Protecting Higher-Dose Supplements

A new study reveals why the science behind European and other anti-supplement regulations is completely outmoded.
Last week, our partners at ANH-International released a report by the Netherlands Organization for Applied Scientific Research. It offers an approach to determining the precise amount of vitamins and minerals each individual needs for optimal health, depending on age, stage of life, gender, and other individual requirements.
This information is sorely needed. For years now, European authorities have been working to restrict access to supplements in the European Union—both limiting the products that can be sold, and also establishing scientifically unsound minimum and maximum permitted levels for vitamins and minerals. For example, European authorities have proposed setting the maximum limit for a beta carotene supplement at the amount found in half a large carrot, while that for selenium would be no more than what is typically available in one-third of a Brazil nut. We believe that this anti-supplement agenda is largely driven by the desire of drug companies either to eliminate competition from supplements or to control the industry.
This isn’t just a problem in Europe. Most recently we’ve seen the US Food and Drug Administration, which also seems to be controlled by drug companies, stubbornly refuse to reconsider reference daily intakes (RDIs) for key nutrients—the amount of a nutrient considered sufficient to meet the minimum requirements of most individuals in different demographic groups.
As we have pointed out previously, current knowledge concerning appropriate dosage levels of vitamins and minerals in relation for different population groups means that few practicing clinical nutritionists would agree with the RDIs proposed by the FDA. Instead of reflecting optimal intakes, the proposed RDIs reflect only minimum—that is, insufficient—intakes. Considering the large percentages of Americans who are deficient in key nutrients such as vitamin D and magnesium, the FDA is making a bad problem even worse.
For example, the FDA will be lowering the RDI for vitamin B12 from 6 mcg per day to 2.4 mcg per day—meaning that a 5,000-mcg.-per-day B12 product will have to be labeled as 208,333% of the daily value. This will mislead consumers into thinking such a level is too high or dangerous, despite a total lack of evidence of potential harm to the vast majority of people. We must also keep in mind that vitamin B12 is both vital to health and notoriously hard for the body to absorb. This is why physicians have often given shots, but as we have recently pointed out, the FDA is now thwarting that as well.
An additional threat is posed by the Codex Alimentarius Commission, a UN and World Health Organization sponsored group charged with developing global food standards and guidelines. There are good reasons to believe that Codex guidelines relating to vitamins and minerals will follow the European model. When these provisions are ratified, it is possible that US government agencies will try to use Codex standards to set US policy, despite legislative barriers to doing so (For more background on Codex and related issues, see our white paper.)
This new study will, we hope, show authorities on both sides of the Atlantic that traditional methods of determining recommended nutrient levels are woefully out of date and do not adequately reflect optimal levels of intake for particular nutritional benefits. Using this new approach to determine optimal levels of micronutrient intake could offer a significant advance for personalized nutrition.
Other articles in this week’s Pulse of Natural Health:
Are Antibiotics Finished, With Millions of Casualties Coming?
Supplement Access Threatened in Puerto Rico


  1. I started “overdosing” with Vitamin C when Linus Pauling published in 1965 and I haven’t had a significant “cold” since. I wish I could say the same about flu, but I was a Marine and was administered “flu vaccine” under threat of disciplinary action circa 1967 which resulted in the worst case of flu I have ever had. Since then I have had neither the vaccine nor a significant case of the flu. Occasionally I develop symptoms during flu season but I bump the dose up (sometimes as high as ten grams a day) and in a couple of days the symptoms abate. A cautionary note, I happen to be genetically blessed with a very high natural immunity; this may not work for you.

    1. Your immunity looks pretty normal to me. I go as high as 20 g every 4 hours if I get an abscess and I by so doing avoid root canals which are now approaching $1000 each and kill the tooth anyway.

      1. I control dosage by observing bowel function. If they get too loose I am taking too much. Formerly I observed gingivitis, but my overall health has improved to the point that it is no longer indicative of subclinical scurvy

        1. Stop using commercial toothpaste and try oil pulling with coconut oil. Brush your teeth with a paste made from baking soda and peroxide with a drop of peppermint essential oil

    2. 2000mg of fish oil daily stopped my colds/flu for more than 20 years. Fish oil helped even more than Vit C the last time I got the flu which lasted 10 days until I took the fish oil. I also need no gluten/dairy/soy/sugar/GMO….take vitamins/good oils/minerals…probiotic…LDN..detox. Zinc/Vit C/Mg/fish oil may help the immune system. Gluten is wheat/barley/rye..oats/corn. LDN helps block hidden gluten. Liposomal glutathione and liposomal Vit C …tiny amount may help the immune system/detox.

      1. Dump the Fish oil, and get some Hemp seed oil. It has a broad spectrum of all the EFA’s in the correct proportion for optimal human health and much less costly than oil fro dead fish. Also do not forget that wonderful Garlic…

        1. I have not tried Hemp oil yet, but fish oil is awesome. I can’t have saturated fat so I have to be careful with oil/fats/nuts etc.. Thanks for the recommendations! Happiness…

  2. I have used silver for years for anything that ails me. If exposed to any infection, I take a dose each day for three or four days, and never get sick. I have used it to remove warts by application under an adhesive bandage and keeping it moist. I had a patch of rash on my leg after a hospitalization (Morgellons) against which nothing worked, I used silver for a few days and healed it. It also helps to prevent scarring after being sutured ! Yes it is a natural nutritive material and it will not turn you blue unless you try to make your own, and mess up. Before refrigeration and pasteurization, Dairy people put a silver coin in their containers on the way to market.

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