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The article references a new study which showed no benefit in supplements, with the exception of calcium and vit D. What do you think? Are vitamins helpful? Necessary? A waste of money? Do you take vitamins yourself?

http://news.nationalpost.com/2011/10/11/no-evidence-for-benefits-of-most-vitamin-supplements-study/

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We don't take vitamins or any supplements here. I did take folic acid prior to TTC. I posted this study to my FB this morning. For us, we are confident that we can get all of the nutrients that our bodies require through whole foods.

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I'm not sure that I quite believe this. Not dying and not getting a major chronic disease isn't the same thing as being healthy from day to day. And a lot of Americans don't eat healthy foods or lots of fresh fruits & vegetables. I've always taken a basic non-iron vitamin & I am rarely ever sick; DH does not take vitamins & he catches almost everything & it wipes him out. We eat pretty much the same stuff, and that includes a good amount of whole foods and fresh fruits but I do tend to frozen vegetables for convenience. IME vitamins do seem to help keep me healthy or I'd probably be as sick as often as DH. Do I believe vitamins will help me live longer? No, but I think not being sick so often along the way will make the years I have more pleasant. Blum 3

I started giving vitamins to Tiven when I had stopped pumping but she was still not eating much in the way of solids. I knew she wasn't eating a well-balanced diet, despite my best efforts, and I wasn't sure her bedtime nursing was enough nutrition. Vitamins seemed like a logical thing to add, no harm no foul. They aren't getting anywhere near a dangerous dose of anything.

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Most of them are a waste we supplement if we feel off, and I have had the supplements I do take tested on me, and my body processes them well. Most tablet vits don't even get digested, so it depends on the type and your body.

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We don't do vitamin or supplements. If we, in some of the worlds wealthiest countries, can't eat a diet that meets our nutritional needs, then we are doing something very wrong. I do take folic acid pre-pregnancy and in the first trimester.

Generally, I think vit/supps are a waste of money.

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"Spacers" wrote:

I'm not sure that I quite believe this. Not dying and not getting a major chronic disease isn't the same thing as being healthy from day to day. And a lot of Americans don't eat healthy foods or lots of fresh fruits & vegetables. I've always taken a basic non-iron vitamin & I am rarely ever sick; DH does not take vitamins & he catches almost everything & it wipes him out. We eat pretty much the same stuff, and that includes a good amount of whole foods and fresh fruits but I do tend to frozen vegetables for convenience. IME vitamins do seem to help keep me healthy or I'd probably be as sick as often as DH. Do I believe vitamins will help me live longer? No, but I think not being sick so often along the way will make the years I have more pleasant. Blum 3

I started giving vitamins to Tiven when I had stopped pumping but she was still not eating much in the way of solids. I knew she wasn't eating a well-balanced diet, despite my best efforts, and I wasn't sure her bedtime nursing was enough nutrition. Vitamins seemed like a logical thing to add, no harm no foul. They aren't getting anywhere near a dangerous dose of anything.

Very true, but I will venture an (educated) guess, that those people are also not taking vitamins.

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We take vitamins - they might not be 100% neccessary, but they don't hurt us and we are rarely sick so I contribute that partly to the vitamins. We don't always eat a balanced meal, we try but some days it just doesn't happen.

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"kris_w" wrote:

We don't do vitamin or supplements. If we, in some of the worlds wealthiest countries, can't eat a diet that meets our nutritional needs, then we are doing something very wrong. I do take folic acid pre-pregnancy and in the first trimester.

Generally, I think vit/supps are a waste of money.

Me too, and this is where I would disagree with Stacey's "no harm no foul" idea. I also think that they lull some people into feeling "safe" eating a poorer diet, because they think that the vitamins are helping them. I feel that both of those situations could be called a foul for the average consumer who is then poorer and in potentially worse health.

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DH takes specific vitamin and Omega-3 supplements as instructed by his doctor. Otherwise, everyone but the three youngest do not take daily vitamins. When I was TTC & pg, I did take prenatal vitamins plus iron and extra folic acid on top of what was already in the prenatals as instructed by my doctor. My youngest three do take them and they still get sick more often than anyone else. Am I surprised? No, they're young kids who put anything in their mouth.

