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Association between vitamin D supplementation and mortality: systematic review and meta-analysis

BMJ 2019; 366 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.l4673 (Published 12 August 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;366:l4673

Is Vitamin D a Panacea in Medicine?

- Definition of "Panacea" from Merriam-Webster Dictionary:

Panacea Comes From the Name of a Greek Goddess
Panacea comes from a Greek word meaning "all-healing", and Panacea was the goddess of healing. In the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, alchemists who sought to concoct the "elixir of life" (which would give eternal life) and the "philosopher's stone" (which would turn ordinary metals into gold) also labored to find the panacea. But no such medicine was ever found, just as no solution to all of a society's difficulties has ever been found. Thus, panacea is almost always used to criticize the very idea of a total solution ("There's no panacea for the current problems plaguing Wall Street").

Based in the above paragraph, entirely agree with the arguments from Dr. Edoardo Cervoni and William B. Grant.

Competing interests: No competing interests

17 August 2019
Jose Mario Franco de Oliveira
Associate Professor of Medicine.
Department of Medicine. Universidade Federal Fluminense, Niteroi, RJ, Brazil.
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