Suck My Vitamins

17 Apr

I always love it when a commonly-held belief turns out to be crap. And now the latest evidence shows that vitamin and antioxidant supplements can actually be harmful.

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Our bodies are chemical machines, and introducing large amounts of chemicals that are usually only required in trace amounts is quite clearly a terrible idea. And, when I think about about it, it is obvious that humans have developed to obtain their nutrients and vitamins from their food, and not from highly concentrated artificial sources.

As Michael Pollan summaries in his book “In Defense Of Food”: “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly vegetables plants.”

And Mr. Pollan is right – eating is not really all that complicated. Just eat mixed food, not too much of anything, as little processed food as possible, and get some fucking exercise. And then you can enjoy a long and happy life which you can use to ridicule people and things that annoy you in a public forum.

It’s what life is all about.

/ paddy


Posted by on April 17, 2008 in Science, Society


14 responses to “Suck My Vitamins

  1. Alina

    April 17, 2008 at 5:11 pm

    I’m with ya. These people still haven’t learned that “food” is more than merely the sum of its parts. And, uh, not to be a smartass, but wasn’t it “mostly plants”? :D

  2. paddyK

    April 17, 2008 at 7:54 pm

    Alina: Yes, it was! Damn it…now I have to leave the error there as punishment for my laziness. Smartass…

  3. Stuart

    April 18, 2008 at 12:13 am

    You’ve seen the light!

  4. earthpal

    April 18, 2008 at 8:24 am

    You mean you don’t believe the wealthy pharmaceutical companies when they tell us we need these supplements to give us healthy teeth and bones . . . and shiny hair and strong hearts . . . and will get rid of our flu and keep diseases away?

    Keep taking the tablets! It’s cruel to obstruct their profit gains like this.

  5. Aphra Behn

    April 18, 2008 at 8:27 am

    I too love it when a conspiracy theory comes home to roost, and this is the best example of badly thought out emotionalism coming back to stare balefully at the whinging woowoos who indulge in it.

    You may not have been near the UK at the time, but there was a shock report 12 years or so ago when the Bristol Cancer Clinic (a collection of nutritionists and homoeopaths) stood up and announced glassy eyed that tests had demonstrated their schtick didn’t improve outcomes for cancer patients. It was national news, but before the internet made everything findable, so I can’t get a link.

    The reaction, and non-reactions, to that were interesting too.



  6. charlotteotter

    April 18, 2008 at 9:25 pm

    Coming from a family of vitamin-swallowing woowoos as I do, I am proud to be the iconoclast. I’m all for eating plants and getting some exercise.

  7. wynn

    April 21, 2008 at 12:47 pm

    Hah, yeah. But why eat right when you can devour crap and then take a pill, and then shortly thereafter complain about being fat? Vegetables are so over rated. Cough.

    The kind of C-vitamines that you desolve in water will stay with me though. Yummy.

  8. paddyK

    April 22, 2008 at 9:41 am

    Everybody: I’m glad that the smart people agree with me. I must be doing something right.


    May 31, 2008 at 8:19 pm

    hmm… doin dis 4 mi GCSEz so thnkz 4 de help

  10. paddyK

    June 2, 2008 at 10:01 pm

    Learn to spell, people. Learn to spell.

  11. hI

    June 5, 2008 at 12:47 am

    This was a weurd thing

  12. Healthy teeth

    March 14, 2010 at 1:13 pm

    hahaha…. learn to spell people… learn to spell, why dont u just make a post about spelling, joke buddy

    • paddyK

      March 14, 2010 at 8:29 pm

      Yo teeth, you a real person or a spam bot? Because, for a spam bot, you’re pretty smart. But for a person you’re dumb as a pint of shit.


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