Dr. Victor Sierpina is an associate professor of family medicine at UTMB Galveston. He says vitamins are not a miracle cure and it's misleading to study them as blanket solutions for things like cancer and memory loss.
Sierpina says people often use vitamins as a back-up remedy for poor eating habits. He says people should be getting their vitamin and mineral intake from whole foods, which will keep them much healthier than a pill.
Sierpina does say people who are elderly or have immuno-deficient disorders should take vitamins as a supplement to healthy eating. And he says vitamins aren't bad and people shouldn't avoid them. They just aren't the only, or even the best way to maintain physical health. Laurie Johnson Houston Public Radio News.