May Be Getting Ready To Water-Down Your Vitamin Pills
by Bill Sardi: News
Media, In League With Government, Begins Orchestrated Smear Campaign
Against Dietary Supplements
Itís been on
the docket since 2007 for the Food & Drug Administration
to revamp nutrient guidelines for the American population. The FDA
says it is close to issuing a new guideline that may water-down
essential nutrients in foods and multivitamins.
At issue is
whether the FDA will use the relied-upon RDA (Recommended Daily
Allowance) that covers the nutrients needs of 98% of the population
or the EAR (Estimated Average Requirement) which only addresses
the nutrient level needed to meet the needs of 50% of the population.
While the proposed
FDA rule is anticipated any time now (it will have to withstand
a public comment period), one wonders whether the FDA will take
into consideration a newly-published report showing the Estimated
Average Requirement (EAR) level would leave many Americans short
of meeting their need for essential vitamins and minerals.
published report shows that dietary supplements play a stronger
role in meeting the nationís nutrients needs than previously thought.
While the prevailing
mantra is that an American adult can get all the essential nutrients
they need out of a good diet, this is far from the truth in the
published report in the Journal of Nutrition (Aug. 26,
2011), a large percentage of the American public failed to achieve
even the water-down Estimated Average Requirement (EAR) for essential
vitamin and minerals even when foods were enriched, fortified or
the diet amplified with dietary supplements.
Here are the
of Americans who failed to even achieve the EAR level of nutrient
intake, even with food fortification and supplements:
under Est. Avg. Requirement were not taken
Foods + fortification
supplements were not taken
3% of Americans achieved Adequate Intake (AI) for potassium (4700
milligrams/day for adults) and only 35% for vitamin K (90-120 micrograms/day).
(AI) is used when no RDA can be established for a particular nutrient.
not a significant problem
of American population that over-consumed nutrients, beyond the
safe upper limit (SUL), was generally small, ranging
from 1-3% for most essential vitamins and minerals. The Safe
Upper Limit is about 10-fold lower than the dose required to produce
observable side effects and is defined as the dose which poses no
adverse risk to health. Many Americans are mistakenly led to believe
by health authorities that the threat of over-dosage is considerable
when taking dietary supplement, but again, in the real world, even
exceeding the SUL would not be expected to produce undesirable side
the FDA decide?
If the FDA
chooses to use the EAR, then many consumers would be misled that
100% of the Daily Value would be all they need to maintain health
when in fact that is only the level that would achieve adequacy
in 50% of the population. Authorities in the field of nutrition
RDA rather than the watered-down EAR to establish Daily Values
have been criticized in recent times for establishing nutrient guidelines
that are outdated and would ensure a certain level of disease to
treat within the population at large. There is concern that public
health authorities will capitulate to lobbyists who represent medical
industrial complex in a trade to generate jobs and help get politicians
off the unemployment hot seat. Disease is good for business and
employment at a time when American industries are hurting.
acronyms for nutrient needs should be ignored
All of the
confusing acronyms (RDAs, EARs, AIs and DRIs- dietary reference
intakes) used to signify nutrient requirements generally apply to
groups, not individuals, and they were developed for assumedly healthy
populations, not for growing children, females during pregnancy,
diabetics (~25 million Americans, smokers (~45 million), retirees
(over 36 million), or those taking nutrient-depleting drugs such
as aspirin, beta blockers, diuretics, statin drugs, etc (average
65-year old American takes 5 prescription drugs). So food and dietary
supplement labels donít apply to most Americans.
reading food or supplement labels, would assume they obtain all
the nutrients they need if the label reads 100% of the RDA. But
this is far from the truth.
the RDA for vitamin C is just 60 milligrams, not enough to even
measurably raise blood levels. Since vitamin C is rapidly excreted
from the body, repeated
doses are needed throughout the day to maintain healthy blood
concentrations. Smokers, aspirin users, females during pregnancy,
the chronically ill, individuals infected with viral and bacterial
infections, diabetics, the hospitalized and those under physical
or emotional stress require more vitamin C.
exhibit overt signs
of vitamin C deficiency that are often ignored by modern medicine,
which include chronic fatigue, anemia, irritability, bleeding
gums, easy skin
bruising, dark red or purple blotches on skin or in the eyes
capillaries in blood vessels, pinpoint cherry-red spots on the
skin (petechiae), hernias,
reflux (acid heartburn), aneurysm
(bulge in blood vessels), varicose
veins, which may not be resolved with common-dose vitamin C
pills. One study shows 453% of the RDA for vitamin C is required
to replenish vitamin C in smokers.
is still the primary way Americans obtain vitamin D with the diet
making a small contribution. Modern Americans have been taught to
be phobic over unfiltered sunlight causing skin cancer which has
worsened the prevalence of vitamin D deficiency without compensating
increases in the RDA for this vitamin.
As a final
note, while dietary supplements do play a significant and underappreciated
role in providing for the nutrient needs of the American population,
it is obvious by the above numbers that many of daily multivitamins
need to be updated.
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