📖 Is Sunscreen the New Margarine?

This story has been making the rounds, but it still strikes me as a remarkable thing that deserves way more attention than just an “oh, ok” response:

Yet vitamin D supplementation has failed spectacularly in clinical trials. Five years ago, researchers were already warning that it showed zero benefit, and the evidence has only grown stronger. In November, one of the largest and most rigorous trials of the vitamin ever conducted—in which 25,871 participants received high doses for five years—found no impact on cancer, heart disease, or stroke.

If you dig into the reasons for why this happened, it’s a classic cause/effect error:

These rebels argue that what made the people with high vitamin D levels so healthy was not the vitamin itself. That was just a marker. Their vitamin D levels were high because they were getting plenty of exposure to the thing that was really responsible for their good health—that big orange ball shining down from above.

Rian van der Merwe Product manager • Designer • Speaker