How you get sick with synthetic vitamins
SYNTHETIC VITAMINS AND MINERALS
You've probably noticed that you can buy vitamins and minerals at your localsupermarket and your local drugstore as well as at health food stores. You may havethought that maybe the vitamins and minerals in the health food stores were in someway better or were higher quality? Or maybe you've just assumed that the ones in thesupermarket or drugstore are just as good?
Well, funnily enough, you were right - except for one thing, neither of them are goodfor you, especially over the long term. How come?
More than 95% of the vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that you can buy at"health food" stores and close to 100% of those sold in other stores are now made bythe same few pharmaceutical and chemical companies who supply them to most allthe vitamin and mineral companies.
They are no longer the "nutritional supplements" they once were but are, moreaccurately, "nutraceuticals". And once again the drug companies, who realized someyears ago that the best way to handle the threat of people getting better through realnutrition was to quietly take over the nutrition business, are profiting from yourdeception.
People tend to assume that Vitamin C from one brand is pretty much the same asVitamin C from another brand and in many cases they're right since the Vitamin Ccame from the same original supplier.
But what most people don't realize is that these vitamins and minerals are not trueand complete vitamins and minerals as would be supplied by goodorganically-grown whole foods but are in fact chemical synthetics made from suchthings as coal tar, petroleum products, animal by-products, waste and fecal matter,ground rocks, stones, shells and metal.
And not only do they not supply the benefits of the real vitamins and minerals butthey can actually be quite harmful to you when taken over time. Especially in themega doses so often recommended. Real vitamins only require very minute doses tobe effective.
Dr. Richard Schulze
, creator of the excellent whole food formulation, "SuperFood
", has this to say:
"Many so called natural vitamins are made from horrible substances. All thevitamin B-12, cyanocobalamin, on the market is made from either ground up toxic
cow livers or activated sewage sludge. These cow livers are overloaded withsteroids and antibiotics, and the pesticides the cow assimilates while eating. Thesewage sludge is just that, fecal matter. In today's environment of depressedimmune diseases I can think of hundreds of reasons that these materials would be ahealth risk, not benefit. Just because a so-called natural substance (fecal matter isnatural ) is high in a particular vitamin, does that also mean it is a good food?
"Vitamin A from fish liver juices loaded with toxic PCB's and mercury, B vitaminsfrom coal tar and petro-chemicals, known central nervous system depressants,respiratory irritants and carcinogens, Vitamin C from acid blends irritating to thelining of the digestive tract (Ascorbic Acid), Vitamin D from radiated oil, Vitamin Efrom Eastman Kodak, need I say anymore?
"All minerals used in nutrient manufacture are basically dirt. The iron, calcium,zinc etc. are just mined ore, pulverized and powdered to a fine dust. This doesn'tmake it any easier to assimilate.Modern research shows us that minerals of thistype are 99% inassimilable. The manufacturers response to this is to add pigdigestive enzymes, which supposedly pre-digests it or chelates it, in their attemptsto force our body to accept this toxic material. Is this practice of chelating mineralsreally to our benefit or a dangerous act of ignorance?"
And as Dr. Timothy O'Shea
, author of "Conventional Medicine Vs. Holistic:
A World of Difference
", points out:
"Vitamins are not individual molecular compounds. Vitamins are biologicalcomplexes. They are multi-step biochemical interactions whose action is dependentupon a number of variables within the biological terrain. Vitamin activity onlytakes place when all conditions are met within that environment, and when allco-factors and components of the entire vitamin complex are present and workingtogether. Vitamin activity is even more than the sum of all those parts; it alsoinvolves timing.
Vitamins cannot be isolated from their complexes and still perform their specific lifefunctions within the cells. When isolated into artificial commercial forms, likeascorbic acid, these purified synthetics act as drugs in the body. They are no longervitamins, and to call them such is inaccurate."
Let's look at Vitamin C as an example. Many people buy Vitamin C as ascorbic acid,but ascorbic acid is not Vitamin C and in fact taken by itself can be quite irritating tothe lining of the digestive tract. Complete Vitamin C is composed of many co-factorssuch as rutin, bioflavonoids, Factor K, Factor J, Factor P, Tyrosinase, Ascorbinogen,ascorbic acid and other components. Each of these is vital to the complete biologicalactivity that enables Vitamin C to function fully. Ascorbic acid is only a very smallfraction of naturally occurring vitamin C.
"In addition, mineral co-factors must be available in the proper amounts. If any ofthese parts are missing, there is no vitamin C, no vitamin activity.
