Johns Hopkins Denialists Redicule Vitamin Use – Part 3: the Doctor-denialists Series

 

Majid Ali, M.D.

Nutrition-denialists at Johns Hopkins University! I anticipate rolled eyes, even frowned foreheads. Who would believe this? But they do exist and sometimes make fools of them in ways that dismay even staunch supporters of the great institution. Consider the following quote from the science journal Nature (25 June 2014):

“An editorial published in the Annals of Internal Medicine3 last year offers a striking case in point. In it, researchers at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, and other institutions proclaimed with certainty that the US public should “stop wasting money” on vitamin supplements. They argued that research has found no benefits, in part because most people in industrialized nations are well-nourished. Within months a counterattack ensued, headed by huge names in nutrition science and biochemistry, including Bruce Ames at the Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute in California and Walter Willett at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, who argued that vitamin deficiencies are, in fact, widespread in the United States and that supplements can help to close nutritional gaps4″.

One Harvard University epidemiologist, Meir Stampfer, was incensed at Hopkins doctor-denialists. Here is another quote from the Nature article cited above: “Meir Stampfer, an epidemiologist at Harvard, considers the anti-vitamin editorial “garbage”. “I just felt sadness that such a poorly done paper would be published in a prominent journal and cause so much confusion,” he says.”

 

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