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Vitamins under attack by distorted research: attempts to discredit nutritional supplements continue

Sunday, May 09, 2004
by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger
Editor of NaturalNews.com (See all articles...)
Tags: nutritional supplements, bad medicine, prescription drugs


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The mainstream press is awash in headlines claiming that vitamins are now suddenly bad for your heart. It's hogwash, of course. Their evidence? Certain vitamins were found to inhibit the liver's ability to break down so-called "bad cholesterol." Now here's the real story on this study. First, look at the motivation and funding: it's part of the ongoing effort to discredit vitamins and push people towards using prescription drugs to manage their health -- a strategy that pays off handsomely for pharmaceutical companies. Secondly, this study used artificial, chemical forms of the vitamins, not the compounds found in nature. It's an old trick from the research community: any time you want to show that Vitamin E is bad, just use dl-tocopherol instead of d-tocopheral, and the results will almost universally be negative. That's because the dl-tocopherol is synthetic and derived from chemical factories, not natural sources like nuts and seeds.

The next sleight of hand in this study comes from the idea that all cholesterol is bad for you in the first place. Cholesterol is essential for life. If you had no cholesterol in your body, you'd die within a matter of hours. Everyone needs cholesterol, and the proper balance of good to bad cholesterol comes from eating a healthy diet (rich in plant-based vitamins and phytochemicals) in the first place. So it is, in fact, natural sources of these vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals that promote healthy cholesterol. Yet this study manages to convey precisely the opposite image: that vitamins are bad for you!

Finally, there are thousands of studies linking the consumption of natural vitamins with positive, well established health effects like improved mental function, enhanced immune system function, reduced risk of heart disease, a reduction in cancer, and so on. This one study simply doesn't compare with the thousands of other studies that reached a different conclusion.

Make no mistake: this study is just the pharmaceutical industry groups hard at work attempting to discredit all nutritional supplements. The FDA is smiling, no doubt, and will probably use this study as "proof" that vitamins should be outlawed.


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About the author:Mike Adams (aka the "Health Ranger") is a best selling author (#1 best selling science book on Amazon.com) and a globally recognized scientific researcher in clean foods. He serves as the founding editor of NaturalNews.com and the lab science director of an internationally accredited (ISO 17025) analytical laboratory known as CWC Labs. There, he was awarded a Certificate of Excellence for achieving extremely high accuracy in the analysis of toxic elements in unknown water samples using ICP-MS instrumentation. Adams is also highly proficient in running liquid chromatography, ion chromatography and mass spectrometry time-of-flight analytical instrumentation.

Adams is a person of color whose ancestors include Africans and Native American Indians. He's also of Native American heritage, which he credits as inspiring his "Health Ranger" passion for protecting life and nature against the destruction caused by chemicals, heavy metals and other forms of pollution.

Adams is the founder and publisher of the open source science journal Natural Science Journal, the author of numerous peer-reviewed science papers published by the journal, and the author of the world's first book that published ICP-MS heavy metals analysis results for foods, dietary supplements, pet food, spices and fast food. The book is entitled Food Forensics and is published by BenBella Books.

In his laboratory research, Adams has made numerous food safety breakthroughs such as revealing rice protein products imported from Asia to be contaminated with toxic heavy metals like lead, cadmium and tungsten. Adams was the first food science researcher to document high levels of tungsten in superfoods. He also discovered over 11 ppm lead in imported mangosteen powder, and led an industry-wide voluntary agreement to limit heavy metals in rice protein products.

In addition to his lab work, Adams is also the (non-paid) executive director of the non-profit Consumer Wellness Center (CWC), an organization that redirects 100% of its donations receipts to grant programs that teach children and women how to grow their own food or vastly improve their nutrition. Through the non-profit CWC, Adams also launched Nutrition Rescue, a program that donates essential vitamins to people in need. Click here to see some of the CWC success stories.

With a background in science and software technology, Adams is the original founder of the email newsletter technology company known as Arial Software. Using his technical experience combined with his love for natural health, Adams developed and deployed the content management system currently driving NaturalNews.com. He also engineered the high-level statistical algorithms that power SCIENCE.naturalnews.com, a massive research resource featuring over 10 million scientific studies.

Adams is well known for his incredibly popular consumer activism video blowing the lid on fake blueberries used throughout the food supply. He has also exposed "strange fibers" found in Chicken McNuggets, fake academic credentials of so-called health "gurus," dangerous "detox" products imported as battery acid and sold for oral consumption, fake acai berry scams, the California raw milk raids, the vaccine research fraud revealed by industry whistleblowers and many other topics.

Adams has also helped defend the rights of home gardeners and protect the medical freedom rights of parents. Adams is widely recognized to have made a remarkable global impact on issues like GMOs, vaccines, nutrition therapies, human consciousness.

In addition to his activism, Adams is an accomplished musician who has released over a dozen popular songs covering a variety of activism topics.

Click here to read a more detailed bio on Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, at HealthRanger.com.

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