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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 9 months ago
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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.

Sheldon

more than 6 years ago

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