October 11, 2011

A CLASSIC FIRST-WORLD PROBLEM:

3000 vitamins in five months: what does that do? (Alicia Wood, October 10, 2011, Sydney Morning Herald)

So what happens if you take 3000 vitamin supplements over five months?

Following the experience of Time journalist John Cloud, precious little.

Cloud experimented on himself by following a regimen of vitamin pills, suggested to him by a vitamin company in the US.
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He took 22 pills a day, as well as protein bars and psyllium fibre.

His doctor checked him out before and after his experiment. The only noticeable effect was that his vitamin D levels had increased, and so had his girth - by almost five kilograms. [...]

Australian Medical Association chairman of the council of general practice, Brian Morton]  said that he rarely suggests vitamins to his patients, unless they are suffering from a serious illness.

"If for example, a patient has been treated for cancer, and their appetite and vitamin intake is down because of all those awful side effects, I will suggest a multi-vitamin.

"But, otherwise, you should not take them without good reason. Most Australians have the problem that their diet has an excess, not a deficiency, of vitamins."

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