- 28 Jan 2022 02:21
Your post is more of a silly political statement than a real commentary on geriatric health.
For starters, vitamin supplementation on people that are not deficient has not been shown to be beneficial and depending on the vitamin, it can be dangerous. It is hard to overdose on vitamin C, however, you can very well take too much vitamin D which can lead to hypercalcemia because vitamin D is important on the homeostasis of calcium levels in the blood. Too much vitamin D can lead to hypercalcemia, which in turn, if severe enough can cause dehydration, kidney failure, kidney stones, nerve conduction problems, cardiac arrhythmias, seizures.
Then there is the issue of where are you getting these supplements from. Unlike medications, the vitamins/supplement market is not well regulated and dosages might not necessarily be accurate. Furthermore, there are multivitamin formulations that if you don't pay close attention, you could end up getting repeated dosages on multiple pills and overdosing yourself.
This is not just theoretical. I have seen it happen countless time. Grandma-and grandpa comes to the office complaining of abdominal pain. What meds you take? ... silence... just the blood pressure pill, that's all... Ok fine... what vitamins you take? oh... many! I take men's 50, vitamin D, C, Calcium, Magnesium, Zinc, A, and a dozen different other supplements. Check some labworks and Calcium comes at 13 and patient needs to go to the hospital to lower it before he gets a deadly arrhythmia or some other complication.
A healthy diet which is balanced in addition to exercise is all is needed if otherwise there are no underlying medical conditions. Sometimes, on people that don't get enough exposure to sun and/or dark pigmented skin, there can be some deficiency on Vit D, but apart from this... it is rare for people in western countries to have deficiencies if they have any sort of reasonable balanced diet.
You are 83, so that means you have the feeble body of an 83. Ignoring vaccines is foolish like other people have stated.
On the other hand, you are 83, and the mind of an 83 is stubborn so I won't be changing it. I only wish you good luck.