Don't Believe "Experts" Or "Nice People" Without Proof -
Ask To See Independently Published Studies In Peer-Reviewed Medical Journals

Much of what great numbers of people assume to be true are found to be false when critical analysis is applied.

All too often, smart marketing people use these notions and assumptions as hot-buttons to sell you something that is not as valuable as it seems. Sometimes what they sell or get people to believe is actually not so good for you.

Organic Whole-Food Vitamins?
A good example of this is "organic whole-food-grown-type" vitamins. While they seem wonderfully natural, and are sold as "whole-food," they actually are not "whole-food," and they cost 4 to 14 times more than other vitamin products while delivering doses of nutrients that peer-reviewed medical journal studies show to be too low to do much good.

Vitamins cannot be "organic" the way food can be. This word is misused to sell these products.

By law a vitamin product that is called "organic" on the label must contain 70 percent organic materials, usually from organic foods.

So the vitamin content can be no more than 30 percent of the tablet, making the doses of vitamins and minerals in the tablets too low to produce optimal effects.

Furthermore, a tablet amount of organic foods (1,000 milligrams) can't compare to a real organic orange or a peach or organic brocolli that might weigh 84,000 milligrams, which is three ounces. People pay high prices for doses of important nutrients like calcium in "organic whole-food-grown-type" vitamins that are too low to provide important benefits, like improving bone density or reducing the risk of bone fractures.

The North American Menopause Society says, that postmenopausal women need a minimum of 1,200 mg of calcium per day to keep their bones healthy.

Having less can produce a harmful deficiency to someone like a senior woman who has a critical need for full potencies of calcium to build her bones and reduce her risk of bone fractures. She is likely to lose bone and suffer more bone fractures if she depends on the small doses of what these marketers are selling as "whole-food calcium."

At this time "organic" is a magic word and a hotbutton to people who are religiously seeking healthy products. People buy things that are organic without even looking critically at what they are buying. While we all want organic, clean, pesticide-free food, vitamins with any kind of useful potency are not "organic" and can't be.

Ask the purveyors of "magic supplements," whether it's "organic" vitamins in potencies to low to really do much or a mystery cancer cure for an independently published study (or two) in a peer-reviewed medical journal to confirm their claims of superiority.

In about 588 BC, in the Kalama Sutta, the Buddha, specifically told his follows to eschew blind faith in anything, including his own teachings. What he said translates to "Don't take anyone's word for it."

Thus, I say, "In God I trust, all others MUST provide solid scientific references!"

See also: Read, But Be Careful.

Michael Mooney