THIS IS AN ARTICLE THAT IS A HARBINGER OF THE NEW LAW THAT WILL CONTROL THE SALE OF VITAMINS AND SUPPLEMENTS!
Multivitamins Don’t Lower Cancer and Cardiovascular Risk
By Leigh Krietsch Boerner, from Reuters
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) Mar 23 – Will taking multivitamins protect you from dying of cancer or cardiovascular disease? The answer is no, according to new research published online February 22 in the American Journal of Epidemiology.
In a study of more than 180,000 people, researchers saw the same number of deaths from cancer and heart disease among multivitamin-takers and those who didn’t take the supplements.
“People need to understand that just taking these multivitamins is not sufficient to prevent disease,” said Dr. Jennifer Hsiang-Ling Lin, of Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, who didn’t work on the study.
Multiple past studies have shown no link between multivitamins and reduced risk of cancer or heart disease. Other recent research couldn’t prove that multivitamins protect against diabetes, either.
Some small studies in the past have shown that specific vitamins, not multivitamins, may be protective against heart disease or cancer later in life. However these studies looked at undernourished people, not generally healthy adults like the U.S. population, said co-author Dr. Song-Yi Park of the University of Hawaii Cancer Center in Honolulu.
On its web site, the U.S. National Institutes of Health advises that doctors should prescribe multivitamins only “for patients who need extra vitamins, who cannot eat enough food to obtain the required vitamins, or who cannot receive the full benefit of the vitamins contained in the food they eat.”
But more than half of U.S. adults choose to take multivitamins, according to Dr. Lin.
Altogether, Dr. Park’s team looked at the vitamin-taking habits of more than 82,000 men and nearly 100,000 women, who were an average of 60 years old. Then they analyzed mortality rates, and the causes, over the next 11 years.
Overall, about six in 100 multivitamin users and non-users died from heart disease. Cancer claimed about five in 100 from both groups, and four in 100 died from other causes. In total, almost 29,000 people died in the 11 years of follow-up.
The multivitamins didn’t protect users from cancer in general, or from cancers of the lung, colon, rectum, prostate, or breast.
Past studies have mostly involved Caucasians, Dr. Lin said. The current one included large numbers of Latino and Japanese-American people. This shows that the lack of association held up for different racial groups as well, she said.
Dr. Pinna says:
Like so many things in life, this study appears “Right” but it is “Wrong.” “Multvitamin users” are not necessarily “Supplement Users” or “Mega-Vitamin Users.”
There are innumerable studies showing that specific vitamins (not Multivitamins) have reduced cancer and cardio-vascular disease (CVD).
Every doctor in the U.S. and across the entire world is now doing tests for levels of Vitamin D. And then telling their patients with low levels of Vitamin D that they must take more of this vitamin.
Are they all stupid?
Obviously not. Multiple studies have shown that Vitamin D is extremely important for the immune system and the vascular system. And, many studies have demonstrated the values of other supplements and vitamins as well.
This article demonstrates the weakness of statistical studies and the weakness of non-specific terms.
The term MULTIVITAMIN is meaningless. It implies those tablets, sold everywhere, containing anything, taken by somebody.
The implications of this study are erroneous and so is the advice to doctors. Most of my patients who take specific vitamins or supplements are not “Under-Nourished” or sickly. They are generally the healthiest patients and those with the most education.
THE PURPOSE OF THIS ARTICLE
The U.S. Government is intent on governing the vitamin and supplement business. They want to control this multi-billion dollar business so that their friends, the BIG PHARMACEUTICAL INDUSTRY can reap enormous profits.
Articles like the one above, totally unsubstantiated, with absolutely no references cited, intended to confuse the public, will soon appear everywhere! Then, Congress will pass a law to control the Vitamin and Supplement Industry.
This Law is coming and it will cost the American Public Hundreds of Billions of Dollars!