I think it’s interesting that the first Scientific American article says that “some physicians said”... I’ll certainly say that MDs are great if you’re bleeding to death, but in my opinion it's best to stay away from them and their
They, including the pharmaceutical industry needs sick people and they don’t like competition from people seeking alternatives which drives these kinds of articles. Yes, I’ll agree that just taking a multivitamin is not targeted, however Americans largely eat nutritionally void diets due to all of our cheap, processed foods. I’ve run into diabetics that stuff their mouths daily with McDonalds while their trusted doctor has them on synthetic insulin with its own long-term side effects. I have a family member that eats a lot of crap, is horribly overweight, and his doctor has him on questionable pharmaceuticals instead of telling him to clean up his diet and lose that gut.
Also, I personally work in publishing. You know what the two top-dollar advertisers are these days? Law firms and pharmaceutical. In fact I was just having a conversation with our ad representative firm and how their suggestion was to increase the number of medical articles that we publish to increase our chances of landing pharmaceutical advertising, and believe me those article need to be pro-pharmaceutical, not about people popping vitamins. Just saying...