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Bad Rap for Multi-Vitamins

Bad Rap for Multi-Vitamins

The December issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine decided to dedicate its entire journal to bashing vitamin and mineral supplementation. Dr Lawrence Appel, one of the co-authors went on to say in an editorial that “most supplements provide no health benefit”.  The editorial was titled "Enough is Enough: Stop Wasting Money on Vitamin and Mineral Supplements."  Dr Lawrence Appel went on to say, "Most supplements do not prevent chronic disease or death, their use is not justified, and they should be avoided.”  This statement comes from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, a leading institution in research.  There is nothing factual about these statements and they are reckless. Especially coming from researchers who know vitamins are well researched.

The intention of vitamin supplementation is not to prevent death, a vitamin like that would make a company billions of dollars in sales and have people living up till 150 years old,.  Think about it, a pill that makes you live forever, you would never die, sounds like something that is impossible.  There are hundreds or thousands of academic research articles that show vitamins can prevent disease.  Leading universities and third party researchers around the world are investing in research to find other sources of nutraceutical ingredients that may prevent disease. My last point is Dr Appel should stick to evidence based research and not spread paranoia based on his opinion. He may think that people are wasting money, an investment on health is always a good investment.  People will continue taking vitamins as long as they don’t want to take drugs.

Dr Elias Markou, ND
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