When the New York Times (NYT) writes an article, people tend to read it as indisputable "gospel".  But let the reader take articles by the NYT the same way as all articles, with a grain of salt. No matter who the author or how big the publication's shadow, remember there are two sides to every story. So while a flagrantly negative title like Don't Take Your Supplements may sell newspapers, it's hardly objective or the whole truth. The article also attracted the attention of the trade organization we belong to, The Natural Products Association, who had a reply for the NYT and offering the "other side" to the story.

Although supplement bashing and negative press is not new, advising the public not to take supplements for fear of overdoing a good thing seems a bit alarmist such that the NPA fired off a rebuttal letter questioning the NYT's print. You can read the NPA letter at this link (link removed, expired)  as well as the original NYT's article via the link below.

Feel free to add your comments as it may help sustain public interest. TyH advises that you should always educate yourself on supplements you take, both for the potential benefits and any known cautions. TyH also agrees with the NPA recommendation that you share any supplement use with your health care providers.    

NYT link: Link removed; expired.

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