But I do find the article very misleading. If one decides to take a daily vitamin that their body may not need that day, (provided they're only taking the recommended dosage) the worst case scenario is that it's just flushed out of their system. And if a doctor recommends for general health to take one, I see no issue if one would rather error on the side of taking one and it having no effect on them than to not take one and have medical issues later.

As for folic acid, the March of Dimes has strenuously advertised the importance of taking folic acid while TTC and pg to reduce the risk of spina bifida. When knowing two personal cases where within the past 3 years, they discovered their unborn and newly born child had spina bifida and they never took folic acid as a supplement, I am a complete believer in the aide of supplements.

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"RebeccaA'07" wrote:

We take vitamins - they might not be 100% neccessary, but they don't hurt us and we are rarely sick so I contribute that partly to the vitamins. We don't always eat a balanced meal, we try but some days it just doesn't happen.

Same here. We try to eat well and feed the kids well but it doesn't always work out, and the excess doesn't hurt anybody. I don't think, "Oh, I can skip the salad, I took a vitamin." But my doctor suggested a multivitamin and Vitamin D for me, so I take it when I remember. The kids take either a multivitamin (not a sugary one) or Vitamin C....they like it, it doesn't hurt anybody.

If I had to save us a few dollars, that's something I could cut, but they're not expensive enough to make it an issue.

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"freddieflounder101" wrote:

Same here. We try to eat well and feed the kids well but it doesn't always work out, and the excess doesn't hurt anybody. I don't think, "Oh, I can skip the salad, I took a vitamin." But my doctor suggested a multivitamin and Vitamin D for me, so I take it when I remember. The kids take either a multivitamin (not a sugary one) or Vitamin C....they like it, it doesn't hurt anybody.

If I had to save us a few dollars, that's something I could cut, but they're not expensive enough to make it an issue.

I agree with this.

And for me, my doctor actually has told me that I *do* need to supplement with vitamin B and folic acid because I have a gene that makes it hard for my body to process these nutrients, so getting extra is helpful. Without it, I am at a higher risk for heart disease. I realize not everybody has this problem, but I guess my thought is that you never know whether or not you have something like this (I had no idea until I had genetic testing done!) and it seems like such an easy fix. I agree that I would never say "Oh, I don't need veggies! I took my vitamin!"

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"Beertje" wrote:

DH takes specific vitamin and Omega-3 supplements as instructed by his doctor. Otherwise, everyone but the three youngest do not take daily vitamins. When I was TTC & pg, I did take prenatal vitamins plus iron and extra folic acid on top of what was already in the prenatals as instructed by my doctor. My youngest three do take them and they still get sick more often than anyone else. Am I surprised? No, they're young kids who put anything in their mouth.

But I do find the article very misleading. If one decides to take a daily vitamin that their body may not need that day, (provided they're only taking the recommended dosage) the worst case scenario is that it's just flushed out of their system. And if a doctor recommends for general health to take one, I see no issue if one would rather error on the side of taking one and it having no effect on them than to not take one and have medical issues later.

As for folic acid, the March of Dimes has strenuously advertised the importance of taking folic acid while TTC and pg to reduce the risk of spina bifida. When knowing two personal cases where within the past 3 years, they discovered their unborn and newly born child had spina bifida and they never took folic acid as a supplement, I am a complete believer in the aide of supplements.

To the bolded. Which is why I took folic acid. The evidence linking folate deficiency and neural tube defects is very compelling.

To the part underlined. That is not true with all vitamins. Water soluble ones like vit C, sure they flush out. But, fat soluble ones like vit A and E (which were specifically mentioned in the article as potentially being particularly dangerous), do not flush out. They are held on to in the fat cells.

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I'll just ditto Kris. Taking folic acid while TTC has proven benefits, which I feel that multivitamins, gummi vitamins (gross and terrible message for kids ~ get your candy vitamins!), daily supplements etc do not. Hence my decision to take one and not the other.

Kris, we will be the only vitaminless old ladies kickin it at the nursing home not knowing how to play Wii. Smile

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"Potter75" wrote:

Kris, we will be the only vitaminless old ladies kickin it at the nursing home not knowing how to play Wii. Smile

When it is pill time, we can ditch and go for an old fashioned walk Smile

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"kris_w" wrote:

When it is pill time, we can ditch and go for an old fashioned walk Smile

I'll be popping multivitamins and skateboarding on the Wii, but I'll wave at you while you go by.

