FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Orthomolecular Medicine News Service, October 16, 2012
An alert from Europe to the rest of the world
by Gert Schuitemaker, PhD
Introduction: "It can't happen here" qualifies for top placement on the all-time list of famous last words. The United States still has, for now, over-the-counter access to nutritional supplements. But no one who reads newspapers, watches televised news, or leafs through a magazine can miss the preponderance of negative reporting on vitamins. As OMNS continues to counter such misinformation (this issue is the 145th), we take a look at the real "risks" of dietary supplements. Readers may wish to keep in mind what Dr. Abram Hoffer famously said: "All attacks on supplement safety are really attacks on supplement efficacy." If supplements are vilified, they can be made prescription. If they are prescription, costs will go up and access will vanish. - Andrew W. Saul, Editor
(OMNS Oct 16, 2012) A recent study explains that the risk of mortality from taking food supplements is far lower than other risks like smoking, pharmaceutical adverse drug reactions, cancer, and even dying from a lightning strike.  This important new information is relevant to recent food regulations in the European Union (EU) that are supposed to make commercially sold food supplements safer. The study shows the belief that food supplements are dangerous is mistaken.
The Codex Alimentarius was established In 1963 by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the World Health Organization (WHO) and later the World Trade Organization (WTO) as an international standard, with guidelines and codes of practice for the sale of food products, including food supplements. In the natural health community, the Codex is considered a threat to freedom of choice and purchase of food supplements because it stipulates what doses of supplements can be sold and what wording may be used in advertising and packaging.