How much sugar, animal products, processed food and unhealthy lifestyle habits like smoking, drinking alcohol and coffee have you had today? Honestly ask yourself, how much of this have you done for years. Do you really think you are healthy? Can you improve on your health? These are just a few questions people should ask themselves before they blame vitamin C, E and multivitamins on their mortality. The standard North American diet and lifestyle is killing us. It doesn’t take a scientist to conclude on this matter.
The single most important factor researchers at the Archives of Internal Medicine study did not look at was that as you get older the likelihood of adults being on both vitamins and medication increases significantly. For every decade of age, on average you are probably on that number of medications. So if you are eighty years old you are probably on eight drugs. Most of us don’t want to die, don’t want to be sick with chronic disease and we will do anything to prevent aging, including taking vitamins. SO the questions we need to ask is, “was it the vitamins or was mortality something that was going to happen either way”?
Aging adults will change their philosophy on health and begin to pursue wellness by taking vitamins to hopefully avoid death and dying. Next to taxes, death is one of those certainties in life.
These are the flaws in this study.
- The study only found a link between vitamins and increased risk of death; it didn’t prove that
the supplements caused the deaths. The authors say the reasons behind their findings aren’t clear.
- The study involved about 39,000 women who were between the ages of 55 and 69 when the study began and were tracked for 19 years. The sample group was very old and very sick to begin with, skewing the results.
- During the study, the proportion of women who said they took one or more vitamin supplement soared, from 62.7 per cent in 1986 to 85.1 per cent in 2004. In 2004 the majority of the women in the sample were well over 75 years old with ailing health. To blame vitamins for their death is wrong.
- This study looks at Americans, according to the National Center for Health Statistics, more than 64% of the US adult population is overweight.
This ‘study’ is terribly flawed and yet people will run scared and stop taking multi-vitamins believing they will cause an early death. Since it appears no other lifestyle factors were considered, this is hardly a scientific study.
Dr Elias Markou, ND