When you write about the latest alternative health breakthroughs and the benefits of natural medicine on a daily basis, like I do, then you come across many feeble (often laughable) take-downs of supplements and multivitamins by relentless naysayers who claim that taking these give you nothing more than expensive urine.
I think the worst attempt to debunk the benefits of supplements came from the US magazine, Consumer Reports, nearly three years ago. For those of you who don’t know, Consumer Reports claim to be an expert, independent, non-profit organization whose mission is to work for a fair, just, and safe marketplace for all consumers and to empower consumers to protect themselves.
Not all supplements are created equal
In its September 2012 issue, Consumer Reports ran with an article “10 Surprising dangers of vitamins and supplements”… and one of those imagined ‘dangers’ according to the article, was the risk of “getting a heart attack while taking supplements.”
The funny thing is, the magazine couldn’t actually claim outright that supplements cause heart attacks… because they don’t. The best the article could do was to say that one patient happened to have a heart attack while he was taking supplements… Maybe he also had a heart attack while wearing trainers or sleeping with a down pillow.
The truth is, no matter how hard these spin-doctors try to discredit supplements and multivitamins, there simply isn’t any concrete evidence showing that taking them is bad for your health. Quite the opposite in fact.
With over 30 years as a practicing physician, Dr. Walter Crinnion is considered one of the foremost experts in the field of environmental medicine. He oversees research and development at the world’s leading nutritional enzyme laboratory and state-of-the-art enzyme producer, and according to him the reason “most people take a multivitamin is to prevent or overcome nutrient deficiencies.”
This is probably why Big Pharma and the supplement naysayers don’t like us taking multivitamins, because they actually boost our health and protect us against disease. Two new big supplement and vitamin studies prove exactly this point and hopefully will quieten the supplement naysayers once and for all.
The first study, published in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition, noted that about 40 per cent of adults are deficient in vitamin A, C, D, E, calcium and magnesium. That means many people aren’t getting enough nutrients from food sources to keep various diseases at bay.
Those who took multivitamins – well, guess what? They were less deficient in micronutrients than those who didn’t.
What a surprise!
The second study, which reviewed results of the landmark Physicians’ Health Study II, makes an even stronger case for multivitamin use.
That study followed generally healthy middle-aged and older men for a period of 11 years. And its methodology is considered the “gold standard” in such research.
The review showed multivitamins lowered cancer risk by 27 per cent among men with a history of cancer and 8 per cent among those with no previous history.
That could mean preventing “approximately 68,000 cancers per year if all men were to use similar supplements.”
So, if your family, friends or even your doctor think you’re wrong to be taking supplements, remember this: Living well (and longer) is the best revenge.
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“Ending the multivitamin debate: Why taking one may actually save your life” Dr. Jennifer Landa, February 2, 2015, Fox News, foxnews.com