Friday, October 01, 2004


"People who take vitamin and antioxidant supplements in the hope they're reducing their risk of gastrointestinal cancer are more likely to die of the disease than those who don't take the supplements, a new study finds."

I don't take supplements in that hope at all, but I like that wording "are more likely to die of the disease"; makes death sound closer for the unconscionably health conscious. I take supplements to try and offset or negate the effects of the ubiquitous poisons in our food and environment. This big study investigating supplements-- big headlines, big bucks, big dangers-- says the result shows increased risk of cancer, but on the other hand decreased risk of cancer. And it's all still a big maybe, in any case. Wonder who funded it and why they did such a HUGE and EXPENSIVE study investigating a couple of nutritional supplements, which are taken by only a relatively small portion of the populace (agrobiz critics and noisy environmentalists who I'll bet tend to live longer statistically) and didn't do a study just as huge and expensive and much more useful about, oh, the thirty different toxic chemicals the general public doesn't know are sprayed on apples before everyone eats them and gives the juice to the kids? Science sure makes me curious.

[Later: Boy do some stressed-out folks love to hate supplements! Here's a sampling of other professional headlines about the same study:

"Deadly side-effect in vitamin boosters"

"Vitamins 'may cause early death'"

"Vitamin boosts may increase death rate of users, report says"

"Early Death Fears over Supplements"

"Vitamins only take you closer to death"

I had no idea supplements were so fatal, maybe even more fatal than butylated hydroxytoluene, or stilbestrol, or... how about a vast multicenter study on Dragon Systemic Fungicide 3336 WP or Ortho Bug-B-Gon Multi-purpose insect killer? Everybody eats those.]


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