A customer wrote that he was following a chiropractor who says the same things I do and helps people get healthy. But he’s not saying what I do by a long shot. I’m not going to name this doctor but just use his approach as an example of what people are being exposed to that may not be as effective as it could be.
I told our customer that this doctor may say the right things but unfortunately words can’t replace effective supplements. He’s not even saying the right things as far as the majority of the public is concerned because he’s focused on a plant-based diet. Also, I can tell from his photos, he’s been gaining a lot of carbohydrate weight over the years. And his supplement recommendations can be problematic in the long run.
His list of supplements cover the ones that many doctors are still recommending by rote, which I think are inappropriate for the majority of the population. Here’s why:
Lugol’s Iodine: Provides way too much iodine to the body, especially the thyroid, without the balancing effect of selenium and the other 7 minerals that make our thyroid hormones. One drop of Lugol’s contains 3.75 milligrams (3750 micrograms), whereas the RDA is only 150 micrograms. From that high amount, commonsense should tell you that taking even 1 drop of Lugol’s can cause an imbalance in all the other minerals that are necessary to make thyroid hormone.
Spirulina and Chlorella: These green algae can have high amounts of nutrients but also high amounts of contaminants because every body of water ever tested contains countless drug metabolites and chemicals. Unless you get a Certificate of Analysis with every bottle you buy you really don’t know the level of contamination in the product and you really don’t know the level of nutrients in the product. I gave up on herbs and algae when I learned from manufacturers about the level of contamination they have to deal with and the fact that they can irradiate and gas raw materials and not have to report it on products that use those raw materials. So this important information never gets reported on product labels.
Fish Oil: Nearly all fish oil is heavily processed. It’s not a fermented food fish oil like the Blue Ice Royal that I recommend for omega-3s, Vitamins A, D, and K2. Many fish oils also contain extra Vitamin D, so be sure to check your labels. Recent fish oil studies actually show that processed fish oils can be detrimental to your health. Therefore, I still say that food-based and low potency are the best forms of fish oils to take.
Vitamin C from Ester C: This is just another ascorbic acid that is one eighth of a Vit C Complex but it’s so heavily marketed that you think it’s quite special. Vitamin C complex with all the different molecules to be intact and involved. They are: Rutin, Bioflavonoids, Factor K, Factor J, Factor P, Tyrosinase, and Ascorbinogen.
The ascorbic acid in supplements is usually derived from corn starch, corn sugar, or rice starch, and requires volatile acids for its transformation. Such processing makes ascorbic acid into a chemical. I recommend Grown by Nature Vitamin C Complex. The discount code gbn123 is still recognized at www.grownbynature.com.
Vitamin D3 10,000:
I can’t believe how quickly natural medicine practitioners jumped on the allopathic bandwagon of using high dose Vitamin D. They should know the biochemical pathways of this vitamin and the dangers of using too much. At 10,000 units per dose inactive Vitamin D can rob the body of magnesium and create magnesium deficiency symptoms.
I critique most supplements in favor of my Completement Formulas and do it often on my radio show and through our customer service. Of course, this may appear self-serving but it also truthful reporting of the efficient absorption of my formulas and their effectiveness. You can learn more about the best dietary supplements on the market by following the link to my products on my home page www.DrCarolynDean.com.
Carolyn Dean MD ND
The Doctor of the Future®
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