Dreaded ‘stomach flu’ wreaks havoc on families — and it’s only going to get worse.


Once the virus hits, the attacks are often swift and brutal. The stomach and intestines become inflamed. Bouts of vomiting and diarrhea follow that leave victims weak and exhausted. And since the bug is extremely contagious, it can spread easily to others, especially in places like day-care centers, schools, cruise ships and nursing homes.

If all of this sounds familiar to those of you who were laid viciously low over the holidays, it’s because the arrival of cold weather usually coincides with an increase in one of winter’s most dreaded horrors: norovirus. Although norovirus is often referred to, incorrectly, as stomach flu, it has nothing to do with influenza, which is a respiratory virus. While you can get sick from norovirus at any time during the year, it’s most common in the winter.

That’s when people tend to congregate more, and the closer you are, the more you tend to share your germs. Colder temperatures also seem to make it easier for the germs “to stick around on surfaces a little bit longer,” said Aron Hall, an epidemiologist who tracks norovirus at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

For Laura Thai-Jenkins, an elementary school teacher who lives in Olney, Md., with her husband and three boys, illness has been nonstop over the past two weeks. Her 6-year-old got sick before Christmas but recovered after a few days. Then her 8-year-old went to a birthday party last Friday. On New Year’s Eve, he threw up more than 10 times, she said. Two days later, the virus hit her oldest boy, who is 11. And the entire cycle started all over again Tuesday when the youngest came home from school and vomited.

That prompted Thai-Jenkins to take photos of her ailing sons — two resting on sofas and the third lying in a recliner. She posted a picture on Facebook and sent the rest to her mother.

“They each have a bucket and a blanket,” she said Wednesday. The stomach bug “took them all down pretty quickly.”

Heather Felton, a Louisville pediatrician, said her practice had a multitude of cases of gastroenteritis — the medical term — the week before Christmas. Many patients spiked fevers between 102 and 103 degrees.

“We don’t usually get that high for your typical stomach bug,” she said. Felton, who is part of a physicians-moms group on Facebook that has about 60,000 members, said the severity of gastroenteritis cases was a recent discussion thread, with doctors from Virginia and Ohio reporting similar symptoms.

“Most of what people are saying is that it’s more severe, lasting longer, and people feel a lot worse,” she said Wednesday. Some of the physicians fell ill themselves, she added, and posted that the virus “really knocks me off my feet.”

Jeff Bernstein, a Silver Spring pediatrician, said his practice has had a noticeable increase in cases in the past three weeks, with the peak just before the Christmas weekend. Most have been manageable and typical for this time of year. But in some cases, he said, the abdominal pain was so severe that families were worried about appendicitis.

On average in the United States, norovirus annually causes 19 million to 21 million cases of acute gastroenteritis, meaning inflammation of the stomach or intestines or both, according to the CDC. This year, norovirus outbreaks reported to the CDC appear to be “pretty much on par with previous years,” Hall said. Thanksgiving is typically the unofficial start of the season, with another uptick near the holidays at the end of December.

“So far, we’re seeing essentially the same viruses in circulation as we saw during last season,” he said, with no indication of new or especially virulent strains. But it’s still early. Data from the last several years show that outbreaks probably will spike between February and March.

All states report norovirus outbreaks to the CDC, but agency officials also rely on a surveillance system that gets faster real-time assessments. Any outbreak reported to nine state health departments across the country is reported to the CDC within seven days.

Norovirus is typically spread through vomit and stool. People become sick by eating food or drinking liquids that are contaminated with norovirus, by touching surfaces or objects contaminated with the virus, and then putting their fingers to their mouth, or by caring for or sharing food or eating utensils with a sick person.

Most people who are sick from norovirus get better in one to three days. People are most contagious when they are sick and during the first few days after symptoms have gone away. There is no specific medicine to treat the illness. To prevent dehydration, drink plenty of liquids to replace fluids lost from throwing up and diarrhea. Severe dehydration may require hospitalization for treatment with intravenous fluids.

