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Entries for month: January 2014

Dietary Supplements - a blatant scam

This morning, I watched a commercial on National TV about a dietary spplement that promises substantial weight loss without any lifestyle change. Similar claims are made about dietary supplements that can prevent and treat allergies, the flu and other common ailments. A recent article in the New York Times addresses the scam that dietary supplements are as exposed by recent scientific research.

Americans spend an estimated $5 billion a year on unproven herbal supplements that promise everything from fighting off colds to curbing hot flashes and boosting memory. But now there is a new reason for supplement buyers to beware: DNA tests show that many pills labeled as healing herbs are little more than powdered rice and weeds.

Using a test called DNA barcoding, a kind of genetic fingerprinting that has also been used to help uncover labeling fraud in the commercial seafood industry, Canadian researchers tested 44 bottles of popular supplements sold by 12 companies. They found that many were not what they claimed to be, and that pills labeled as popular herbs were often diluted — or replaced entirely — by cheap fillers like soybean, wheat and rice.

 

Multivitamins and Science

I have written about multivitamins' in the past. Now we have more convincing scientific evidence that multivitamins are not only useless in protecting you from diseases but are actually harmful in some cases.

Three studies  add to multivitamins' bad rap. One review found no benefit in preventing early death, heart disease or cancer. Another found that taking multivitamins did nothing to stave off cognitive decline with aging. A third found that high-dose multivitamins didn't help people who had had one heart attack avoid another.

"Enough is enough," declares an editorial accompanying the studies in Annals of Internal Medicine. "Stop wasting money on vitamin and mineral supplements."

Stick to real food. "Food is medicine". People have known that citrus fruits prevent scurvy. It took 3 centuries to find out that Vitamin C in citrus was responsible for the citrus miracle. We are still discovering the biochemistry of foods and we have not even scratched the surface. So, eat real food and we will use scientific evidence to improve our food choices, rather than replacing real food with pills.

New Year Resolution

Happy New Year! The Holday season is over. You had fun but gained a pound or more. Now you have to get ready for Valentine's day and get back your beach body for summer break. Overall, you want to be healthy and to look great. Watch this VIDEO and see how you can accomplish this easy and fast!

 


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