Retort: To the Atlantic Magazine’s Smear of Supplements: “The Vitamin Myth”


I was appalled by the article that appeared in the Atlantic Jul 19 2013: The Vitamin Myth: Why We Think We Need Supplements. Not surprisingly, Atlantic did not publish my toothy critique–which I’ll now copy below:

Atlantic did not print an even-handed article. The Author, Paul Offit, spends most of it building up then vigorously tearing down Linus Pauling–as if that alone would make his bizarre case against vitamins. Then he hand-picked studies that supported his conclusions and completely failed to mention anything to the contrary. To suggest that the benefits of vitamins are a complete myth and to unabashedly suggest that no-one should take vitamins goes *way* too far. This guy and his wobbly conclusion are both puntable. Shame on you Atlantic! How about some balance?

I’d have to look into it, but if the half dozen headline worthy anti-vitamin studies I have investigated in the last 10 years are any clue, I’d expect to see that many of the studies that supposedly “invalidated” the benefits of vitamins were using synthetic forms (ineffective or toxic). In these cases, all we really learn is that the cheap synthetic forms don’t work. Continue reading “Retort: To the Atlantic Magazine’s Smear of Supplements: “The Vitamin Myth””