Orthomolecular & Nutritional Medicine
[2012 Jan] Confessions of a Frustrated
Pharmacist by Stuart Lindsey, PharmD.
A vitamin article usually doesn't get the same glossy presentation. Frequently,
questionable vitamin research will be published and get blown out of proportion.
A prime example of this was the clamor in the press in 2008 that vitamin E
somehow caused lung cancer.
I studied this 2008 experiment  and found glaring errors in its execution. These errors were so obvious that the experiment shouldn't have gotten any attention, yet this article ended up virtually everywhere. Anti-vitamin spin requires this kind of research to be widely disseminated to show how "ineffectual" and even "dangerous" vitamins are. I tracked down one of the article's original authors and questioned him about the failure to define what kind of vitamin E had been studied. A simple literature hunt shows considerable difference between natural and synthetic vitamin E. This is an important distinction because most of the negative articles and subsequent treatment failures have used the synthetic form for the experiment, often because it is cheap. Natural vitamin E with mixed tocopherols and tocotrienols costs two or three times more than the synthetic form.
Before I even got the question out of my mouth, the researcher started up, "I know, I know what you're going to say." He ended up admitting that they hadn't even considered the vitamin E type when they did the experiment. This failure to define the vitamin E type made it impossible to draw a meaningful conclusion. I asked the researcher if he realized how much damage this highly quoted article had done to vitamin credibility. If there has been anything like a retraction, I have yet to see it.
[2012 Oct] Vitamin E Attacked Again. Of Course. Because It Works by Andrew W. Saul
[2010 May] Vitamin E Research Ignored by Major News Media
Butter, Vitamin E and the ‘X‘ Factor of Dr. Price by Royal Lee
Vitamin E for the heart by Dr Hoffer
Vitamin E suppression
Shute, M.D Wilfrid, and Evan Shute, M.D.
Leading cause of childhood blindness
Vitamin A Deficiency (Xerophthalmia)
A recent analysis of data indicates that vitamin A deficiency is the
leading cause of childhood blindness. It was estimated that 70% of the
500,000 children who become blind annually do so because of
xerophthalmia. This corresponds to a prevalence of roughly 1 million
in view of the high mortality among affected children. (Thylefors, et
al.', source Lighthouse International link
As you know, even though we have the First Amendment in the Constitution, the
FDA has negated the First Amendment when it comes to
free speech in health care ever since about the ‘40s and ‘50s.
That’s why if you pick up your bottle of vitamins in your local natural
food store, let’s say you pick up a bottle of Vitamin
E or something, all it says is “supports cardiovascular health.” Because if they
were to put on there that Vitamin E has been found in
this scientific study over here to cut the rate of heart
attacks by this percent, even though the research is true, they could be
hauled up by the FDA on the grounds of making an
unapproved claim. The FDA doesn’t care whether it’s true or not, they just care
whether they’ve approved it.
And so, fish oil, for example. Everybody knows, and all the major medical journals have published it in the last two years, that taking enough fish oil every day cuts your risk of sudden cardiac death by 50 percent or more, and yet if anybody put that on a label of a fish oil bottle, they would be out of business tomorrow, I guarantee it.
..........here’s another little inside truth, not secret, but truth. It gets printed every once in a while and I’ve seen it online. In the mid 1990s, at someone’s cardiology convention, the Annual Convention of the American College of Cardiologists or something, one of the speakers asked that particular audience, “How many of you recommend Vitamin E to your patients?” And approximately 25 to 30 percent of the doctors there raised their hands—remember this is conventional, that’s pretty good. And, “How many of you take Vitamin E yourself?” Better than half of the room raised their hands! An exclusive interview with pioneering physician Dr. Jonathan Wright http://downloads.truthpublishing.com/DrWright.pdf
Hoffer, M.D., Ph.D. , Abram