Last month, we discussed with Dr. Robert Smith how the media distorted a questionable observational study with multivitamins. Just as scientists were setting the record straight about that study, a vitamin E study captured headlines. Fortunately, Andrew W. Saul, Ph.D., quickly distributed accurate information through the Orthomolecular Medicine News Service (OMNS). Dr. Saul was kind enough to further discuss vitamin E and the recent report with us.

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Let’s clarify what a recent study of multivitamins actually found and put this one study in perspective with the larger body of scientific evidence on multivitamins. The “take home” message is that most people are not getting the recommended amounts of vitamins and minerals solely from their diets and are healthier with supplementation to overcome their multiple deficiencies. Secondly, no, there is no valid scientific evidence that taking multivitamins shortens anyone’s life. Dr. Robert Smith and I will discuss some of the most important details later in this column.

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Now that most scientists recognize that cardiovascular heart disease results from inflammation in the arteries (which leads to plaque that can rupture and cause an acute heart attack or stroke), a new test has been developed that strongly depicts an individual’s risk of this disease. As it has turned out, the Omega-3 Index test is an extremely strong and accurate predictor of heart disease risk.

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Will recent events cut the number of dietary supplements available in half and increase the cost of those that remain? Do we need to take action again? A couple of recent events remind me of a discussion we had with Constitutional Attorney Jonathan W. Emord, Esq., in October 2003 about action being required to protect everyone’s health. We called upon the wisdom of Thomas Jefferson and others.

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In August, we chatted with John J. Cannell, M.D., about the latest research on vitamin D and the flu. This month, we will discuss Dr. Cannell’s hypothesis that vitamin D deficiency is a trigger for autism and other childhood diseases of modern civilization.

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In July, we chatted with John J. Cannell, M.D., about the safety of vitamin D. This month, we will review Dr. Cannell’s study showing that vitamin D is protective against the flu.

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In June, we chatted with John J. Cannell, M.D., about the optimal dietary intake of vitamin D. This month, we will discuss the safety of vitamin D.

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In April, we chatted with John J. Cannell, M.D., about the function of vitamin D and the recent developments that affect our need to increase our dietary intake of vitamin D. This month, we will discuss optimizing our vitamin D intake.

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The Institute of Medicine (IOM) has published its new recommendation for the dietary intake of vitamin D. The new recommendations contain significant changes from IOM’s previous recommendations in 1997, and current research indicates that even the new changes are already out of date. During the next few months, we will chat with the executive director of The Vitamin D Council, John J. Cannell, M.D., about vitamin D and new research.

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Many of your customers are tired of being tired. It seems that today’s world has produced more tired people than anything else. It goes beyond the fact that the large baby boomer generation is aging; rather, it is due to several factors.

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