Multivitamins have become exceedingly popular and for good reason: People are seeking preventive health care and the marketing campaigns for multivitamins are very convincing!
The ads are so convincing, in fact, that over half (170 million) of all United States citizens currently use a dietary supplement. Of that group of 170 million people, multivitamins are the most common supplement coming in at 75%.
This tells us that 127.5 million Americans take a multivitamin.
Based on profits alone, we can see that Centrum, One-A-Day, and private label (mostly store brand Centrum-copy-cats) bring in about as much money as all the other brands combined. See for yourself. Keep in mind these are the cheapest multivitamins on the market meaning they had to work extra hard to top that chart. (Or they simply sell products that cost about $0.10 to produce. Hmmm.)
"They Earned Their Place"
Yes. But only through deceit; or, if we are being kind, carelessness. What happens when a company mashes a plethora of untested toxic ingredients into a little white tablet, calls it healthy, and sells it to millions of Americans? I would say suffering, side effects, and disease but I am certainly open to discussing it.
Pfizer and Centrum Are Not Your Friends
Would I be out of line if I wrote that Pfizer added plenty of known toxins to Centrum?
What if I stated that a number of ingredients in their products have been shown to increase the risk of cancer?
Let me be more definitive about it: A multitude of Centrum's ingredients can cause kidney failure, trigger an auto-immune disease, and promote dementia.
There are hundreds of government documents/research articles to prove me right. Heck, even Pfizer admits their product is harmful.
Considering that it contains Talc; Centrum apparently has something in common with rat poison: Pfizer publicly considers them equally harmful!
How exciting for Centrum. I guess either no one but me cares or no one but me noticed this. Oh well, it's probably not a big deal anyway. Just a slip of the tongue, I'm sure. Afterall, the ingredients in Centrum can't be that bad, right?
The #1 Supplement in America!
Can you spot the Hydrogenated Palm Oil (trans fat) and the Nickelous Sulfate (nickel) and the sodium metavanadate ("Toxic if swallowed")? And how about those aluminum based dyes? There's a reason for those dyes and I think I know what it is:
- Blue to remind you to drink a lot of water or else you can not process the chemicals.
- Yellow to remind that you will be excreting out most of the contents regardless of how hydrated you are.
- Red to remind you that when you DO excrete it, it's gonna hurt.
Don't take my word for it.
These PDF's have become extremely difficult to find ever since I wrote my first article so I am glad I saved the links. The screenshot above was taken directly from the website January of 2018.
- CENTRUM WOMEN. - #1 Recommended Adult Multivitamin
- ONE A DAY WOMEN'S. - #2 Recommended Adult Multivitamin
Please note the following
- Hundreds of thousands of Americans use these products every day.
- I showed you the women's version because more women take supplements than men.
- In later articles, I go into detail about each of those ingredients.
Please! Someone Stand Up For Centrum
I thought I must be mistaken so I called Pfizer. I asked the good people at Centrum if I could have access to the "clinical studies" (something they claim to have), I was told to "visit the expert corner of the website." Upon visiting the "expert corner," I came across... ...an admittedly half decent blog about health that provides NO information on Centrum.
(Yes, even Elizabeth Ward who wrote: "Why Multivitamins Matter," did not once bother to throw the word "Centrum" into her article.)
You Think I'm Being Unfair?
Well, then WHYYY did IIII find a study? No, it's not the ONLY one Centrum shares publicly in which participants were given the option of taking Centrum (versus taking nothing) and only 11% of them said no. (Hm, that link is now broken... ...Curious.)
And no, it is not all those studies from Poland in which the word "Centrum" appears because it translates to the word "Center."
BOOM. Look at it in all its glory.
Gaziano, J. M., Sesso, H. D., Christen, W. G., Bubes, V., Smith, J. P., MacFadyen, J., … Buring, J. E. (2012). Multivitamins in the Prevention of Cancer in Men: The Physicians’ Health Study II Randomized Controlled Trial. JAMA : The Journal of the American Medical Association, 308(18), 1871–1880. http://doi.org/10.1001/jama.2012.14641
There it is, friends. That is a double-blind, placebo-using, and took-place-over-many-years-with-lots-of-randomized-older-men study. AND, Centrum was shown to reduce cancer rates! Centrum refused to show it to me but I found it anyway. Why DID they refuse to show this to me? Let's find out.
