, email us at customerservice@lifepriority.com.  We will give you a free consultation regarding your current use of supplements and offer suggestions on what you might add to your diet to help you live a healthier life with more mental and physical energy.

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To Your Health- Greg Pryor, President Life Priority Inc.  MLB Alumni 1971-1986

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