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"freddieflounder101" wrote:

I'll be popping multivitamins and skateboarding on the Wii, but I'll wave at you while you go by.

It's a plan!

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"kris_w" wrote:

To the bolded. Which is why I took folic acid. The evidence linking folate deficiency and neural tube defects is very compelling.

To the part underlined. That is not true with all vitamins. Water soluble ones like vit C, sure they flush out. But, fat soluble ones like vit A and E (which were specifically mentioned in the article as potentially being particularly dangerous), do not flush out. They are held on to in the fat cells.

So if a vitamin (I'm seeing E is in some children's supplements at 150%) is stored in the fat cell, what are the effects? If a fat cell that contains the extra vitamin is burned off, does it have any effect? If a fat cell is not burned off, what are the effects short term and long term? If they're dangerous, why are the companies putting in more than the RDA or why is the RDA higher than 100%?

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"Beertje" wrote:

So if a vitamin (I'm seeing E is in some children's supplements at 150%) is stored in the fat cell, what are the effects? If a fat cell that contains the extra vitamin is burned off, does it have any effect? If a fat cell is not burned off, what are the effects short term and long term? If they're dangerous, why are the companies putting in more than the RDA or why is the RDA higher than 100%?

I can't recall the exact details of how they are metabolized (short of digging out my patho texts). But, basically, extra vit A, D, E, and K are stored in the fat cells of your liver. They then are excreted as needed. But, they are stored for months (and years, I believe for vit a), so prolonged intake above the requirements or one time very excessive consumption (I believe bear liver is poisonous because it contain so much vit a) can eventually result in overdose.

I'm sure the risk is small, and they are maybe assuming that you'll miss a days dose.

It is also important to remember that you gain vitamins through eating as well, so theoretically you could be far over the RDA.

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We only take what we need based on what is lacking in our diet. My Dh wont touch fish so he gets some fish oil, my oldest DD takes calcium because the amount needed for her age is so high and I take D3. I dont feel they are necessary as long as we pay attention to our diets.

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"Potter75" wrote:

I'll just ditto Kris. Taking folic acid while TTC has proven benefits, which I feel that multivitamins, gummi vitamins (gross and terrible message for kids ~ get your candy vitamins!), daily supplements etc do not. Hence my decision to take one and not the other.

Kris, we will be the only vitaminless old ladies kickin it at the nursing home not knowing how to play Wii. Smile

Why is it a terrible message for kids to have the gummy vitamins? That is the only vitamin that my two year old can take. She can't quite chew the hard ones, or swallow them whole. She knows that she gets one vitamin a day, and knows that they ARE vitamins and not candy.

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"RebeccaA'07" wrote:

Why is it a terrible message for kids to have the gummy vitamins? That is the only vitamin that my two year old can take. She can't quite chew the hard ones, or swallow them whole. She knows that she gets one vitamin a day, and knows that they ARE vitamins and not candy.

Same here.

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I haven't read the article, yet, and do see a little concern if it's true that they aren't metabolized and could cause physical harm. Like some of the others, I've always felt that my standard multivitamin is sort of a safety net, not that it gives me an out for eating good food.

I do know, though, that this is the first year that I've made it into the school year this far without getting sick (and that's with one kid getting strep and one with Coxsackie virus!). That's unheard of in Becky-land. This is the first year I'm taking those vitamin packs with multiple (5) vitamins in it that are supposed to be geared for women or for men or for seniors. It has some sort of B vitamin, a C, an E, a multi, don't remember what all. I can't help but think that the vitamins might be helping me. I've usually gotten some sort of virus, definitely would have lost my voice, etc., by 2-3 weeks into the school year.

*knocking wildly on whatever wood I can find*

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"RebeccaA'07" wrote:

Why is it a terrible message for kids to have the gummy vitamins? That is the only vitamin that my two year old can take. She can't quite chew the hard ones, or swallow them whole. She knows that she gets one vitamin a day, and knows that they ARE vitamins and not candy.

I probably didn't word that well. I should not have said terrible message ~ but I do think that it is a confusing message. I think that most adults don't understand how vitamins work (or, most Dr's for that reason, I know I don't totally understand it at all) so I find it hard to believe that a two year old child can understand the difference between candy and vitamins. I (personally!) would not feel comfortable giving my 1. 2 3 or whatever year old gummy "food" every day. Just me. Don't care if others do. I think that it is a confusing message, like "this candy is healthy! That candy that looks the exact same is not!" etc.

