The Truth About Health Supplements

Bottles with diet supplements containing the dietary supplement

Paul Offit, chief of the division of infectious diseases at the Childrens Hospital of Philadelphia and author of the book, Do You Believe in Magic? The Sense and Nonsense of Alternative Medicine, touched on more of the gray matter surrounding the multibillion dollar dietary supplements industry its politics. He said it uses lawsuits, lobbyists and legislation to protect their market. What does he mean by that? This could be a part of it: According to the Center for Responsive Politics , since 1990, federal candidates and political parties have received more than $11 million in contributions from the manufacturers of nutritional and dietary supplements and those directly linked to the industry.
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Health economics: Nutritional supplement intervention may have significant benefits in hospital

“Because oral nutritional supplements are formulated to provide advanced nutrition and calories for patients and are relatively inexpensive to provide, the sizeable savings they generate make supplementation a cost-effective therapy,” said Philipson. The research findings were presented at the European Society for Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism (ESPEN) annual congress in Leipzig, Germany – in addition to being published in the American Journal of Managed Care . Patient nutrition “Patients identified as having nutritional deficiencies often face a longer and more difficult recovery process, resulting in higher health care costs and an increase in complication rates,” explained Professor Marinos Elia, MD from the University of Southampton, UK. “Research demonstrates that oral nutritional supplementation can lead to highly positive economic benefits and improved patient outcomes.” Indeed, Robert H. Miller, Ph.D., divisional vice president, Global R&D and Scientific Affairs for Abbott Nutrition commented: “In addition to the numerous retrospective studies focused on health economics and outcomes research in our pipeline, nearly all of our clinical research studies now include an economic analysis to help demonstrate a nutritional therapy’s total value proposition.” Study details Philipson and his colleagues used retrospective data analysis to examine the effect of oral nutritional supplements on hospital economic outcomes by comparing hospital stays where nutritional supplements were provided with similar hospital stays that did not provide supplements. The matched sample included 1,160,088 total episodes (oral nutritional supplements episodes N= 580,044 and non-oral nutritional supplements episodes N=580,044), where Length of hospital stay and cost of treatment (including supplies, labour, depreciation of equipment, etc.) were measured in addition to the probability of 30-day hospital readmission.
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Truth Squad: Supplements for Eye Health

In general, many eye health experts may recommend supplements only for those who already experience specific types of vision loss, said Dr. Penny Asbell, director of the Cornea Service and Refractive Surgery Center at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York. For example, according to Asbell, supplements may have more benefit to those who suffer from dry age-related macular degeneration, a less severe form of AMD, because of the slower progression of vision loss, rather than the more severe wet AMD. Supplements Will Not Cure All Eye Ills, Doctors Say In fact, Chew said, ophthalmologists should only recommend supplements if an eye exam shows yellow spots in the eye, called drusen, which is a common sign of AMD. “Only if you have those yellow spots do supplements work for you,” said Chew. “You really have to be at that intermediate stage.” The common nutrient in most eye health supplements are antioxidants, because oxidative stress, the damaging effects of reactive oxygen and toxins, is implicated in AMD, as it is in most age-related diseases, and in the aging process itself. Researchers suggest that perhaps antioxidants may help slow the progression of vision loss.
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