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August 11, 2017
Are vitamin danger reports misleading?
A paper published in late July 2017 in the Journal of Medical Toxicology triggered dozens of media articles with headlines linking dietary supplements to increasing numbers of poison control reports. Here are just a few of the headlines:
However, the headlines of these and other related articles often do not accurately reflect the content of the articles or the related studies. To fully understand this topic, you are encouraged to go beyond the headlines and read the entirety of several articles. As you are reading the articles, keep in mind the following matters that appear to differ from the impression given by the headlines:
ISSUE: Accepting the impression of the headlines of articles related to recent dietary supplement reports to poison control center statistics.
AHHA strives to maintain a neutral position on issues. For those interested in this month’s issue, the following articles have been selected to offer you some apparently Pro and Con viewpoints to get you started on your research.
Calls to poison centers about supplements up 50%, especially among kids (7/24/17)
by Victoria Knight
33rd Annual Report of the American Association of Poison Control Centers’ National Poison Data System (12/22/16)
American Association of Poison Control Centers
New Poison Control Center Study Has Serious Limitations, Say Dietary Supplement Industry Officials (7/27/17)
by Jennifer Prince
Supplements Killing Children? (7/26/17)
Alliance for Natural Health USA
Industry suggests latest supplement headline is a poison-pen report (7/26/17)
by Rick Polito
New Hope Network
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