I don't think either of you bothered to read the entire post and the links I provided. Most of the things you're mentioning are VITAMINS, which are well researched and fine to take, assuming you do so from a trusted company. There is no comparison between vitamins and prescription drugs, and I wasn't even talking about vitamins. The supplements I'm talking about are "alternative" therapies and supplements with no research backing them and no safety guidelines.
If you had bothered to read the entire post and follow the links provided you would have seen multiple cases where people were promoting "natural" supplements that I researched and then posted side effects of........which were just as bad or worse than many prescription drugs. Just because side effects aren't listed on the bottles or packaging of these "natural" remedies does not mean there are none - it is just because, as I said, there is no oversight or regulations requiring them to list anything they don't want to.they are natural and have herbs, unlike prescription drugs which have side effects...like for example, a drug to help with your heart and in the fine print says may cause lung failure, an occasional death, etc....
Many of the same chemicals in prescription drugs are also in "natural" supplements. Each "natural" herb or plant contains tens if not hundreds of chemicals. You have to actually research it to find them, however. Many are the very same chemicals in prescription drugs, as most prescription drugs were synthesized from plants. There is no difference whatsoever between taking a chemical in prescription drug for or taking it from a "natural" source.
I never said ALL "natural" supplement companies and products were scams. Unlike you who seem to promote all prescription drugs as unsafe and all pharmaceutical companies as corrupt. In fact, the "natural" industry is far more corrupt and just as big business these days. I am promoting doing research first and being cautious, since it seems people feel a false sense of security whenever "natural" appears on a product. They're willing to take anything without knowing a thing about it just because it says it is "natural". It's ridiculous. You should research a "natural" supplement just the same as you would a prescription drug, since in many cases there is little difference.
This is stickied because it is the truth, whether you want to hear it or not.......I can provide countless published cases of deaths, countless peer-reviewed research papers, hundreds of articles from respected publications - which I'm happy to do if you'd like to learn more. But please, actually read the post before arguing.........
And belligerent, you know that quinine is commonly given as a prescription drug for malaria, right? It is extremely toxic, even in therapeutic doses.
Side effects of quinine:
Death (usually by pulmonary edema)
Blood abnormalities mimicking septic shock
Abnormal heart rhythms
Heart attack in those with pre-existing conditions
It also used to be given to women in large doses for back-alley abortions in pill form. Some studies have also linked quinine with hearing impairment. In 1994 the FDA banned quinine as an OTC treatment for leg cramps because of several deaths. Doctors may still prescribe it for leg cramps, but the FDA has cautioned patients against using it for this purpose.
So I'm not sure where you live, but if you're in the US you're taking it as a prescription drug. If elsewhere, you're using a potentially dangerous prescription-grade drug for off-label reasons. I fail to see how this somehow supports the use of "natural" supplements.