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Forget the Headlines - Keep Taking Your Vitamins, Minerals and Supplements
by Tony Isaacs
Industry Backed "Study" Seriously Flawed and Biased
(The Best Years in Life) Awhile back a "new" study condemning the use of vitamins and ineffective and potentially dangerous generated widespread headlines throughout the mainstream media in the United States and Europe. Apparently generating headlines was the sole intention, as the study is neither new, scientific nor objective. Since then, we have seen numerous similar headlines about misleading studies aimed at scaring people about safe and effective alternatives to dangerous, expensive and largely ineffective mainstream drugs.
The "study" was led by Serbian
scientist and "visiting researcher"
at Copenhagen University Hospital,
Goran Bjelakovic, whose name is now
synonymous with vitamin
meta-analyses (studies of other
studies) which appear to show that
vitamin supplements either don't
work or end up increasing your risk
of death. Two similar Bjelakovic
"studies" on vitamin supplements, in
October 2004 and February 2007,
resulted in similar outbursts of
negative international headlines.
Make no mistake, this isn't
research. This is a re-analysis of
studies that have been conducted and
reported on previously, by a group
of men with a known axe to grind,
who have never produced a study
favorable to supplements, which is
itself statistically unlikely unless
you have a bias.
As a final note on the study: although presented as a "new", the study is really no more than a rehash of a paper by the very same authors, published last year (February 2007) in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). Extensive international media followed the 2007 JAMA paper, including a front page articles in major newspapers telling consumers that vitamin pills could cause early death. The "new" study review relies on 67 of the 68 studies used in the JAMA paper.
The world pharmaceutical empire is a trillion dollar juggernaut whose continued profits depends on continued illness as well as a continued monopoly on approved medications and suppression of any alternatives which might provide prevention and treatment more effectively, more safely and less expensively – such as those found in nature. And so there are a trillion reasons why we see the repeated headlines about misleading and flawed studies like this one on vitamins, minerals and other natural supplements that represent billions of dollars in potential lost profits due to improved health and competition with patented drugs.
The best possible model for profits would be a monopoly on side-effect laden drugs which lead to complications requiring yet more side effect laden drugs in a never ending cycle so that by the time a person reaches the age of 65 they take an average of 15 prescribed and over the counter medications daily when it all started with one or two conditions that could have been treated naturally. A great model for profits and a horrible one for health and humanity.
The bottom line for all those who reject such a model: don't stop taking your vitamins, minerals and other supplements - especially those derived from natural sources which insure adequate amounts of daily nutrition vital to your optimum health.
About the author
Tony Isaacs is a natural health advocate and researcher and the author of books and articles about natural health including Cancer's Natural Enemy. Mr. Isaacs articles are featured at The Truth About Cancer, the Health Science Institute's Healthiertalk website, CureZone, the Crusador online, The New Zealand Journal of Natural Health, the Cancer Tutor and several other venues. Mr. Isaacs also has The Best Years in Life website for baby boomers and others wishing to avoid prescription drugs and mainstream managed illness and live longer, healthier and happier lives naturally. In addition, he hosts the Yahoo Oleandersoup Health group of over 3500 members and the CureZone Ask Tony Isaacs- Featuring Luella Isaacs forum.
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