For the truth about vitamins, look to experts whose status and salary does not depend on
continuing disease. The evidence has now convinced thousands of the leading scientists in America. And, despite of the risks to their university careers and federal research grants, those with enough guts and integrity are saying so in the public media.
Let’s look at a view of their comments.
Jerome Cohen MD, Professor of Internal Medicine at St Louis University School of Medicine used to be against vitamin supplements. Now he will tell you he takes 400 IU of vitamin E daily to help protect his heart.
Dr. Simin Meydani of the Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Turfts University,
Boston: “We used to think of vitamins strictly in terms of what you needed to prevent
short-term deficiencies. Now we are starting to think what is the optimal level of vitamins
for lifelong health and to prevent age-associated diseases.
To demonstrate the effects of vitamin C, Dr. Gladys Block, formerly of the National Cancer Institute, now at the University of California, Berkeley, reviewed the 15 top studies on
vitamin C and cancer rates. People in the top 25% regarding vitamin C intake, had only
one-half to one-third the rate of cancers of the eshophages and stomach of those in the
Dr. Daniel Menzel of the University of California at Irvine:
“Priming children with antioxidants could protect them against lung disease as adults…”
Eminent researcher Dr. Walter Willett of Harvard:
“Until quite recently, it was taught that everyone in this country gets enough vitamins
through their diet and that taking supplements just creates expensive urine.
I think we now have proof that this isn’t true. I think the scientific community has realized
this is a very important area for research.”
Those I have quoted are representative, though they only scratch the surface of the huge
vitamin revolution now happening in America. It gladdens my heart to see that this vital
health information is finally getting out to the public.
Sixty percent of all Washington State dieticiens now take multi-vitamins for example.
And a new poll shows that 78% of Americans now believe that taking supplements
will help to maintain their health.
The prestigious Kellogg Report estimates that dissemination of new nutritional information will save $20.5 billion in health care costs.
After having watched the evidence in favor of vitamins grow for years and recorded
the guarded but gradually changing public statements of the top researchers at the premier government nutrition research organization, the USDA Human Nutrition Research Center, on 4 March 1994, their Director of Antioxidant Research, Dr. Jeffrey Blumberg, as conservative and careful a scientist as I’ve ever known, finally said it straight.
Talking about supplements of vitamin C and E and beta-carotene, he said:
“We have the confidence that these things really do work.”
“Our current health-care crisis is the culmination of public despair at the inability of
our medical priesthood and it’s high technology religion to perform miracles with
bodies that are already in death’s boat and halfway across the Styx.” – Michael Colgan
Medical Lectures ,1994.