There are many different types of norovirus, so yes, you can get sick from the virus many times in your life. Being infected with one type may not protect you against others.

For people planning to attend the Jan. 20 inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump or the Women’s March on Washington the next day — both events likely to draw hundreds of thousands of people — public health officials are stressing the importance of frequent hand-washing and staying home if you’re not feeling well.

To prevent norovirus infection:

  • Wash hands thoroughly with soap and water, especially after using the toilet or changing diapers, and always before eating, preparing or handling food. Alcohol-based hand sanitizers can help reduce the number of germs, but they’re not a substitute for washing with soap and water.
  • Wash fruits and vegetables and cook seafood thoroughly.
  • If you’re sick, don’t prepare food or care for others who are sick for at least two days after symptoms stop.
  • Clean and disinfect potentially contaminated surfaces.
  • Immediately remove and wash clothes or linens that may be contaminated with vomit or stool.

WARNING: Aspartame Renamed – Now Being Marketed As A “Natural” Sweetener: Amino Sweet.


 http://www.organicandhealthy.org/2016/10/warning-aspartame-renamed-now-being.html?m=1 

Scientists think they might have figured out the cause of severe PMS


Women are often mocked about their bad moods at ‘that time of the month’. But scientists have found evidence that women going through severe premenstrual syndrome (PMS) aren’t just ‘grumpy’ – their mood fluctuations could be caused by a genetic mutation that’s sending their cells haywire.

While regular PMS is bad enough, 2 to 5 percent of women suffer from an even more extreme version of the syndrome, called premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD), which causes such intense irritability, sadness, anxiety, bloating, and general achiness in the days leading up to a woman’s period that she’s unable to go about her normal life.

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Researchers know that women with PMDD have normal hormone levels, but for some reason their bodies are much more sensitive to them, which sends their PMS into overdrive. But up until now, no one had been able to figure out what was causing this sensitivity.

The new study has finally revealed the molecular mechanisms that appear to be triggering the debilitating condition, showing once and for all that severe mood-related PMS is very real.

“This is a big moment for women’s health, because it establishes that women with PMDD have an intrinsic difference in their molecular apparatus for response to sex hormones – not just emotional behaviours they should be able to voluntarily control,” said David Goldman, from the US National Institutes of Health (NIH).

To figure out what was going on, the team took 10 women with PMDD and nine controls without the condition, and ‘turned off’ progesterone and oestrogen in their system.

The women with PMDD stopped having mood symptoms when the hormones stopped, and their symptoms started again when they reintroduced them, while the control group didn’t experience the same change.

This indicated that the brain cells of the women with PMDD were reacting differently to the hormones somehow. To better understand why, the researchers cultured their white blood cells – which express many of the same genes as brain cells – both in the presence of hormones and without them. (They used white blood cells because brain cells are incredibly hard to harvest).

The researchers found that a large gene complex was different between the two groups.

The complex is known as the ESC/E(Z) (Extra Sex Combs/Enhancer of Zeste) gene complex, and it controls which genes are turned on and off in response to environmental inputs such as hormones and stressors.

It now appears that mutations in this gene complex could be the cause of many of the intense mood symptoms experienced by women with PMDD.

The team showed that in the cells of those with PMDD, many of the genes controlled by the ESC/E(Z) complex were over-expressed, while others were under-expressed compared to the control group.

And when the team added sex hormones, the differences were even more pronounced, suggesting that something about the ESC/E(Z) gene complex in women with PMDD is making their molecular pathways go haywire, and making them more sensitive to sex hormones that ramp up right before their periods.

To be clear, this is a small study performed on a limited group of women. More research needs to be done before we can say for sure what’s causing PMDD. But this is the first time the underlying cellular activity has been identified, so it’s a promising first step.

The good news is that now we have more insight into the condition, we might finally be able to find some effective treatments – currently, women have little options during intense PMS other than to take painkillers, ‘cheer up’ and ‘get over it’.

