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Multivitamin Researchers Say 'Case Is Closed' As Studies Find No Health Benefits

SheldonYoung Precisely no surprise (554 comments)

“... supplementing the diet of well-nourished adults with (most) mineral or vitamin supplements has no clear benefit...”

This is a great example of how a precise statement by a researcher is misinterpreted or misrepresented when presented to the general public. The above statement is a useful result with a well-defined meaning which is being used in a context that makes it sound like supplements have zero benefit. It's no surprise that that supplements have no clear benefit... when you are a "well-nourished adult'! The danger is that this result can cause people who are not well-nourished to stop taking supplements that may be keeping them outside of harm.

Writers looking to make a story where there isn't one cause much more harm than supplements ever could. (No facts were harmed in the making of that statement.)

about 10 months ago

Questions Arising On Mercury In Compact Fluorescents

SheldonYoung Re:I'm dead (560 comments)

No thank you.

Let me tell you, back in the day we kept beads of mercury in our pockets to tell the temperature. To cover the fumes I had an onion on my belt, which was the style at the time.


more than 5 years ago


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