The big news in health this month was that “Vitamins don’t work.”
That headline was reported on the Drudge Report, and multiple sources picked up on three studies looking at “multivitamins.” The reporters presumably loved the title of the editorial “Enough is Enough: Stop Wasting Money on Vitamin and Mineral Supplements.”
Pharmaceutical companies have everything to lose by you treating yourself. And they have everything to gain by studies that are designed to fail – as in the study of vitamin E and vitamin C where the patients (in this case doctors) took the wrong kind of vitamin E and woefully inadequate doses of C and reported 50-percent non-compliance.
Or more recently Omega-3 fatty acids were blamed for increased prostate cancer risk, the implication being that men should not be taking such supplements. But, the studies did not look at users of fish oil supplements but rather at blood levels of men in two groups who were both sadly deficient in their plasma levels of Omega-3. And the differences in those blood levels between the two groups were small – between deficient and slightly more deficient.
Be very suspicious of studies sponsored or even touted by Big Pharma.