If the National Transportation Safety Board investigated it like a plane crash, they’d find that “this was a journey straight into a mountainside, with countless missed opportunities to turn away,” James Fallows, a longtime aviator and Atlantic writer, concludes, having spoken with 30 experts for this piece.
James Hamblin and Katherine Wells discussed why such offerings might not be as effective as they are marketed on our Social Distancing podcast. Here’s a snippet of their conversation:
Wells: I’ve been taking a multivitamin every day because I’m like: ‘I don’t know. Couldn’t hurt.’ But you are a multivitamin skeptic for reasons that I don’t remember or understand. What’s wrong with taking a multivitamin? Isn’t that just good if you need it and not bad if you don’t?
Hamblin: I think that’s generally true. It’s probably fine. Depending on if you’re taking a lot of other vitamins and supplements with it, there’s a potential with some vitamins that you can get too much, but most likely these vitamins are balanced such that you’re not going to have too much of anything. But what I’m interested in is that same fallacy I’m worried about with hydroxychloroquine: a false sense of protection.
It’s been my experience that when I have taken multivitamins, I feel some sort of ‘Maybe I don’t need to eat quite as well’ ... But it’s not the same. It doesn’t work. It would be amazing if you could replicate a healthy diet in one pill a day, but we’re so far from that.