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What's the scoop on the supposed uselessness of multivitamin supplements?

20 Mar 2017

There is a lot of buzz around a set of scientific papers that calls into question the effectiveness of multivitamin supplements. Let me add a few notes to the buzz as the vitamin supplement...

Ebola Scams are Sickening

20 Mar 2017

We’ve seen it before. A medical crisis emerges and the scam artists crawl out of the woodwork. Fearful citizens pop open their wallets and fork out hard-earned money for nonsensical “cures.” When...

Vitamin D supplements in question

20 Mar 2017

Study after study has shown that vitamin supplements do not offer any benefits over a well-balanced diet. In certain cases they may even be detrimental to health. In 1994, the National Cancer...

Seedy business in grape seed extracts

20 Mar 2017

A modest amount of red wine reduces the risk of heart disease, possibly because of the polyphenols it contains. Grape seed extract contains the same polyphenols as found in wine and has therefore...

Antioxidants Disappoint Again

20 Mar 2017

Science is based on evidence, and evidence changes. Heart attack victims used to be put on prolonged bed rest until evidence indicated that this was not the way to go. If a baby was born by C...

Chewing on "Chewpods"

20 Mar 2017

The dietary supplement market is huge, so it is little surprise that many companies try to get in on the game by torturing data until it succumbs to their desires. An estimated 40 billion dollars...

Oz’s Glow Dims

20 Mar 2017

Dr. Mehmet Oz was asked to testify in front of a U.S. Senate Transport, Commerce and Science subcommitte on fraudulent weight loss products. It is a subject he knows a fair bit about. After all he...

CoEnzyme Q10

20 Mar 2017

The gentleman in the front row was waving his hand energetically.  He obviously had something to contribute to the discussion.  I had just finished a public lecture on dietary supplements and threw...

Botanical problems

20 Mar 2017

“Botanicals” are dietary supplements derived from plant sources that have purported health benefits. Echinacea for the common cold, St. John’s Wort for depression, ginkgo biloba for memory...

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