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Question: "I've had your book since 4/04. I have been following the supplement
suggestions. I just heard today on KNX 1070 radio that taking 200 or more units of Vitamin
E can actually shorten your life. It was reported from some study that I don't remember
the name of. I just wanted to know if you had heard of this new study and your opinion."
Copyright © January 2006 Jonny Bowden and Low Carb Luxury
Read my lips: The study is bogus. It is, in the popular vernacular, "junk science."
The study itself was actually not an experiment, but what is called a "meta-analysis." This means they
take a number of studies and look at the combined results of all of them and try to make some general
conclusions about trends. These trends are called coorelations. A correlation means that things are
found together. There is for example, a correlation between Republican presidents and the cicada invasion
that comes every 17 years. There is a positive correlation between the number of DVD players purchased
and the amount of heart disease in a given decade. There is a positive correlation between sugar
consumption and television sets. Diabetes went up during the 8 years of the Clinton administration.
Are you getting my drift? Correlation does not mean cause. It means things are found in the
same place. Often they are found together for entirely coincidental reasons — i.e. storm windows
don't cause snow, but you find storm windows in areas where there's a lot of wind. Fat doesn't
cause heart disease but you find fat in the diets of lots of people who don't exercise, eat tons
of processed food, are exposed to carcinogens and don't eat fiber or vegetables.
Back to Vitamin E.
In this meta-analysis, the researchers took 19 different studies that looked at people taking
In many of the studies, the subjects were very sick and tended to be elderly. Many had serious conditions —
heart, stroke, etc, and most were older. These people are often most likely to be trying any and all remedies for
their often terminal conditions, and were most likely to be taking high dosages of any vitamin they thought might
be helpful, including, but not limited to Vitamin E. Most were taking multiple preparations, making it impossible
to know what was responsible for any results.
Furthermore, the 19 studies involved dosages from 19 IU's of Vitamin E to 2000 units. Most of the subjects were not
just taking Vitamin E alone, but in combination with all other sorts of things (including meds). And, the study did
not distinguish between the 8 different compounds found in Vitamin E (for example gamma tocopherol, thought to be
the most important, and alpha tocopherol, thought to be the most common but least effective, etc.) And — probably
most important of all — the study did not distinguish between artificial Vitamin E (dl-alpha-topcopherol) and real,
natural Vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol), which behaves entirely differently in the body, and is far better.
So what did these pinheads conclude? That there was a correlation between those taking a higher dose of Vitamin E
and a slightly, statistically insignificant rate of death. (They might have also pointed out that there was a
correlation between white hair and a slightly increased risk of death, but they didn't.)
Point is this: There are over 12,000 studies showing the enormous benefits of Vitamin E, especially when combined
with other antioxidants. It has been used to delay symptoms of Alzheimers, is related to improved cardiovascular
heatlh, better blood sugar control, and has demonstrated anti-tumerogenic (anti-cancer) properties. If you doubt
this, go to the National Insitute of Medicine library (www.pubmed.com) and
put in "Vitamin E."
Happy reading. You'll be there for days.
I will continue to take my daily 500 units of Vitamin E (I use the Gamma-E formula sold on my store, but there are
other good ones as well.) I wouldn't be without it.
In my opinion, this is just another example of the insidious campaign of big pharma to plant doubts and uncertainties
in the minds of an unsuspecting public about the enromous health benefits of natural medicine.
Don't believe them.
Remember, these are the guys who told you Vioox and Baycor were perfectly safe but that all those "natural"
things like chondrotrin sulphate were "unproven."
Consider the source.
I'm sticking with my E.
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