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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: New Page Books; 1 edition (October 15, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1601630905
  • ISBN-13: 978-1601630902
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
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About the Author

Brian R. Clement, PhD, NMD, LNC, is codirector of the Hippocrates Health Institute in West Palm Beach, Florida. Dr. Clement, who has graduate degrees in both nutritional science and naturopathic medicine, has spent three decades researching and practicing nutrition. He has traveled to more than 40 countries conducting lectures, seminars, and educational programs on nutrition and health. He has been commissioned by government-supported organizations to organize and direct health programs in Greece, India, Ireland, Switzerland, and Denmark. The author of six previous books, he and his wife live in West Palm Beach, Florida.

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Excellent book I recommend you read if before you take your daily supplements.
James Costa
Another excellent book on the same theme is "Natural Causes: Death, Lies and Politics in America's Vitamin and Herbal Supplement Industry" by Dan Hurley.
D&D
We also learn to mistrust the label "Natural" as it really can include toxic additives.
Susan Schenck

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79 of 86 people found the following review helpful By Susan Schenck TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 5, 2009
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In this provocative, well researched book, Dr. Brian Clement challenges everything we think we know about supplements. The first myth he exposes is that we can get our nutrition without supplements, from food alone. He cites a US Senate report dating 1936 which proved that our soil is depleted in nutrients, and explains that even organic soil is insufficient! He proceeds to give us the history of vitamin manufacturing, and the more you read, the more you realize it sounds little better than the drug companies!

Another misconception is that synthetics vitamins are equal to natural nutrients, or even effective or absorbed at all. (In fact, many indigested vitamins are found in Port Potties!) As director of the Hippocrates Institute, he has examined the blood of over 11,000 guests who used synthetic supplements and has shown this to be true. But here is where it gets tricky: Synthetic vitamins are allowed to label their product as being from whole foods or from a food source by legal loopholes--when in fact they simply have a base of algae, yeast or other bacterium or food medium that was spiked with synthetic vitamins! Sorry all you MLMers--even multi-level supplements usually come from the same sources, the same synthetic vitamin manufacturers. Our best option is to purchase "products that state on their label that their vitamin or mineral or nutrient potencies came from "Naturally Occurring Food Sources" and mention on their label which exact foods those sources are. Also, any vitamin products that carry the NOS (Naturally Occurring Standard) logo are safe and guaranteed to have vitamin potencies that only come from real, whole foods" (p. 161).

Additional myths exposed are that vitamin studies are reliable, and we are given a list of 5 reasons why.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By D&D TOP 100 REVIEWER on January 21, 2014
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A worrying and worthwhile book explaining the dangers of most supplements, which are synthetic and should really be treated as pharmaceutical drugs. Another excellent book on the same theme is "Natural Causes: Death, Lies and Politics in America's Vitamin and Herbal Supplement Industry" by Dan Hurley.

Under current law a vitamin marketed as natural only has to contain 10 per cent of genuinely natural, plant-derived ingredients - the other 90 per cent can be synthetic. A fractionalized, isolated part of a vitamin cannot really be called a vitamin, but that's what they're doing. Synthetic vitamins are almost never marketed as "naturally occurring" which is illegal. Instead they state "food source" or "whole food" vitamin potencies. Pharmaceutical-grade supplements claim they've better for you but they deteriorate health just as much.

Time-release is another area where makers do not have to actually prove their products are time released.

Most studies on vitamins are fundamentally flawed. Not only do they rarely use enough but they almost always use synthetic vitamins - and rarely trial more than one vitamin at a time, when vitamins work synergistically with each other. It is known that vitamins C and E as well as the carotenids (A) and flavonoids all work together.

Chemists say the natural and the chemically formulated varieties are the same, but in the natural the molecules are "right-handed" while the synthetics are left-handed, which the body does not recognize as usable. An essential "life force" is missing. Most chemists do not analyze 4 important elements: hormones, oxygen content, phytochemical levels and enzymes (H.O.P.E.). A plastic plant may look like a live plant but it is not, it's dead.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Orange L. on November 6, 2011
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I have read 25% of the book and I am wondering if I will able to continue readng. I think that this is the 20th time that I just read the same thing said in a different way: artificial vitamins are less effective that natural ones. 53 pages to say that. It could have been said in 3 pages.

You just have to be patient while once in a while a new piece of information appears in the mountains of repetition.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By LisaRN on December 1, 2013
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I applaud the information getting out to the public in this book but...

The book mentions Dr. Joel Wallach, author of "Dead Doctors Don't Lie” and his line of nutritional supplements in respect to supplements being either synthetic or plant derived. I’d like to set the record straight on this account but first…a disclaimer

I am a Youngevity distributor and Dr. Wallach is my hero!!! So, yes in the beginning, I was skeptical but did my homework and educated myself to the nightmare of consumer supplements. Like most of what the public is presented its all smoke and mirrors for 98% of the off the shelf supplements today are not the value they would have you believe. Many of the substances are derived out of someone’s chemistry lab, and much of what is offered, is provided in isolation…meaning one substance. Vitamins/minerals in nature are never found or consumed in isolation.

Without a degree in human biochemistry do you know which minerals, enzymes, co-factors and vitamins the body needs to act synergistically in obtaining optimal health? I don’t! Do you ever notice that most allopathic trials looking at the effects of a specific nutrient…vitamin, mineral or co-factor always seem to be done in isolation? No wonder they get these skewed results and profoundly claim that this mineral [insert most any isolated mineral, vitamin etc.] does nothing for a particular health condition, in fact, it may cause harm. They just don’t get it. I tired and "cherry picked" at taking various vitamins and minerals for years with not much in the way of results. I didn’t know any better, then I discovered Youngevity and Dr. Wallach. This is one of the true pleasures of Dr.
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