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Vitamin supplements do not cut risk of gastrointestinal cancer

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: (Published 07 October 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:817

Alcohol and Vitamins - both make expensive urine !

Methinks that this paper may fulfil my requirements for not having
enough value to pay for the paper it was printed on.

It also reminds me of a widely publicized study on vitamins, also out
of England, that consisted of handing out a few vitamin pills of very
minimal potency and then follow the 'candidates' for a rather short time
to see what diseases would pop up.

No significant differences were found and thus the verdict came in as
expected: Vitamin supplements are of no value.

I have a very dear cousin who lives on the Continent. We call him our
"Drinking Cousin".
He was told by his doctor many years ago that a small amount of alcohol
would see him into old age and prevent many afflictions but heavy drinking
would do the opposite.

My Drinking Cousin, who imbibes on average more than 150 g of ethanol
on a normal day, more on special occasions, appears to be going strong.

His doctor, who followed his own advice and only sipped
is long dead.

Competing interests:
None declared

Competing interests: No competing interests

08 October 2004
Dr. Herbert H. Nehrlich
Private Practice
Bribie Island, Australia 4507