I recently came across an article that I found to be extremely disturbing. Making the front page of several news organizations, this article alleges that vitamins may in fact be responsible for increasing the risk of early death. While I wasn't terribly surprised by Big Pharma's latest anti-supplement propaganda, the report's obvious dishonesty leaves me concerned for the future of natural health products in general.
Snippets from the original article 'Vitamin pills increase risk of early death':
"They warn healthy people who take antioxidant supplements, including vitamins A and E, to try to keep diseases such as cancer at bay that they are interfering with their natural body defenses and may be increasing their risk of an early death by up to 16 per cent."
"Antioxidants, including vitamins A, E, C and beta-carotene and selenium, are said to mop up compounds, called free radicals, which cause disease. It is this action that researchers believe may cause problems with the defense system."
So now we are told to believe that free radicals are good and antioxidants are actually bad? This is nothing more than a poorly disguised attempt to create a sense of distrust and uncertainty amongst consumers about exercising their own judgment on nutritional matters. And it's been going on for some time now. The wealthy pharmaceutical companies have grown increasingly alarmed over the years about growing holistic health trends.
Some of you may remember the controversy surrounding tryptophan, a naturally occurring substance found in turkey. When tryptophan began to cut into the pharmaceutical industry's highly profitable sleeping pill business, they made a move to have it declared illegal and taken off the market completely. The problem is, it's also naturally found in breast milk. Would they like to place a ban on breast feeding as well?
"People should get all the vitamins and minerals they need from their diet, but for the millions who are not able to do that, vitamins can be a useful supplement and they should not stop taking them."
This statement is true enough, taken at face value. But how many of us actually follow a healthy balanced diet rich in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Furthermore, is it even possible nowadays when the food we eat is stripped of these vital nutrients and polluted with chemicals and pesticides?
"This study is deeply worrying and shows that there should be more regulation for vitamins and minerals."
Is it only a matter of time before they ban the use of herbal male enhancement supplements? Should we disregard thousands of years of history regarding the use of natural remedies and instead only buy "approved" drugs such as Viagra and Cialis? What about regulations on pharmaceutical drugs that are responsible for the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people each year? Stop asking questions... here have another injection, FDA approved!!
Posted by PRS
Saturday, April 19th, 2008
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