NUTRITION: Beware of headlines!

supplements v food

I was very interested in recent headlines like this one,There’s even more evidence that taking supplements is a waste of money — and could be harmful to your health.”

Uhhhhhhh … no.

What the study cited ACTUALLY FOUND was that:

  • Dietary supplement use is not a substitute for a healthy balanced diet in otherwise healthy people;
  • Taking mega doses can harm your health.

Nooooooooooooo … really?! /sarc. I saw something similar happen in headlines a while back when a small study came out that had compared the effectiveness of two cough syrups, one with and one without chocolate. The one with chocolate had done a better job.

The headlines on that tiny tidbit ran along the lines of “Got a Cough? Eat Chocolate!” … which is not at all what the study said. Inside the article, buried down in the lower paragraphs, the actual study findings were reported. But that isn’t what most people read. Unless they’re nutrition geeks like me.

I am a big fan of supplements, which I research and use carefully* under the supervision of our primary and Dearest’s cardiologist.

  • I sincerely believe that, along with eating a healthy, organic diet and exercising regularly, my supplement plan has helped me heal from the kidney failure and internal bleeding that nearly killed me in 2016 and that they may have cured my hypothyroidism.**
  • And since Dearest’s three heart procedures last year, he’s improved so much that he’s been able to stop 1 drug, cut the dose of another in half, and may be ready to stop a third.

*I joined Consumer Lab. It’s a really great resource for people like me who want to benefit from the careful use of supplements. Link below.

**I’m going without my Levothyroxine for six weeks, then we’re going to do a blood test to see for sure, but at this point, I feel fine, not at ALL like I did before I started taking the drug because my thyroid was underactive.

4 Comments

Filed under Health & Nutrition

4 responses to “NUTRITION: Beware of headlines!

  1. Be careful about reading health books. You may die of a misprint. —
    Mark Twain

    Last millennium, when My Chicago lady first joined me in Oklahoma, I was suffering from… an embarrassing but painful ailment that frequently requires drugs and maybe surgery. She consulted with a couple of books and suggested a dose of a particular vitamin. Problem was gone in days. Never returned. By this I learned how I was vitamin deficient because of my spectacularly bad bachelor diet. She fixed that, too. 😀

    Liked by 2 people

  2. Good morning.

    Day-later thought about “Beware of headlines!”

    So often you have to wonder, did the headline writer even read the article?

    Milady doesn’t talk politics with her family and old friends from the People’s Republic of Chicago, if she can avoid it.

    One day years ago, she was on the phone with one of her now-distant but once-close grade-school friends, a woman in entertainment whose name you might even recognize.

    Uber-lefty friend can’t resist dragging in some politics, as is their way. Milady demurred — lied, basically — that she didn’t follow news much. (HA!) Her friend sneered, “Well, all you have to do is read the headlines.”

    😀

    That’s become our recurring joke about being well-informed.

    “…It’s that so much of what they do know is wrong! —Reagan

    Liked by 1 person

  3. chrissythehyphenated

    “So often you have to wonder, did the headline writer even read the article?” … Probably just read the lede.

    Speaking of which, one of my First World Pet Peeves is fiction cover art. Dunno why someone who HAS read the book couldn’t give the artist more detail than “hot girl with lots of hair.”

    Like