Skip to comments.How the vitamin industrial complex swindled America
Posted on 12/18/2013 8:57:00 PM PST by artichokegrower
uestions about the health benefits of vitamin supplements have been percolating in the medical establishment for decades even as the multivitamin industry has grown to a multi-billion powerhouse in the U.S. This week, the respected journal the Annals of Internal Medicine put its well-heeled foot down.
"We believe that the case is closed supplementing the diet of well-nourished adults with (most) mineral or vitamin supplements has no clear benefit and might even be harmful," the journal said in an editorial. "These vitamins should not be used for chronic disease prevention. Enough is enough."
Here's Dr. Edgar Miller of Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, one of the editorial's five co-authors: "What will protect you is if you spend the money on fruits, vegetables, nuts, beans, low fat dairy, things like that," Miller tells CBS News. "Exercising would probably be a better use of the money." The only exceptions are folic acid for pregnant women and, possibly, vitamin D the studies are mixed on its benefits and risks.
Assuming Miller and his colleagues are right and they base their assertion on three large, recent studies Americans have been wasting lots of money on vitamins. About half of U.S. adults take dietary supplements, and the vitamin industry has grown to $12 billion a year for vitamins alone and about $30 billion for all dietary supplements. That's just in the U.S.
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Big Pharm is just going after the 30 billion dollar market and trying to use the FDA as there personal guild thugs.
The Big Pharma monolith is on the anti-vitamin warpath.
“We believe that the case is closed supplementing the diet of well-nourished adults with (most) mineral or vitamin supplements has no clear benefit and might even be harmful,”
Key word there is “well-nourished”.
As for any health benefit to the person of good diet and overall health, vitamins are just expensive colored urine.
Big Pharma needs a customer base of sick people to buy their disease products. The natural health industry reduces that customer base.
Oh well, Big Pharma to the rescue...
sniff, sniff...(the author)
Big Pharma doesn’t want to cure anything. Big Pharma wants steady predictable monthly sales... Repeat customers.
This dude obviously has not eaten any fresh fruits or vegetables lately. Sure they look pretty and are perfect but they taste like cardboard. I wasn't aware that fruit picked when they're still green have their full nutritional value. then there's GMO foods. Are they as nutritious as their original source??
How much is Hopkins receiving from obama?
Course these are the same agenda-driven half-wits that conduct studies whose data indicate salt won’t hurt you, then claim in the report it’s deadly, so YMMV.....
I probably spend a total of $100/year for supplements which I purchase from Costco. That covers a multi-vitamin, Glucosamine-Chondroitin, a supplement that includes a number of other things, and saw palmetto.
Only thing I don’t get at Costco is DHEA - 50 mg/day.
This stuff does work, and if I don’t take them for a couple of weeks, I really notice it.
No one is getting rich off of me in this area.
I’m 60 and in excellent health.
There are real benefits to certain vitamins and supplements, even if wholesale use of multivitamins will not prevent cancer or heart disease.
Where I live there is a real shortage of vitamin D. Niacinamide can help with arthritis. Vitamins and supplements have there place in modern health, but are not a magic solution.
Like most things, I guess. That sounds like a balanced view.
Yup it's sad how dumbed-down we've become as a society.
I'm glad you put forth the truth at the top of this thread.
Rx has it's place, but we all know for a fact that humans need vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and enzymes to sustain life. We don't need Rx to sustain life.
Vitamins/Minerals are well known, hard to produce, but relatively cheep. Exactly the opposite for drugs.
The good health population is probably not more than 10% of the population overall.
Eat good meals and you do not need vitamen supplements, in fact they can be harmful. People who eat them like candy are in danger of over-dosing.
Eat a decent diet, you will be fine. I’m far from vegan, I eat lots of meat along with plenty of veggies, I’m fond of brussel sprouts and lima beans, but whatever suits your taste.
I have never been able to detect the slightest benefit from taking multivitamins. It appears money spent on them quite literally is down the toilet.
I am 44. I take NO drugs except the occasional analgesic. Everybody I know and work with takes handfuls of drugs every day. Some of the drugs are to counteract other drug side effects. These azzhats want to point the finger at the natural foods and vitamin industry? When I get sick I treat the illness. I have not taken an antibiotic in 10 years.
My parents are in their 70’s. They take NO drugs. None. Before you blame genetics. Dad, is Stepdad. But they treat with alternative medicines when sick.
