Good to see you can come back from the brink,
Originally Posted by Davidil
But stop shooting yourself in the foot, Omega 3's PUFA's are good, no argument there, but there are questions as to whether the suppliments are actually delivering good quality unoxidised EPA & DHA,
So it may or may not be stupid to not take O3 suppliments.
Regarding the other post,
As said it was an opinion piece selectively drawing on epidemiological data to propose a hypothesis that multivitamins may be good for you.
The author criticised the Iowa study in that maybe sick women were taking multivitamins and should have been excluded, yet used the nurses study to support the folate/alcohol/breast cancer corrolation ignoring a typical epidemiological flaw that women (nurses) that take vitamins may well also have a health conscious lifestyle, eat better and exercise which may well explain their better health outcomes.
Epidemiological data is only adequate to propose a hypothesis not to draw any definitive conclusions.
The other statement that concerned me was:
This is the same type of logic that was used by the US government in the 60's to legitimize the Lipid Hypothesis based on the flawed 7 country study by Ancel Keys leading to a completely unfounded fear of saturated fats and still to this day refuses to die even though thousands of studies designed to validate this hypothesis have all failed and infact many have inadvertantly disproved it.
Some scientists believe there is not enough evidence to recommend for or against taking a daily multivitamin, because there isn’t yet enough data from randomized controlled trials. (17) That’s a reasonable but short-sighted point of view since it may never be possible to conduct randomized trials that are long enough to test the effects of multiple vitamins on risks of cancers, Alzheimer’s disease, and other degenerative conditions. Looking at all the evidence—from epidemiological studies on diet and health, to biochemical studies on the minute mechanisms of disease—the potential health benefits of taking a standard daily multivitamin appear to outweigh the potential risks for most people.
Hence there is great danger in using epidemiological data for anything more than a hypothesis.
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