More On Supplements

Dov Michaeli

Posted 1o/16/11 on The Doctor Weighs In

I know when I tread on people’s cherished beliefs when I get pushback from readers, some of it ,let’s say, quite emotional. But that’s good.

It is important that we challenge our beliefs, and if the sacred cows don’t stand up to scrutiny, we should slaughter them (to our Hindu readers – I meant it as a metaphor, honestly).

The October 14 of MedPage Today had an interesting article on the issue of vitamins and other food supplements. Highly recommended. Here are a few choice quotes:

“As the dust begins to settle, physicians interviewed by MedPage Today and ABC News agreed on a bit of simple wisdom –a healthy diet is more important than a fistful of supplements”.

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Dietary Supplements? They Never Made Sense

Dov Michaeli

Posted 10/13/11 on The Doctor Weighs In

How many people do you know who are not taking their daily multivitamin pill? Not many, I’d bet. Heck, even I, a just-the-facts-ma’am kind of guy, succumbed to the general belief that supplements at worst provide insurance against deficiencies; at best they may protect us from a whole raft of diseases, from the flu to arthritis and even Alzheimer’s, and thus make us healthier, help us live longer, be happier, perform better in our favorite sport, become sexual athletes –and this is only a partial list of the promised miracles. Except that the age of miracles has long passed, and none of the promises have been borne out.

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