Dr. Paul Offit, author of the book Do You Believe in Magic? The Sense and Nonsense of Alternative Medicine, believes that we may be taking too much of a good thing—vitamins and supplements.

Personally, I think supplements are necessary for many people who eat fast or processed food out of convenience. In addition, added life stresses about jobs and money can cause inflammation inside the body, causing oxidation and irritation to blood vessels and other organs. Therefore, vitamins such as vitamin C and E, for example, which are considered antioxidants, can help heal the body.

It is also well known that many people are deficient in the sunshine vitamin, vitamin D. A deficiency in vitamin D has been linked to cancer, asthma, and diabetes.

So what is a person to do with so much conflicting information? It is always best to consult with your own healthcare team to see what is best for you. Stay well-informed and remember that less can be more. I have friends who take up to 30 supplement tablets daily; to me, that is excessive. Common sense plays a role, as well. The rule of pharmacy is if two tablets work, then two tablets work, period.

I think the true message Dr. Offit is trying to convey is you need to explore options when you think about your health, but don't go to extremes.

So a prominent doctor has got the medical community in a tailspin over his comments that vitamins can potentially do more harm than good. We heard the debate over too much calcium in women, now what?

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