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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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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. We also learn to mistrust the label "Natural" as it really can include toxic additives. Common additives found in supplements include fillers, binders, disintegrants, lubricants, flavoring agents, coloring agents, coating materials and preservatives.
There is an entire chapter devoted to the fallacy of fish oils. Brian explains that they are based on fish that is toxic, and this creates lipid peroxide contamination. There has been a lot of propaganda to take fish oil especially for its DHA benefits (the brain being about 60% DHA). I disagree with Brian that most people can get their Omega 3s from flax seeds, chia seeds, and walnuts, and let the body convert them to the DHA and EPA that the brain so desperately needs. People who are over 30 (unless they have been vegan most their lives), sick, toxic, or have a history of taking drugs often need to take the DHA and EPA directly---either from fish, algae or eggs from chickens that were fed flax or chia seeds.
An in-depth chapter is provided about the role of specific vitamins, and another on the main minerals. Appendix A gives us food sources for these nutrients. These chapters make this a great resource book!
The end of the book contains alarming information about Codex. Their goal (since 1962) has been that the drug companies will (on Dec 31, 2009!) take over the vitamins, making them available (except minute, ineffective dosages) only by doctor's prescriptions. And they will probably become as expensive as drugs! Who knows whether they will even carry NOS vitamins? We are losing our health freedom because the mainstream media (virtually owned by the drug companies) is silent about this.
Update: I just saw the author of this book give a lecture last night. Brian says he just got word that Codex did NOT pass, so we will continue to have our supplements and (relative) health freedom for at least 2 more years!
Susan Schenck, author of The Live Food Factor: The Comprehensive Guide to the Ultimate Diet for Body, Mind, Spirit & Planet
Beyond Broccoli, Creating a Biologically Balanced Diet When a Vegetarian Diet Doesn't Work
The subject of Supplements is controversial, while some are claiming that Supplements are useless or dangerous, others support the idea that supplements are necessary and excellent additions to your well-being and health. On top of that is the Pharmaceutical Industry, which tries to get rid of the market and transform them as (something like) prescription drugs.
Initially it is stated that we need Supplements, since we do not obtain all what we need from our diet due e.g. to the lack of quality of soils to provide the adequate amount of minerals. However, the main goal of the book is to analyze the efficacy or quality of synthetic vitamins and mineral supplements. In this respect the author maintains that we need Supplements derived from Natural Occurring Sources (the author has coined a nomenclature NOS=Natural Occurring Standard, discussed in Annex B of the book). Concerning the Synthetics, the book tries to show that “all synthetic vitamins and mineral supplements are toxic”.
BIOAVAILABILITY: This is one of the topics by which the author maintains that vitamins and minerals from Natural Sources are superior, since they have large bioavailability in comparison to synthetics. When he comes to analyze the type of supplements made with a base of yeast or algae, in which synthetics are diffuse in them, he claims that the synthetics are in any case “toxic”, but he is not analyzing that the bioavailability is superior in this case. The author considers that all synthetics (non-organic) are toxic, with low bioavailability, but does not mention studies that exist for many supplements on how is the absorption in the human body. For example, I found an article showing that Zinc picolinate has higher absorption than other Zinc compounds. [Comparative absorption of zinc picolinate, zinc citrate and zinc gluconate in humans. Agents Actions. 1987 Jun;21(1-2):223-8]. The author is not mentioning any of those studies, assuming that all supplements have the same “toxic” effects and low bioavailability. Also, in the server by NCBI I found more than 100 studies related to Zinc absorption, and this is only for Zinc! Why is the author not mentioning any of those studies?
EVIDENCE: All the claims that synthetic vitamins are toxic are not supported by evidence. The author based his conclusion on the work performed at the Hippocrates Institute, but there is no evidence to the public on this. Sometimes one has the feeling that the book was written by two different persons. While in some places it is mentioned that with no doubt synthetics are toxic, in other pages it is said that with synthetics the bioavailability is lower, meaning that the body cannot process it completely.
PROGRAM: There are no guidelines for following a supplement program. The author proposes to choose supplements that are derived from Natural Sources, but there are few options on the market. On the other hand, the companies that manufacture those supplements are usually not disclosing full information on how the supplements are made.
SYNTHETICS & HEALTH: There are innumerable reports of people that show improvements in their health by taking synthetic vitamins. How can that be explained if they are toxic? There is a specific test e.g. for D- Vitamin level, and by taking a synthetic D-Vitamin that level can be improved. Was improved the level improved and at the same time including toxicity in the body? And if the person feels better at the same time, can the author says that it is anyhow toxic?
THE CODEX: The Codex Alimentarius (Latin for "Book of Food") is a collection of internationally recognized standards, codes of practice, guidelines and other recommendations relating to foods, food production and food safety. (This definition has been taken from Wikipedia, please read the complete article there). The author signals his concern about the implications of the Codex, since it puts limitations to the access to the wide range of vitamin and mineral supplements of varying potencies. I am in favor of the position of the author on this respect, but I must say that his general position about the “toxic” effects of vitamins are giving support to the Codex guidelines.
CONCLUSION: The book is worth reading with interesting information and ideas. But I cannot find a support for the conclusions (synthetic vitamins are toxic). There are no intermediate “tones” exposed in the book, with a tendency to mark everything coming from natural sources as “good” and all synthetics as “bad”. The title of the book can also be changed to “Synthetic supplements are toxic” with no major impact on the rest of the book, and also this alternative title resembles better the general content.
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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awareness that there is a ton of bad stuff added in because it is allowed, technically legal ect...Read more