“For the first time, we now have cellular evidence of abnormal signalling in cells derived from women with PMDD, and a plausible biological cause for their abnormal behavioural sensitivity to oestrogen and progesterone,” explained Peter Schmidt from the NIH’s National Institute of Mental Health.

“Learning more about the role of this gene complex holds hope for improved treatment of such prevalent reproductive endocrine-related mood disorders.”

The team is now looking at the role this gene complex plays in brains cells induced from the stem cells of PMDD patients, which should help them get a better idea of what’s going on.

Scientists Are Urging Women To Stop Wearing Bras. This Is Why.


Should women wear a bra or not? Do they wear a bra for health or aesthetic reasons? The National No Bra Day occurred on October 13th 2015. Its purpose was to promote breast cancer awareness and raise funds for research….

A 15-year longitudinal study on the effects of wearing a bra on 330 women, between the ages of 18 to 35, was conducted by Jean-Denis Roullion, a French sports science researcher. The thinking has been that wearing a bra provides the support necessary to prevent sagging and to promote overall breast health. From his findings, however, he concluded that wearing a bra did not actually benefit breast support, and conversely found a 7mm lift in the areola of women who went BRA-LESS.

This finding was interpreted as indicative of bras causing the negative effect of reducing both circulation and breast tone over time, causing sagging in young women. Another doctor, who was not part of this research, hypothesized that not wearing a bra may allow the breast to naturally increase collagen production and elasticity, which could be hampered by bra usage. In the video below, this study is discussed. Obviously, further research on a larger sample of women needs to be done, that controls for breast size, before any final conclusions can be drawn.

Watch the video. URL:https://youtu.be/C_mt562ZhNk

Earbuds can cause severe hearing loss.


1 in 5 teenagers have hearing loss, which experts believe is in part due to the use of earbuds. William H. Shapiro, an audiologist and a clinical associate professor from NYU Langone, tells us how earbuds are affecting our hearing.

http://www.businessinsider.com/earbuds-cause-severe-hearing-loss-2017-1?IR=T

Behavioral Resistance: Mosquitoes Learn to Avoid Bed Nets.


Malaria is a notoriously tricky infectious disease. Because of a unique genetic flexibility, it is able to change surface proteins, avoiding the immune response and greatly complicating vaccine development. Furthermore, the parasite is transmitted by mosquitoes, which are difficult to control. Insecticides work, but mosquitoes can develop resistance to them.

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One method widely used to control malaria is for governments or charities to provide families with insecticide-treated bed nets. Overall, this strategy is very successful, and it has been credited with preventing some 451 million cases of malaria in the past 15 years. But bed nets are not successful everywhere. In some parts of the world, mosquitoes develop “behavioral resistance”; i.e., they learn to avoid bed nets by biting people earlier in the day.

A team led by Lisa Reimer of the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine monitored mosquito behavior in villages in Papua New Guinea before (2008) and after (2009-2011) the distribution of bed nets. Data from one of the villages, Mauno, depicts a very noticeable shift in mosquito feeding behavior. (See graphs on the right.)

Before bed nets were distributed in 2008, the median biting time for mosquitoes was around midnight. After the distribution, the median time shifted back to 10 pm. Also, a greater proportion of mosquitoes took their dinner even earlier, from 7 to 9 pm.

Worryingly, it’s unclear whether the bed nets were effective at preventing malaria transmission. The number of bites per person per night dropped after the introduction of bed nets, but started to climb in subsequent years as mosquitoes began to adapt. Additionally, the prevalence of malaria infection in humans — arguably, the only statistic that actually matters — dropped in one village, remained the same in a second, and ticked up slightly (albeit insignificantly) in a third.

Despite the mixed results in Papua New Guinea, Dr Reimer believes that bed nets should continue to be used worldwide as part of a mosquito control strategy. However, she notes that behavioral resistance may prove just as vexing as insecticide resistance and, in some locations, may limit the efficacy of bed nets.

