Multivitamins and Vitamin C Prevent Anorexia – Prove It Isn’t True
I believe that more than 90% of the cases of anorexia and other eating disorders are caused by vitamin deficiency. If you are looking for good doses to start with, click here. I believe the simple act of ensuring that all children get plenty of sunshine without sunblock and take at least 500 mg/day of vitamin C and a multivitamin will prevent most cases of anorexia, bulimia, and other eating disorders. I challenge the health care community to provide statistics comparing the prevalence of eating disorder in teenagers getting plenty of sunshine and taking at least a multivitamin and 500 mg/day of vitamin C vs. teenagers who don’t take any vitamin supplements. In the long run, I believe that >99% of eating disorders will be prevented in children who get regular sunshine without sunblock and take at least 500 mg/day of vitamin C, at least 250 mg/week of time release niacin, and a daily multivitamin. I can't even ask for statistics because giving time-release niacin supplements to children is an almost unknown behavior. Read more here, and here.
Here’s what the health care community would have parents believe. I took this from a specific website, but I found similar words at most healthcare websites dealing with eating disorders:
“Eating disorders are typically precipitated and perpetuated by a combination of genetic, developmental, and psychological factors, requiring a multidisciplinary team approach (physician, psychiatrist, psychologist, dietitian) to treatment. Anorexia Nervosa is particularly difficult to treat, often necessitating repeated episodes of hospitalization to prevent extreme weight loss. Bulimia Nervosa is usually not life-threatening and may respond well to cognitive-behavioral therapy, medication or a combination of the two Binge Eating Disorder often responds well to behavior modification-based weight-loss strategies alone. Family members can render assistance by providing regular, well-balanced meals and emotional support.”
Where in that paragraph does it say that eating disorders are a known symptom of pellagra and beriberi. How does the healthcare community justify not linking the fact that eating disorders are caused by vitamin deficiency in the minds of parents? This behavior must stop. It undermines the credibility of the mainstream medical community.
For some teenage girls, problems absorbing thiamine may contribute to causing anorexia. The form of thiamine in multivitamins requires special proteins to be absorbed into the bloodstream and other special proteins to be absorbed into certain cells. Easily absorbed forms of thiamine exist. Incredibly, these forms have not yet been added to common multivitamins. So, the 99% prevention rate that I believe is possible will likely require this recommended change in multivitamin formulation in addition to adoption of niacin as a regular supplement. Read more about thiamine and anorexia here
I’ll end this column with the same words I used to end my last column on eating disorders. Anorexia is difficult and expensive to cure. Roughly 5% of the teenage girls in America struggle with eating disorders. Every parent should be afraid that their daughters might fall victim. Vitamin deficiency causes anorexia. Even for healthy children, the benefits of vitamin supplements at or below the government’s safe upper limits far outweigh the risk of any harm. What do parents and physicians of children with eating disorders say when asked why they didn’t insist that the children in their care take vitamin supplements as a preventative measure? For some unlucky children, a one RDA vitamin won’t be enough to prevent eating disorders. What do the parents and physicians of these children say when asked why they didn’t insist that these children take vitamin supplements at the safe upper limit? If, God forbid, my children develop eating disorders, I’ll know it had nothing to do with vitamin deficiency.
It has now been 8 months since I first wrote this column. A substantial amount of evidence has emerged supporting this hypothesis, and I have written several more columns on this topic. Read the most recent one here.