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(The Atlantic)   Why you foolish, foolish people think vitamins are good for you   (theatlantic.com) divider line 163
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2013-07-22 08:30:24 AM

mr0x: manimal2878: avratt: There is not one reputable study that shows any benefit of taking any type of supplement.  There is doubt that the body even processes them.  Most likely you are just pissing them right back out.
Vitamin supplements are the modern day snake oil...and at least that was typically alcohol based.

I work for our public utility, trash water, sewage.  You can go to the water treatment plant and view what the plant guys call the teacups, big machines that use centrifugal force to separate grit or solids from the rest of the material.  In the dumpster that collects the grit, you will see condoms, corn seeds, tampon applicators and other bits of crap that is no biodegradable or digest able.  Studded throughout the grit load are hundreds of vitamin pills.  Not even broke down enough to be in your piss.  Its anecdotal, but to me that is all the proof I need vitamins are a waste of money.

How do you know they are vitamin pills? They could be any kind of pill, probably disposed off after it expired.


Because of the shape, size and color.  Some of them are still shaped like the flintstones.
 
2013-07-22 08:51:23 AM

freakay: So wait...what about vitamin enriched cereals? Is it any different if they pump corn flakes with vitamins?


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2013-07-22 09:08:01 AM

manimal2878: Some of them are still shaped like the flintstones.


I'm calling bullsh*t. Those things dissolve in your mouth. I doubt they would survive even just traveling through the sewers let alone sewage treatment.
 
2013-07-22 10:17:41 AM
I spend less than $200 a year for a quality multi-vitamin, fish-oil, and glucosamine/chondroitin.

I'd rather pee out a little extra than to have less than my body can utilize. Besides, I'm worth it.

Also...

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2013-07-22 10:33:40 AM

mr0x: leadmetal: Remember where the big money is. Interventionist drug and surgery based health care.
Keep that in mind when reading yet another story about how vitamins are no good or worse.

They'll tell you your body doesn't need some nutrient to heal itself. Instead an expensive drug is needed for the rest of your life to mask the symptoms.

What's the difference between popping a vitamin pill everyday and popping another pill everyday?


This is the paradox of big Nutra. "Screw those drug companies! They just want profit! That's why I spend 100 bucks a month on supplements!"
 
2013-07-22 11:52:40 AM

here to help: o'really: Um, isn't rickets a vit c deficiency? That's why sailors got it, they got plenty of sun.

No. You are thinking of scurvy. Rickets is indeed caused by a lack of vit D.


Ahh, yes. Thanks for the reminder.
 
2013-07-22 11:55:34 AM

here to help: manimal2878: Some of them are still shaped like the flintstones.

I'm calling bullsh*t. Those things dissolve in your mouth. I doubt they would survive even just traveling through the sewers let alone sewage


yeah, are right, I was exaggerating.  They don't look like flint stones.
 
2013-07-22 12:11:46 PM

manimal2878: yeah, are right, I was exaggerating. They don't look like flint stones.


The hard packed coated vitamins could probably survive as could many caplet style pills but they are designed to break down in peoples stomachs. So I don't doubt vitamins/pills that got flushed might remain it doesn't mean they don't break down and get absorbed in the human body. Otherwise you'd see them in your poop and your pee wouldn't turn florescent yellow. There also wouldn't be the overloaded kidney issues some people get from taking way more than the daily requirements.

The supplements I like best are the greens+ style powder ones. Mix up a diluted batch of that (I'd use half what it says to use on the container), eat your breakfast and casual sip on the hay water for a half around and your system gets a chance to absorb it. It used to make me feel awesome but it's way too expensive for the good stuff.
 
2013-07-22 01:29:59 PM

KawaiiNot: Not all vitamins are of good quality. The vitamins I take cost a lot. Whenever I forget to take them for a few days I feel like crap & tired. No matter how healthy I eat, I still need the vitamins.


There is something very fishy about that statement. Either it's psychosomatic or your body is just completely farked up. There is pretty much nothing (besides cocaine, I suppose) that a vitamin could contain that you could not be fine without for days, if not months.  My money is strongly on "it's all in your head".
 
2013-07-22 02:57:39 PM

megarian: traylor: See You Next Tuesday: Maybe I will swing by AnalSupplimentGirlz.com and see if I can spot them  :)

Well, you are missing the point. Semen contains a good amount of Vitamin C and B12 that should not be wasted.

B12 you say?

Hmm, that would definitely be less expensive than the shot I get at the dr. office.


I hear this stuff works too

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2013-07-22 03:05:54 PM

Pangea: I spend less than $200 a year for a quality multi-vitamin, fish-oil, and glucosamine/chondroitin.

I'd rather pee out a little extra than to have less than my body can utilize. Besides, I'm worth it.

Also...

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The whole point of the article was that you don't just pee out the little extra. The little extra can be a little too extra and be bad for you.
 
2013-07-22 03:50:17 PM
mr0x: The whole point of the article was that you don't just pee out the little extra. The little extra can be a little too extra and be bad for you.

People who megadose on fat-soluble vitamins reach points of toxicity with certain nutrients. I figured it went without saying that I disagree with the premise of the article and feel that my anecdata outweighs their manipulated findings.

Cancer eventually develops in most people if they live long enough. Perhaps the increased occurrences of cancer are happening because people who take vitamins have a healthier lifestyle and generally live longer.

If vitamins actually caused cancer the children's breakfast cereal industry would be blown to smithereens because "...think of the children."
 
2013-07-22 04:34:09 PM

Sharksfan: You know what you never hear? You never heard that RDA - Recommended Daily Allowance - is NOT the cap.

It's the minimum.

There are no posted maximums.  No one truly knows what they are.  But you've never heard of someone dying from eating too many vegetables.


Only on the inside..
 
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