LONDON, Parents who stuff their children with vitamin tablets to make them more intelligent could be poisoning them instead, doctors say.

Chemist’s shops in Britain have reported a rush to buy vitamin pills after two studies said the pills would boost a child’s intelligence quotient and curb aggressive behavior.

Doctors said on Sunday that very high doses of vitamin B, C and D over a long period could prove toxic, leading to kidney damage, gallstones and paralysis of nerves in the hands and feet.

Dr. Andrew Tomkin, a nutrition expert at London University, told reporters: “People think that because one tablet does you good, several will be even better.”

“People are keen to improve their children’s intelligence but there is always the possibility, that if you give a child too many vitamins you will do more harm than good”.

Article extracted from this publication >> February 12, 1988