An Independent Researcher's Investigation Of Nutritional Supplements

Here is the main conclusion.

To get to the truth about nutritional supplements, above all...

Trust facts, not authorities.


After all, it was none other than Albert Einstein, PhD, (1879–1955) who warned:

Unthinking respect for authority is the greatest enemy of truth.

Because it is not uncommon, as Einstein was well aware of, for official authorities and acclaimed experts to omit, ignore, or even suppress facts (sound scientific evidence).

Today, this is a familiar reality across virtually the entire field of science. Both modern medicine as well as non-orthodox alternative medicine with all its many sub divisions, such as the domain of nutritional supplements among the health industry, are no exceptions to this routine practice.

Marcia Angell, MD, a former longtime editor of The New England Journal of Medicine, one of the most prestigious medical journals in the world, concluded in sadness:

“It is simply no longer possible to believe much of the clinical research that is published, or to rely on the judgment of trusted physicians or authoritative medical guidelines.” (Marcia Angell, MD, in 2009)

Similarly, several years prior, in 1986, Linus C. Pauling, PhD, (1901-1994), recipient of two Nobel Prizes, gave us this advice:

“Don’t let either the medical authorities or the politicians mislead you. Find out what the facts are, and make your own decisions about how to live a happy life and how to work for a better world.”

We live in an environment in which you are routinely presented with, and exposed to, many different and oftentimes conflicting opinions, rather than facts, about health and nutritional supplements. Frequently, these eclectic opinions are dispensed by a variety of authorities and experts.

No surprise so many people are confused about food supplements.

Are you confused about supplements?


Have You Ever Wondered...

“In order to take care of one’s complex physical equipment, it is necessary, at least partially, to understand it. […]. If one is not willing to learn, he or she must take the consequences. These may include living a life less rich in energy and satisfaction than it might have been.” (Roger J. Williams, PhD, 1893–1988)

Have you ever wondered, have you ever asked yourself...

  • Who is lying, who is telling the facts about vitamins and health supplements?
  • Why take supplements?
  • How do dietary supplements work? What are the vitamin benefits? What will supplements do for me, or my health issues?
  • Do I really need antioxidants and vitamin supplements for health or is a healthy diet (good nutrition) enough?
  • Are supplements necessary or do they just create “expensive urine”?
  • Are all nutritional supplements created equally?
  • How do I know if a natural health supplement works or if I simply waste my money? What are good dietary supplements?
  • What is the best time to take vitamins?
  • What are the side effects of dietary supplements?
  • Dietary supplements and risks... real or exaggerated?
  • What vitamins should I take, what are the criteria I should look for when I buy dietary supplements?
  • Should I take synthetic vitamin supplements or whole food vitamin supplements?
  • Who regulates nutritional supplements, and how? Do the policies of dietary supplement regulation give a guarantee for supplement quality?
  • Why is it that only the medical profession (conventional medicine) can legally claim to “treat, cure, or prevent diseases” with their treatments -and advocates of nutritional supplements, for example, are not allowed to claim this about the use of supplements?
  • What are the biggest supplement myths and fallacies?

This website addresses (or is going to) all of these issues about nutritional supplements. And much, much more.



In Case You're NOT Confused Or Unsure About Nutritional Supplements...

“Acquiring truth about health and biology is difficult at best, and acquiring falsehoods about health and biology seems to be inordinately easy.” (John W. Gofman, MD, PhD, 1918-2007)

At this very moment, you're either convinced that supplements are a total waste of money (and maybe even dangerous), or that they are extremely beneficial and necessary. Or, you likely hold a position that lays somewhere in-between these two points of view.

How did you arrive at your current conviction? Whose information helped you form your perspective?

Do you believe you most certainly know the facts about dietary supplements?

Are you dead set in your thinking, are your attitudes about health supplements “set in stone”?

The information on this website might challenge some (or many) of your perceptions about nutritional supplements, nutrition, health, alternative medicine, and orthodox medicine.

But challenges carry the seeds of new possibilities, progress, and growth. And oftentimes... a path to the facts. Because it is not uncommon to find the truth in the things that deeply disturb us, in things that make us uncomfortable

And more often than not, the reason why something is challenging us and is making us uneasy is because it goes against "common knowledge", against the offical views advocated by public health authorities and the medical establishment.

Thus, the exposure to "challenging information" -about nutritional supplements, for instance- may lead you (and leave you) onto the side of a rather unappreciated minority.

A long time ago a very astute doctor noted:

“The discovery and acceptance of truth are alike painful.
It is a continual warfare with one's self and the world:
it is a fight in which defeat is moral death, and in which
victory brings no ovation.” (William H. Holcombe, 1825-1893)

Many dogmatic traditions and dominant organizations, which portray themselves largely as the sole and exclusive possessors of the truth (the facts) -as in the case of the prominent, “sacred” institution of conventional allopathic medicine (organized medicine)- are representations of culture-specific ideologies

Such ideological perspectives are a direct outcome of, and determined by, both authoritarian governments and other highly influential, rigid groups in positions of power whose origins and battles over turf may go back hundreds or even thousands of years.

By contemplating new data and by putting new information (or uncommon perspectives) about nutritional supplements, health, and modern medicine against this inflexible-dogmatic, cultural background, it might assist you in viewing knowledge that diverges or contradicts the established, authoritarian paradigms, with renewed vigor and openness.

As the biologist Raymond Peat, PhD, once told me:

“[…] if nothing is taken as a final and completely adequate answer, then everything stimulates interest, […].” (Personal Communication, May 20, 2008)


The Probably Best Mindset To Have To Get To The Facts About Dietary Supplements

An observation by Sir Francis Bacon (1561–1626) indicates what might be conceivably the best frame of mind a person ought to entertain about nutritional supplements, and essentially about anything, in order to arrive at the truth of things:

If a man will begin with certainties, he shall end in doubts; but if he will be content to begin with doubts, he shall end in certainties.

A similar insight came from someone from a more recent time period:

Don't believe anything. Regard things on a scale of probabilities. The things that seem most absurd, put under 'Low Probability', and the things that seem most plausible, you put under 'High Probability'. Never believe anything. Once you believe anything, you stop thinking about it.” (Robert A. Wilson, 1931-2007)

An open but critical, questioning, doubting state of mind practically guarantees that you're always thinking about the things you're exposed to (rather than “blindly” believing the declarations of authorities and experts).

It's the frame of mind with a “high probability” of leading you to the truth about nutritional supplements. And anything else for that matter.

It's the frame of mind I humbly and strongly suggest you apply when reviewing the information on this website. And... any information on anything else.



What Is My Intention As An Independent Researcher?

“Independence -is loyalty to one's best self and principles, and this is often disloyalty to the general idols and fetishes.” (Mark Twain, 1835–1910, American Author)

Most importantly, my intention as an independent investigator is to provide you with the facts, always. I may, however, not always succeed in uncovering them. Attempting to reveal the truth about nutritional supplements is challenging in a maze of, oftentimes contradictory, data. After all, alongside unacknowledged and suppressed factual data, there is a lot of information and misinformation -even hype- about supplements, nutrition, and health available. But...

...this is my aim, my goal, my intent in my research on dietary supplements, and health.

I'm dedicated to always seeking, and hopefully finding, the truth.

Why?

Primarily because nutritional supplements, quintessentially, are all about health. Your health. And mine. Our most precious asset.

The best way to protect and maintain our health is with accurate information, the facts. With facts I can be of greatest value to you because by providing actual facts I can help you the most with making your life better.

Therefore, your health (and mine) deserves nothing but the truth about nutritional supplements, both good and bad.



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