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"RebeccaA'07" wrote:

Why is it a terrible message for kids to have the gummy vitamins? That is the only vitamin that my two year old can take. She can't quite chew the hard ones, or swallow them whole. She knows that she gets one vitamin a day, and knows that they ARE vitamins and not candy.

I agree that it's not a bad message if you're clear that these are vitamins, not candy. We avoid them because gummy vitamins, like gummy candies, are made with gelatin which we, as vegetarians, don't eat. If you have a Trader Joe's nearby, try their children's chewables. They are great-tasting, no artificial flavors or colors, and they aren't *too* hard; I can break them in half easily with one hand. Weston has been able to chew them since he was about a year old.

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We are really clear about it. I dole out the vitamins once a day, they're in the medicine cupboard, they know the rules. Totally different from candy, which is rare in our house anyway but isn't put in a cupboard with other medicines. And other candy doesn't come in a bottle with a childproof lid.

And they begged me to buy them and beg for them every day! IT's just Vitamin C.

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My kids get vitamin D supplements because northern Canadian climates don't get much sunlight and that would be a $hitload of milk for them to drink every day to get their DRI of vit D. I tool prescription prenatals because of my 'advanced maternal age':rolleyes:.

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"kris_w" wrote:

I can't recall the exact details of how they are metabolized (short of digging out my patho texts). But, basically, extra vit A, D, E, and K are stored in the fat cells of your liver. They then are excreted as needed. But, they are stored for months (and years, I believe for vit a), so prolonged intake above the requirements or one time very excessive consumption (I believe bear liver is poisonous because it contain so much vit a) can eventually result in overdose.

I'm sure the risk is small, and they are maybe assuming that you'll miss a days dose.

It is also important to remember that you gain vitamins through eating as well, so theoretically you could be far over the RDA.

So if I'm understanding you correctly, those that are consuming the children's multivitamins where the vitamin E is at 150%, eventually they'll possibly either cause some organ damage or OD at some in their life? I would think that FDA should mandate that they not allow such a high dosage if it potentially could be that dangerous. I would assume that the average person would consume some of these vitamins. So the multivitamin dosage should always be under 100% of the RDA for all vitamins that have potential to cause long-term harm to ensure damage would not occur for the typical consumer, shouldn't it?

So how will prenatals be effected when the average doctor automatically recommends them for the duration of TTC and pregnancy, especially when the average consumer takes them as a safety net? Aside from folic acid, is it then pointless to take them unless otherwise instructed by their doctor for specific vitamins, etc? Do you think that OB's will be changing their recommendation to take prenatals?

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We eat balanced meals but still have gummy vitamins, 2 a day. It has cut down on us getting sick tremendously... whether it really works or if it's all in our head/placebo effect.

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"Beertje" wrote:

So if I'm understanding you correctly, those that are consuming the children's multivitamins where the vitamin E is at 150%, eventually they'll possibly either cause some organ damage or OD at some in their life? I would think that FDA should mandate that they not allow such a high dosage if it potentially could be that dangerous. I would assume that the average person would consume some of these vitamins. So the multivitamin dosage should always be under 100% of the RDA for all vitamins that have potential to cause long-term harm to ensure damage would not occur for the typical consumer, shouldn't it?

So how will prenatals be effected when the average doctor automatically recommends them for the duration of TTC and pregnancy, especially when the average consumer takes them as a safety net? Aside from folic acid, is it then pointless to take them unless otherwise instructed by their doctor for specific vitamins, etc? Do you think that OB's will be changing their recommendation to take prenatals?

Just because you are getting more than the RDI, doesn't mean you're taking in a toxic level.
There is a thresh hold between the two, RDIs are actually quite highly debated and the officially recommendations are likely on the low (and safer) side.

My stance on vitamins (and that of the article) is not the danger of taking them, but more on the dubious value of taking them.

The article wasn't looking at rates of overdose or poison (although I'm sure those could be dug up - not by me, I'm heading in for a night shift Smile ). It was looking at life span and health in woman who took vits vs those who didn't, and the differences were negligible.

ETA. Yes, unless you have a diagnosed deficit in whatever vit/mineral/electrolyte, then I don't really see the point in taking vits. I'm not saying they are going to kill you. I am saying, and this study says, you might be wasting your money and what essentially is a placebo.