A Conservative argument: Government wants to take away the choice of how I treat illness and maintain health. That comes under Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness. Choice IS freedom.
This war on the Natural Foods and Health industry is spawned on K street, who is using the present occupier of the Oval Orifice and his propensity to make deals with corporate entities. That’s why the big push is on. This is just the start.
They've done amazingly well in this regard, pertaining to psychiatry. Some of the meds prescribed are wicked for the hope they promise, and the side effects they cause.
Having personal friends taking these, I just wish someone could convince me that I'm wrong.
Multi-vitamins are indeed almost useless because the amounts of the active ingredients are insufficient to accomplish specific nutritional objectives. Virtually all Americans are deficient in B vitamins, vitamin d3 and omega 3. Countless properly structured studies have validated the benefits of supplementation with substantially higher dosages than occur in a multi-vitamin. 12% of our 20k genes are switched on or of by vitamin d3. Omega 3 has prevented 40% of sudden cardiac deaths in a well structured study of at risk humans.
B vitamins are essential for normal brain functions.
I have family members and friends who ride the dosage roller coaster. Constantly being “adjusted” and are perpetually adding new fun cocktails to keep “fix” things caused by meds.
Besides *vitamins* - there’s **herbs** and OTHER such supplements - that do VERY MUCH GOOD.
Just PROVEN - sorry, big pharma.
(Take a listen to 1st hour of www.CoasttoCoastAM last night - yes ~
LAST SHOW RECAP : In the first hour, Dr. Joel Wallach reacted to the recent study which claims that vitamins provide no memory or heart benefits.
The only exceptions are folic acid for pregnant women and, possibly, vitamin D the studies are mixed on its benefits and risks. <<
It’s a closed book, except...
They don’t spend money on these studies. They spend money on drug studies.
The exceptions per the Linus Pauling Institute...
Women of childbearing age (folate, vitamin D, iron)
Pregnant and lactating women (vitamin B6, folate, vitamin D, iron)
People who consume <1,200 cal/day (multiple micronutrients)
Obese individuals (multiple micronutrients)
Infants, children, and adolescents (vitamin D)
People with dark-colored skin (vitamin D)
Those who cover all exposed skin or using sunscreen whenever outside (vitamin D)
Older adults (vitamin B12, vitamin D, zinc)
Low socioeconomic status (multiple micronutrients)
Patients who have had bariatric surgery (multiple micronutrients)
Patients with fat malabsorption syndromes (fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E, and K)
Alcoholics (vitamin A, B vitamins)
Smokers (vitamins C and E)
Vegans and those with limited intake of animal products (vitamin B12, vitamin D, calcium)
People taking medications that interfere with the absorption and/or metabolism of certain micronutrients (e.g., proton pump inhibitors used to treat heartburn may impair vitamin B12 absorption (36); frequent aspirin use can lower vitamin C status (37)).
People whose diets are not adherent to the USDA food plate (formerly food pyramid)the vast majority of Americans (multiple micronutrients)
It’s a little more rigorous list.
It’s women who are affected most - they tend to articulate better and are more willing to open up to the shrinks - and consequently get experimented with drugs and dosages more.
One friend literally ballooned in weight by over 180lbs in a span of 2 years and her doc doesn’t seem to think it could be the meds. He puts her on wild assortments of antidepressants (lexapro), anti-psychotics, sleep aids and appetite suppressants. Worse still, she trusts him.
red wine, dark chocolate laced with chili and sometimes almonds are my choice of supplements...
My wife’s sister is on a cocktail of the same. She has gained at least 50 pounds in the last year or two, and is swollen up and looks pretty hideous. Nothing like ruining the looks of a gal to get her self esteem up huh?
Not to worry.
Wait ten years and there will be a new study issued with the exact opposite conclusion.
That’s how science is.
The study was no good. Too many people quit the study.
Likewise, here too.
You’ll weep if you see pictures of this friend from today and five years prior.
From talking to her I know her depression is rooted in a self-image problem, exacerbated by the weight gain and the cycle it has trapped her in. I see those docs as covered in guilt, but don’t know if I am right to assume. How can these morons not be aware of the problems the drugs cause to the depressed that harm self-image? It’s the worst cruelty.
Has nothing to do with vitamins, and everything to do with expanding FDA control.
