Many Americans take over-the-counter (OTC) vitamin supplements in an attempt to fulfill their daily nutritional needs. A new study, however, shows some vitamins do not help those nutritional needs, and might even be detrimental to your health. ConsumerLabs, a leading provider of independent test results and information to help educate consumers and healthcare professionals, performed a random test of 32 popular OTC vitamin supplements. Among those products selected, only 10 met their claims and other quality standards.
In 2005, Fayandria Foley left her doctor’s office after learning she had melanoma. “I walked out to the parking lot and I just sat there. I sat there waiting to die,” she says. “I felt like it was a death sentence, you know? I completely froze, and the wind was knocked right out of me.”
My grandfather and his family grew up on a huge farm just outside the Clayton town limits. John Jennings Williams, otherwise known as Papa JJ, used to tell me stories about the tobacco, corn, soybeans, and anything else that could be grown in the fertile, almost black soil of western Johnston County. I remember walking out the front door of my childhood home, seeing tobacco fields in every direction.