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Special delivery of pills can improve your health

Special delivery– better health.

Imagine getting a package in the mail with all the answers to avoid disease and embrace longevity. Whether it works or not– doctors aren’t completely sure but they want you to try it and see.

Here it is, the secret envelope. Tear it open and inside you’ll find two pills for every day of the month. Take the 2 and you may stave off more than a dozen diseases and health related downfalls.

“What we wanted to do was really work on proving whether it is effective whether it actually helps if somebody does take in addition to their regular diet extra vitamin d or omega 3 or the combination of the 2 in preventing things like heart disease or cancer or stroke.”

The big pill contains omega 3′s, the tiny one vitamin D. Individually; prior studies have shown huge benefits. Together? Well that’s the question.

All disorders studied on an individual basis against various supplements, now researchers are looking the one – two punch.

Dr. Raj Shah, Medical Director at Rush Memory Clinic says “Every vitamin has its chance in the limelight and I think this is the opportunity for us to address what are the benefits and risks of vitamin d and then the omega 3′s.”

They started recruiting in 2010. So far no patients in the study have experienced or reported any negative side effects, but there are some risks– especially for those taking high vitamin D doses.

The risk mainly with vitamin D is that some people can get too much vitamin D and they can get vitamin D toxicity and what can happen there is they can get problems, trouble thinking they can get problems with having constipation or having more pain in their joints and their muscles so there is a possibility that if you get too much vitamin d that’s stored in fat cells that it can cause more problems.

But the benefits as outlined in the vital study webpage are lengthy. And the best part, you never have to leave your home to participate!

“Everything’s by mail and the surveys they fill out and they also get their medication and what that entails is a blister pack and they have all their medication laid out for a month’s supply.”

A month’s supply for a lifetime of knowledge. But there is one catch– no one will know who is getting which vitamin, the combination or all placebo.

“The study so we have good results is blinded both ways so the investigators won’t know until the end of the study and the participants won’t know.”

“We’ll hopefully have better results that will really help people talk with their doctors to say what we can do to stay healthy.”

Rush has teamed with Harvard to recruit 20,000 people nationwide. They want a good cross section of people and still need study volunteers particularly from the African American and Latino communities.


11 Comments to “Special delivery of pills can improve your health”

    Miss Gerald Logan said:
    February 1, 2013 at 10:10 PM

    looking at web site but don't see how I can sign up for the study. Black female, 64 years old

    MZ. NEECY said:
    February 1, 2013 at 10:20 PM


    MzG said:
    February 1, 2013 at 10:41 PM

    Search Vital Study – when it comes you (showed be the first one) choose CONTACT – you have to send them and e-mail with your address – I hope this helps

    neat said:
    February 2, 2013 at 12:13 AM

    Where would I find the link to register for the omega 3 vitamin d study, there's not a vital link anywhere.

    Cynthia P. said:
    February 2, 2013 at 6:05 AM send an email to this address…that is what's posted on their website.

    Sheryl said:
    February 2, 2013 at 10:00 AM

    I'm already in the study. Its through Harvard Medical, Brigham and Women's Center. They send a six month supply. There are forms concerning your health history. They are also doing a lung study as well. Drawback is you don't know if you are actually getting the vitamin or the placebo.

    Richard Howenstein said:
    February 2, 2013 at 11:35 AM

    I also looked at the webpage and it didnt tell me wear to sign up. im a white male 64.

    Bill Meyering said:
    February 2, 2013 at 4:59 PM
    Dorothy Keating said:
    February 4, 2013 at 11:05 AM

    How do I learn about signing up for the study or getting more information?

    Deb Song said:
    February 4, 2013 at 2:28 PM

    Hi, Everyone — Deb Song from media relations at Rush University Medical Center. We're the site investigator for the Midwest. If you are interested in the study, please call Karen Graham, study coordinator at Rush University Medical Center at 312-942-6118 or you can check out the site. Harvard will just refer your call to us at Rush. Thanks!

    Deb Song said:
    February 4, 2013 at 2:30 PM

    Here's the link to the Rush University Medical Center's VITAL study.

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