Big Pharma Wages War On Vitamins, Part 1 of 2

[This is Part One of a 2-part series of articles about the War on Vitamins being waged by the world's top pharmaceutical companies that seek to protect their enormous profits from products that cure at the source rather than merely mask symptoms.]

The world's 30 leading pharmaceutical companies raked in over $750 billion in revenue last year as U.S. healthcare costs continue to soar. The profit is in the treatment and not the cure, as many have observed.

There is every indication that major drug manufacturers are using their deep pockets to promote their products, which typically target symptoms while bashing alternative therapies that target the source of the problem.

Just look at the number of ads on TV and in magazines for prescription drugs, riddled with side effects that are often far more dangerous (and unpleasant) than the condition the product was designed to treat.

This is no accident, according to nutritionist Andrew W. Saul who has written extensively about the suppression of research that shows vitamins can help a body rebalance and heal.

On Saul's website, DoctorYourself.com, he paints a compelling picture of how Big Pharma companies pay cash to study authors. He claimed that researchers who arrived at negative conclusions about vitamin E had "received substantial income from the pharmaceutical industry."

Not only that, but the study authors were named on the last page of the study paper in the "Conflict of Interest" section. Merck, Pfizer, Sanofi-Aventis, AstraZeneca, Abbott, GlaxoSmithKline, Janssen, Amgen, Firmagon, and Novartis all paid "a number of the study authors," alleged Saul.

The supplement Truther said there is evidence that trials of new drugs and studies of wellness benefits of vitamins and essential nutrients are rigged. Common techniques include using low doses to guarantee a negative result and biasing the interpretation of the findings to show a statistical increase in risk.

Big Pharma companies represent significant earnings for popular periodicals and trade publications and use that economic leverage to bias media content toward their interests. At the same time, the absence of published studies about the health benefits of supplements keeps authors from undertaking any opposing research that might reduce the pharmaceutical's massive income stream:

"The largest and most popular medical journals receive very large income from pharmaceutical advertising. Peer-reviewed research indicates that this influences what they print, and even what study authors conclude from their data."

Saul destroyed an anti-supplement article from NBC published in November 2013. The lead sentence states matter-of-factly:

"There's not much evidence that vitamins can prevent heart disease or cancer – the two leading killers of Americans, experts said."

The article ends by quoting NBC's Diet and Nutrition Editor Madelyn Fernstrom:

"Consumers should know that taking vitamins does not offset poor lifestyle choices. Many people fool themselves into 'bartering' for self-selected lifestyle factors. Smokers who take vitamins to support heart health, or sun-worshippers who take antioxidant vitamins to prevent skin cancer, are only fooling themselves."

The first statement, that there is no proof that vitamins are medicinally preventative, is patently false. The source for this misinformation was a research team at the Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research in Portland, Oregon. Their bad conclusions were passed on to the federal level for adoption by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) to update their advice to consumers.

Consider this news byte from another USPSTF Task Force member, Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo, a heart disease specialist at the University of California San Francisco:

"A healthy balanced diet is critical for good health and that's probably the most important way that we get the nutrients that are essential."

"Probably?" Isn't the cardio specialist sure of herself?

Furthermore, you don't have to be a genius to understand that, ideally, yes, we would get all the vitamins we need from a perfectly well-balanced diet. But what about the people who aren't? Can vitamins help them?

The fact is that most doctors never took a single nutrition class in their years of extensive training. And yet, they feel entitled to dispense advice like it was candy.

The USPSTF reviewed 24 studies of individual vitamins, minerals or functional nutrient pairs and found "no evidence of beneficial effects on cardiovascular disease, cancer, or all-cause mortality."

As for Fernstrom's position, she takes the limited view that taking vitamins does not offset poor lifestyle choices and gives a couple of examples of wishful thinking by vitamin-takers who otherwise abuse their bodies by smoking or tanning. No one is claiming that vitamins can cure everything. But can they cure some things?

The short answer is YES, as supplement advocate Saul demonstrates by listing multiple scientific studies that link vitamin use to better health.

[In Part Two of this 2-part series on Big Pharma's War on Vitamins, we'll explore the many valid scientific studies that support using dietary supplements to improve health and wellness.]


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4 comments
  • I agree wholeheartedly.Big pharma and the nwo gang led by gates and his cronys don’t want cures..they want control!