JAMA the Hutt
Well, the study was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). JAMA is partially funded by the very same companies who want positive results from the studies. No, I REFUSE to believe there is bias in medical journals unless the U.S. Government Library of Medicine has a study that PROVES... there... is... bias... oh, well nevermind then. ...Still, it's not like JAMA came out and wrote an article in which they admitted... ...Oh, wait...
- JAMA, WHY did you allow for an article to be published entitled,"Everyone's A Little Bit Biased (Even Physicians)??"
- You too, Centrum? I give up. Thank you, Dr. Mercola. Thank you for explaining that Centrum later had to withdraw their claims.
- On top of all that, the New Hope Network wrote a convincing article showing that the study's parameters were not so good after all.
Centrum garnished a lot of publicity for this and it actually helped their sales in the long run. And why wouldn't it? The only thing they had to say was, "Peer-reviewed study plus Centrum equals Centrum is studied." They never needed to disclose the nasty details of how they lied.
I tried, Centrum.
I have done the following:
- Reviewed their ingredients for signs of life (promoting qualities) and found none.
- Called them and asked if I could see their studies and the answer was basically no.
- Dug around and found a study that turned out to be fake.
Honestly, my dig for the truth could have been stopped or drastically slowed if they could have answered my questions on the phone. I asked for the research they claim to have, I asked for the proof that they are the number one recommended brand by doctors (I know it is true but they ought to have a source readily available if they are going to make that claim), and I asked where they sourced their ingredients from (apparently, no one really knows).
Side Note: I will go into more detail about the following topic in a later article; keep in mind that the Centrum production warehouses must have huge vats of trans fat powder, heavy metal powder, and other toxic powders. In order to produce the billions of tablets they're selling every year, they have to store all that junk somewhere. Just food for thought.
I must move on. Let's look at Centrum's competitor, One A Day. Get ready, they are weird.
Bayer Makes Some Very Strange Choices
As we continue, keep in mind that we are NOW going to be looking at the company with the SECOND most popular multivitamins in America. We briefly looked at the ingredients of Centrum so let's slightly-less-briefly go over the ingredients of One A Day.
Folic Acid: The Short of It
Folic Acid has its own very long story but I want to quickly let you in on a couple of points.
- The Food and Nutrition Board (a non-government agency) made a decision that increases your chances of having cancer, anemia, and heart disease by...
- Allowing the creation of a very confusing term known as "DFE." (Just know that, male or female, you want DFE to equal 400mcg or if you are pregnant: 600mcg)
- Source: The National Institute of Health
Can someone explain to me why the women's formula has all of that junk?
It is hard to describe how disturbing this information is. It is as though a clothing company intentionally added unnecessary, strange, and harmful ingredients to their female line of clothing but kept their men's line of clothing toxin-free.
My clothing analogy hardly touches on the madness of this situation considering clothing is not exclusively used as a health-promoting product like this multivitamin (supposedly) is.
Do women need precisely "666mcg DFE" but men need precisely "some undisclosed amount?" Both men and women get 400mcg folic acid and yet only on the women's product do they choose to label it in a way that results in three sixes. Someone at Bayer had to make that specific choice. Weird, right?
Why Do Women Get All The Bad Stuff?
Unlike men, women get the misfortune of having:
- Pork Gelatin.*
- Artificial Dyes
- No magnesium but second ingredient by weight is wood pulp...?...why?
In a later article, we will look at common arguments and take a look at possible reasons for these ingredients in detail. First, let us look at what some experts say about this product.
This is the first article in a series, click here for the second.
I am working on creating my own multivitamin: Read about it here.
Email me at Sternhealing@Sternhealing.com. Thanks for reading
*Consider this: Gelatin is used in supplements to make capsules. Those are the ingredients of tablets. Also, Bayer is an enormous international company so by choosing to have pork gelatin (as a "non-medical ingredient" as they call it on their website), they are excluding a massive portion of the human population from their market and therefore losing money. They may also be causing people to accidentally ingest something against their religion since it does not clearly say anything on its package about pork. Someone at Bayer is making these very specific decisions about their product.
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