Letter: A nation shrinking without its vitamins

Share
Related Topics
Sir: I am appalled that in the case against Dr Robert Woodward at the Shrewsbury Court, so many of the Medical Profession said that vitamins were of no help to children unless they were on a very bad diet ('Health food firm fined pounds 1,000 over IQ claim for pills', 14 October). Surely the Profession must be aware that very few people in this country have what is called 'a balanced diet' and everybody all over the world has now woken up to the fact that we can benefit by the addition of vitamins and minerals.

I am 91, and I have just broken the record (Guinness Book of Records) by writing more books - 570 - than any other English author. The previous record was 564. I have also achieved the world record by writing, for 17 years, an average of 23 books.

I would not have done this without vitamins.

All my children and grandchildren have taken them. My eldest grandson passed the difficult examination for chartered accountancy with honours. My second grandson won the debating cup at the Bar, and my third passed so highly into Oxford that they offered him any college of his choice.

They all say they owed this to the vitamins I gave them.

The doctors must be aware that children do not get a 'balanced diet' but eat 'junk food'. They must know we have had to reduce the height of the army and the height of the police. This is because they have not eaten enough meat in their so-called 'balanced diet' to give them B12.

It has now been proved that without B12 you cannot become tall and strong, like the Germans who eat an enormous amount of meat. The Japanese are aware of this and have started a campaign to raise the height of the average Japanese by six inches. They are doing this entirely by making them, for the first time, eat meat.

There are a great number of other vitamins which are absolutely essential to the human body but which are not available in the average diet.

I started the National Association for Health in 1964. Just before the recession we had reached a total of pounds 600m turnover, with one-third going in export. I was answering more than 30,000 letters a year from people all over the world who were concerned about their health.

In other countries in Europe they are producing vitamins, and I opened in 1988 in India the largest health resort, of 100 acres. I have also recently received vitamin products from Romania. America has for years been well in advance of us with their vitamin output.

It is utterly ridiculous to say that children of all ages do not require vitamins when the reports from our state schools are so appallingly bad at the moment. It is, in my opinion, due to the fact that most children are not properly nourished. In fact, they need the vitamins which are not obtainable in their ordinary diet.

It is time for the British Medical Association to wake up and understand what is happening in every other intelligent country. In the meantime it is terrible to think that a great number of people will deprive their children because of this unjust and unfair case brought by the Shropshire Trading Standards Officers.

Yours faithfully,

BARBARA CARTLAND

Hatfield, Hertfordshire

14 October

React Now

  • Get to the point
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

Ashdown Group: Marketing Manager (B2B) - Romford - £40,000 + car

£35000 - £40000 per annum + car and benefits: Ashdown Group: Marketing Manager...

Ashdown Group: Helpdesk Analyst - Devon - £20,000

£18000 - £20000 per annum: Ashdown Group: Helpdesk Analyst - Devon - £20,000 ...

Ashdown Group: Data Scientist - London - £50,000 + bonus

£35000 - £50000 per annum + generous bonus: Ashdown Group: Business Analytics ...

Ashdown Group: IT Project Coordinator (Software Development) - Kingston

£45000 - £50000 per annum: Ashdown Group: IT Project Coordinator (Software Dev...

Day In a Page

Read Next
David Blunkett joins the Labour candidate for Redcar Anna Turley on a campaigning visit last month  

General Election 2015: Politics is the messy art of compromise, unpopular as it may be

David Blunkett
File: David Cameron offers a toast during a State Dinner in his honour March 14, 2012  

Vote Tory and you’re voting for the rich to get richer and the poor to get poorer

Mark Steel
General Election 2015: ‘We will not sit down with Nicola Sturgeon’, says Ed Balls

'We will not sit down with Nicola Sturgeon'

In an exclusive interview, Ed Balls says he won't negotiate his first Budget with SNP MPs - even if Labour need their votes to secure its passage
VE Day 70th anniversary: How ordinary Britons celebrated the end of war in Europe

How ordinary Britons celebrated VE Day

Our perception of VE Day usually involves crowds of giddy Britons casting off the shackles of war with gay abandon. The truth was more nuanced
They came in with William Caxton's printing press, but typefaces still matter in the digital age

Typefaces still matter in the digital age

A new typeface once took years to create, now thousands are available at the click of a drop-down menu. So why do most of us still rely on the old classics, asks Meg Carter?
Discovery of 'missing link' between the two main life-forms on Earth could explain evolution of animals, say scientists

'Missing link' between Earth's two life-forms found

New microbial species tells us something about our dark past, say scientists
The Pan Am Experience is a 'flight' back to the 1970s that never takes off - at least, not literally

Pan Am Experience: A 'flight' back to the 70s

Tim Walker checks in and checks out a four-hour journey with a difference
Humans aren't alone in indulging in politics - it's everywhere in the animal world

Humans aren't alone in indulging in politics

Voting, mutual back-scratching, coups and charismatic leaders - it's everywhere in the animal world
Crisp sales are in decline - but this tasty trivia might tempt back the turncoats

Crisp sales are in decline

As a nation we're filling up on popcorn and pitta chips and forsaking their potato-based predecessors
Ronald McDonald the muse? Why Banksy, Ron English and Keith Coventry are lovin' Maccy D's

Ronald McDonald the muse

A new wave of artists is taking inspiration from the fast food chain
13 best picnic blankets

13 best picnic blankets

Dine al fresco without the grass stains and damp bottoms with something from our pick of picnic rugs
Barcelona 3 Bayern Munich 0 player ratings: Lionel Messi scores twice - but does he score highest in our ratings?

Barcelona vs Bayern Munich player ratings

Lionel Messi scores twice - but does he score highest in our ratings?
Martin Guptill: Explosive New Zealand batsman who sets the range for Kiwis' big guns

Explosive batsman who sets the range for Kiwis' big guns

Martin Guptill has smashed early runs for Derbyshire and tells Richard Edwards to expect more from the 'freakish' Brendon McCullum and his buoyant team during their tour of England
General Election 2015: Ed Miliband's unlikely journey from hapless geek to heart-throb

Miliband's unlikely journey from hapless geek to heart-throb

He was meant to be Labour's biggest handicap - but has become almost an asset
General Election 2015: A guide to the smaller parties, from the the National Health Action Party to the Church of the Militant Elvis Party

On the margins

From Militant Elvis to Women's Equality: a guide to the underdogs standing in the election
Amr Darrag: Ex-Muslim Brotherhood minister in exile still believes Egypt's military regime can be replaced with 'moderate' Islamic rule

'This is the battle of young Egypt for the future of our country'

Ex-Muslim Brotherhood minister Amr Darrag still believes the opposition can rid Egypt of its military regime and replace it with 'moderate' Islamic rule, he tells Robert Fisk
Why patients must rely less on doctors: Improving our own health is the 'blockbuster drug of the century'

Why patients must rely less on doctors

Improving our own health is the 'blockbuster drug of the century'