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EHE International Responds to Controversial New Multivitamin Research

NEW YORK, Dec. 18, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- In response to research recently published in the Annals of Internal Medicine suggesting that multivitamin supplements are not useful in maintaining health, EHE International's Vice President of Medical Affairs, Dr. Susan Spear, issued the following statement:

"It is important not to get carried away by broad headlines that do not take every individual situation into account and only offer so much information. While the findings published in the Annals of Internal Medicine do indicate that not everyone will benefit from multivitamins, the cases in question focused on select study groups that were not representative of the entire population. Every individual case is unique, based on a person's medical history, background, lifestyle, diet and other factors. Before determining whether to include or eliminate multivitamins from your nutritional routine, consult with a doctor who knows you and is familiar with your medical history. EHE recommends an annual physical exam and doctor consultation as part of any prevention or wellness program.

"There is no magic pill that takes the place of following a lifestyle that includes a nutritionally balanced diet, sufficient amounts of physical activity and avoidance of toxic substances such as tobacco. That said, when over-the-counter dietary supplements are recommended by a physician or other qualified healthcare professional, it should be followed by a 'quality' discussion; not all supplements are equal."

About EHE International
Established in 1913, EHE International is celebrating 100 years as the recognized leader in preventive medicine with the release of a new book, 100 Years of Preventive Health: The History of EHE International.  EHE's clinical protocols are specifically designed for early detection of preventable disease and associated risk factors, supported by robust personal coaching and health management tools and resources. EHE International is the oldest and largest preventive medicine specialist, with nearly 150 locations nationally. Its clinically based educational and social engagement platforms are the preferred choice among America's leading employers. For more information, visit Follow EHE on Twitter @EHEIntl.

About Susan Spear, MD
Dr. Susan Spear is Vice President of Medical Affairs for EHE International. She is Chairperson of EHE's Medical Board of Advisors, and an Assistant Clinical Professor at Columbia University.

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