An editorial published in this week’s Annals of Internal Medicine says that using supplements and multivitamins to prevent chronic conditions is a waste of money. – CNN

“The (vitamin and supplement) industry is based on anecdote, people saying ‘I take this, and it makes me feel better,’ said Dr. Edgar Miller, professor of medicine and epidemiology at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and co-author of the editorial.

In another study, this one led by the FDA states that antibacterial soaps and body washes are a waste of money too:

There currently is no evidence that over-the-counter (OTC) antibacterial soap products are any more effective at preventing illness than washing with plain soap and water, says Colleen Rogers, Ph.D., a lead microbiologist at FDA.

According to the study, its might just be doing more bad than good if you are a long time user of such products.

“New data suggest that the risks associated with long-term, daily use of antibacterial soaps may outweigh the benefits,” Rogers says. There are indications that certain ingredients in these soaps may contribute to bacterial resistance to antibiotics, and may have unanticipated hormonal effects that are of concern to FDA.

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* You know these are two headlines that have been making news recently after each of the studies were completed, and to be 100% honest, they aren’t surprising at all. I, for one, have always thought that antibacterial soaps and things like purell were the biggest hustles going on in the world, but no one ever seemed to care or listen because they felt like they were doing better for using it. The shocker to me, sort of, is the fact that OTC multivitamins and things like that prove absolutely useless in gen pop.

Its not so much that they aren’t doing what they say that they are doing, I assumed that, but the fact that they are pretty much useless is what has me kind of thrown for a loop. I think as I have been on this IME journey, I have come to the realization (that I knew already but fought) that the only way to get the nutrients you needed, that we need to survive, is through whole foods – fruits, vegetables, grains, etc. The body works best when we get them straight from the source, as opposed to getting a remixed version of them, that has been extracted or constructed in power or pill form in a factory.

We are smarter in how we do things but that doesn’t necessarily make it better or necessary, does it? We can make something look like it, we can make something just like it, but we can’t make it.

This is just one study (3 really) about the vitamins but the information seems pretty solid to me, although I am sure that there will be another study done by the national association of multivitamins and supplements that will categorically refute every claim in the study, but I’m going to stick with it.


“Enough is Enough: Stop Wasting Money on Vitamin and Mineral Supplements” –

Are multivitamins a waste of money? Editorial in medical journal says yes – CNN