Vitamin and mineral supplements are big business. So although the manufacturers make a lot of claims, can you really believe what they say?For that matter, how do you know whether to believe any claims about medical products? With the amount of money involved in the health industry, there’s, well, a bit of a temptation to shape the truth.
In mid-2009, an entire scientific journal, the Australasian Journal of Bone and Joint Medicine – put out by the prestigious publisher Elsevier - was found to be basically an advertising brochure for the pharmaceutical company Merck. It claimed to cover reviews of research, but all the reviews were all suspiciously favourable to Merck’s products.
(Shortly after, Elsevier revealed that another 5 Australian journals were also sponsored by pharmaceutical companies.)
So where do you turn for real, reliable medical research?