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Though I lament the fact that so many people look for easy solutions to their health problems and think that the answer lies in a pharmaceuticals, I also worry that people look to vitamin and mineral supplements as a shortcut to health. Though supplements may be essential when there is a true deficiency or need, they can be unnecessary at best or detrimental at worst when we use them as a substitute for a healthful diet. Join me as I talk about the safety - or lack thereof - of antioxidant supplements, (namely beta carotene, vitamin A, vitamin E, vitamin C, selenium, and zinc); about whether or not we need to supplement such things as iron, folic acid, calcium, vitamin D, and DHA; and about the best multivitamin to take, assuming, of course, that it is necessary to take a multivitamin.

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Category:Nutrition, Food, Health, Society & Culture, News & Politics -- posted at: 1:54am PDT
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Best known for his novels, such as The Picture of Dorian Gray; his plays, such as "The Importance of Being Earnest," "An Ideal Husband," and "Salome"; his poetry, such as "The Ballad of Reading Gaol"; and his 50,000-word letter, called "De Profundis," Oscar Wilde is not widely acclaimed for his children's stories. Sweet, didactic, and full of imagery, his children's stories were compiled in The Happy Prince and Other Talesand published in 1888. He created them as bedtime stories for his two sons, and though they do not reflect the wit and acumen of the brilliant writer, they do reflect his desire to teach the value of having a selfless heart. "The Happy Prince" is a lovely little story about selfless prince and a selfless bird: a little swallow who sacrifices himself to save others.

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