    Gary Keeler on
  • I already wrote and posted the message, before you misdirected response to post likely deleted my post,

    Jackie cox on
  • Big Pharm is just one more element of CHINAS efforts to take over the worldS GOVERNMENTS by removing our capacity to actually manufacture anything we consume without relying on China’s supply chain companies that up until Bush/Clinton/Obama were made in the United States.

    Bush 1, declared the upcoming New World Order, plan to move our Engineering Design Manufacturing Marketing Infrastructure out of the United States and into the nations whose CASTE/CLASS System of government resurrects a slave produced goods for the world’s OLIGARCH RULERS who make ALL the Rules, whereby Our governments LOBBYISTS LAW LAWMAKERS terminate a once free enterprise system of supply and demand market where Americans determined what we consume.

    Clinton’s bipartisan DEMOC🐀🦏🦍🗯 government enacted NAFTA, free trade, thereby sending 60,000+ big factories out of country along with near 90,000,000 industrial jobs, plus the NOT COUNTED end of our Small Business economy added to the 1980 FED 21% bank rate used to end 80% of our small farming rural community American Way of Life.

    Then SOROS/BUSHES/CLINTONS/OBAMAS joined together Setting up our LOBBYISTS LAWMAKING GOVERNMENT whose actions have been a bipartisan end of Christianity in America simultaneous to Open Borders, Chain Migration + H-1B, + CASH TO IMMIGRATION OFFICIALS as a backup plan when they orchestrated the end of open borders showing US they are on top of our current OPEN BORDERS by other names as our nation continues to fill up with HinduIslamic-Communist guerrilla warfare, trade warfare with the ultimate goal of Ending our constitution already ongoing for a few decades as we have already lost our BY AND FOR THE PEOPLE GOVERNMENT, illustrated by the end of Free Enterprise, the end of freedom of expression, the end of our right to bear arms, the end of Christian Morality, Ethics, Logic, as our nations infrastructure has been filled by Out of Country Cartels takings over healthcare, Changing our Education System, with domestic Black Power Gangs, like AFFIRMATIVE ACTION becoming Law that demands our hiring give Negros 1st dibs on Jobs, instead of being qualified to actually do a non biased job in our multicultural society, under destruction over the last few decades as Black Power has joined with HinduIslamic immigrants in THEIR ongoing COUP of the United States of America.

    Our ducky elected Rulers currently turning a blind eye to the current ongoing genocidal 60+ nations, ending Christianity in these Occupied Lands whose government’s were installed in Election Fraud COUP’s parallel to the current RIGGED fraudulently elected majority of our pseudo 2 Party Government. About to remove TRUMP in the upcoming 2020 Planned ELECTION FRAUD as ALL of our so-called sources of news are demanding a 2020 election with mail in ballots where most precincts monitors are DEMOCRAT long term election officiating GANGS where CAIR, NAACP, ACLU, BLM, etc meet up as we can see if we vote at the Precinct closest to our addresses in our online searches.

    Our Precincts mandated bipartisan Laws are required to make up their own individual Precinct Voting Rules following OBAMA/CLINTON/SOROS planned COUP of our government. ONGOING RIGHT NOW

    As we draw ever closer to their Planned COUP, AntiCHRISTIAN Gangs are arming up and are increasingly tearing down VETERANS MEMORIALS, while SCHOOLS, STREETS, PARKS, etc are renamed to OBAMA, MARTIN LUTHER KING, etc etc while our nations founders, and our constitution, flag, and human rights are removed along with any say so we once had in Lawmaking.

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    Our future will be decided by resurrecting our constitutional rights, by taking back control of governments whose members are puppets of self WORLD BANK ORGANIZED CRIME FAMILIES empowered wealth, Whose corruption includes our 2 party System that has been ONE for decades as we became a LOBBYIST GOVERNMENT whereby lawyers go into power and are selected by their will to lie cheat steal and swindle for their clients cash.

    Biden is just one of hundreds of so-called elected representatives who are empowered with endless cash, a RIGGED Election Fraud system, endless NewsMedia praising the worst among us IF THEY WANT TO KEEP THEIR JOBS by reading and repeating whatever the news company administrators demand they write OR they are an integral part of the ongoing COUP

    Jackie Cox on
  • I agree with you. Big Pharma can be dangerously vindictive against anyone publishing alternative, holistic vitamins and supplements that would interfere with their deep pockets. They should all work together. I don’t like prescription drugs unless absolutely necessary as they were the reason my son died.

    Ruth on

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