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Muse #401 - the anti placebo improvement
There are things one does as a matter of course. These become habitual and part of what you do. And you keep doing them because you have been doing this all along, most of your life.
One of these things is that I take a multivitamin tablet each day. I was told that as a diabetic that this is useful and possibly started taking multivitamins over 30 years ago. Same time I was started on metformin. Yes, I certainly agree that my food intake wasn’t that balanced and was not driven by science. But over the years, my food intake has changed quite a bit to what it is now, anally overanalyzed.
I started logging my food intake in Myfitnesspal as part of a suggestion from my weight loss clinic that I am still dutifully continuing. And that was 2013. And I have been logging diligently for nearly 10 years. And this includes tracking micronutrient data. The data over the last several years have pointed out that I get an ample supply of vitamins and minerals from what I eat alone.
Added to this I have been reading research on the usefulness of multivitamins and this is varied and inconclusive - but the last few years I have had a feeling that I am mostly flushing down the toilet what I put into my body additionally with these pills.
So after nearly 30 years, 11,000 pills later and perhaps after a spend of over $3000 or more on these multivitamins, I finally gave up on them for good. The last empty container thrown away today, I put behind a chapter in my life.
And perhaps after a few days after the gunk clears, I might even feel better than what I feel now. At least I am hoping so from this change. Is there something called the stopping a placebo effect? I hope to find out.