BillyBob, do you remember the van den Berghe studies in 2001 showing how very tight blood sugar control in the ICU saved lives. That one random controlled trial changed how blood sugars were controlled nationally in the intensive care units. Nurses had a fit, claiming too many of their patients were crashing with low sugars, but most of us believed they were not dosing the insulin correctly. They were ultimately vindicated. Since then, many studies have shown that this tight control was dangerous to many of these patients. Studies like this, over time, taught me a lesson not to get overly excited over any one study, even if it was in the New England Journal of Medicine.
So, I don't get overly excited about the latest on a vitamin slowing cancer. ......................................
Paul, I forgot to say this: while it is perfectly reasonable to not get too excited over a study on a vitamin- or a med IMO and based on my experience, and knowing that the studies on meds are often done by or funded by those that will charge many thousands per year for said approved drug- maybe 50K or 100K - it can be a different standard for diet, food or vitamin. Not different about
not getting excited over one study, but different about
whether I might use it anyway.
What is different? These diets, foods or vitamins often have a history of decades or centuries of use by millions of people per years, with little or no serious SEs as long as people don't greatly exceed the suggested dose. So, if a study seems favorable, and as long as we are not substituting whatever it is for much needed treatment, what is the down side of giving it a try? A comparatively tiny amount of money blown, while ending up disappointed?
But with prescript
ion drugs or medical treatments, it is an entirely different picture. They can and do- as I'm sure you well know- flat out kill you. Or cause some lessor but still serious harm. People die or suffer damage every year from SEs of approved medications. So, you better be darned sure these are going to do what you want them to do, because due to unwanted SEs, it might be a matter of which one is the smaller risk: the med/treatment, or the disease.
So, I feel fine using a somewhat lower standard for deciding that a certain food, diet or vitamin is worth the risk of buying and taken, compared to the standard I would like for a prescript
Also, I'm curious: after all of your experience with these matters, do you take any vitamins at all? Any special diets?