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    "Vitamins also may encourage people to take health risks like smoking."

    Soooo....the supposition is that taking vitamins is a gateway drug to smoking?

    Hmmmm...

    Seems very backwards. Most of the people that I know who are health conscious enough to take a vitamin regimen are also into exercise and running and a healthy lifestyle.
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    I don't take vitamins to ward of cancer or heart disease. I take them occassoonally as a supplement as needed (Vit D and C and B12).
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    My doctor has me on Vit D, C and B Complex. Keeps bones stronger, prevents colds and aids in energy. The vitamins don't cause me to smoke, they don't prevent heart attack or cancer. There are no damaging effects with these.
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    That was what I was going to post. I also find the conclusion to the story very suspect. Smoke because you take vitamins? Who the heck start smoking because they are taking vitamins.
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    @Bill2E see my reply about vitamin d/gout. if you ever gfet put on lisinopril and your big toe starts throbbing and swelling stop the D at once. you like me are the "Lucky ' ones
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    @j2saret
    Thanks for the tip, I'll have my pharmacist and doctor look all this up, they stay on top of interactions of drugs and health.
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    I voted no but only because I don't currently take any vitamin supplements. I get my requirements from actual food. I see no point in it and never have.
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    I have an autoimmune disease (RA) that makes absorbing nutrients difficult. So I'll still take them along with my V8 and whole wheat toast. Different people, different needs. :-)
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    @Zazziness Ugh! I still can't handle drinking V8 juice, but it is one of the primary ingredients in my Pasta Fagioli soup. Yum!:)
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    @Firestorm The best use for V8 is the base for a great Bloody Mary. It's one of the few alcoholic beverages I miss. :-)
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    @Zazziness See. I can't do Bloody Marys because V8 repulses me. It's obviously and totally silly. I won't drink any form of tomato juice, but I LOVE tomato based soups. Maybe it's because it's cold. I don't like a lot of cold foods. Yeah, I'm a freak like that. :)
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    I take vitamins to get anything I don't get from a healthy diet and exercise. They are just pissed out if my body doesn't need the nutrients. No biggie.
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    Why would Kaiser want us to make a healthy choice? No money in it for them if we do. This debate about vitamins has been going on for decades, at the core its all about money. They cant collect their 30% from a healthy person. Western medicine can ill-afford anyone poking their head in their profiteering with logical choices. The drug companies lobby to have homeopathic drugs mislabeled to keep their effectiveness and authenticity muted.
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    I feel a difference when I consistently take vitamins... more alert, more energy, and my skin looks overall better. Vitamins are obviously doing something! I think genetics have more to do with health status than anything else. Of course, hard living has potential to hurry up the process, but no one can change genetics.
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    I take exactly what my doctor recommends I take: calcium, iron, D3, a B complex and a fish oil supplement I have yet to choose. When she recommends something different I will change what I am taking. I do not think taking supplements will prevent anything specific nor do I feel invulnerable. But watch, the "solution" to the problem of what 'some people might think' will be governmental regulation of supplements, something the FDA has wanted to do for years. It's the liberal way; manufacture a crisis to justify another government intrusion into our private lives.
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    Take Correctitall.
    Side effects are uncommon, and include headache, nausea, vomiting, death, dizziness, dysentery, cardiac arrhythmia, varicose veins, darkened stool, arteriosclerosis, hemorrhoids, diabetes, sugar high, and suicidal thoughts. Children have been known to act out and grow beards when exposed to Correctitall. If you’re a women who is pregnant or nursing ask your Dr. if Correctiall is right for you.
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    Well, if it won't control my blood sugar well enough for me to have ice cream at every meal, it doesn't "Correctitall" at all!
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    @Realthinker Actually I do the same thing except for the Vit "D3". On my agenda though. I just think it's funny that we are told vitamins are bad and prescription drugs are good given all the side effects. I may visit my Dr. just to say hi, I'm down 40 lbs. BP and cholesterol under control.
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    My first thought was this: if vitamins are not effective, why are pregnant women forced to take expensive prescription strength vitamins?
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    @rickv2 • I used to take six doses of Damnitol in 12 oz liquid form every day after shift. My wife and doctor made me stop.
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    So the argument is that vitamins cause people to make bad decisions, etc?
    Some really don't grasp the whole inanimate object concept...
    Unless there is a study that confirms that taking vitamins causes stupidity in an otherwise intelligent person, I'm going to assume that vitamins aren't going to affect my decision making. Thanks.
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    Who comes up with this trash? I should stop taking vitamins because I may all of a sudden decide to smoke or partake in some other behavior hazardous to my health... That's a symptom of stupidity not taking vitamins. Anybody that's not a complete moron knows that vitamins are not a substitute for a healthy well rounded diet or that they give you free license to do whatever you want without consequences.
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    Working out everyday and doing HIT, I tend to consume vitamins and minerals along with protein shakes. But if your not putting your body through extreme stress daily, all you're doing is making expensive and vitamin rich piss.
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    I have never taken "vitamin pills" nor has anyone in my immediate family. A healthy diet and exercise obviate the need for vitamin pills. The only "supplement" I ever received was cod liver oil as a child. One reason I will not mourn the loss of that species.
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    I voted no because the only BAD thing that this claimed vitamin pills could do is "encourage people to take health risks, like smoking" which I'm not stupid enough to do, anyway. And while there was no consistent evidence that these pills affect cancer, but aren't they still potentially good for you? Maybe, maybe not. I guess I'm not gonna find out, because I can't take them and not take them at the same time. But you get my point.
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    This is the familiar fearmongering sound bites on supplements blasted out by the corrupt mainstream media. There is reliable solid data that proper usage of supplements notably reduce the risk of cancer and heart disease, etc (google/bing "2 Big Lies: No Vitamin Benefits & Supplements Are Very Dangerous by Rolf Hefti"). Anti-supplement accusations or "studies" are almost without fail about politics than science.
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    Yet another study tainted by big pharma and government medicine. A more recent study carried out by actual scientists over 20 years showed exactly the opposite results.
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    as it turns out they can also interact in quirky ways with your prescription meds. In my case d interacted to give me an attack of gout. extremely painful. I know it's the D because quit the D and the gout goes away. Even a multi with d will cause the attack.
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