Are dietary supplements working against you?

Do you belong to the one-half of the population that frequently uses dietary supplements with the hope that it might be good for you?

Well, according to a study published in an upcoming issue of Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for , there seems to be an interesting asymmetrical relationship between the frequency of dietary supplement use and the of individuals. Wen-Bin Chiou of National Sun Yat-Sen University decided to test if frequent use of had ironic consequences for subsequent health-related behaviors after observing a colleague chose an unhealthy meal over an organic meal simply because the colleague had taken a multivitamin earlier in the day.

"After reviewing the literature of the prevalence of dietary supplement use, it seemed to show that use of dietary supplements is increasing, but it does not appear to be correlated with improved public health," says Chiou who conducted the study along with Chao-Chin Yang of National Kaohsiung University of Hospitality and Tourism and Chin-Sheng Wan of Southern Taiwan University.

Two different experiments were conducted using a diverse set of behavioral measures to determine whether the use of dietary supplements would license subsequent health-related behaviors. Participants in Group A were instructed to take a and participants in the control group were assigned to take a placebo. However, all the participants actually took placebo pills. The results from the experiments and survey demonstrated that participants who believed they had taken dietary supplements felt invulnerable to health hazards, thus leading them to engage in health-risk behaviors. Specifically, participants in the perceived supplement use group expressed less desire to engage in exercise and more desire to engage in hedonic activities, preferred a buffet over an organic meal (Experiment 1), and walked less to benefit their health (Experiment 2) than the .

What does this all mean? Per the results of the study, Chiou says, "People who rely on dietary supplement use for health protection may pay a hidden price, the curse of licensed self-indulgence. After taking dietary supplements in the morning, individuals should diligently monitor whether illusory invulnerability is activated by restored health credentials and subsequently licenses health-risk behaviors." To put it simply, people who take dietary supplements may have the misconception that they are invulnerable to health problems and may make poor decisions when it comes to their health – such as choosing fast food over a healthy and organic meal.

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bsardi
not rated yet Apr 21, 2011
"Study sickness while you are well. Sickness is felt, but health not at all." Those are the words of Thomas Fuller (1732). Health is not a drug deficiency as modern medicine would lead us to believe. Many diseases have underlying nutrient deficiencies as their cause. Better than 40% of the American public are deficient in vitamin C, D, E, B12, and B1, yet doctors claim vitamin pills are worthless. Such a sad state of affairs in modern medicine today.
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not rated yet Apr 22, 2011
This article reminded me of an incident I witnessed once, long, long ago.
A woman, A BIG WOMAN, came into the donut shop and got in line to buy...I'd say she weighed 350, 400 pounds (about 150 -170 Kilos). She ordered two dozen donuts.
I said, "Hey where is the party I can bring the coffee!" she started to eat one of the donuts - as they put each one she ordered in the box(es) - she said, " These are for me."
She then turned and ordered A LARGE DIET COKE!
I could not stop giggling and I noticed everyone else, EVERYONE was struggling to not laugh with me.
She asked, " what is so funny?" I said, "Hey, it's incredible, I would have picked THE DIET PEPSI!"
She then said, " Not a bad choice." And then offered me a jelly donut from one of the boxes, which I took AS SHE DRANK THE ENTIRE LARGE CUP OF DIET COKE RIGHT THERE IN FRONT OF US ALL! WOW!
As she finished the coke, someone in line behind me said, "Now, let's go home and meet my parents." The place exploded!!
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210
not rated yet Apr 22, 2011
"Study sickness while you are well. Sickness is felt, but health not at all." Those are the words of Thomas Fuller (1732). Health is not a drug deficiency as modern medicine would lead us to believe. Many diseases have underlying nutrient deficiencies as their cause. Better than 40% of the American public are deficient in vitamin C, D, E, B12, and B1, yet doctors claim vitamin pills are worthless. Such a sad state of affairs in modern medicine today.

All doctors are not the same, eh? For some doctors, if you do not get sick, they will have nothing to do! I look forward to the day Preventive Medicine is thoroughly embraced. A day when more people are treated for sports injuries than for diabetes, cancer, obesity-based afflictions, certain genetic defects, smoking-related ailments, you know, stuff we help bring on ourselves.
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freethinking
5 / 5 (1) Apr 22, 2011
I've seen siminlar things 210. Where I worked as a kid I saw many times very fat people come by with a large popcorn, extra butter, fries, and hamburger, then ask for a diet coke. I always thought it was funny.

However... If a skinny person came by with the same order, which a few did, how come we wouldn't think twice? They both are eating the same thing?
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not rated yet Apr 22, 2011

However... If a skinny person came by with the same order, which a few did, how come we wouldn't think twice? They both are eating the same thing?

Because the skinny person is a consumer, they eat.

It appears that the fat person is BEING CONSUMED, they TRULY ARE becoming what they eat!

It is the imagery that enthrals us...the skinny person may in fact be the sick one BUT it does not LOOK as though they are...imagery.
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