Did you all happen to see the somewhat unbelievable slue of articles out earlier this week that stated according to a recent study taking multivitamins could shorten one’s life? If you missed it, check out the abstract in the AMA Internal Medicine Archives entitled, Dietary Supplements and Mortality Rate in Older Women. The Alliance for Natural Health has posted a response to the study itself and asks a lot of great questions about the validity of the scientific method applied and subsequent gross generalizations made.
Regardless of your stance on supplementation the bigger issue is how these types of scientifically flawed studies are leveraged in the legislative process and give momentum to the types of bills that would regulate or deny public access to supplementation. We aren’t just talking multivitamins here. These types of studies and corresponding propaganda have the potential to be used against all herbs and supplements.
Shame on AMA’s Archives of Internal Medicine
October 11, 2011
Did you hear the breaking news last night—that multivitamins may shorten your life? Here’s how junk science from the AMA set off the media frenzy.
Bloomberg phrased it this way: “Multivitamins and some dietary supplements, used regularly by an estimated 234 million US adults, may do more harm than good, according to a study that tied their use to higher death rates among older women.” The study’s authors outrageously concluded, “We see little justification for the general and widespread use of dietary supplements.”