Posted October 12, 2011: by Bill Sardi
In recent days the Journal of Nutrition reported that dietary supplements make a significant contribution to the daily need for vitamins and that meeting the Recommended Daily Allowance could not possibly be accomplished via foods alone. But, ERASE, ERASE! Never mind that. On a day when a report in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition claimed that doubling vitamin D blood levels would reduce the global vitamin D–sensitive disease mortality rate by an estimated 20 percent, the news media chose to run with a front-page headline that made it sound like multivitamins kill.
The multivitamin study does instruct, but its interpreters attempt to scare the public away from vitamin pills to soften them up for the next blow – the FDA is scheming to cut the daily vitamin and mineral requirements in half, a move that would ensure a certain level of disease to treat in the population.
According to the data just released, any alleged increased mortal risk from taking multivitamins is attributed largely to their iron and copper content
For over a decade now, since writing a definitive book about multivitamins, which is the best way to cover gaps in the American diet, I have been saying that the medical literature strongly suggests multivitamins for adults should be iron and copper free. These two essential metallic nutrients should be obtained in small amounts from the diet in organic forms, strongly attached to carrier proteins that render them safe.
Dr. Eugene Weinberg, professor emeritus at Indiana University, has been saying for some time now that iron and its cousin in crime, copper, when excessive or misplaced pose a major threat to life and health of humans. The practice of fortifying foods with a highly absorbable forms of iron should also be called into question says Dr. Weinberg. Strikingly, while loss of calcium is considered the major risk factor for osteoporosis, Dr. Weinberg instructs that excessive iron may be at the root of this bone wasting disease.
America not only fortified its foods with iron but removed the major iron/copper controlling molecule from the diet, phytic acid (aka inositol hexaphosphate or IP6) when it began consuming white bread devoid of bran that contains IP6. This has led to the metallic mineral overload diseases of fatty liver, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, cancer and many other diseases. Adding IP6 to the diet would serve as a countermeasure.
George Brewer at the University of Michigan School of Medicine echoes the same warning for copper, saying it poses a major public health threat when provided in its unbound inorganic form in drinking water. Dr. Brewer notes that trace amounts of copper in drinking water, less than one-tenth of that allowed in human drinking water by the Environmental Protection Agency, greatly enhanced an Alzheimer’s-like disease in an animal model.
Sadly, most multivitamin formulations are archaic, not following advances in science. Few multivitamins are iron and copper free. I formulated one popular iron/copper-free multivitamin for Purity Products. — © 2011 Bill Sardi, Knowledge of Health, Inc. Oct. 2011 Not for posting on other websites.