Butler, Kiera “Do Multivitamins Really Work?” Mother Jones. Web. 1 Dec. 2015.
Background: This article discusses the general question of whether or not multivitamins do the job that they are meant to do. It’s a unique article because the arthur uses some personal experience of when she started taking vitamins and how they effected her. Along with scientific research that back up her claims. The article also provides a chart of what vitamins to take and when they can be helpful. As well as annual statistics of sales of multivitamins
How I Used It: This article helped me receive a claim from a real personal experience, meanwhile providing extra scientific information. The chart helped me produce a rebuttal on each specific vitamin and why one doesn’t really need to take it. Also certain profit statistics help me prove that pharmacies are practically stealing money from Americans off of multivitamin sales.
Goodman, Brenda. “Experts: Don’t Waste Your Money on Multivitamins – WebMD.” WebMD. Web. 1 Dec. 2015.
Background: This article uses three recent studies to inform us that multivitamins do not boost our health. It focuses on the fact that people believe taking vitamins is a convenient and reliable way to fill gaps in ones diet and that is very untrue. It also provides information on studies that show vitamins may even increase the risk of certain disease and cancers.
How I Used It: This article is helpful because it provides many useful facts from their trusted studies. Including how vitamins will not fill the holes in a poor diet which is one of my main points in the essay, to get people to receive the proper nutrients from their healthier and planned out meals. Also the statistics about risk of increased disease and cancer are clearly in my favor as to why multivitamins are not the right choice.
“Multivitamin/mineral Supplements.” — Health Professional Fact Sheet. N.p., n.d. Web. 01 Dec. 2015.
Background: This website provides countless information on all types of multivitamins. It provides detailed information, not only what effects you should receive from different vitamins, but even the effects of how much you have taken. It also provides information on how vitamins lack to improve your health.
How I Used It: This article helped me provide vital information on how multivitamins are commonly useless. Obviously not all vitamins will have negative side effects, but this article helps me prove that there are no positive effects and that they are essentially a waste of money.
Seltzer, Charlie. “Should You Take A Multivitamin? Benefits & Side Effects – BuiltLean.” BuiltLean. N.p., 30 Apr. 2013. Web. 01 Dec. 2015.
Background: This article was created to help people decide whether or not to begin taking multivitamins so it has some helpful information within it. A large claim made in this article is that multivitamins really have no definition. So what exactly are we taking when we consume a vitamin? The article also looks into longterm effects of taking multivitamins.
How I Used It: The beginning claim of this article was a very useful point for me to bring up in my essay. Each multivitamin product’s composition and quality could vary drastically. This article also continued to give me statistics of the overarching fact that multivitamins in the long run are completely useless.
Nierenberg, Cari. “Taking Too Many Vitamins? Side Effects of Vitamin Overdosing.” WebMD. WebMD. Web. 1 Dec. 2015.
Background: This article talks about many different side effects of multivitamins. Mainly when people take too many vitamins. It also goes into detail of three specific multivitamins to watch out for because they have common negative side effects.
How I Used It: This article is useful because it goes into specific detail of many different negative side effects of vitamins. Also shining light on the fact that people can overdose on vitamins just as if it were a drug. Certain people may believe that the more they take, the more it helps but that is not the case. This website also gives me specific information on three main vitamins to stay away from. Helping me give specifics on the negative effects of certain vitamins helps get my point across.
Stickel, Stefanie. “Why Multivitamins Might Do More Harm Than Good.” Greatist. Web. 1 Dec. 2015.
Background: This article informs how many multivitamin studies show more harm than good. The article explains how many Americans are purchasing and taking multivitamins daily. And wrongly so, the arthur wonders whether vitamins could possibly help your average healthy individual. The fact is many healthy people who take multivitamins may be over their daily limit of certain nutrients and that could likely cause them negative side effects.
How I Used It: I used this article to add on some facts about vitamins and negative side effects. I mainly used the point made that a healthy individual will most likely not need to consume multivitamins daily. Their diet alone should help cover all the nutrients they need. This article was also helpful because it went into detail about a couple different vitamins allowing me to be more specific.
Scott, Cameron. “Americans Spend Billions on Vitamins and Herbs That Don’t Work.” Healthlines RSS News. Web. 1 Dec. 2015.
Background: This article went in depth on the money spent on multivitamins. Not only how much a family could waste in any given year but how much profit pharmacies and other stores make. The article also explains how multivitamins do not make up for a poor diet.
How I Used It: This article is useful because one of my claims is that eating a healthy diet is healthier and more cost efficient. This article helps me prove just how much we waste on multivitamins. The amount of profit received by pharmacies and other stores is unbelievable. It’s so high that it gives them a reason to promote vitamins whether they are actually helpful or not and that’s a good case to make against them.
“Are You Taking Too Much Calcium, A or D?” Health Essentials from Cleveland Clinic. 27 May 2014. Web. 1 Dec. 2015.
Background: This article successfully goes into detail about calcium, vitamin A, and vitamin D. Showing positives, negatives, and how too much can hurt or what to do. This article once again agrees that receiving nutrients from your diet is the most successful way to go about it.
How I Used It: Being able to go into detail about a specific vitamin helped drastically. Knowing all the uses, positives, and negatives of vitamin A for example, helped me accurately depict a way to go about getting certain claims across. And of course another health website claiming that receiving nutrients from your diet is the way to go is more evidence that vitamins are useless.
Aubrey, Allison. “Multivitamins: The Case For Taking One A Day.” NPR. NPR. Web. 1 Dec. 2015.
Background: This article has a claim as to why many people take vitamins daily. Although the scientists agree that vitamins are a waste of money, people are still doing it because of poor diets. America overall has a tendency to eat unhealthy and because of this people will continue to take multivitamins, assuming they are making up for what’s missing.
How I Used It: I can use this article to connect with readers on a personal level. Most people know they don’t eat healthy enough to receive all the nutrients they need. What they don’t know is that with a poor diet multivitamins do absolutely nothing. I can prove to many readers that not only are they wasting money but the only truly healthy way to receive all the required nutrients is through a healthy diet.
Greger, Michael. “Are Multivitamins Just a Waste of Money? | NutritionFacts.org.” NutritionFactsorg. Web. 1 Dec. 2015.
Background: This article ponders on the idea that multivitamins are just a waste of money. Their main claim is that overall most multivitamins do no harm nor good. Our bodies were not meant to just accept nutrients in a pill and that could be why many do not work. The article states that the best way for your body to receive nutrients is through the way it was meant to be, through food.
How I Used It: This article can be helpful in a couple repetitive ways. The main thing I took from this article is how our body’s were not meant to accept nutrients in pill form. Sometimes our stomach can’t react the way we want it to and there are also other factors including whether or not you have eaten. This is another reason I can use to prove multivitamins uselessness.
Bagot, Martin. “Too Many Vitamins Can Give You CANCER, Major New Study Warns.” Mirror. 20 Apr. 2015. Web. 1 Dec. 2015.
Background: This website is a large contributor to the “vitamins do more harm than good claim.” The title “Vitamins Can Give You Cancer” seems quite extreme and that is not always proven to be true. Although taking too many vitamins could certainly do harm to your body.
How I Used It: This site provides many examples of how vitamins can be harmful. Including some larger harmful side effects including cancer and disease. I used that to create a larger more dominant argument.