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Multivitamin study sparks controversy

February 13, 2009 by  

A study has created debate about the benefits of vitaminsA non-profit organization dedicated to the natural products industry has disputed the results of a study measuring the efficacy of multivitamins in cancer prevention.

The criticized study – conducted by researchers from the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center – suggested that long-term multivitamin use had no impact on the risk of common cancers, cardiovascular disease and general mortality in postmenopausal women.

However, the study failed to take into account important dietary factors, according to the Natural Products Association.

"While cohort and observational studies like these can be important, they in no way constitute convincing or conclusive evidence," says Dr Daniel Fabricant, vice president of scientific and regulatory affairs for the Natural Products Association.

He complains that the authors arbitrarily assigned categories to different supplement types. He also says they did not account for nutrient intake through the diet, failing to establish a baseline against which to make comparisons.

Fabricant further criticized the authors for being apparently unaware of how supplements are regulated and how the FDA authorizes health claims.

"To suggest that taking vitamins and minerals with a demonstrated health benefit is unnecessary sends the wrong public health message," he says.

Some 180 million Americans take dietary supplements to make up for inadequate diets and maintain and improve health.

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  • s c mailen, jr.

    Once again, America is expected to swallow non-science that is put forth in the name of science. This pimp/prostitute approach to ‘truth’ is on the heads of those at the AMA and the FDA. Is it not yet obvious that a degree in medicine in no way infers integrity, morality or ethics?
    Anyone who willingly plans studies that rely on non-scientific, incomplete and flawed results to sway the public has no conscience. In effect, this says much about the AMA/FDA/drug cartel. The fact that these people are in charge of health matters puts Americans in a concentration camp scenario [you are free to be miserable and suffer]. Is it any wonder that money matters most and talks loudest? Et tu, you Chamberlains and Quislings.

    • Bob Livingston

      Well said SC! Bob.

  • frost

    What in God’s name do you expect from that place, a REAL/honest/objective study? They have so much invested in chemotherapy and those old toxic methods, does anyone really expect them to advocate anything which (when taken with other things) might actually effect their business in negative fashion? Please! Coupled with Big Pharm, the other suspect groups like the CDC, FDA and AMA (along with the Trial Lawyers too, probably…) they’re awful, most repugnant people. Period.

  • steve kruger

    You will find that in this study none of those in the study actualy took one multi-vit, it is a total bogus study, it is only a measure of opinion. OTTO,

  • Allan

    It is the old story of Money rules America. Integrity, Conscience, Soul, are now swept into a corner. A large group of Americans know that Cancer can be cured right now with alternative therapies. There is no money in it for Doctors, Clinics, Government, and unemployment would accelerate. Expensive equipment would need to be disposed of; etc etc. Heaven help us if the medical profession had to create a new disease in lieu of cancer. Doctors would have to learn to treat more neurological cases or other forms of modern medical problems. Americans are caught up in a cache 22 situation at their moment of weakness. There is the old similarity of animals prey for food; while humans prey for the other ones money.

  • Lorie

    What alot of Americans do not realize also is that ONE cancer patient to the medical community is worth a MINIMUM of 100,000 dollars. That is why there will never be a “cure” in allopathic medicine. I have been in the medical field for 15 years, working in radiology. I see so many people who could be cured and it just makes me sick. There is a cure for cancer, but it cannot be patented, because it comes from mother nature herself. But if anyone tries to get the info out, they are just stiffled by the “powers that be”. So I secretly give my information to all that I can so that their lives can be saved.

    • H. Hoeke

      Please, Lorie, send me your information.

      H. Hoeke

    • Jack

      Lorie, I have cancer. Had radiation of my vocal cords (cured)and two years later laryngectomy (it came back very hard). If you have some info please let me know.
      I’ve been looking into things like natural cures.


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