Posted: 29/11/2014 at 09:23
I have written here before on some of the more " alternative " therapies, acupuncture has been of enormous personal benefit.
The issue of vitamins, supplements is however a very different matter, with a huge amount of unsubstantiated claims being made. This would be fine, if it was not for the vast amount of money that people were being conned out of.
If you take Vitamin C for example. It is a water soluble vitamin, and large number of trials have shown, that if taken in doses over 100mg. a day, the extra will all just appear in the urine. 100mg, is far less than the amount ingested in an average diet.
Selenium is more interesting, as it does have an effect on the immune system, and diets in the UK are quite low, compared with Canada and the US. The main source being wheat, and for some reason our wheat has less than their wheat.
For several years we used to supplement the nutrition of patients on ICU for this reason. However a recent well conducted clinical trial found that, there was an increase in the numbers of people developing tumours in the Selenium supplemented group.
I could bore for England on this subject, but think I should probably stop now. I think we should all be aware of the effect " Big Pharma " has on all of this.