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Ooh... first post outta the gate and I hit enter too soon! This sounds promising. :)

I read many skeptic blogs (skepchick, science blogs, etc.) and I've seen this argument made a few times. When dissecting the spread of 'woo' health advice in the 'net, someone eventually asks 'well, do you take vitamins? Because they're not proven." Or something along the lines.

As a skeptic, what is your criteria for health supplements? Avoid all? Keep your mind open to non-government-sanctioned research? Are studies done in other countries acceptible, even if your home country doesn't sign off on a vitamin or supplement?

Also - hi! New here, obviously. I'm shying away from Livejournal these days, but am having trouble finding enough activity on dreamwidth to hold my interest. I wonder if this site is going to take off? (oops, two questions in one - is that allowed? :-P)

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Date: 2010-09-30 08:13 am (UTC)
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What I have heard about vitamins is that we get all that we need from a healthy diet. So, unless you are diagnosed with a vitamin deficiency it is not vital for you to take a supplement. There are a few exceptions though. For example if you have an indoor job and do not drink much milk you might want to take a vitamin D supplement. Another example is that a pregnant woman should take folic acid.

One issue that crops up is that a person can easily overdose on certain vitamins. From what I have read, vitamin A is a common one to overdose on. This is especially true if you follow mega-dose schemes.

I personally do not take vitamins because I go outside, drink milk, am not a pregnant woman, and I do not have a lot of extra money to spend on vitamins.

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