Supplements, what’s the deal?

Recently I read a story on yahoo titled The Five most important vitamins to take in 2014, and then a few days later an article also posted on Yahoo titled The six vitamins you shouldn’t take. Now, if there was no overlap in the recommendations from these supposed experts, I wouldn’t have much to discuss here, but there is, so I do.
Both of the articles make some ok points, but let me lift the veil of uncertainty a bit, because if you were to read these articles, you would definitely be more confused.
In the article entitled The six supplements you shouldn’t take, the author mentions studies in which Vitamin E was linked with higher incidence of prostate cancer and death. What he fails to mention is that they weren’t using vitamin E but instead a synthetic chemical that looks like one component of vitamin E called Alpha tocopherol. It would be like me giving you a stearing wheel and saying here’s your new car! They are an important part, not the whole enchilada. Like your look of confusion when I hand you the stearing wheel, your body does the same thing when it is given a part of something it expects as whole, it gets confused. Bodies are intricate, and nature is way smarter than the smartest most educated person, but science keeps thinking it can outsmart the smartest thing on the planet, nature. So, if they were to replicate that study using non-gmo wheat germ oil which has alpha, beta, gamma, and delta tocopherols and tocotrienols, fatty acids, selenium, xanthine, and the list goes on, a whole vitamin E complex, I would be surprised if the study didn’t turn out way different. I mention this to illustrate how a little information can be misleading, unless you have the whole story.
They both mention Vitamin D, one pro, one against, and they both mention multivitamins, same judgements. To say everyone needs a multi, or everyone needs vitamin D is just silly, we all are unique, with different needs. Some of us would do well on a real multi, not a synthetic collection of chemicals that the FDA allows to be called a vitamin, but real vitamins like the ones I use in my office day in and day out. And same for vitamin D, like its found in nature, with vitamin A. There is a true art and science to using natural substances to help our bodies heal. It’s easy to handout an antibiotic that might work if someone has an infection, but giving someone the correct dose of the right substance out of hundreds of choices, well, in my humble opinion, that is doctoring.
Nutrition Is an easy concept to understand, but a complex one to master and use correctly. We live in a world of one size fits all, cookie cutter, short cut approaches. When it comes to healing chronic conditions, that doesn’t work very well. I have spent thousands of hours studying the subject, even more treating, and I can tell you, everyone is unique. So next time you read an article entitled This vitamin is something you need to take, or Never take Vitamin X, just know, they are probably not referring to you.

 

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