Vitamin Study Action Alert for Consumers, Doctors and Scientists

Last Monday the Archives of Internal Medicine, published by the American Medical Association, released a study claiming that vitamin use might lead to an earlier death. This set off a major media feeding frenzy, wave after wave of scary stories. Fox’s headline was typical: “Are Your Supplements Killing You?”

The study was “junk science” at its worst. The methodology was badly flawed, the data were manipulated to create a predetermined outcome, and the data—adjusted as it was—did not fully support the authors’ wildly overstated conclusions. Worst of all, the media have skewed and misreported  the study with devastating results.

Because we expect this study to be used to support the FDA’s new supplement guidance and Sen. Durbin’s bill that could greatly restrict supplement availability, it is critical that we do not let this study go by unanswered. Whether you are a consumer or a medical professional, please write to the major media outlets as well as Congress and let them know how dangerously misleading both the study and the media reports have been.

If you are a medical professional or a scientist, please personalize your message and identify your professional status explicitly in your letter. It may give added weight and credence to your opinion.

(Please personalize your message if you have the time!)


  • Your Senators
  • Your Representative
  • Editor, ABC News
  • Editor, Bloomberg News
  • Editor, CBS News
  • Editor, CNN
  • Editor, Fox News
  • Editor,
  • Editor, MSNBC
  • Editor, NBC News
  • Editor, PBS
  • Editor, Reuters
  • Editor, The Associated Press
  • Editor, The Chicago Tribune
  • Editor, The Daily Beast
  • Editor, The Los Angeles Times
  • Editor, The New York Times
  • Editor, The Washington Post


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"Dietary Supplements and Mortality Rate in Older Women" Study

Dear [Decision Maker],

[Your Name]
[Your Address]
[City, State ZIP]