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IAHF List: Many of you have called my attention to the recent media smears against Vitamin E. The Alliance for Natural Health has done a superb job of rebutting this bogus attack (see below) and please forward it widely!!
As we come down the stretch, we can expect an increasing number of bogus attacks on natural products just like this one. Whenever you see them please forward them to me and to ANH. For every action there is an exact and opposite reaction. The Cartel may control the mainstream media, but they don't control the internet.
John Hammell of IAHF, Rob Verkerk, PhD of Alliance for Natural Health, and Suzanne Harris, JD who will have just returned from the Codex meetings in Bonn and in Paris will be in San Diego for the Emergency Anti Codex meeting on Friday November 19th from 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm at the Coronado A room of the West Tower of the Sheraton at 1380 Harbor Island Dr. The meeting is free and open to the public. Hope to see some of you there, and will have a DVD of the meeting to send out to all of you upon our return. IAHF is on the verge of having its own weekly radio show, will let you know when that starts soon. The Cartel can run, but it can't hide!!
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see ANH's excellent rebuttal of this mindless attack on Vitamin E below....... and please forward it------- send a donation to ANH for their lawsuit to overturn the EU Food Supplement Directive. This lawsuit has huge global importance. Dr.Whittaker just donated $10,000 to it..... http://www.alliance-natural-health.org
ANH Rebuttal of John Hopkins (bogus) meta-analysis on Vitamin E
Many of you will have seen the latest negative study on Vitamin E. For the BBC News report,click here and for those who receive plain text use the following link www.news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/3998847.
We have received feedback from the scientists in the ANH Expert Committee and the same concerns have been voiced.The key is to remember that a meta-analysis is only as good as the data used. If the data is selective, or only looks at a limited aspect of a nutrient, as is the case with the present study, the analysis will be limited in terms of its validity.
You will notice the BBC have used a small quote from the response from Dr Verkerk at the end of their news item.
We include below the full response to the BBC given by Dr Verkerk yesterday, following their request for a "couple of paragraphs":
It does not come to us as a shock that a meta-analysis of 19 clinical trials shows little beneficial effect from high doses of some forms of Vitamin E. In fact, results from these studies are well known and have been well publicised, particularly in Sweden. Although the John Hopkins study has not been publicly released, we assume that the studies included in the meta-analysis are very likely to have involved only one particular formof Vitamin E, namely alpha-tocopherol, which is often produced synthetically.
A convincing body of evidence now points to the fact that alpha-tocopherol in supplements, particularly at high doses, might reduce the body's uptake of vital components of Vitamin E which are much more effective antioxidants than alpha-tocopherol (e.g. Handelman GJ et al,J Nutr 115; 807-13,1985; Burton GH et al,Am J Clin Nutr67; 669-84, 1998; Huang HY, Appel LJ.J Nutr 133; 3137-40, 2003.) These components includegamma- and beta-tocopherols, and tocotrienols.
It is a very rich irony that the European Commission has seen fit to allow the alpha-tocopherol form in its its new Food Supplement Directive, set to come in to force in August 2005 across Europe if unchallenged,whilst it bans the natural, food forms, which are much more beneficial as food supplements. This is one reason why we are challenging the Directive in the European Court of Justice next year.
Negative publicity about Vitamin E, which is likely to follow as a result of misinterpretations over the science behind the John Hopkins study, could scare people unnecessarily and stop them using important food supplements. Food supplements are invaluable as a means of guaranteeing levels of key nutrients, such as natural Vitamin E, known to be depleted or deficient in the diet of large numbers of people.
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