To the Editor:
In Tuesday's Sentinel I saw the latest in a string of publications telling us that "multivitamins don't help fight disease." The author does note that in the two areas studied - aging men's brains and heart attack survivors - multivitamin use showed no significant help. Then again, other supplements have been shown to help these two conditions: most significantly, fish oil.
Oddly, a 2012 study published in the Journal of American Medical Association of doctors who took multivitamins concluded that ... "daily multivitamin use modestly but significantly reduced the risk of total cancer." This study was led in part by the same Dr. Sesso mentioned in the article. Strange.
Finally, the author tells us that a government advisory board is coming out with recommendations for multivitamins and other supplements, and that this decision is expected next year. Please remember that this is the same government that is currently bringing us Obamacare. For better advice, talk to your health care professional who is well-versed in nutrition.
Dr. Scott P. Burtis