Thus, mosquitoes must be monitored for both behavioral and insecticide resistance, as the little creeps stubbornly refuse to die and may be cleverer than we thought.

Scientists Say That Starting Work Before 10am Is Similar To Torture


Dr. Paul Kelley, a leading researcher at Oxford University, has recently discovered that the most common form of modern day torture is actually having to wake up and start work before 10 o’clock in the morning, something that affects an enormous amount of us.

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Our bodies run on biological timers, known as our Circadian Rhythm. This is our body clock if you like, and it is a genetically pre-programmed cycle which regulates our brain activity, energy levels, hormone production and perception of time. By starting work before 10 am every day, we are scientifically torturing ourselves through unnaturally interfering with our Circadian Rhythm, thus throwing many aspects of our health out of balance.

Kelley says:

“We cannot change our 24-hour rhythms. You cannot learn to get up at a certain time…your liver and your heart have different patterns and you’re asking them to shift two or three hours.”

How Did This Happen?

Introduced in the early 20th century, the 8 hour working day was designed around the maximisation of 24/7 factory productivity, not taking into account the natural human body clock. However, our ancient bodies evolved around the daily cycle of sunlight, not these modern day strategies of business and commerce! Dr Paul Kelley, speaking at the British Science Festival says:

“We’ve got a sleep deprived society” and “This is an international issue. Everybody is suffering and they don’t have to.”

His idea was to move the start time of a school in Britain from 8.30 am to 10.00 am. Upon testing this theory at a chosen school, after a certain amount of time and a further wave of exams, he wasn’t surprised to see that the attendance levels had improved along with the general productivity of the school – and most importantly the students’ grades were up drastically.

If we were to transfer this idea into other sectors of society just think of the improvements. Instead of overtired, overworked, coffee intoxicated zombies working in the hours of the day when they should be sleeping, we would have a naturally productive, fully fledged, focused society of useful, happy people. The companies who are forcing their workers to start before 10 am are contributing to serious emotional and physical stresses felt by their employees and encouraging longer term adverse health risks as a result of these strict, unhealthy working patterns. These patterns could be a huge reason as to why the average American consumers over 3 cups of coffee every single day to try and keep themselves as alert as they possibly can. To put that into perspective, that’s 40 billion dollars a year – on coffee!

Recommended Ashwagandha Dosage: How Much Should You Consume?


1-2 tsp of Ashwagandha powder or 300-1200 mg of Ashwagandha extract twice daily with meals, is commonly recommended to be both safe and effective for short and long term use. Traditionally, Ashwagandha powder or churna is boiled in water to make a mild decoction or mixed with milk, buttermilk, ghee or honey. The modern way is to pop 1-2 capsules per day.

In Ayurvedic medicine, Ashwagandha occupies pride of place as a rasayana herb – a herb that improves overall vitality, longevity and offers holistic physical and mental health benefits. It is commonly prescribed as a tonic for daily use, especially for those suffering or recovering from illness.

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Ashwagandha Dosage: Different Forms

Ashwagandha Root or Leaf Powder

Ayurvedic preparations often use Ashwagandha root or leaf powder (instead of a concentrated extract of the same).

One or two teaspoons of Ashwagandha powder twice daily (3-6 grams daily) is the most commonly recommended dosage, for both short and long term use. Ashwagandha should be taken with meals.

The most common traditional way of consuming Ashwagandha is to boil Ashwagandha powder or churna in water to make a mild decoction or mix it with milk, buttermilk, ghee or honey.

