Don't be so quick to trust Dr. Oz
Posted 08 January 2013 - 04:22 AM
Today's biggest media darling is probably Dr. Oz, but Slate has a good article with a chart of examples at the end, explaining why you probably shouldn't immediately leap on his bandwagon du jour.
Posted 08 January 2013 - 05:50 AM
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Posted 08 January 2013 - 11:29 AM
l tend to be skeptical of anything or anyone who claims something is a miracle cure anyway and some throw that word around a lot.
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Posted 08 January 2013 - 11:39 AM
I haven't clicked through to the Slate article yet, but I know that I found the show far too mass-market as to be reliably believable.
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Posted 08 January 2013 - 12:06 PM
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Posted 13 March 2013 - 10:22 AM
I've watched Oz on occasion just because the tv is on that station when I turn it on and decided I couldn't trust anyone with "miracle cures" every episode, especially for weight loss.
Posted 13 March 2013 - 04:30 PM
That "rebuttal" studies really aren't surprising, as those conditions are not the primary indications for those supplements. Vitamin D primarily controls calcium metabolism NOT anything cardiovascular; ditto the "basics" in a multivitamin are needed by the body (and deficiencies were long ago proven to cause disease). Taking such supplements to prevent or assist in cardiovascular conditions is much trendier, but unproven at best. The quest isn't snake oil: researchers will keep looking for corellations, and some will likely be greatly beneficial. Telling people to ACT on those findings -- that's where the snake oil starts
We HAVE often found "unexpected benefits". Folic acid (vitamin B9), first identified as "vital" for growth/vigor in the 1800s, was shown in the early 1990s, to be vital in embryonic spinal development -- giving supplements to pregnant women dramatically cut spinal tube defects in just a few years. "Preventative" aspirin reduces colon cancer (both onset and mortality), but even if those studies were someday found to be misleading, that wouldn't mean it had "no benefit" -- it's still effective for inflammatory conditions, cardiovascular event prevention in certain at-risk populations, and much more.
Most people derive little benefit from multivitamins because their diet is "vaguely good enough". Those with thoughtful balanced diets won't benefit at all. A good diet provides all sorts of cofactors and related chemicals that our bodies have come to expect to be associated with a givne substance. It may not need tehm, but it can benefit from them, if present. Multivitamins only assure "a barely passing grade".
Posted 14 March 2013 - 09:02 AM
In any event, I'd love to see how anyone manages to take/eat everything Oz recommends - the latest Oz induced fad seems to be green coffee or some such. They'd probably gain a few pounds in water weight from taking all those pills.
Posted 11 September 2017 - 07:51 AM
Posted 11 September 2017 - 12:16 PM
My wife has commented more than once that every patient she ever did tests on was deficient in Vitamin D. Of course, there's some selection bias there; her patients were largely limited in mobility. But I find that I just generally feel much better when taking D supplements, for whatever reason, real or placebo.
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