Our theme today is Dubious Medicine.
The Vitamin Myth: Why We Think We Need Vitamins. I grew up in a rather Vitamin C-affirmative household, and it’s only just recently that I learned how much if it was from the influence of Linus Pauling and his strong — if unscientific — advocacy for Vitamin C megadosing.
Multivitamin researchers say “case is closed” after studies find no health benefits. I’ve heard of doctors prescribing low-sodium V8 instead of vitamins for people with certain diseases because vitamins can stress the liver. Confession: I still take a gummy vitamin every morning but it’s mainly because I got diagnosed with a Vitamin D deficiency over the winter.
Whole Foods: America’s Temple of Pseudoscience. I occasionally go to Whole Foods for organic meat and vegetables but still shake my head when I walk by the aisles with homeopathic and naturopathic remedies. Same deal at Trader Joe’s and Mom’s Organic Market.