Patients aren’t the only ones interested in alternative and complementary medicine. In a new occasional series, Well talks to doctors around the country to find out what nontraditional medicines or therapies they sometimes recommend or use themselves.
What is an antioxidant? Should I be taking an antioxidant supplement? DEAR READER: Something terrible often happens to medical scientists: A beautiful theory is murdered by a brutal gang of facts. The theory that vitamin pills with antioxidant powers — primarily vitamins A, C and E — could slow aging, fend off heart disease, improve flagging vision and curb cancer was beautiful and very plausible. As a result, some doctors urged their patients to take such vitamin pills daily.