"Ridicule is the first and last argument of a fool."
- Charles Simmons
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For Notmilk's supplement position, I have received
unrelenting ridicule from those who sell, prescribe,
or believe that a plant-based diet does not supply
all of an individual's nutritional needs.
I have written and lectured over and over again
during the past 12 years about the nature of
Vitamin D supplementation. Not only do Vitamin D
supplements not perform the numerous miracles
manufacturers represent, but they can be dangerous.
Who's counting? Me! I checked the Notmilk column
archive and have advised Notmilk readers to reject
such supplements on 290 different occasions.
Am I in the minority? I might have been outnumbered
10,000 to one on this subject, but when the majority
is ignorant, democratic voting should not influence
health decisions, particularly when Notmilk has
provided so many supporting scientific conclusions
from peer-reviewed journals to confirm that Vitamin-D
supplementation is bad for one's health.
Some ignorant people continue to take Vitamin D supplements
every day to stay young. My response to that is: Nonsense!
Some people take Vitamin D to prevent every disease under
the sun according to pill-dispensing American doctors.
The January 24, 2014 edition of the journal Lancet Diabetes
& Endocrinology reviews the effect of Vitamin D supplementation
on skeletal, vascular, and cancer outcomes.
After analyzing clinical trials from hundreds of thousands
of patients, Drs. Mark Bolland and Andrew Grey conclude:
"The effect estimate for vitamin D supplementation with
or without calcium for myocardial infarction or ischaemic
heart disease (nine trials, 48,647 patients), stroke or
cerebrovascular disease (eight trials 46,431 patients),
cancer (seven trials, 48,167 patients), and total fracture
(22 trials, 76,497 patients) lay within the futility
boundary, indicating that vitamin D supplementation does
not alter the relative risk of any of these endpoints by
15% or more. Vitamin D supplementation alone did not reduce
hip fracture by 15% or more (12 trials, 27,834 patients).
Vitamin D co-administered with calcium reduced hip fracture
in institutionalized individuals (two trials, 3853 patients)
but did not alter the relative risk of hip fracture by 15%
or more in community-dwelling individuals (seven trials,
46,237 patients). There is uncertainty as to whether vitamin
D with or without calcium reduces the risk of death (38 trials,
81,173). Our findings suggest that vitamin D supplementation
with or without calcium does not reduce skeletal or non-skeletal
outcomes in unselected community-dwelling individuals by more
than 15%. Future trials with similar designs are unlikely to
alter these conclusions."
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I will happily accept all of the ridicule from self-professed
milk ex-spurts or supplement snake-oil salesmen in order to
help just one man or woman discover health.
"Ridicule is the tribute paid to the genius by the mediocrities."
- Oscar Wilde