Where’s the science?

A few weeks ago on the morning news, a health ‘expert’ claimed that baby boomers are taking vitamins, but that the scientific evidence of any benefit is inadequate.

I’m one of these vitamin gobbling baby boomers and I don’t need a scientist to tell me when something is working for me. Sure, I would like scientific evidence, however, I expect I would be toothless and in my grave before the scientific community got around to carrying out useful research on holistic health practice.

I don’t mean to be disrespectful to scientists. They do fantastic work and our quality of life would be utterly grim without them. Indeed, I would dead if it weren’t for antibiotics. However, while they are great at developing drugs to treat serious illness, they are not great at preventing ill health.

2 responses to “Where’s the science?

  1. beautyscientist

    Science isn’t as complicated as a lot of people think. It just works by testing out an idea. In this case the idea is that taking vitamin supplements makes you healthier.

    If this idea is correct, then if you compare a group of people who take vitamin supplements with a similar group of people who don’t, then there should be a difference in health between the two.

    If nobody has ever carried out the test then there is no scientific evidence to support the idea.

    That is all there is to it.

    If you test the idea by taking the tablets and monitoring the effect they have on you, that is also a scientific test. It just isn’t a very good one and you may draw the wrong conclusion from the result.

  2. Hi Beautyscientist,
    I wouldn’t call my consumption of vitamins and the results I’ve had a particularly rigourous scientific test – I wouldn’t actually call it a test at all. My ‘monitoring’ isn’t systematic, my results are entirely subjective and there is no control group. The only conclusion I can draw is that since taking supplements, my teeth aren’t sensitive and I’ve had no further decay or bone loss. I’m assuming that I may also be preventing osteoporosis, but I can’t be sure. I can’t say exactly why there have been such drastic improvements or if other brands of supplements and different potencies would be equally effective.
    In many ways this is besides the point for me. I have found something that works for me and I do get annoyed when experts on TV tell me that there is no proof that vitamins are beneficial.
    There has been quite a bit of scientific testing of vitamins, but while scientific testing may be simple and straight forward, the human body isn’t. Genetic and environmental factors complicate things substantially. Scientific evidence is inadequate, but this doesn’t mean that there are no benefits.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Time limit is exhausted. Please reload the CAPTCHA.