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New documentary examines the science and controversy around vitamins

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THE CURIOUS CASE OF VITAMINS AND ME
Premieres THURSDAY, OCTOBER 22 at 8 pm (8:30pm NT) on CBC’s The Nature of Things

We have all been told that vitamins are essential to our health and well-being, but do we really need them, and if so, what kinds of vitamins and supplements do we need? What are the recommended quantities, and what are the best sources?
On THURSDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2015 at 8 pm (8:30pm NT) CBC-TV’s THE NATURE OF THINGS premieres THE CURIOUS CASE OF VITAMINS AND ME. The documentary, by Merit Motion Pictures, follows filmmaker and health fanatic Bryce Sage as he travels from Washington DC to San Francisco to investigate the often confusing science of vitamins.

THE CURIOUS CASE OF VITAMINS AND ME consults with leading health and nutrition experts in an attempt to debunk myths and misconceptions around vitamins and supplements, and determine the best course of action for optimal nutritional health. At the prestigious National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland, Bryce Sage meets with experts in an attempt to decipher the ‘Daily Values’ numbers found on food labels, and to determine how those values are calculated. While it’s clear that a balanced diet is the best way to get the recommended daily requirements for all 13 essential vitamins, Bryce learns we may not be getting exactly what we need due to nutrition declines that can be attributed to modern agricultural practices.

Using a fast paced, fun and energetic style THE CURIOUS CASE OF VITAMINS AND ME, directed and written by Bryce Sage, examines the role geography and skin color play in our need for Vitamin D and includes an insightful visit to a supplement factory in order to understand where they originate. On his quest to further understand the world of vitamins, Bryce also learns that over-supplementing with certain vitamins can have lethal consequences.

THE CURIOUS CASE OF VITAMINS AND ME is produced by Merit Motion Pictures in association with the CBC, and with the participation of the Canada Media Fund, the Rogers Documentary Fund, TVF International, the financial investment of Manitoba Film & Music, and the assistance of the Manitoba Film and Video Production Tax Credit Program and the Canadian Film or Video Tax Credit Program.

About Merit Motion Pictures

Merit Motion Pictures is one of Canada’s leading producers of factual entertainment programming and is known for producing multi-platform programs. Recent highlights include Vietnam: Canada’s Shadow War; Conspiracy Rising; Faking the Grade; Information Overload; The Truth About Shoplifting; The Truth About Liar; and the multi-award winning CBC co-produced, One Ocean series for CBC’s The Nature of Things. www.meritmotionpictures.com

About CBC/Radio-Canada

CBC/Radio-Canada is Canada’s national public broadcaster and one of its largest cultural institutions. The Corporation is a leader in reaching Canadians on new platforms and delivers a comprehensive range of radio, television, internet, and satellite-based services. Deeply rooted in the regions, CBC/Radio-Canada is the only domestic broadcaster to offer diverse regional and cultural perspectives in English, French and eight aboriginal languages.

For photography please visit: http://www.cbc.ca/mediacentre/

Media Contacts – to request a screener or interview:
Christine Liber, 416-651-4722 x 1, christine@libertyink.ca
Jennifer Jensen-Tracy, 226-387-4067, jen.jensen@sympatico.ca

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