Did you hear the breaking news that multi-vitamins may shorten your life? I literally stopped everything I was doing to listen to this report on the news...I was SICK to my stomach. The main reason is the fact that SO MANY people listening to the news are SO QUICK to believe the media's opinion when it comes to our health and our family's health. THIS IS DANGEROUS! It's time to start asking questions about the information we are being fed and STOP buying into the idea that everything the media says is truth. Much of this data below is taken from the Alliance for Natural Healing, USA.
The truth behind this "VITAMIN/DEATH" study, published by the AMA's (American Medical Association) Archives of Internal Medicine is that the test was conducted with 39,000 women whose average age was 62. The researchers ASKED the women to fill out THREE SELF-REPORTED SURVEYS in 1986, 1997 and 2004. In this survey they reported what supplements they took, what foods they ate and answered a few questions about their health. That's it people! So, the survey could have literally been what they took THAT DAY as well as what they ATE that day...
Let's just stop there. Are you telling me that this data that is being broadcasted all over the news is based on a 3 self-reported surveys over the course of 19 years and is only addressing what a person ate and what supplements they took? Talk about unreliable and absolutely unscientific.
The researchers then looked at how many women died by 2008. They reported a number of deaths were somewhat higher for women who took copper, a little bit lower for women who took calcium, but about average for most women. Again, they made these conclusions about their death based on what 3 self-reported surveys said about supplements and food. What the ??? In the study, all of the relative risks were so low as to be statistically insignificant and none was backed up by any medical investigation of biological plausibility study. No analysis was done on what combinations of vitamins and minerals were actually consumed, the quality of the supplements and ALL of the other compounding risk factors that go on over 19 years of your life.
Multivitamin can mean many different things and over 19 years, imagine how much change had occurred in the nutritional supplement world. There is a BIG difference between high quality pharmaceutical grade supplements and low quality. There is also the question of synthetic versus natural...not necessarily that synthetic is BAD or natural is GOOD, but is the form of the vitamin/mineral able to be absorbed and utilized by the body? How much of each nutrient were taken? Were they really taken consistently or at all? Diets fluctuate tremendously over 19 years and none of this is able to be captured in 3 surveys over the course of 19 years.
I am a HUGE supporter of taking high quality supplements to counteract stress, pollution and the deficiencies found in our food supply. I have personally FELT the difference between a high quality product and a product that ends up in my bowel movements. This study is dangerous, because it is being used by the media and MAINSTREAM medical establishment to bring scrutiny to the nutritional supplement industry.
My hope for you is that you are more about being proactive in your health than reactive. There are literally THOUSANDS of studies on the benefits of vitamins and minerals in a person's lifestyle and their are companies out there that are based on SOLID scientific research who are committed to supporting people in living the healthiest life possible. I attribute MUCH of my health to how our eat and the quality supplements I put into my body. The decision I made to choose the products I take was based asking the right questions and not selling my health to the lowest bidder or what is "Doctors Recommended". I suggest that you do the same in your health...our health is too precious to depend on the opinions and heresy of others.