DIY Checkup: Are Health Fads Good For You?

Monday, July 12, 2010

There's no shortage of trendy health fads like the "master cleanse," Acai remedies, vitamins and spring waters, but are any of these actually good for you? Newsweek health reporter Kate Dailey sheds light on what works and what trends you should avoid.  

Do you have questions about a health fad? Let us know and Kate will answer your questions later this week.

Guests:

Kate Dailey

Comments [6]

Tom Tobin

I, like the commentator above, would like the reference to the longitudinal study that Ms. Dailey referenced in her presentation and discussion. She was supposed to answer questions by the end of the week.
It's Friday now. Where do I access her comments and, hopefully, the research study she referred to?

Jul. 16 2010 11:07 AM
Dan Joseph from Brooklyn

More info please! Regarding the reference to a ten-year government study for the National Center for Complimentary and Alternative Medicine, where can I find specific information on this study? My internet research has not revealed the specific origins of this study other than an article on msnbc that describes the same study without qualifying. Please provide more info....

Thanks, Dan

Jul. 16 2010 10:41 AM
steve from south carolina

I find it very important when you say vitamins are good that you state that only good vitamins are good. Their was a report a few years ago from a port-a-potty company that had a huge pile of all kinds of prescriptions and vitamins that that were filtered out when cleaning the toilets. Most of the recovered pills still had a recognizable name on it.
Also the food we are offered at the grocery store is factory food. It is full of chemicals, pesticides, and preservatives. Natural, unmolested foods make up a very small portion if any of a normal grocery store.
I believe that for every natural ailment their is a natural cure. If we eat man-made chemicals and get sick from man-made chemicals then we need a man-made medicine. If we are sick from a natural element, it is best cured by what comes from nature.

Jul. 12 2010 10:20 AM
a g from n j

did you or the FDA just censor me?

Jul. 12 2010 07:57 AM
Dave from NYC

Your guest just made a serious and erroneous comment that too many vitamins aren't a bad thing ... to be precise, "water soluble" vitamins (like vitamin C) are not life threatening - though they can have significant discomfort as a result..
... on the other hand, fat soluble vitamins can be lethal. isn't is lovely when your "myth-busting" expert fouls up?

Jul. 12 2010 07:56 AM
a g from n j

so "fads" like hormone replacement and drugs with all kinds of side effects,get the inocent until we kill a truck load of people treatment. meanwhile,the corporate media,that would be you too wnyc,call out holistic modalities that work. are there fads,of course,but you presume everyting sanctioned by the pharma-people and its incestuous relationship with the FDA to be fine and dandy.

Jul. 12 2010 07:56 AM

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