According to Michael F. Jacobson, Ph.D., Executive Director at the Center for Science in the Public Interest, Bayer is not only marketing One A Day multivitamins for reducing the risk of breast cancer, it’s also marketing and advertising to give consumers the impression that various One A Day multivitamins can prevent heart disease, high blood pressure, osteoporosis, and other conditions.
A One A Day web site warns, “Every three minutes a woman in the United States is diagnosed with breast cancer, and according to the American Cancer Society, the chance of a woman having invasive breast cancer at some point during her life is about 1 in 8.” The site offers ways for avoiding the disease, including self exams, getting annual mammograms, and eating a healthy diet. Bayer’s final suggestion? “Take One A Day Women’s multivitamins formulated with a high level of vitamin D to support breast health.” According to Dr. Jacobson, Bayer’s putting it’s pills in the same category as self exams and annual mammograms is “unbelievable and also against the law.” In 2009 the Center for Science in the Public Interest sued Bayer to stop them from claiming One A Day Men’s multivitamins with selenium could reduce one’s risk of prostate cancer. Bayer abandoned those claims.
Dr. Robbins adds that numerous studies have shown that multivitamins may have more negative factors than positive ones….. Center for Science in the Public Interest 5/6/13