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Letters to the editor, January 7

Reasoning behind editorial

Dr. Edgar Miller recently published an editorial in the Annals of Internal Medicine. The doctor told his medical colleagues multivitamins and supplements are a waste of money.

He based his attacks on natural medicine on three studies that looked at the effects of multivitamins at preventing heart attacks and cancer and on cognitive function in men older than 65.

Gladys Brock, professor of nutrition and epidemiology at the University of California, pointed out that the group of men followed in the studies were all physicians with no health problems.

These are very health-conscious people. In fact, she says none of the studies accurately represents the American population.

What could be the aversion of Dr. Miller and his associates dates back to the turn of the century when the moneyed Rockefeller and Carnegie began to pour wealth into the medical schools of the United States.

Once the schools accepted the donations, they were approached with the proposition that in view of their generosity, they should have some of their people on the schools’ boards to see that the money was spent wisely.

This resulted in a shift from natural medicine to pharmaceutical medicine. Rockefeller and Carnegie, already rich, grew richer; and the American Medical Association all but banned natural healing practices

American is now spending more than $2 trillion on health care. The figure is expected to reach $3 trillion by the end of the decade.

One trillion dollars of the spending is on pharmaceuticals. Do you see the reasoning behind Miller’s editorial?

John Nance Garner,