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Thought I might share the data from a meeting tonight about vitamins, health, and cancer. The short version:
- Do not take folate-containing supplements unless you are bearing babies. (Unfortunately, the government in its infinite wisdom mandated its addtion to bread and other foods for the benefit of child-bearing women who eat terrible diets.) - Adults should not bother with vitamin supplements, except... - it's probably a good idea for most people to take 2000 iu of Vit D3 daily (which is actually a hormone, not a vitamin) even if you spend time outdoors, and... - 20 minutes of daily exercise is a good thing.
Doc - I'm curious. Is there something wrong with taking a multi-vitamin at age 49 (ouch it hurts to write that, because it means I'm almost 50!)? My gp says I should take one (and I'm certainly not looking for medical advice here, just trying to understand the reasoning). The actual cost of the vitamin is minimal (particulary on the margin if it otherwise lowers health problems), and if there is no "harm", why not take it. i'd be interested in seeing a link to the study. Many thanks. Black Dog
I am told that an American would need to work very hard at a very odd diet to be vitamin deficient. Waste of money, he said, but promoted by a large industry. He called supplement- taking "religion, not science."
Maybe I will ask him to write a short piece for us.
My sister, who is a nurse practitioner, said most vitamins (in megadoses, I think) get peed out and the oil-soluable ones can poison you. She said that by taking a lot of vitamins, all you are doing is creating expensive urine. Not sure if that adds to this discussion, as I think she was talking about excess vitamins.
so-called ''stress tabs'' contain the two short-lived water solubles, B and C, and you can't overdo them as you can the fat-solubles. well, you CAN overdo the water-solubles -- but not if you follow the directions. Read up on B and C -- you needs a lot of 'em, and if you eat a lot of fast foods or processed foods you may be shy enough of 'em to dampen yo happy healthy day. IMHO, and in my younger days i read Adelle Davis -- the Adelle Davis.
my main question here is why? why should we not take folate... and if we do, what will befall us? what organization/researcher are you going off of exactly?
well, i looked folate up, and there are a variety of opinions contrary the one presented in your post, of course, ( www.dsib.org/folate ) so i was just wondering what the specific research led to this...?