The Bare Bones of It: Vitamins, Immunity, and the American Health Care System

By admin | April 3, 2012

Photo: Wellcome Images

Photo: Wellcome Images

By: Dylan Rodgers

“If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” was advice I heard often while growing up.  In 2009, it was estimated that an average of $8,000 was spent on every American in health costs, and considering the population at the time, almost 2.5 trillion dollars were spent fixing our broken health.  This got me thinking-I wonder how much our medical bill would have been in an America where preventative care was our top priority.  I’m not really talking about wearing helmets to walk around the city, though that may not be a bad idea.  I’m talking about your IBDS (Internal Biological Defense Systems).

On February 22 of this year, Science Daily reported on the importance of micronutrients (i.e. small doses of vitamins and minerals) in prenatal nutrition.  Put simply, micronutrient levels determine how a well a person develops.  The study found that vitamin supplements during pregnancy had astonishing effects on the newcomer’s immune system.

“Wait a second!” you’re probably thinking to yourself, “Didn’t you, Mr. Rodgers, write on the proven incompetence of religious vitamin consumption?”

The truth is-I now realize that the study in Minnesota was flawed.  Thirty-nine thousand women took vitamins by the handfuls without proper nutritional knowledge (as most people do).  Assuming you’ll absorb 100% of your daily dose of vitamins A, D, E, and K by taking a synthetic, pressed pill is just bad chemistry.  The results showed how damaging vitamins can be if taken incorrectly; maybe more so, the results showed how people can just as easily kill themselves with nutrition as they can with cigarettes. Read More

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Nutrition in a Pill: Do Vitamins Work?

By Dylan Rodgers | October 25, 2011

Photo: bradley j

Photo: bradley j

Almost every household in American has a bottle full of vitamins in their kitchen cabinet.  Why not?  If they can give us all the nutrients we need, packaged in a tiny pill that’s just waiting to burst sweet, sweet nutrition in our tummies, there doesn’t seem to be any logical reason to not take them.

It is often suggested that by taking vitamins, we will suddenly be hurled onto the fast track of health.  This $25 billion industry (figure for 2009) promises we will live longer, more enriched existences as long as we knock a few pills back a day.  One multi-vitamin has everything your body could ever need in a day, right?  Well, we may be victims of modern-day quackery, you know, the old ‘snake-oil trick’. Read More


Could A Multivitamin Help You Lose Weight?

By mahir | February 24, 2011

By Editors

While some recent headlines have been disparaging multivitamins, a piece in the Houston Chronicle by Dr. Michael Roizen and television personality Dr. Oz argues that multivitamins facilitate weight loss. Read More


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