My friend, Dr. Andrew Saul was on my radio show Monday Apr 2, 2018. You can find the archive of the show on Achieve Radio or the Dr. Carolyn Dean Live website. Andrew is the editor-in-chief of the Orthomolecular News Service and he announced, on April 5, 2018, to our 40-person Medical Review Board that “The NY Times is out with another hatchet job on vitamins.” “Older Americans ‘Hooked’ on Vitamins” is the absurd and disrespectful title of this stubborn attempt to deny the importance of vitamins.
I say it’s disrespectful because it is labeling seniors drug addicts simply because they are trying to take care of their health in a non-drug fashion! It’s a horrible testament to the stupidity of a medical system that never taught its doctors anything about nutrition and lifestyle to help keep their patients well. Instead they have become locked into a flawed and failing system of using drugs to prevent disease. As Andrew Saul said on my show April 2nd, “Drugs make a well person sick. Why would they make a sick person well?”
The NY Times article referenced a Mar 6, 2018 JAMA paper called “Vitamin and Mineral Supplements What Clinicians Need to Know.” It’s just a commentary, actually, not a clinical study. But it manages to display bias right from the start. It presents dietary supplements as a huge commercial industry, as if that’s problematic, earning $30 billion in the US, whereas the pharmaceutical industry pulls in $446 billion and is totally profit driven. It also asserts that scientific research doesn’t support the use of supplements and implies that they may in fact be dangerous. Let me quote from the JAMA paper:
“Dietary supplementation is approximately a $30 billion industry in the United States, with more than 90,000 products on the market. In recent national surveys, 52% of US adults reported use of at least 1 supplement product, and 10% reported use of at least 4 such products. Vitamins and minerals are among the most popular supplements and are taken by 48% and 39% of adults, respectively, typically to maintain health and prevent disease.
Despite this enthusiasm, most randomized clinical trials of vitamin and mineral supplements have not demonstrated clear benefits for primary or secondary prevention of chronic diseases not related to nutritional deficiency. Indeed, some trials suggest that micronutrient supplementation in amounts that exceed the RDA, eg. high doses of beta carotene, folic acid, Vitamin E or selenium – may have harmful effects, including increased mortality, cancer, and hemorrhagic stroke.”
Fake scientific studies are commonplace now. I cover this abomination in my book, Death by Modern Medicine. The fakery in nutrient trials is that they try to force a single nutrient into a scientific methodology to which it is supremely unsuited. They also use high doses of synthetic vitamins which may not be compatible with the body. Also, the body does not focus on only one nutrient at a time – it works synergistically with all of them together. Vitamin D doesn’t work properly without magnesium and calcium. The thyroid needs 9 minerals, not just iodine. The adrenals need B’s, C, and several minerals. Why in the name of creation don’t scientists understand that?
So, as long as they keep their heads in the sand and test one nutrient at a time they will come up with fake results. Then those fake results fit right into the agenda of the pharmaceutical companies who are afraid to lose their monopoly even though their profits are about 15 times those of the supplement industry. The drug companies also have the FDA on their side because the FDA says that nutrients can’t treat disease, only drugs can treat disease. It’s a horrible lose-lose situation for people who just want to get well and stay well.
My cynical self wasn’t surprised to find about 100 copycat stories when I Googled Seniors Hooked on Vitamins as the sheep in the media picked up on this hot headline. Some of us know it’s just anti-vitamin propaganda but many people are going to take the story as gospel and stop taking vitamins that could very well be helping them.
Carolyn Dean MD ND
The Doctor of the Future®