Moderation in all things, I say, and cigars are in the vegetable section of the food pyramid, right? I have never ever in my now almost 70 years, taken a vitamin–just couldn’t imagine that American food was inadequate to sustain me.
However food and health obsessed people just have to be doing something–anything to assure their immortality (that’s really the goal).
The only thing immortal in America is a government agency–Ronald Reagan taught me that.
Here’s a little memo to the anxious about supplemental vitamins.
It’s in the law. All these supplements and preparations that claim benefits don’t have to prove anything.
Thank you Senator William Proxmire, Dem Wisconsin, who originated the Golden Fleece award, exposing wasteful research spending. Proximire and others protect a 30 Billion vitamin and supplement industry. Health food claims can be fraudulent, but that doesn’t mean the product will be pulled.
Colorado researchers found negative effects in people who ate extra vitamins. Big splash in the news. Vitamins can hurt you and cause cancer–talk about a scare.
We warn you–don’t trust observational epidemiological studies with small associations even if you like the results–be an honest scientist.
Imagine that, a war machine on vitamins.
This started a while ago–I started running into people taking big doses of Vit D–of course I was skeptical, that’s what I am.
That’s the cost of vitamins and supplements annually in the U.S.
Studies recently reported no benefit for taking supplements and vitamins except in some special circumstances. Folate in pregnancy is a good example to prevent neural tube defects.
Why do you suspect that I knew that and I am not impressed with the claims made?
Routine supplementation of vitamin C in the general population is not justified for the prevention of colds. But athletes may benefit. Continue reading