Gathered from Pocket’s Best of 2013, Paul Offit explores why we think vitamins are so essential to health.
Although study after study showed that he was wrong, Pauling refused to believe it, continuing to promote vitamin C in speeches, popular articles, and books. When he occasionally appeared before the media with obvious cold symptoms, he said he was suffering from allergies.
Then Linus Pauling upped the ante. He claimed that vitamin C not only prevented colds; it cured cancer.
…The results were clear: those taking vitamins and supplements weremore likely to die from lung cancer or heart disease than those who didn’t take them — the opposite of what researchers had anticipated.