After reading Anne Aurand’s article “Vitamins and cancer” in the Jan. 24 edition of The Bulletin, I think it’s appropriate to comment on at least one of the many alarming statements made by Julie Hood Gonsalves of COCC.

In the article, she stated, “Sources are saying there may be no benefit, a small benefit, or even a small risk of harm by taking multiple vitamins.” Really? What sources are you referring to?

Here is a source from me: According to the Health Care Professionals impact study published in Nutrition Journal, 74 percent of registered dietitians use dietary supplements regularly. And 97 percent of dietitians in the survey recommend dietary supplements to their clients.

Here’s another: According to a study published in the International Journal of Obesity, women who took a multivitamin daily for 26 weeks lost an average of eight pounds, while those taking a placebo lost virtually nothing. Study researchers determined that vitamin and mineral deficiencies slowed down metabolism, and thus the ability to burn fat.

There’s little doubt that Aurand, Gonsalves and others will continue to drive home their anti-nutritional supplement views in the future. But those views will be trumped by the multitude of clinical studies proving that supplements do prevent illnesses and improve the quality of life in many ways.

Indeed, if there’s a singular most important message one should take away from these latest studies, it is that if you’re currently not taking a multivitamin, you should strongly consider doing so.

Art DeTomaso