Ashwagandha Tea Recipe

  • Take 2 tsp of dried Ashwagandha root
  • Immerse it in approximately 3½ cups boiling water
  • Allow it to boil for 15 minutes
  • Remove the root from the liquid
  • Strain to remove any remaining plant matter in the water
  • Consume 1/4 cup twice daily

Ashwagandha and Ghee Mixture

  • Roast 2 tbsp Ashwagandha in 1/2 cup ghee
  • Add 1 tbsp date sugar
  • Store in the refrigerator
  • Add 1 tsp of the mixture to a glass of milk or water and consume

Ashwagandha Root or Leaf Extract

1 tsp of Ashwagandha root or leaf powder can be reduced to about 300 mg of concentrated extract.

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Super 7 Ayurvedic Herbs You Should Have at Home.
 Taking cue from traditional texts, most human studies on Ashwagandha have tested effects of dosage of 600 – 1200 mg of Ashwagandha root or leaf extract per day; they have found this dosage to be both safe and effective.

Ashwagandha Tincture Recipe

  • Add 1/2 cup dried, cut Ashwagandha root to a jar and pour two cups of 80 to 100 proof, non GMO vodka or rum over it.
  • Cover the jar and place it in a dark location for 2 weeks to 4 months – shake the mixture on a periodic basis.
  • When your tincture is done, carefully transfer it into amber or cobalt glass bottles with droppers for easy dispensing.
  • Add about 40-50 drops Ashwagandha tincture to 120 ml of water and drink — up to three times daily or as directed by your practitioner.

Ashwagandha Capsules

In modern times, Ashwagandha capsules seem to be the preferred form of consumption – because of ease of use and also because of standardization of the quantity and quality of Ashwagandha extract.

In capsule form, the recommended ashwagandha dosage is 1 – 2 capsules, twice daily.

Ashwagandha Side Effects

No major side effects have been reported within the recommended dosage range of 300-1200 mg Ashwagandha extract per day. However, there may be minor side effects of Ashwagandha which you need to be cautious about. High doses could worsen acidity, ulcers, skin rashes, and anxiety. Very high levels of dosage (450 – 1500 mg/kg) of pure alkaloid extract could be toxic. Pregnant women, and those with hyperthyroidism, low blood sugar, or acute liver problems must exercise caution.

NASA Selects Two Missions to Explore the Early Solar System.


Artist’s conception of the Lucy and Psyche mission spacecraft

(Left) An artist’s conception of the Lucy spacecraft flying by the Trojan Eurybates – one of the six diverse and scientifically important Trojans to be studied. Trojans are fossils of planet formation and so will supply important clues to the earliest history of the solar system. (Right) Psyche, the first mission to the metal world 16 Psyche will map features, structure, composition, and magnetic field, and examine a landscape unlike anything explored before. Psyche will teach us about the hidden cores of the Earth, Mars, Mercury and Venus.
Credits: SwRI and SSL/Peter Rubin

NASA has selected two missions that have the potential to open new windows on one of the earliest eras in the history of our solar system – a time less than 10 million years after the birth of our sun. The missions, known as Lucy and Psyche, were chosen from five finalists and will proceed to mission formulation, with the goal of launching in 2021 and 2023, respectively.

“Lucy will visit a target-rich environment of Jupiter’s mysterious Trojan asteroids, while Psyche will study a unique metal asteroid that’s never been visited before,” said Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate in Washington. “This is what Discovery Program missions are all about – boldly going to places we’ve never been to enable groundbreaking science.”

Lucy, a robotic spacecraft, is scheduled to launch in October 2021. It’s slated to arrive at its first destination, a main belt asteroid, in 2025. From 2027 to 2033, Lucy will explore six Jupiter Trojan asteroids. These asteroids are trapped by Jupiter’s gravity in two swarms that share the planet’s orbit, one leading and one trailing Jupiter in its 12-year circuit around the sun. The Trojans are thought to be relics of a much earlier era in the history of the solar system, and may have formed far beyond Jupiter’s current orbit.

“This is a unique opportunity,” said Harold F. Levison, principal investigator of the Lucy mission from the Southwest Research Institute in Boulder, Colorado. “Because the Trojans are remnants of the primordial material that formed the outer planets, they hold vital clues to deciphering the history of the solar system. Lucy, like the human fossil for which it is named, will revolutionize the understanding of our origins.”