"The ascorbic acid you buy at the grocery store every few weeks, thinking you are
buying Vitamin C, is just a chemical copy of naturally occurring ascorbic acid,which itself is still only a fraction of the actual Vitamin C. Real vitamin C is part ofsomething living, and as such, can impart life. Your synthetic, fractionatedchemical ascorbic acid never grew in the ground, never saw the light of day, neverwas alive or part of anything alive. It's a chemical, a cornstarch derivative, asulfuric acid by-product. In your body it's just another drug. Synthetic vitaminshave toxic effects from mega-doses and actually can increase the white blood cellcount. Vitamins are only necessary in minute quantities on a daily basis. Wholefood vitamins, by contrast, are not toxic since the vitamin is complexed in itsintegral working form, and requires nothing from the body, and triggers noimmune response.
"Whole food vitamin C as found in potatoes, onions, and citrus fruits is able toquickly cure any case of scurvy. By contrast, the fractionated chemical ascorbicacid has been shown to be insufficient in resolving a scurvy condition, simplybecause it does not act as a nutrient. (Lancet 1842)"
More than 90% of ascorbic acid in this country is manufactured in Nutley, NewJersey, by Hoffman-LaRoche, one of the world's largest drug manufacturers. MostU.S. vitamin companies buy bulk ascorbic acid from this one company. Each vitamincompany then makes its own labels and each usually claims to have a superior formof Vitamin C, even though it all came from the same plant and what's more, it's notreally Vitamin C in the first place.
So what does this tell us? Well, one thing it tells us is that if you look at the label on abottle of so-called "Vitamin C" and it says only ascorbic acid, don't buy it.
Looking at a typical multi-vitamin label we see such things as: Acetate, Palmitate,Thiamine mononitrate, Thiamine hydrochloride, Thiamine Chloride, Pyridoxinehydrochloride, Cobalamin or cyanocobalamin, Ascorbic Acid, Pycnogenols,Irradiated ergosterol or Calciferol, dl-alpha tocopherol, Menadione, Beta Caroteneand Retinoic acid
. How many of these are true vitamins? Not a one - they are allchemical derivatives concocted in a pharmaceutical laboratory.
And they are none of them complete vitamins. And they are in forms that your bodydoesn't know what to do with. Especially in the absence of the synergistic mineralsthat enable the vitamins to work.
SO WHAT'S THE PROBLEM?
So, what's the big deal with taking synthetics - why is it really a problem? And howcome some people report feeling better when they first take them? If a person has inhis or her body enough reserves of the missing parts of a particular vitamin whencombined with the vitamin isolate from the synthetic they will experience someinitial relief. But as soon as those reserves are used up, the synthetic will no longerwork, the symptoms will return and the person will now experience the oftenunpleasant effects of vitamin imbalance and deficiency.
As Dr. Judith DeCava
points out in "The Real Truth about Vitamins and
, "This is what occurs with all synthetic vitamins: the
body treats them as toxins, leading to the "expensive urine" of excess vitamin
intake referred to frequently, since the human system via the urinary tract attempts
to rid itself of the major quantity of such foreign chemicals.
Dr. DeCava also points out that vitamin B1, as synthetic Thiamine (Thiamine HCL or
Thiamine Mononitrate), "will initially allay fatigue but will eventually cause
fatigue by the buildup of pyruvic acid. This leads to the vicious cycle of thinking
more and more Thiamine is needed, resulting in more and more fatigue along with
other accumulated complaints.
.Natural food-source vitamins are enzymatically alive. Man-made syntheticvitamins are dead chemicals."
True whole food vitamins don't leech the body of their missing co-factors and don'tcause a vitamin imbalance leading to the return and increase of symptoms. Truevitamins also don't need mega doses to create their effect. A high number ofmilligrams is often an indication of a synthetic source.
According to Dr. Timothy O'Shea
, "In one experiment, synthetic vitamin B
(thiamine) was shown to render 100% of a group of pigs sterile!"
and, "A study reported in Apr 94 in the NEJM of some 30,000 Finnish subjectsshowed conclusively that synthetic vitamin A had no antioxidant effect whatsoever.
A true antioxidant helps to protect heart muscle, lungs, and artery surfaces frombreaking down prematurely. In this study, the subjects who received the syntheticbeta carotene actually had an 8% higher incidence of fatal heart attacks, strokes,and lung cancer than those who got the placebo (sugar pill). Stands to reason: thesynthetic brought no vitamin activity to the tissues that needed it. As a dead,purified chemical introduced into the body, the synthetic further stressed theimmune system, the liver, and the kidneys which all had to try to break down thisodd chemical and remove it from the body. It would be bad enough if they wereharmless, but synthetic vitamins actually have a net negative effect."
There is a chart here that you can look at and see from the labels if the vitamins youare taking are real or synthetic. Just looking at the labels and acting accordinglycould change your life.
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