To: IAHF List
Subject: OHSU Generates Junk Science "Studies" In Effort To Repeal DSHEA
Date: 12 Jul 2003 18:54:03 -0000
IAHF List: This "news article" about the junk science "study" below was sent to me by Charles Morrow, PhD, a researcher at Oregon Health Sciences University who takes delight in needling me and in mocking the efforts of vitamin consumers all over the world who seek to defend their access to supplements.
Oregon Health Sciences University (OHSU) which generated this bogus study which claims that there is "no evidence" that anyone ever needs vitamins "in excess of the RDA" receives more than $220 Million annually in awards from pharmaceutical companies, the National Institutes of Health, and such bogus entities as "the U.S. Preventative Services Task Force" (Part of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, which is part of the Department of Health and Human Services which administers the FDA)
generated this supposedly "neutral" study below....
(AHRQ http://www.ahcpr.gov/clinic/uspstfix.htm is being funded by money which FDA got from Congress under the guise of "fully implementing DSHEA". "Fully implementing" is code for "repealing" in case you didn't "get it." Ironically, FDA announced that they were creating this entity to "review the safety of dietary supplements" in the whitewashed CODEX oversight hearing on March 20, 2001- the one that I worked for 5 long years to try to get, only to be blocked from testifying, and all my witnesses were blocked from testifying, while the only person who was allowed lied under oath and stated that Codex poses "no threat" to our domestic law.
In his last email to me, Morrow, who monitors the IAHF list, stated that we "Won't have DSHEA to hide behind much longer" (who's hiding?) and he also told me he was a big fan of former FDA Commissioner from Hell Herr David Kessler (Seig Heil). Additionally, he told me he was a big fan of those Jews in Congress who are huge pushers of gun control legislation.
(Lautenburg, Schumer, Boxer, Feinstein, et. al.) In response to that I informed him that they had all forgotten their heritage- that the only Jews in the Warsaw Ghetto who escaped being railroaded off to Auschwitz were those who refused to give up their guns, Morrow accused me of "rewriting history" and when I told him that although I am not Jewish I'm a member of Jews for the Preservation of Firearm Ownership http://www.jpfo.org he termed it a "fake organization".
Clearly this gun grabbing Jewish Nazi who is paid via Pharma grant money at OHSU to concoct junk science anti vitamin so called "studies" to assist in efforts by Durbin to repeal DSHEA via S.722 is among the legions of dictatorial New World Order swine who we may have to one day revolt against by forms of arms in defense of our right to bear arms as well as our God given right to ingest whatever we want into our bodies.
Here is the "news story" about the junk science so called "study" generated by the FEDSTAPO via OHSU where Morrow works.... it is one of many they are churning out in an effort to get Congress to repeal DSHEA by pushing S.722 through on us, but it will never happen- Morrow shoots himself in the foot every time he pisses me off, because I am rousing the sleeping Giant- the American people, the same group that generated the largest volume of letters in the history of Congress when we passed DSHEA.
You and your Nazi cohorts at OHSU think you're going to get DSHEA repealed, Morrow? Guess again....
No proof one a day keeps doctor away
Years of research have failed to prove that vitamin supplements protect healthy adults against cancer or heart disease, a report released today concludes.
Portland scientists Cheryl Ritenbaugh and Cynthia Morris, at the behest of the federal government, reviewed several dozen clinical trials that tested whether vitamins A, C, or E; multivitamins with folic acid; or antioxidant supplements could prevent the nation's two deadliest chronic diseases.
The result: The medical community can't find conclusive evidence that these vitamin supplements make a difference.
"This is a neutral recommendation," said Dr. Alfred Berg, head of the U.S. Preventative Services Task Force, which commissioned the report. "We have insufficient evidence to recommend using these kinds of vitamins."
Vitamin supplements are unlikely to be harmful, the researchers found. But people should stick to doses at the recommended dietary allowance, or RDA, rather than the larger doses seen in many vitamin pills. Many studies have demonstrated that the RDA doses are safe, but there is more debate about larger doses.
The findings, published today in the Annals of Internal Medicine, also show that smokers should avoid beta-carotene supplements. Several trials have shown that supplements containing large amounts of beta-carotene, a vitamin A precursor, increase lung cancer rates in smokers.
Berg, of the University of Washington, stressed that today's findings do not apply to groups with special nutritional needs, such as children, the elderly and pregnant women.
The study leaves in place the targeted use of other vitamin supplements. Women of childbearing age, for example, should continue to take folic acid supplements to prevent birth defects.
"This report is just about the average patient with the average diet," Berg said. However, he said, the report also applies to people with strong family histories of cancer or heart disease.
"For a woman with a family history of breast cancer, this recommendation is relevant," he said. "We cannot tell her that vitamins will prevent breast cancer."
Berg worries about the cost of vitamin supplements, a multibillion-dollar industry in the United States.
"I grieve about low-income patients," he said. "Are they spending health care dollars (on supplements) that should really go to something else that works better?"
Morris, an epidemiologist at Oregon Health & Science University, thinks that the report might surprise some vitamin users.
"I was in (a drugstore) recently and saw an announcement that said, 'Doctors recommend that you take a multivitamin for prevention of heart disease,' " she said. "There has been a fair bit of disagreement in this area."
Morris and Ritenbaugh work at the Oregon Evidence-Based Practice Center, a collaboration among OHSU, the Veterans Affairs Medical Center and the Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research in Portland.
Ritenbaugh explained that different types of research can produce conflicting evidence, which often causes disagreement among scientists and confuses consumers.
Early studies of antioxidants used an observation-only strategy: Researchers asked patients about their supplement use and related this information to their disease histories. Such studies implied that antioxidant supplements helped, but scientists couldn't tell whether the benefit came from the supplements or because supplement users had more healthful habits.
So Ritenbaugh and Morris excluded observational trials from their analysis. Instead, they focused on randomized clinical trials, where scientists gave some people a vitamin pill and some a sugar pill, comparing the effects during time.
Randomized clinical trials are the "gold standard" of medical evidence. But so far they can't tell whether vitamins change chronic disease rates, said Ritenbaugh, who focused on the cancer portion of the report.
"If nutrition works, it's probably at the early stages (of cancer), not the later stages," she said. "We'd need to begin the trial 10 to 12 years before cancer develops, and the cost of that type of trial is prohibitive."
Where do consumers turn now? The best answer might be the oldest: a balanced diet, including a wide variety of fruits and vegetables, which provide many antioxidants.
"It's important for people to get things from foods," said Satya Ambrose, a naturopathic doctor in Portland.
Berg agrees: For preventing chronic disease, "a healthy diet, exercise and avoiding the use of tobacco products are the real answers." Erin Digitale: 503-294-5074;
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