The Life of an Urban Herbalist
A collection of musings and some articles with a more scientific approach.
Quoted on the Ortho Molecular News Service I found the following information.
"( Jan 16, 2015) There was not even one death caused by any dietary supplement in 2013, according to the most recent information collected by the U.S. National Poison Data System. The new 251-page annual report of the American Association of Poison Control Centers, published in the journal Clinical Toxicology (1), shows no deaths whatsoever from any dietary supplement.
Additionally, there were zero deaths from any amino acid or herbal product. This means no deaths at all from blue cohosh, echinacea, ginkgo biloba, ginseng, kava kava, St. John's wort, valerian, yohimbe, Asian medicines, ayurvedic medicines, or any other botanical. There were zero deaths from creatine, blue-green algae,
glucosamine, chondroitin, melatonin, or any homeopathic remedy."
In July 2000 the Journal of the American Medical Association published a paper that stated the following.
"In the United States, figures suggest estimated deaths per year of:  
While that information is out of date it is unlikely that figures have changed significantly. In 2008 a checklist was instituted in british hospitals which formally checked that
A, they had the right patient
B. They were performing the correct procedure
All because of the eye watering number of wrong site (ie unnecessary and incorrect) operations performed in the UK due to a simple failure to check who was in front of them.
We are frequently told that Herbal Medicine is dangerous, unlicensed and just plain hokey but the organisations promulgating this misinformation have questions to answer and, as the OMNS says
"If nutritional supplements are allegedly so "dangerous," as the FDA, the news media, and even some physicians still claim, then where are the bodies?"
I'm off to make some medicines!
You can find the original report here! https://aapcc.s3.amazonaws.com/pdfs/annual_reports/2013_NPDS_Annual_Report.pdf