Lucy will build on the success of NASA’s New Horizons mission to Pluto and the Kuiper Belt, using newer versions of the RALPH and LORRI science instruments that helped enable the mission’s achievements. Several members of the Lucy mission team also are veterans of the New Horizons mission. Lucy also will build on the success of the OSIRIS-REx mission to asteroid Bennu, with the OTES instrument and several members of the OSIRIS-REx team.

The Psyche mission will explore one of the most intriguing targets in the main asteroid belt – a giant metal asteroid, known as 16 Psyche, about three times farther away from the sun than is the Earth. This asteroid measures about 130 miles (210 kilometers) in diameter and, unlike most other asteroids that are rocky or icy bodies, is thought to be comprised mostly of metallic iron and nickel, similar to Earth’s core. Scientists wonder whether Psyche could be an exposed core of an early planet that could have been as large as Mars, but which lost its rocky outer layers due to a number of violent collisions billions of years ago.

The mission will help scientists understand how planets and other bodies separated into their layers – including cores, mantles and crusts – early in their histories.

“This is an opportunity to explore a new type of world – not one of rock or ice, but of metal,” said Psyche Principal Investigator Lindy Elkins-Tanton of Arizona State University in Tempe. “16 Psyche is the only known object of its kind in the solar system, and this is the only way humans will ever visit a core. We learn about inner space by visiting outer space.”

Psyche, also a robotic mission, is targeted to launch in October of 2023, arriving at the asteroid in 2030, following an Earth gravity assist spacecraft maneuver in 2024 and a Mars flyby in 2025.

In addition to selecting the Lucy and Psyche missions for formulation, the agency will extend funding for the Near Earth Object Camera (NEOCam) project for an additional year. The NEOCam space telescope is designed to survey regions of space closest to Earth’s orbit, where potentially hazardous asteroids may be found.

“These are true missions of discovery that integrate into NASA’s larger strategy of investigating how the solar system formed and evolved,” said NASA’s Planetary Science Director Jim Green. “We’ve explored terrestrial planets, gas giants, and a range of other bodies orbiting the sun. Lucy will observe primitive remnants from farther out in the solar system, while Psyche will directly observe the interior of a planetary body. These additional pieces of the puzzle will help us understand how the sun and its family of planets formed, changed over time, and became places where life could develop and be sustained – and what the future may hold.”

Discovery Program class missions like these are relatively low-cost, their development capped at about $450 million. They are managed for NASA’s Planetary Science Division by the Planetary Missions Program Office at Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. The missions are designed and led by a principal investigator, who assembles a team of scientists and engineers, to address key science questions about the solar system.

The Discovery Program portfolio includes 12 prior selections such as the MESSENGER mission to study Mercury, the Dawn mission to explore asteroids Vesta and Ceres, and the InSight Mars lander, scheduled to launch in May 2018.

NASA’s other missions to asteroids began with the NEAR orbiter of asteroid Eros, which arrived in 2000, and continues with Dawn, which orbited Vesta and now is in an extended mission phase at Ceres. The OSIRIS-REx mission, which launched on Sept. 8, 2016, is speeding toward a 2018 rendezvous with the asteroid Bennu, and will deliver a sample back to Earth in 2023. Each mission focuses on a different aspect of asteroid science to give scientists the broader picture of solar system formation and evolution.

World’s Most Popular Multivitamin is “Useless” and Contains Toxic Chemicals and Artificial Colors 


 

This can result in fatigue, dizziness, shortness of breath, pale or yellow skin, irregular heartbeats, muscle weakness, mental confusion, unsteady movements, and mental confusion or forgetfulness.

Nobody wants to deal with those sort of health issues so pharmaceutical companies have come up with a solution: multivitamins.  

 
One of the most popular brands in America is Centrum. In one capsule, you can receive all the necessary nutrients you need to maintain a healthy lifestyle. It sounds too good to be true. And it is. 
 
