Tuesday, April 21, 2015
Another Science Failure, Cont'd
Vitamins were declared "vital" nutrients by scientists studying nutrition, and they even declared "minimum daily requirements". But they didn't study the obvious other end of the Bell curve.
The nutrient studies were essential science at the times they were made, starting well over a century ago. Deficiencies were real and nasty. Supplements were welcomed, and for some, they were essential additions. But as far as I know, only the danger of an excess of vitamin D ever made it to the public consciousness, and the benefits of vitamin supplements are still highly promoted and highly profitable. So of course, if some vitamins are good at the minimum level, then more vitamins must be better, right?
If this current study is valid, one has to wonder how many people died from the cancer caused by the failure to study the effect of excessive dosages of supplements. But I'm not sure about the validity, or the location of the data, for this "study". It could be a journalistic twisting of "science", a separate sort of science failure.