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Are Vitamins Dangerous?

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Are Vitamins Dangerous?

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Over the past several of weeks, the media have gone wild over studies allegedly showing that vitamins have lethal consequences.

Again and again, journalists who are clueless about health have misled readers while catering to the interests of Big Pharma and their hired lackey, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Will Vitamin E Increase Risk of Prostate Cancer?

Back in 2009, the initial report of the Selenium and Vitamin E Cancer Prevention Trial (SELECT) found “no reduction in risk of prostate cancer with either selenium or vitamin E supplements but a statistically non-significant increase in prostate cancer risk with vitamin E.”

Then came the recently released update, which allegedly shows that high doses—400 IU’s a day or more—of vitamin E may increase your risk of prostate cancer by 17 percent.

According to CNN:

“Based on the results of this trial, [the researchers] suggested that men should have a serious conversation with their doctors about whether taking vitamin E supplements is a good idea.”

However, there’s a glaring problem with this finding, which has been completely overlooked by conventional media, and the researchers of the study itself.

For some reason, many fail to appreciate that there are usually major differences between natural nutrients and their synthetic counterparts.

They simply do not have the same biological effects, and this appears particularly true when it comes to vitamin E.

Synthetic Vitamin E is Problematic, So Why Did They Use it?

In this case, the vitamin E used was all rac-α-tocopheryl acetate—a synthetic petrochemically-derived form of dl-alpha tocopherol, which has known toxic effects. has a listing of published research relating to the many ill health effects related to this compound. The Toxicology Data Network also lists numerous health problems related to synthetic vitamin E at various dosages.

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Dr. Mercola

Dr. Mercola has been passionate about health and technology for most of his life. As a doctor of osteopathic medicine, he treated many thousands of patients for over 20 years. In the mid 90’s he integrated his passion for natural health with modern technology via the internet and developed a website, to spread the word about natural ways to achieve optimal health.


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1:48PM PST on Dec 12, 2012


8:06PM PDT on Jun 26, 2012

TY - Very Interesting

4:12PM PDT on May 27, 2012

I try to get vitamins from food, successful most days. I don't get sick easily and have lots of energy. Cost is a big factor to buying vitamins and I don't really think you need them, rather spend money on healthy vegetables,fruits and grains. Thank you.

2:20AM PDT on Apr 17, 2012

And then comes the day when you NEED to take vitamins beyond what you get from your diet, to fix very low iron and vitamin B12 levels and not taking the vitamins could be fatal...

6:55PM PDT on Apr 11, 2012

Thank you!

6:22PM PDT on Mar 18, 2012

thank you for info.

6:03PM PDT on Mar 12, 2012

Thanks Melissa W. for the link to show how to tell natural from synthetic vitamins. Noted, bookmarked and appreciated :)

10:49AM PDT on Mar 12, 2012


10:09PM PDT on Mar 11, 2012

i think supplements MAY be useful but i can't say for sure. all i know is that people didn't always take 'em and they did just fine. i think there's a way to get plenty of proper nutrition without vitamins, we just have to eat whole foods, not a bunch of processed crap.

1:11PM PST on Mar 10, 2012

Vitamins, in essence, cannot be dangerous. They are part of what makes healthy foods healthy. If there is a danger to them it is in the method of their manufacture. Any study that shows vitamins to be dangerous is ingenuously redirecting people from the real truth of the matter and propagating more fear of natural health and reliance on the medical industry. I.e., "Don't spend money on that junk-science stuff! Come over here and take our pills instead . . . for the rest of your miserable life."

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