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Supplements Exposed: The Truth They Don't Want You to Know About Vitamins, Minerals, and Their Effects on Your Health Paperback – October 15, 2009


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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: 8.1 x 5.2 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #747,907 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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Appendix A gives us food sources for these nutrients.
Susan Schenck
While Dr. Clement lists in Appendix C two pages of web links for "resources for natural products," not one of them contains a source for NOS certified multi-vitamins.
G. Charles Steiner
Excellent book I recommend you read if before you take your daily supplements.
James Costa

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75 of 82 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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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By G. Charles Steiner TOP 1000 REVIEWER on December 8, 2011
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I admire Susan Schenck's review of this book. It is comprehensive and honest and everything in it is what is in the book. The only thing the Amazon reviewer omitted, I notice, is make any evaluation that the information in the book is sufficient for living healthily with or without supplements. While the book does offer food sources for vitamins, we know that food is not enough. You can't get all the vitamins and minerals you need through food. For instance, whole wheat lacks sufficient amounts of selenium in order to be healthy and resist disease. One has to supplement. The soil plants and fruits grow in is depleted. One has to supplement.

One commentor on the above-mentioned review states, "Good Luck on finding any multi-vitamins that are NOS certified! Anybody found any yet?" NOS refers to "naturally occurring source," that is, not synthetic. And here's the difficulty with this book. While Dr. Clement lists in Appendix C two pages of web links for "resources for natural products," not one of them contains a source for NOS certified multi-vitamins. Most of the references have to do with exotic and expensive "neutraceuticals." Reading a book like this that warns of the major health risks in taking synthetic vitamins and minerals without providing adequate and reasonable and natural substitutes is similar to warning of dangers ahead without showing a safer path. It's obvious supplementation is absolutely necessary for good health, but Dr. Clement's concern here is mostly only about preventing bad health through synthetic pills.

I did find Defense Nutrition dot com website contains a multi-vitamin that is NOS certified. Clement's book references Dr. Joel Wallach, author of "Dead Doctors Don't Lie." Dr. Joel Wallach offers a line of supplementation for good health, although there's no testimony anywhere to be found whether the supplements are totally synthetic.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By D&D TOP 500 REVIEWER on January 21, 2014
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A worrying and worthwhile book explaining the dangers of most vitamins which are synthetic and should really be treated as pharmaceutical drugs.

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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