Nutrient vs. Ethical Depletion

In the middle of the “Family Medicine SmartBrief”, which is the newsletter from the AAFP, I saw this mixed right into it.  I scanned my email and saw a whole other “faux” newsletter with the Family Medicine Smartbrief title and it was all about nutrient issues.  You can see it in a PDF here: Spotlight on Helping Patients Prevent Nutrient Depletion From Medications.

Let’s forget the fact that studies on vitamins and supplements are horrible. How ethical is this for the AAFP to be doing?  How much money do they need to slip in Nature Made ads?  Where is this money going?

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Douglas Farrago MD

Douglas Farrago MD is a full-time practicing family doc in Forest, Va. He started Forest Direct Primary Care where he takes no insurance and bills patients a monthly fee. He is board certified in the specialty of Family Practice. He is the inventor of a product called the Knee Saver which is currently in the Baseball Hall of Fame. The Knee Saver and its knock-offs are worn by many major league baseball catchers. He is also the inventor of the CryoHelmet used by athletes for head injuries as well as migraine sufferers. Dr. Farrago is the author of four books, two of which are the top two most popular DPC books. From 2001 – 2011, Dr. Farrago was the editor and creator of the Placebo Journal which ran for 10 full years. Described as the Mad Magazine for doctors, he and the Placebo Journal were featured in the Washington Post, US News and World Report, the AP, and the NY Times. Dr. Farrago is also the editor of the blog Authentic Medicine which was born out of concern about where the direction of healthcare is heading and the belief that the wrong people are in charge. This blog has been going daily for more than 15 years Article about Dr. Farrago in Doximity Email Dr. Farrago – [email protected] 

  4 comments for “Nutrient vs. Ethical Depletion

  1. mamadoc
    November 15, 2018 at 9:55 pm

    NatureMade? Seriously?

  2. Kurt
    November 14, 2018 at 6:53 pm

    They’re whoring themselves like the AMA did with I believe Coke?
    It’s simple, B12 deficiency can whack nerves and D3 is needed for bones. I tell everyone to take a little of each and I’ll check it in older folks to see where they’re at. If low, vitamins can be dirt cheap and replenishment with stable levels “might” help in the long run. In reality most people don’t maintain themselves on vitamins with osteoporotic/penic women as an example. I hardly see any of them maintain calcium with D intake over the years it takes to maintain consumption and prevent fractures. I tell’em if they come back with, “I don’t need calcium with D ’cause I’m
    taking the shot!” I tell’em they do that and it’s like pissing into the wind! Might as well not take anything then.
    I did get one Pellagra case in an elderly alcoholic in 30 years. Had icthymus skin that “just” looked like a vitamin deficiency to me though I didn’t know which one. Looked in a book, saw a picture and Eureka, Pellagra. Only time I ever used 500mg niacin for anything other than cholesterol (though we’re not supposed to do that anymore). That and stopping drinking cleared this guy right up!

  3. Seneca
    November 14, 2018 at 11:04 am

    Wasn’t this sort of thing-selling snake oil and the like by physicians-supposed to have been stopped by the Flexner report? Plus ca change, plus ca meme chose…

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