Yes, proper diet is the best way to get vitamins. Tens of million people live alone in this nation. They don’t eat diverse meals. They do need supplements.
One brain-trust trashing vitamins today had this to say...
“These vitamins are a waste of time. What with a diversified source of foods, and fortified milk, folks don’t need vitamin supplements”
Unwittingly he had just endorsed vitamin additives in milk.
These guys are lying their asses off.
Vitamin supplements are important as long as people don’t go nuts with them.
And for the record, food is great, but people also go nuts overeating too.
Big Drugs has always been against vitamins. Always. They want people sick so the can get wealthy off them.
I just know there are a few vitamins that help me quite a lot. One being vitamin D.
Where I live there is a real shortage of vitamin D.
Big Drugs will turn on vitamin d3 supplements, too.
It’s curious that this is coming out at this time. I wonder if the FBI investigation of the Virginia’s soon to depart governor is connected. The story is that he accepted help from a wealthy health supplement magnate. He was Republican as well.
Is this connected to Obamacare?
It’s paradoxical: the mega-pharmaceutical companies are aligning with the same bureaucrats who defamed, miked, robbed, and now corralled into slow starvation to target the health nuts, traditional Dem constituents.
no orange juice?
The "date rape drug", GmbH, was a cheep supplement available at health food stores, used by many who needed restful sleep (e.g. international travelers, narcoleptics, etc). It's the only supplement that helps me get to stage 3/4 sleep where restorative sleep occurs. It also helps heal fibromyalgia. That's a very rare capability.
Now, it costs $2K/mth. It's only available from a single distributor.
I have family members and friends who ride the dosage roller coaster. Constantly being adjusted and are perpetually adding new fun cocktails to keep fix things caused by meds.
Of course. Big Drugs considers us nothing but lab rats that can put more money in their pockets.
If I want to spend the money, that is my business.
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It is all about removing the choices and options that should be available to free thinking people.
Very frightening times, these.
May God share His strength.
Forty years ago there was a big push to restrict vitamins/minerals to over the counter drug rules. This would have cost consumers a lot more. I joined the big fight in which most conservatives and liberals were allied and we saved the availability of vitamins, etc.
Now I am 75, in excellent health, have never suffered the horrible varicose veins and surgery like my mother. Had begun to have the pain and vein development when I read Adelle Davis and began to use what she recommended. The pain and veins went away, I never needed the surgery my mother required. I cured my father’s severe allergy problem and helped other suffering people. After reading Davis’ “Let’s Have Healthy Children” I raised two boys. One had his only cavity at age 23, the other at age 40. Good diet can really make a difference, but since most have some problems, the right supplements can work wonders. It costs under $10 to try a bottle of tablets you think might help. If they do, great. If not, a Starbucks latte costs the same. Meanwhile, big Pharma and govt. keep your hands off my supplements and freedom to educate (an important step) myself about my own health and nutrition needs. So, study, learn, experiment, and keep what works.
This study was done by Pfizer so I’m skeptical.
I eat right, take vitamins to supplement, I’m 57, not on any meds.
If you feel like you need supplements, then take a good multi, but research your special problems and take additional to deal with them. For example: Winter depression - Vitamin D. Allergies - Vitamin C (personalized dose) 4 times a day, Pantothenic Acid, 200-300 mg per day. Morning sickness or motion sickness - B6 (25 mg or more, be careful if pregnant). Varicose veins - Vitamin E and Vitamin C (research dose). Back pain - Calcium and magnesium (2 to 1 ratio), and Boron 3 mg. if post menopausal. Use Google do research. Buy books on therapeutic nutrition. Study, learn, experiment.
What they’ve said....and I’ve read through their piece and additional studies....is that if you just ate a balanced diet...you’d get all the vitamins necessary. The ability of vitamins to translate over for ‘lost vitamins’ because you won’t eat a balanced diet? Marginal. It’s not working the way that everyone was convinced over the past forty years.
At the end of this whole mess, one needs to ask themselves where exactly they went off the road for eating a balanced diet. We used to be a society that took simple raw ingredients and made entire dinners from that...without processed sugar, great amounts of sodium, or high fat contents.
As I've been saying for the last 20 years, multi-vitamins are a scam designed to separate you from your money.
Thanks, my point exactly, and remember Dr. Stare, Harvard expert, sugar whore for big business.
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