ATLANTA — November 10, 2010 — Vitamin D supplements were unsuccessful in helping patients with osteoarthritis of the knee overcome pain, researchers stated here at the 2010 Annual Scientific Meeting of the American College of Rheumatology/Association of Rheumatology Health Professionals (ACR/ARHP).
Researchers discovered in 2007, following positive reports of vitamin D in osteoarthritis, that a single negative trial was sufficient to trigger negative coverage of all forms of self-medication with nutrients and over-the-counter supplements.
What this new report proves
An enhanced form of placebo, whereby patients did not know that vitamin D was not given to them, and an enhanced treatment modality, whereby patients in the treatment (verum) group did not know that vitamin D was not given to them, were compared.
As predicted, medical journalists were not able to perceive that the two groups were receiving the same non-treatment, and ensured a broad propagation of the truth (that supplements don’t work).
« We’ve heard the rumour that doctors tend to adjust doses until they reach a desired effect or optimal blood circulation of the therapeutic agent, » said Professor O’Bleevion. We thought that the best way to approach this problem was not to give any therapeutic agent.
When asked if treating patients with sub-optimal doses, for an insufficient time (the usual methodology), could bring more convincing negative results, Pr. O’Bleevion remarked: « whatever we say or do, medical journalists always know what they should say. And think about it: we’ll save huge amounts of time and money. Less blood tests, less medications to give: we might even be able to do without patients! »