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It's funny this debate was posted when it was because just yesterday there were several news articles on the subject. One on the potential increase in prostate cancer from high levels of vitamin E:
http://www.cbc.ca/news/health/story/2011/10/11/vitamin-e-prostate-cancer.html
and the other about how older women should not take vitamin supplements:
http://www.cbc.ca/news/health/story/2011/10/11/vitamins-supplements-death-rates.html

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"If you have normal levels, the vitamin is probably of no benefit, and if you take too much, you can be harmed," Klein said.

Men randomly assigned to take a 400-unit capsule of vitamin E every day for about five years were 17 per cent more likely to get prostate cancer than those given dummy pills. That dose, commonly found in over-the-counter supplements, is almost 20 times higher than the recommended adult amount, which is about 23 units daily.

I'm curious about what the "can't hurt" crew thinks of statements like this.

or this:

Supplement users were more likely to have a poorer quality diet overall, with a lower intake of energy, total fat, and saturated fatty acids, the researchers found.

"Based on existing evidence, we see little justification for the general and widespread use of dietary supplements. We recommend that they be used with strong medically based cause, such as symptomatic nutrient deficiency disease."

Or this:

"We think the paradigm 'more is better is wrong,'" Bjelakovic and Gluud said.

"We cannot recommend the use of vitamin and mineral supplements as a preventive measure, at least not in a well-nourished population. Those supplements do not replace or add to the benefits of eating fruits and vegetables and may cause unwanted health consequences. Consumption of a varied, healthful diet seems to be a prudent preventive strategy."

The findings add to the growing evidence showing that certain supplements, such as vitamin E, vitamin A, and beta carotene, can be harmful, the pair said.

I mean, I know that all of us here on the GDB were in the gifted program ;0, but most of us aren't Dr's. Do studies like this at least make you think twice about the notion of "can't hurt!" or do you disregard them?

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"Potter75" wrote:

I'm curious about what the "can't hurt" crew thinks of statements like this.

or this:

Or this:

I mean, I know that all of us here on the GDB were in the gifted program ;0, but most of us aren't Dr's. Do studies like this at least make you think twice about the notion of "can't hurt!" or do you disregard them?

It makes me think that there is currently disagreement within the medical field, which certainly isn't unheard of. Again, my doctor recommended that I take supplements (although I actually do have a documented medical cause), and T's pediatrician specifically recommends a daily multivitamin as well.

I guess I do kind of disregard them - maybe because vitamins seem like such a small innocuous, and common thing. It's like if suddenly there were a slew of studies saying that milk is bad for you - it would probably take a little while to convince me that milk is really all that bad given how many people drink it without noticable health problems. KWIM?

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I agree with Alissa, there is a current disagreement and until it is a solid recommendation that vitamins are pointless or could harm you - then we'll keep taking them as our doctors and pediatricians here recommend.

I think it's different if you can stay home with your children and control what they are consuming. You can alter their diets to include everything neccessary for their health. Mine goes to daycare and while she generally provides home-cooked healthy meals (one reason I chose her), I can't always gurantee that my DD's diet is fully met on health standards. And we certainly don't always eat healthy at home, we go out to eat - we eat takeout - we have pizza, etc. For the most part we do, I like to cook healthy meals but we're also on the go a lot. So I feel the vitamin helps supplement what we might be missing.

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Eh. We don't take vitamins really....I take folic acid when pg or when TTC-- but I stop taking it after the first trimester (and I'm not perfect at taking it, ever.)

My dh takes some folic acid all of the time as rec'd by his doctor bc of his Crohn's disease.

But I don't give vitamins to the kids on any regular basis. Once in a while my parents will buy "gummy vitamins" for our kids and we'll take them sporadically until they are gone-- but it is random at best and I never buy them. I think they are a waste o money.....and I'm cheap.

I will take alfalfa late in pregnancy to prepare for birth-- but that's about it....it just seems weird and unnatural to me to pop all of these pills. My IL's each take a handful/day and they are about the unhealthiest people I know. I think a balanced diet is a better approach.

