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    postandspread is offline Senior Member
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    Default Vitamin supplementation proven dangerous?

    http://www.theatlantic.com/health/ar...ements/277947/

    (Probably should have posted it in the nutrition forum but does any one go there?)

    I'm inclined to think that the conclusions of the article might not apply to hard training individuals who probably could do with the extra vitamins/minerals.
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    This arrticle doesn't provide nearly enough information about these "studies" to draw any kind of informed conclusion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GunnyHighway View Post
    This arrticle doesn't provide nearly enough information about these "studies" to draw any kind of informed conclusion.
    Though the article was clear about the general conclusions of the studies, it could have specified what precisely was meant by sentences such as "In 2007, researchers from the National Cancer Institute examined 11,000 men who did or didn't take multivitamins". Were they taking them for therapeutic purposes or as a lifestyle choice? How much we're they taking and how frequently etc? An indication would've been nice.

    But one could try to locate the original research papers alluded to.
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    It's not at all clear. Who were the 11,000 men? How were they chosen? What race? What habits? What region? What diet? How long had they been taking the vitamins before the cancer? Or did they start taking the vitamins after they decided they were predisposed? Also, 11,000 would suffer from small sample issues. That's off the top of my head...

    I just hate these statements made about studies with absolutely no information given to determine whether the conclusion is valid or not. I'm sure you could find just as many showing how the exact same supplementation reduce chances fo cancer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GunnyHighway View Post
    It's not at all clear. Who were the 11,000 men? How were they chosen? What race?
    E.g. "In 1994, the National Cancer Institute, in collaboration with Finland's National Public Health Institute, studied 29,000 Finnish men, all long-term smokers more than fifty years old. This group was chosen because they were at high risk for cancer and heart disease. Subjects were given vitamin E, beta-carotene, both, or neither."
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    What habits? What region? What diet? How long had they been taking the vitamins before the cancer? Or did they start taking the vitamins after they decided they were predisposed? Also, 11,000 would suffer from small sample issues. That's off the top of my head...
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    There's some sort of relevant info in the article. C'mon, 11000 isn't such a small sample if chosen well.

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    I just hate these statements made about studies with absolutely no information given to determine whether the conclusion is valid or not. I'm sure you could find just as many showing how the exact same supplementation reduce chances fo cancer.[/QUOTE]
    The article wasn't written for a research publication!
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