In an article in the North American Menopause Society's First To Know newsletter, dated April 28, 2009, highly respected long-time nutrition research authority Dr. Robert P. Heaney of Creighton University, who has published over 300 studies in medical journals since 1962, spanks the intellectual bottom of Neuhouser and fellows over the publication of their misleading study that said that vitamins don't reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and cancers.

Dr. Heaney points out that the study design doesn't take into consideration that these nutrients, like all things we intake, including drugs, food or alcohol have an effective dosage range.

Regarding vitamins C and E, Neuhouser's study investigated dosages long known to be far too low to do much of anything in the body and arrived at the conclusion that the nutrients didn't reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and cancers. Of course these vitamins don't work at dosages fit for hamsters!

Newspaper headlines, from newspapers like the New York Times blasted Neuhouser's poorly-gotten conclusion and misled millions of Americans, who now might suffer more from death from cardiovascular disease and cancers over the length of their lifetime because they don't take optimal higher potencies of vitamins C and E.

Shame on Neuhouser, and shame on the newspapers who didn't investigate this more thoroughly and provide counterpoint, which might have said, "The low doses in Neuhouser's study didn't work, while several other studies that used optimal higher doses have shown a reduction in your chances of suffering from death from cardiovascular disease and cancers."

Bad study design and poor journalism co-conspire to mislead the public, who then potentially suffers in their long-term health, adding to health care costs and drug company bottom lines.

Who stands to profit from studies that say vitamins don't work, are a waste of money and might even harm you? Drug companies. Overwhelming evidence says that they are involved in creating the mis-leading bad vitamin studies, getting them published in well-known medical journals by buying ads in medical journals and getting the journals to do publish the studies, and then getting newspapers, which they also advertise in, to review the studies without providing corrective counterpoint.

Shame, shame!

Michael Mooney

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