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"RebeccaA'07" wrote:

I think it's different if you can stay home with your children and control what they are consuming. You can alter their diets to include everything neccessary for their health. Mine goes to daycare and while she generally provides home-cooked healthy meals (one reason I chose her), I can't always gurantee that my DD's diet is fully met on health standards. And we certainly don't always eat healthy at home, we go out to eat - we eat takeout - we have pizza, etc. For the most part we do, I like to cook healthy meals but we're also on the go a lot. So I feel the vitamin helps supplement what we might be missing.

This is generally where we are too. Since 4 of our 5 are in school and they are also going to their other parent's houses (where "nutrition" consists of twinkies and coke while watching cartoons and then snacking on doughnuts) I feel that none of them are getting a whole consistent diet on a daily basis. Each of them gets a vit on the days they are home with us.

Our littlest on the other hand has not started on vits, yet. I have a bit more control over what he eats and at this point I feel that he's getting enough of most if not all of what he needs. Our ped sort of "automatically" recommended vits, I declined but stated that if his diet changes I'll consider adding them.

I'm anemic (iron deficiency) so I have to take an iron supplement. My DH doesn't take anything.

- Ok, FWIW I think I was being a little harsh to my ex. He's not THAT bad but he certianly doesn't give them well rounded meals. My DH's ex on the other hand is a walking health disaster and she's perfectly happy to pass that along to my DSS's. Stupid cow.

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Honestly, I think people with poor diets who take vitamins, had poor diets to begin with. I really don't think that the vitamins are what cause people to be more apt to eat bad food. So if that si the case, then I think they should take a vitamin because anything is better then nothing.

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"culturedmom" wrote:

Honestly, I think people with poor diets who take vitamins, had poor diets to begin with. I really don't think that the vitamins are what cause people to be more apt to eat bad food. So if that si the case, then I think they should take a vitamin because anything is better then nothing.

I would tend to agree with this.

There are other studies that show children who do not get balanced meals each day are healthier with the multi vits. And many of these children are in situations where I don't think their diet would change one way or the other based upon the fact that they are or are not getting a vitamin. I'll try to find the article I read if I can.

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"culturedmom" wrote:

Honestly, I think people with poor diets who take vitamins, had poor diets to begin with. I really don't think that the vitamins are what cause people to be more apt to eat bad food. So if that si the case, then I think they should take a vitamin because anything is better then nothing.

Agreed. We don't take vitamins because we have a poor diet, we take them to supplement those times that we aren't getting a full-healthy meal during the day.

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"RebeccaA'07" wrote:

I agree with Alissa, there is a current disagreement and until it is a solid recommendation that vitamins are pointless or could harm you - then we'll keep taking them as our doctors and pediatricians here recommend.

I think it's different if you can stay home with your children and control what they are consuming. You can alter their diets to include everything neccessary for their health. Mine goes to daycare and while she generally provides home-cooked healthy meals (one reason I chose her), I can't always gurantee that my DD's diet is fully met on health standards. And we certainly don't always eat healthy at home, we go out to eat - we eat takeout - we have pizza, etc. For the most part we do, I like to cook healthy meals but we're also on the go a lot. So I feel the vitamin helps supplement what we might be missing.

That's a good point too. I agree, I don't always know what my son has eaten and in what amounts. He goes to day care 3 days a week, and his Oma feeds him breakfast and snacks the other 2. I trust my daycare lady and my MIL to feed him well, but I'm also not there see what he has actually eaten. I also make an effort to cook healthy dinners, but life gets in the way and it doesn't always happen. It's not that I say "Hey, he had his vitamin, so I don't need to even try" but more like I'm glad that there is an extra safety net for the days when maybe everything doesn't go as perfectly as I would have wanted it to.

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I'm glad this debate came up, because it's something I've wondered about for some time now.

My gut instinct has been that multi's are a waste of money, but I've never really known for sure who to believe.

I was taking them faithfully for awhile, BUT... for several months now, I haven't. I'm eating a much healthier diet now, so I guess I just haven't wanted to spend the money. I'd rather use the money toward buying healthier food.

I've heard an argument that the soil in this country now lacks nutrients which in turn makes even our best food less than optimal, but I'm not sure how accurate that is without doing further research.

In the case of kids, I have never given my DD a multivitamin (despite my MIL pressuring me to ;)) and she has always been pretty healthy overall. However, my DD also never stays with someone where I would worry about what they were feeding her, at least not for any great length of time. If she was, I'm not sure if I would give her a supplement then or not. I might tell them she's on a special diet instead and send in all her food Blum 3

-Mary