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October 17, 2011
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Supplements Increase Mortality, Prostate Risk. Really? Uh, no.

We felt the need to address the media tsunami regarding a recent Archives of Internal Medicine study showing a slightly elevated risk of mortality in older female supplement users compared with nonusers.

One rule of thumb. When every media outlet in the country is in lock-step as they were on this story, one must wonder if they actually read the study. We did. Here's what we found:


Direct quote from the study: "Compared with nonusers, supplement users had a LOWER prevalence of diabetes mellitus, high blood pressure, and smoking status; a lower BMI and waist to hip ratio; and were less likely to live on a farm. Supplement users had higher educational level, were more physically active, and were more likely to use estrogen replacement therapy. Also, supplement users were more likely to have lower intake of energy, total fat, and monounsaturated fatty acids, saturated fatty acids, and to have higher intakes of protein, carbohydrates, polyunsaturated fatty acids, alcohol, whole grain products, fruits, and vegetables."

So why was there no mention about supplemental benefit for many of these lifestyle factors? The lead researcher of the study has published negative, questionable research on supplements before, only to be proven wrong years later (i.e. beta carotene and vitamin A).

There were several factors in the supplement group that needed to be addressed: taking synthetic estrogen, not eating enough monounstaurated fat, eating too much polyunsaturated (inflammatory) fat, and eating too many carbs. All of these factors contribute to heart disease and cancer. It is fascinating to note that when researchers excluded supplement users who had CVD and diabetes, the supplements did not show any adverse affect on mortality. So, in essence, the supplement users were better off than the nonusers based upon the aforementioned lifestyle factors.

What does this say? That researchers can extrapolate data however they see fit, especially from a questionnaire-based study. For example, we can extrapolate from this study that if you looked solely at supplement users who were most likely to take synthetic estrogen, most likely to eat inflammatory fats and carbs, and who ate the least amount of monounsaturated fats, we guarantee that mortality risk would skyrocket. Even more egregious is that the researchers did not remove subjects who used synthetic estrogen, which has been proven to greatly increase the risk of CVD and cancer. This should be enough to discredit the study outright.

There was also no mention of the brands of vitamins that were consumed. If many of them were loaded with preservatives such as Centrum, then all bets are off.

The media did get what it needed, however. Any time they can jump on a study discrediting supplements, they are all over it.

Here are the details of the AIM study.

The same day as the aforementioned study came out, a JAMA study, which had been previously discredited for its design, found that vitamin E may slightly increase prostate cancer risk. The study was poorly designed and used only synthetic alpha tocopherol, not natural, mixed tocopherol vitamin E. Any nutritional expert worth their salt knows that supplemental vitamin E needs to be dispensed as natural mixed tocopherols.
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This week's Well Connect topics are:
  • Is Belief in God Taught or Innate?    
  • Drug Metabolizing.
  • Eating This Raises Lymphoma Risk.
  • Goat's Milk Cream Cheese
  • Cassava Chips 
  • Menopause Update. 
  • Organic Farming Beats Conventional.
  • All Hail Tai Chi. 
  • Daily Detox Tip.
  • ADHD/Celiac Connection.
  • Cheap Alternative for Chronic Sinusitis.
  • Steve Job's eInspire   

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Prostate Cancer Support Action Plan. NEW!

In light of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force decision that PSA should no longer be part of the routine male cancer screening, and that PSA can do more harm than good, there is no better time to introduce our Prostate Cancer Support Action Plan. As USPSTF states, adhering to optimal dietary and lifestyle measures for prostate cancer prevention is as important as its ever been.  


This intensive, diet-only, self-help action plan is geared specifically for the support of prostate cancer, as well as to be followed during cancer therapy. Bonnie has merged the most cutting-edge research with her most successful clinical applications to create an easy diet to follow.

Prostate Cancer Support Action Plan can be purchased here or is free to NCI Well Connect subscribers, upon request.   


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Dr. Schuster's Well Tips
drliloschuster Biotrition Food Intolerance Test
My name is Dr. Liselotte Schuster. I have worked with Bonnie Minsky at Nutritional Concepts for over twenty years. Each month, I offer wellness tips from a Chiropractor's perspective. Feel free to email me topics to consider for future segments.

This month's video features the Biotrition Blood Test, which measures food intolerances. I explain many health complaints that can be attributed to food intolerances. 


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2011 Bonnie Minsky Award Winner

The Bonnie C. Minsky Award provides tuition support to students whose research and educational interest focus on nutrition, maternal and child health, women's health or healthy aging at UIC School of Public Health, where Bonnie received her master's.


This year's winner, Yuka Asada, is registered dietitian and PhD candidate in the Maternal and Child Health program within the Community Health Sciences Division. As an international student, Yuka is unable to apply for financial aid, so this award allows her to spend more time on her independent studies.