Americans take this pill on a daily basis, and the only difference it makes to the consumer is a significantly lighter wallet. 
 
 

The World-Wide Popular Health Scam Named Centrum

 

Last year, Centrum was ranked as the second leading U.S. multivitamin brand, its sales being 189.6 million American dollars. (2) This multivitamin was created by Pfizer, the world’s largest pharmaceutical company. 

Pfizer is also dubbed “manufacturer of fine chemicals,” after a history of health care fraud and illegal marketing (3) that began soon after begin launched in 1849. (4) Despite its sketchy background, Centrum is extremely popular, probably due to the multi-billion dollar ad marketing campaign by Pfizer, most of which are trumped claims with dubious backings. (3) 
 

Why Centrum is Bad For Your Health

 
Here is a list of Centrum’s ingredients under three categories:
 

1. Minerals and Vitamins (with Poor Absorption)

 
Calcium Carbonate – This is the least absorbable forms of calcium available in the market. Only a small percent is ingested into the body.
 
Ferrous Fumarate – This iron supplement often causes constipation which causes an overgrowth of harmful flora. As a result, you may experience gastrointestinal issues, a compromised immune system, and problems with nutrient absorption. This is an obviously bad choice for a multivitamin. (5)
 
DL-Alpha Tocopherol – This is a synthetic form a vitamin E supplement. Researchers at Oregon State University found that the body excretes this artificial form three times as faster than the natural. Meaning, the benefit is decreased threefold. (6)
 
Nickelous Sulfate and Tin – This would be great if you had a nickel or tin deficiency. Except no one has this problem. Even so, when minerals are bound to a sulfate, this decrease their absorption ability.
 
Talc – This is a mineral made up of mostly magnesium, silicon, and oxygen. However, talc can contain asbestos, a substance known to cause cancers. (7)
 

2. Fillers and Binders

 
Pregelatinized Corn Starch – This is purely a binder with no benefits. It is likely to be made from genetically modified corn which creates a number of adverse reactions, especially for those who are sensitive to it. 
 
BHT – Butylated hydroxyanisole is a preservative that science has found to be toxic to the liver, thyroid, lungs, kidneys, and can affect blood coagulation. It can also promote tumors. 
 
Gelatin – This multivitamin is officially unfit for vegetarians and vegans.
 
Hydrogenated Palm Oil – The process of hydrogenating any oil makes the oil rancid, turning it into a strong free radical which promotes cancer and heart disease.
 
Sodium Benzoate – This is an overused preservative that has been shown to cause organ toxicity.
 
Sodium Aluminosilicate – This common food additive for its anti-caking effects can cause health organ deterioration. It contributes to the detrimental properties of table salt. (8)
 

3.  Artificial Colors

 
FD&C Yellow No. 6 Aluminum Lake – Yes, there is food coloring in a multivitamin, and this one was actually derived from coal tar, a reproductive toxin. Studies found it to cause adrenal tumor in the lab animals. (9) (10)
 
 

How To Choose a Good Multivitamin

 

A health supplement should not have a minuscule amount of good properties with such detriment along with it. Instead, pick a multivitamin without additives and artificial colors, with the benefits of the vitamins are absorbed. It would be a good idea to choose a tried and true brand from a health food store as opposed to the commercially popular kinds found in a pharmacy. Remember you get what you pay for, and it’s better to pay for a better vitamin now than for disease treatment later on.

 
Unfortunately, Centrum isn’t the only health scam on the market. Most cheap multivitamins and supplements can do more harm than good. Many multivitamin trials have resulted in cardiovascular issues, depleted cognitive function, and acute respiratory tract infections. Especially in women, there has been cases of cancer and even mortality. (11)
 
Of course, it would be optimal to simply eat all the nutrients we need. This can sometimes become challenging but, don’t worry, you can still have your proper vitamins supplemented.