Sunday, October 16, 2011

Study Linking Vitamins to Death Was Invalid, Altered, Funded by Big-Pharma, and FRAUDULENT!

Readers concerned over the "study" reported by the MSM over the past week linking vitamin supplements to higher death rates need to understand that this was a SURVEY STUDY (observational- which statistically cannot be used to PROVE anything), FUNDED by ADVERTISING FOR BIG PHARMA (which was NOT REPORTED as a BIAS in the study) the RESULTS were CHERRY-PICKED by the authors and the MSM.
The study's results section actually indicated that the hazard ratio was negative meaning a decreased risk of death was associated for Vitamin B Complex, Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Selenium, and Zinc, and the results were ALTERED TWICE in order to squeeze out some data indicating that vitamin supplements can cause death.
This study is worse than a JOKE.  The fact that it is so ridiculously FLAWED would label it as a joke by the medical field if it evaluated any patented medication- but the fact that the results were also altered so BLATANTLY means it would be better described as MASSIVE FRAUD.

Statistics can be manipulated to prove literally ANYTHING- provided the reader does not have an understanding of statistics, or take the time to examine how they were used to obtain the studies' results.

For those who have even a basic understanding of statistics, and especially ALL OF OUR READERS WITH PROFESSIONAL MEDICAL BACKGROUNDS, please take time to evaluate the study for yourself, which was published in:

"Dietary Supplements and Mortality Rate in Older Women" - Arch Intern Med. 2011;171(18):1625-1633

For the rest of our readers, listen to Dr. David Brownstein's dissection and destruction of the survey (interview begins ~ 4 min into video)

Dr. Brownstein:
"This study says absolutely nothing about vitamins. If this study was done in reverse where vitamins were shown to be effective- no journal would have published this study because it was so poorly done.  It was an observational study of 38,000 women done over an 18 year period.  And it sent surveys to the women about 3 times over the period asking them what they were eating and what they were taking.  The problem is that observational studies done with surveys are notoriously inaccurate.  If you look through the data in the study- Calcium, vitamin E, magnesium, vitamin d, vitamin c, selenium, and even multivitamins were shown to LOWER MORTALITY in the study.... I don't think there's any conclusions you can draw from this study at all."