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Title Four Corners: Supplements and Safety
Published Australia : ABC, 2016
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Summary The hidden dangers of vitamins and health supplements.<br /><br />"We love the notion of a magic pill. It's something that makes it all better." Dr Paul Offitt, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia<br /><br />It's the multi-billion dollar industry selling health supplements and vitamins - over the counter pills and capsules bought in enormous numbers by consumers.<br /><br />"I really want to say, 'Show me the data. Show me the evidence.'" Dr Joann Manson, Brigham and Women's Hospital<br /><br />But do they do you any good?<br /><br />"You can sell something without any evidence that it's safe or effective." Dr Pieter Cohen, Harvard Medical School<br /><br />Should you take vitamin D pills? What about vitamin E, multi-vitamins and fish oil?<br /><br />"There is no compelling evidence that taking fish oils protects against the first heart attack, or a second heart attack. And so people who are advised to do that, or are doing it, are wasting their time and their money." Dr Andrew Grey, University of Auckland<br /><br />In this joint investigation from the New York Times and the PBS Frontline program, the report asks leading clinicians and researchers for their assessment of these products and whether the claimed health benefits can be proven.<br /><br />"The crazy thing about the dietary supplement world is there are none of those studies, and the studies that are done say the stuff doesn't work!" Dan Hurley, Author, 'Natural Causes'<br /><br />And some of these supplements and vitamins may actually be doing you harm.<br /><br />"You actually can increase your risk of cancer, increase your risk of heart disease. I think few people know the risks they're taking." Dr Paul Offitt, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia<br /><br />The program raises troubling questions about the quality and safety of vitamins and dietary supplements
Notes Closed captioning in English
Event Broadcast 2016-05-16 at 20:33:00
Notes Classification: NC
Subject DNA -- Testing.
Dietary supplements -- Safety regulations.
Fish oils -- Analysis.
Fish oils -- Therapeutic use.
Medicine -- Research.
Vitamins -- Health aspects.
Form Streaming video
Author Ferguson, Sarah, host
Findlay, Gillian, reporter
Baker, David, contributor
Cohen, Pieter, contributor
Fabricant, Daniel, contributor
Grey, Andrew, contributor
Ismail, Adam, contributor
Kawano, Lynn, contributor
Kessler, David, contributor
Manson, Joann, contributor
Mason, Preston, contributor
Meagher, Chris, contributor
Newmaster, Steven, contributor
Novida, Cynthia, contributor
Offit, Paul, contributor
Schneiderman, Eric, contributor
Tripp, Candice, contributor
Tucker, Keahi, contributor