For over 30 years vitamin therapy has been rooted in controversy. The main thrust of this controversy is natural or synthetic vitamin intake versus vitamins that come from natural, raw, unprocessed fruits and vegetables, optimally, grown locally and organically. Each year we become better informed on this subject. Is there anyone out there who has not read, or at least heard of the Omnivores Dilemma, by Michael Pollen? And what of the argument that commercialism is driving the sale of over-the-counter vitamins; or indeed, the idea that the medical field stands to benefit from the use of natural or synthetic vitamins, rather than teaching the benefits of a healthy diet?
Today it is a quick-fix world where, for instance, lunch is free if not served to your table in 15 minutes or, standing on a vibrating machine for 5 minutes is said to promote weight loss. It stands to reason that we also look for a quick fix in terms of our health. Many of us are apt to turn to over-the-counter minerals and vitamins to compensate for their lack, in the food we buy at the supermarket, eat in restaurants and takeout at fast-food establishments. Of course, supplements would not be necessary if we all ate more natural, unprocessed food. Eating fruits and vegetables that are fresh and as close to raw as possible would supply us with all the vitamins and minerals our body needs and more!
Often times, for the person who is vitamin and/or mineral deficient, a regime of natural or synthetic vitamins is recommended. There is seemingly no emphasis on improving the daily diet, nor is there very much focus on the detrimental effects of overdrinking and drug abuse. Vitamin therapy is largely the industries way of curing the disease without addressing the cause.
Optimum nutrition requires not only an overall adequacy of diet, but that diet needs to be situated in a totally organic environment which includes fresh good air, bright sun, clean water, daily exercise and a less stressful, more peaceful natural world. And along with these we also need to reward our 5 senses, seeing, hearing, tasting, smelling and touching. A walk in the forest for instance, presents beauty, birdsong, fiddleheads, the perfume of spring blossoms and the delicacy of a newly laid egg.
It is important to remember that the vitamins and minerals found in natural foods work in tandem with other associated food factors such as amino and fatty acids. These factors support the formation of vitamins and minerals so they can be used to their fullest potential. Substituting naturally or synthetically made vitamins can never mirror the effects of those received from natural sources. It has been proven that fresh, uncooked fruits and vegetables provide an abundance of known and unknown vitamins. Nothing more is needed. All commercial or manufactured vitamins, no matter if they made of ground up dried vegetable or made from oil of the shark or cod, are inferior to the natural source. They inevitably lack the trace elements and other minerals always associated with vitamins found in unprocessed foods.
In a lecture delivered in Canada, some years ago, according to the article “Vitamin therapy” found in “Superior Nutrition”, Mallenby states “Improved dietary habits in Canadians…would result in better mental and physical health, the disappearance of much sickness and disability, and a great reduction in the need for doctors and hospitals.” Could it be suggested that this fact prevents the medical world from becoming seriously interested in dietetics and in the improvement of nutrition for this population? Could this account for their adherence to prescribing commercial preparations and medications to supplement the food infants and adults are currently eating, rather than educating in the value of natural goodness?
It has been hypothesized that our body has its own discrimination system for knowing exactly what nutrients it needs to extract from food. This system has developed over the millions of years that humans have eaten only natural foods, which are seen to be alive and full of light. This highly developed discrimination system is located in the pituitary gland and along with our digestive system is responsible for the refinement of all foods taken into the body, ably sorting what the body can use and what it must discard as waste. It is believed that the pituitary centre is paralyzed, in most people, due to the inoculation they receive against polio. Of course the discrimination and digestive systems can only function properly if they are healthy and receiving the correct nutrients.
The human body contains millions of cells, which emit light impulses at a rate of 100,000 per second. It follows that the body recognizes only nutrients from live substances, which contain light. Today fruits and vegetables contain about 70% less nutrients than they did 20 years ago. This is in part due to the use of pesticides, in part because of genetic manipulation and, in part because of artificial fertilization. By now we know, it is better to eat as many organically grown fruits and vegetables as is possible and affordable.
Cow, pig, lamb and chicken all feed on vegetables, grass, leaves and grain. Their digestive systems work best when they are eating “green” and their meat contains all minerals in an easily digestible form. The cells in meat and poultry contain light, just as cells in the human body and the nutrients found there are easily recognized and absorbed naturally by the body. He continues that if the digestive system is not functioning properly or if the food one eats does not have sufficient light, then our eating choices will impact on the energy that that particular food is supposed to supply. If there is insufficient light and nutrients, then the process of digestion will take more energy than the good it is giving, thus creating a negative energy balance. Eating will take energy instead of giving energy. This continuous process may leave a person feeling exhausted. Supplements are not likely to remedy this situation; they may actually make it worse.
Minerals bought-over-the-counter are often comprised of stone minerals. Their molecular structure is hundreds of times bigger than the cells thus rendering them useless to the cells in terms of absorption. As far as vitamins are concerned, the situation is slightly different. Most vitamin supplements are of a synthetic origin. There is no natural light in them, so they are also a burden to the system. And, because the discrimination system is paralyzed by inoculations, as mentioned above, the body does not recognize the synthetic vitamin but only feels the burden it causes. It is argued that supplements at best make very expensive urine and at worst may cause a variety of symptoms related to Parkinson’s disease (excess calcium) and Multiple Sclerosis (liver damage). According to the article “Calcium causes brain cell loss in Parkinson’s”, found in NewScientist Health, de Lange states, “Now it seems…that calcium is the culprit” (2010). And, as indicated in the article “Abnormal liver tests and MS” found in “msrc.co.uk” where Matthews states: “The liver is the organ responsible for …drug detoxification and digestion” (2006). The best-case scenario would be that the body excretes these harmful nutrients rather than storing them in the body’s organs and tissues.
Experiments have shown that light disappears approximately 72 hours after food has been taken from its source. Therefore, it is recommended that we eat as many fresh and organic fruits and vegetables as possible.
In conclusion, it appears to be up to each of us, as individuals, to fully educate ourselves in the controversy of commercial supplements versus natural vitamins and minerals. Each day we are offered more information about the organic environment and sustainable living. We know the natural way is the better way! Therefore, every day we must make wiser more informed decisions, which will impact positively on our world, our animals, our bodies and our very lives.