I’m a hopping-mad Dr. Randy Tobler: An iconic American magazine is hammering vitamins, making broad generalizations that aren’t well founded.
The front page shows some vitamin capsules, with a bold header: “The Vitamin Scam.” Inside, the article is entitled: “Vitamin Truths and Lies.” The article concludes, based on a few of the worst examples, that we should “eat right, and supplement with Vitamin D.” Now I have no qualms with those truths. After all, how many times have we all spoken of a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and a limited amount of wild-raised meat being the best health insurance? And, as I have said, Vitamin D is the vitamin of the decade, with widespread deficiency, the replacement of which is important. But to imply that all vitamins are worthless? No doubt that the overuse of individual antioxidants, such as the Vitamins E and C, may even have a harmful affect, so I’ll give them that one. OK, so that’s fair, along with the recognition that only women who could become pregnant can justify a multi-vitamin. But what about Omega-3 containing fish oils, good for the heart, brain, and inflammatory conditions, which is irresponsibly ignored in the article as well as calcium for healthy bones, magnesium for some who have restless legs and muscle spasms, and others?
That said, please beware of hype from vitamin sellers, AND their content-deprived media detractors!
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