So, where are all the bodies?

A new 200-page report from the American Association of Poison Control Centers concludes that nutritional supplements were the cause of zero deaths in the US in 2009. That  probably explains the lack of bodies, says Jack Challem.

A professional colleague, Andrew Saul, PhD, makes an important point: “If nutritional supplements are allegedly so ‘dangerous,’ as the FDA and news media so often claim, then where are the bodies?”

You see, there aren’t any bodies. You can take lots of vitamins, minerals, and herbs, and the worst that might happen is that you’ll get an upset tummy.

Of course, you’re far more likely to feel better and lower your risk of health problems.

According to Saul, not a single person died from dietary supplements in 2009, based on the latest information released by the US National Poison Data System.

“The new 200-page annual report of the American Association of Poison Control Centers, published in the journal Clinical Toxicology, shows zero deaths from multiple vitamins; zero deaths from any of the B vitamins; zero deaths from vitamins A, C, D, or E; and zero deaths from any other vitamin,” says Saul. “Additionally, there were no deaths whatsoever from any amino acid, herb, or dietary mineral supplement.”

You can download the 200-page Poison Control report at The data discussed are found in Table 22B, pages 1138-1148.

I encourage you to read more of what Saul writes at

By Jack Challem

Leading US health and nutrition commentator
Jack Challem is one of America’s most trusted commentators on health and nutrition. Widely known as ‘The Nutrition Reporter’ he is the author of several best-selling books.