Controversy: Vitamins and pharmaceutical advertising tricks?

When used correctly, vitamins are a miracle for the human body. However, too many advertising tricks sometimes turn this drug into a scam.

Today, the standard of living is increasing, the amount of movement is low and people are more concerned about health, the compounds such as Vitamin are even more bought by consumers.

Do you have heat? Take vitamins.

Are you sick? Take medicine with vitamins.

Are you tired? Vitamins can be the solution.

Currently, more than 50% of middle-aged Americans drink at least one regular vitamin or mineral. If calculating the elderly, this rate is up to 70%. As a result, the total market value of Vitamin is expected to reach 300 billion USD by 2024 with the current global aging rate.

However, the question is why do we consume so much Vitamin? Are they as magical as what advertising? Take any of the multivitamins and you’ll see a whole pile of compounds in it. The more expensive pills are, the more substances there are.

So why consumers still crazy about Vitamin so?

The 2018 survey showed that about 79% of Vitamin users are to improve their physical, work or daily life. Only about 2.9% of people taking vitamins are due to illness or lack of substance. This survey also shows that most people who take vitamins are interested in health or desire to live a healthy life. Consequently, taking vitamins becomes a symbol of a healthy lifestyle with no apparent reason.

Another survey in 2015 showed similar results when 84% of Americans felt more confident, safe and stable when taking vitamins. However, scientific studies have little evidence to show that taking vitamins will be beneficial to the body, or rather, taking a lot of vitamins does not bring any significant health effects.

Even in sports, taking medicines and mineral supplements needs to be thoroughly researched and not used by harassment. Even so, there is no scientific proof that drinking vitamins will help athletes compete better.

In October 2011, the University of Minnesota study found that women who took multiple multivitamins would be more likely to die. Two days later, a report by Cleveland Hospital found that men who were overweight Vitamin E had a high incidence of prostate cancer (a gland in the male reproductive system).

Worse, the 2013 study published by BMC Medicine found that 70% of the vitamins on sale in the market have errors, meaning that the product does not contain the right amount of substance on the shell or has a certain difference. About one-third of the vitamins currently sold contain substances that are likely to harm the body or even toxins.

Another study conducted in 2017 published in JAMA found that 20% of current liver poisoning cases are due to excessive intake of vitamins and minerals. In the United States alone, about 23,000 patients have been hospitalized each year due to irritation with the vitamins or minerals they drink.

Controversial advice about vitamins.

Speaking of Vitamins, it is impossible not to mention Linus Pauling (1901-1994). He is a chemist who has won two Nobel Prizes and was honored by the scientific community for his contributions to humanity. In particular, Pauling is considered to be one of the creators of modern quantum chemistry and many contributions to the study of the structure of proteins.

Although not a discoverer of Vitamin C, Pauling is a great publicist who promotes the use of high doses of Vitamin C as well as supplementing a large number of minerals for healing.

With his reputation, Pauling promoted and prompted most scientists at the time to acknowledge the effect of using lots of vitamins. Pauling even said that Vitamin C can support cancer treatment as well as help patients prolong life 4 times more than normal.

In the 1960s and 70s, Pauling’s work on quantum chemistry and quantum biology resonated greatly. In addition, Pauling’s anti-nuclear and anti-war views also helped him to win the Nobel Peace Prize, thereby expanding his reputation as well as promoting Pauling’s view of using vitamins that are good for health.

In 1970, Pauling encouraged people to use 3,000 mg of Vitamin C daily, 50 times higher than the usual recommendation. Although there have not been any clinical studies, his books, and reputation, Pauling has made 50 million Americans take high doses of Vitamin C daily in the mid-1970s. There is even a wave of names. “The Linus Pauling Effect” to talk about Pauling’s Vitamin-drinking movement.

The irony is that 30 years ago when Pauling published the famous book of Vitamin C, in December 1942, experts at the University of Minnesota studied and concluded that Vitamin C had no direct effect on treatment for patients with flu or colds.

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Despite that, American consumers still believe blindly in what Pauling said. Many universities have tried to prove this point has not been verified but hardly anyone cares. Pharmaceutical companies sell more drugs while patients feel safe when taking more “supplements”.

A series of experiments by the University of Maryland, Toronto, studies in the Netherlands, by the US Drug Administration (FDA), American Medical Association (AMA) … all showed that Vitamin C did not affect. direct treatment or prevention of flu types, but people do not believe.

Pauling himself did not believe the reports of medical associations, he still actively encouraged people to use as many vitamins as possible. When appearing before the press with symptoms of colds despite taking high doses of vitamins daily, this scientist blamed it on “allergies”.

In 1971, the scientist who won these two Nobel Prizes even claimed that Vitamin C could reduce 10% mortality from cancer. By 1977, this number was raised by 75% by Pauling and could be even higher if combined with other minerals.

The cancer patients began to have hope with Pauling’s words while the doctors headache with it. Although many doctors have discouraged that there is no scientific evidence, the patient would rather believe the Nobel laureate than believe in the hospital.

Without stopping there, Pauling continued to declare that if he used high amounts of Vitamin C, A, and E and many other minerals, humans could cure all kinds of diseases in the world, even the HIV epidemic.

In 1992, Time magazine published an article related to Pauling’s statement and created an unprecedented fever. The NNFA organization specializes in lobbying for vitamin producers to be happy when being advertised unfairly. They bought all of Time magazine and sold it to all MPs and politicians.

A bitter truth.

The point of those who believe Pauling is quite basic but has not been proven to be realistic and still speculative. In the process of converting food into energy, the body needs oxygen and they are called oxidation.

The consequence of this process is to create free radicals that can destroy DNA, cell membranes or arterial mucosa, causing a variety of diseases such as cancer, heart disease as well as creating the body’s aging process.

To neutralize these free radicals, the body produces antioxidants (good types) such as Vitamin C, E, A, Beta Carotene … often found in fruits and vegetables.

The logic here is whether the human body also drinks artificially synthetic oxidants, whether it is resistant to disease or not because the transformation takes place at the quantum level and is extremely complicated. so no scientist has any evidence to confirm this question.

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In 1994, the study of the National Cancer Institute of America and Finland showed that Vitamin E and Beta Carotene did not affect cancer treatment or heart disease. In 1996, a study similar to Vitamin A and Beta Carotene also yielded such results, even those taking high doses of Vitamin had a higher risk of death than those who used less.

Then a series of studies from the following years, from Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center to Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, from the American National Cancer Institute to universities and hospitals, all showed that Vitamin was not has a clear direct effect on cancer treatment, if not harmful if used long-term high doses. Still, the American people don’t believe it.

In May 1980, when asked to take high doses of Vitamin C for a long time without any side effects, Pauling answered very firmly that “no”.

Ironically, his wife died 7 months later because of stomach cancer. In 1994, the scientist himself died of prostate cancer, a disease that can be acquired when taking too much Vitamin.