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  1. May 14, 2005 #1
    I came to see my doctor for some physical problems, I got an std, and he advise me not to consume so many vitamins because they are harmul if used extra. I right then asked him why but he seemed not like to answer directly my question. I come here to ask gurus. Do you know why ? Thanks
     
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  3. May 15, 2005 #2

    Monique

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    Fat-soluble vitamins will accumulate in your body if you take more than the advised daily dose. Fat-soluble vitamins are A, D, E or K and their primary place of storage is the liver. You should especially watch out with vitamin A. The liver of the polar bear contains a lot of vitamin A, the liver is very toxic for that. More information here http://www.ext.colostate.edu/pubs/foodnut/09315.html

    The reason that water-soluble vitamins are not so harmful, is for the fact that your body gets rid of them through the urine so that they cannot accumulate.
     
  4. May 15, 2005 #3
    But what does excessive vitamin intake have to do with the presence or non-presence of a STD?
     
  5. May 16, 2005 #4

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    Since STD's attack through the urinary tract, perhaps the doctor was referring to water-soluble vitamins in this case? Overdoses of almost anything that is passed through the urethra can become an irratant, and this could reduce resistance to infection, couldn't it?
     
  6. May 16, 2005 #5

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    STD's don't attack solely through the urinary tract, think herpes simplex infection of the mouth. I don't think there is a connection between the extra vitamins and contracting STD, I think it was a general warning by the doctor that taking extra fat soluble vitamins can be dangerous.
     
  7. May 16, 2005 #6

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    They aren't related. It's probably just a situation where someone goes to the doctor for one problem, and while there, the doctor asks questions and finds out about some other potential problems, and offers advice on those as well.
     
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