P.T. Barnum is known for the saying "there is a sucker born every minutes." Thomas Tusser was once quoted as saying "A fool and his money are soon parted." Neither of these men worked in the 30-billion dollar-a-year vitamin and supplement industry but they sure did have the consumers of these products pegged to a tee!
It is no secret that people want to lead a healthy life, albeit you wouldn't know that by the typical diet of the typical American. The thought is, I can load up on whatever I want and if I pop a few vitamins and/or supplements I will be fine. These people also, quite obviously, believe in Santa Claus and that Easter Bunny poops chocolate eggs!
Often times you might be walking through your local market and in the area where they have their vitamins and supplements, you might see some unsuspecting consumers carefully looking at the label of the bottle they are holding. Well, in the vitamin and supplement business, those labels mean nothing! Legally, they can say anything they damn well want on those labels and they love the word "organic," which in fact, means nothing! The truth is, the vitamin and supplement industry is virtually non-regulated and none of the companies are required to go through safety and efficacy testing. Dr. Marion Nestle, Professor of Nutrition, Food Studies and Public Health at New York University, has noted on many occasions that "many vitamins and supplements may contain impurities and may not have the active ingredients on their label."
There have been numerous scientific studies which have proven that processed oils, minerals, extracts and herbs do absolutely nothing positive for your health and may actually be harmful. Most major media outlets will not report this because some of their largest ads (source of revenue) are from the companies who make these products.
The most popular vitamin among both men and women are the famed "multi-vitamins." There are various brands on the market and they are all the same thing -- useless little expensive pills. In a recent study the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, performed 63 random and controlled tests on multi-vitamins. Their final finding were... they did absolutely no good!
One of the most respected cancer institutions in the world, the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, performed one of the most intense tests ever done on multi-vitamins. They followed 160,000 post-menopausal women for ten years (many doctors recommend multi-vitamins for this group of women, and yes, these doctors get paid for these recommendations). The findings were that "multi-vitamins did nothing to prevent cancer, heart disease or any death no matter what the diet was."
If you have ever had the misfortune to venture into a so-called "health food store" which carries vitamins and supplements, you might have heard the salespeople (never scientifically trained on the subject but told to report what the manufacturer says are selling points) promoting certain vitamins and supplements to men for prostate health. The sad fact is, according to the Journal of the American Medical Association, "men who consume vitamins and supplements for prostate health have a higher risk of getting prostate cancer!"
Then there are the ads promoting multi-vitamins, vitamin C, vitamin E and folate as ways to prevent lung cancer. Really? According to a recent study by the University of Washington, these vitamins or supplements do nothing!
The fact is, we are all going to die -- but do you really want to speed the inevitable up? Well, if you are a female and enjoy wasting your money on vitamins and supplements, you may very well be paying for your own death. Many ads and commercials created by the vitamin and supplements industry are geared and aimed towards women, so here is an incredible sobering study. A recent report from the Iowa Woman's Health Study has found middle-aged women "who used vitamins and supplements are at a higher risk of dying that those who didn't."
The simple facts are, vitamins and supplements do literally nothing; you are paying enormous amounts of money for no other reason than to be "chic." You may be saying, "but my doctor says..." Fact is, your doctor is being paid by the company who makes the vitamins and supplements he is shilling for.
Fact is, P.T. Barnum was 100% correct!
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