posted on Dec, 31 2013 @ 10:46 AM
Articles and news reports like this make me steaming mad!! Because the sheeple will buy into it.
But the clearer heads will prevail!!
Flawed Research Used to Attack Multivitamin Supplements
Two flawed studies, a rehashed review, and an editorial published in the December 17th issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine have attempted to
discredit the value of multivitamin supplements.1-3
Both of the studies were plagued by grievous methodological flaws.
Nevertheless, mainstream sources are using these reprehensible studies to undermine dietary supplements.
The article does an excellent job in pulling the ACTUAL FACTS of the studies and goes on further to explain the flaws:
Poor Adherence Criteria
Subjects in the first study were considered to have adhered to their multivitamin regimen appropriately if they took it just two-thirds of the time.
In other words, even subjects who skipped their multivitamin 4 months out of the year were deemed "adherent" to the intervention.
Another huge flaw in the studies.... which I have found to be a large problem with other medical studies on vitamins, of which I have done over a year
of studying in depth... is over and over again, they use TOO LOW of a dosage. I've read many so called studies on Vitamin C. They label them mega
doses, but they are only using 2,000 - 3,000 mgs in their studies. This is NOT a mega does. A mega dose would be 10,000 mg+. So the studies don't
produce the results they are looking for because they don't use a high enough dose.
So when you hear the reports that high doses (1,000 mgs) don't cure the cold and flu... well they are right in a sense... BUT it's because you need
5,000 - 10,000 mgs (minimum) per day to cure the cold and flu!!!!!!
The multivitamin utilized in this study contained woefully inadequate nutrient concentrations. For example, the formula contained only 60 mg of
vitamin C, 25 mcg of vitamin B12, and 20 mcg of selenium.
Health-conscious people know that these abysmally small nutrient doses are very unlikely to deliver any considerable health benefits. Even the
researchers state a limitation of their study is "[the] doses of vitamins may be too low…"
Oohhh and it gets better! They set the bar too high for their expected favorable result. This whole study was designed to FAIL!
Absurd Efficacy Assumptions
A major part of study design involves defining effect thresholds that can be statistically elucidated based upon the number of subjects and trial
duration. In this study, the authors designed the trial to detect a 25% reduction in cardiovascular risk. In other words, for this trial to conclude
that multivitamins provide cardiovascular benefit, the intervention would have had to eliminate 1 in 4 cardiovascular event outcomes.
By setting the bar for efficacy so high, this study was set up to conclude that multivitamins would provide no benefit from the outset.
Please take time to read the source link for the full article as there is much more information there, also backed up by medical studies and source
ETA: And you will need to eat 28 oranges per day to get enough Vitamin C in your diet. If you think you can get enough Vitamin C in your daily diet
through food... you are sadly mistaken. And I highly suggest you read the Vitamin C thread in my signature.
Happy New Year everyone - and many years of good and improving health to all!
edit on 31-12-2013 by Julie Washington because: (no reason