I know a guy – we’ll call him Bob – was having some stomach issues. He was rushed to the hospital with pain that radiated from his abdomen to his kidneys and back. The ER staff feared a heart attack.
Bob’s EKG was fine, so they ordered an abdominal MRI and blood and urine tests. The blood and urine tests were fine, but the MRI revealed a slight hiatal hernia. The ER doc recommended immediate surgery. But he let Bob go home when Bob promised to see a gastroenterologist right away.
Bob did. And the specialist told Bob he wouldn’t recommend surgery. Bob’s hiatal hernia was minor. Then he told Bob – who was worried about the cost of all this medical care – something amazing.
He could save Bob $200 a month.
How? By Bob giving up supplements. There was not a single study, the specialist told Bob that showed any benefit from taking supplements.
What that doctor didn’t know was that Bob was a writer. A health writer. And Bob had read hundreds of studies that found myriad benefits from taking supplements.
Bob’s doctor was a victim of the Vitamin Myth.
The System Is Biased Against Supplements
Picture this: Your doctor has to earn continuing education credits to hold on to his/her credentials. But your doctor is busy… as most doctors are.
Someone offers a seminar that meets the educational requirements. It’s affordable, close enough by, and offers recreational opportunities. For a busy doctor, this is pretty hard to resist. Especially since it combines education with recreation. It’s a “working vacation,” if you will.
If that scenario sounds familiar, it’s because it happens all the time. And the vast majority of these tempting opportunities are sponsored by drug companies.
Needless to say, these “educational” opportunities rarely extoll the virtues of supplements. Perhaps because solving health problems by boosting someone’s levels of nutrients via supplements won’t sell any drugs.
But there’s strong evidence that common nutrients can resolve many health problems. And that anti-supplement studies aren’t very accurate.
Consider this quote from the Oregon State University (OSU)…
“Most large, clinical trials of vitamin supplements, including some that have concluded they are of no value or even harmful, have a flawed methodology that renders them largely useless…”
According to the OSU researchers, the methodology behind many large studies of vitamins is flawed to the point it leads to false conclusions. In fact, the methodology behind many supplement studies “…leads to conclusions that have little scientific meaning…”
The OSU researchers point out… “most modern clinical studies do not do baseline analysis to identify nutritional inadequacies and do not assess whether supplements have remedied those inadequacies. As a result, any clinical conclusion made with such methodology is pretty much useless…”
In other words, these studies are biased against supplements from the get-go.
Which is a scandal. Because other studies show that even the Europeans mainstream medicine tells you to emulate aren’t getting the nutrition they need.
What if Your “Ideal” Isn’t Ideal?
Mainstream medicine likes to say we should eat more like Europeans. If we did, the common wisdom says, we’d be fine. Hearty, healthy, and full of vigor.
But a 2013 study of 8 European countries says the average European diet doesn’t provide enough of many key nutrients.
The study found these “healthy eaters” generally fell short on at least 4 different B vitamins, zinc, calcium, and iron.
And that’s almost half of the 17 essential nutrients the doctors measured. Falling short on almost half of key nutrients is virtually guaranteed to lead to health issues.
This is the “ideal” the U.S. mainstream promotes. An “ideal” that falls short on at least 7 key nutrients.
Here’s where the math starts to add up:
- Nutritional gaps lead to health issues
- Filling those gaps can reverse the problem
- Drug companies – who sponsor doctors’ continuing education programs – make exactly ZERO dollars from nutritional supplements
But patented drugs that mimic the activity of nutrients can earn a company billions of dollars.
If you were the CEO of a drug company, which scenario would you prefer?
Protect Your Health – and Your Pocketbook
A natural multi-vitamin/mineral supplement is the cheapest health insurance you can buy.
Many doctors say that supplements don’t work… but you won’t hear them criticizing government-mandated “enrichment” of certain foods.
Enriched foods are just a broad way to get supplements into people’s diets. For example, flour is enriched with B vitamins lost by processing. Milk is enriched with vitamin D. And table salt is enriched with iodine.
Chances are you’ll never hear a doctor criticizing these supplements. But when you take them in pill form, these same doctors will tell you they’re “useless.”
Yet adding iodine to table salt has nearly wiped out goiter… the added B-12 in flour has lowered the incidence of anemia… and the extra vitamin D in milk makes absorbing calcium easier. Which, in turn, strengthens bones.
On the other hand, eating products made from processed flour raises blood sugar – and your risk of diabetes. So why not take a natural multivitamin/mineral formula instead?
Our friend, Bob’s experience shows this may be the easiest way for you to live a more fulfilling life.
Bob’s Bottom Line Could Be Yours
Bob went to a holistic doctor who ran some tests and blood work. He also asked Bob some simple questions.
The specialist had already ruled out surgery. And Bob’s holistic doctor agreed. Instead, he had Bob cut out foods he’d eaten that led to pain. And any related foods.
So Bob cut out gluten and foods high in proteins called “lectins.” His attacks stopped. Bob also added a few supplements to his daily routine. He switched to a natural multivitamin/mineral formula, added a good probiotic, CoQ10, and a fish oil supplement.
He lost weight. His energy levels shot up. And he felt better than he’d felt in years.
No drugs. No surgery. No help from the mainstream.
Are supplements a waste of money? Bob’s experience – and that of thousands of others – says “no.” Study after study shows we don’t get enough of several key nutrients. This situation doesn’t call for drugs. It calls for getting the missing nutrients.
And a good natural supplement is the simplest, least expensive way to go.
About the Author: Jason Kennedy is a celebrated investigative health writer and the author of The X-Factor Revolution and Beyond the Blue Zone. With over 10 years of experience working with today’s leading alternative and anti-aging doctors, Jason shares his insider status and access to the latest breakthroughs with thousands of readers from around world.
Frei, B., “Review: Most clinical studies on vitamins flawed by poor methodology,” Oregon State University. Dec 30, 2013.
“Europeans do not consume enough vitamins, minerals,” Science Daily. Oct 31, 2013.
“Why Fortify? Prevent Nutritional Anemia,” Food Fortification Initiative.
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