In an attempt to live longer, some enthusiasts of anti-aging medicines already inject hormones, swallow fullerenes, or gulp megavitamins
, sometimes with disregard for mainstream medical thinking.
In a somewhat similar manner, an increasing number of women are taking megavitamins
as part of their lifestyle, with the belief that "more is better.
As the future arrived in its Reaganite gloom, and the stark realities of age crept over this hard-charging, ambitious pair, they ate enough megavitamins
to turn their skins carrot orange.
Exercise (43%) was the most common CAM used followed by lifestyle changes, dietary supplements, counselling, herbal medications, megavitamins
, and prayer therapy.
Claim: Offit claims that taking megavitamins
(doses above RDA amounts) could increase the risk of cancer, heart disease, and mortality in "otherwise healthy" consumers.
Dietary modifications (special diets, glucosamine [+ or -] chondroitin, fish-oil, megavitamins
and minerals, specific bacterial cultures, herbal remedies, garlic tablets),
Negative reports also are available, including a 5-month study of adjunctive megavitamins
that did not demonstrate any benefits.
Nobody owned cell phones or carried bottled water back then, and, years later, in fractured memories of this time in her life, Amelia envisioned Beverly Hills as it is today, with everyone toting BlackBerrys or iPhones the size of decorative coasters and bottles of FIJI to wash down their megavitamins
, antidepressants, and cellulite burners.
1% had radiation therapy) were relaxation and meditation, diet therapy, megavitamins
, positive imagery and faith/spiritual healing (Begbie 1996).
While there's no credible evidence that megavitamins
will give you any extra boost, a healthy balanced diet is essential to good health.
1% in the United States had used at least one CAM within a twelve month period and that use had increased since 1990; the most used treatments were herbal medicine, massage, megavitamins
, self-help groups, folk remedies, energy healing and homeopathy.
The usual impact was the sudden onset and seemingly unending urge to discharge the megavitamins
from the body.