My opinions get me in trouble often and I admit to being ignorant in many areas. It has been forty five years since I received a BS in biology. I stopped teaching anatomy and physiology in 1969 so I am not an expert in the field of cellular nutrition. Even with that disclaimer I had to walk out of todays presentation. It was not supposed to be marketing but it was a sales pitch for a vitamin mineral supplement using nonsensical, non data designed to get you to nod along and agree and then to shell out money for an unknown product.
I did not ask for the powerpoint, I would not post it under my name. I want to bash just a few points I heard before leaving. In no special order.
Senate Document 264 was cited as something supporting nutritional supplements. I googled it while in the presentation and laughed. I had never heard of a Senate document.
“99% of the American people are deficient in minerals and a deficiency in any one or more important minerals actually results in disease.” A partial quote from document 264.
“The problem is that Senate Document #264 is not a “report,” and it wasn’t “produced by the government.” It’s not research, it wasn’t commissioned by and had absolutely nothing to do with the government other than the fact that Senator Duncan Fletcher, Democrat of Florida, asked that it be put into the Congressional Record (two weeks before his death of a heart attack at the age of 77). Just like any senator can ask for anything to be put in regardless of merit. Did I mention this occurred in 1936? And did I mention that the “document” is actually an article from “Cosmopolitan” magazine written by Rex Beach, a popular writer of the day?” Everydayhealth,com
Or how about the odd discussion of vegetable shapes correlate to what body organs they augment. Walnuts look like brains so they are good for your brain? Of a carrot cut cross section looks like an eye so it must be good for your eye. I thought a carrot before meeting the knife looked like a penis, why is not good for a woody? Give me break.
As to the porta-potties full of Centrum tablets, urban legend, not true.
“You guys know that story where Centrum multivitamins…
suck since they don’t get absorbed by the body? That septic tanks the world over are filled with undigested tablets? Has anyone actually seen such for themselves? Like personally, and not as told by their sister’s coworker or cousin’s girlfriend or whatever…
See I just dropped a centrum tablet in glass of water less than five minutes ago and It’s already almost completely dissolved. I’m pretty sure my tummy’s stomach acids are a lot stronger than plain old water…”
Try it yourself. Most of any multivitamins contain both oil and water soluble vitamins. The water soluble vitamins not used go out the famously yellow urine and the oil solubles remain in the body and can accumulate to toxic levels. Colorado State University
How much is safe, check this from WebMD
Next the banning of Boron a micronutrient, more half truth.
Toxic effects appear at intakes of about 100 mg. The World Health Organization has banned boron (in the form of boric acid) as a food additive and preservative. Toxic effects include a red rash with weeping skin, vomiting, diarrhea characterized by a blue green color, depressed blood circulation, coma and convulsions. A fatal dose in adults is 15 to 20 g and in children 3 to 6 g. Repeated intakes of small amounts can cause accumulative toxicity. Signs of toxicity include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, dermatitis, and lethargy. In addition, excess boron intake induces riboflavinuria. Landauer found that boron-induced teratogenic problems include skeletal abnormalities and were reduced with riboflavin therapy.” DC Nutrition
Minerals in general:
“COLLOIDAL MINERALS as DIETARY SUPPLEMENTS
In recent years, a plethora of oral “colloidal mineral solutions” has been appearing in the dietary supplement marketplace sold as mineral/trace element supplements. The following discussion is not intended to be an indictment against the colloidal minerals per se, but to bring to light scientific evidence that challenges many of the claims being made for these products. The natural products industry is under considerable challenge from many sectors to provide the public with truthful and non-misleading information about its products. If any sector of the industry is found to be misinforming the public, regulators will use these examples as evidence of why the industry should be significantly restricted in the marketplace. Consumers can only determine what is best for them if they are informed.
The purveyors of colloidal minerals have gone about their business aggressively informing the public about the importance of minerals and many trace elements in human health. For this effort, they are to be commended. Minerals and many essential and some still unproven trace elements play a crucial role in human health, as do all the micronutrients, vitamins, essential fatty acids, and accessory nutrients. However, in their enthusiasm to inform the public about the importance of minerals and trace elements, exaggerated and sometimes totally unfounded claims are made for products which lack scientific support and/or experimental evidence.” DC Nutrition
Try this resource for dosages of herbals and minerals NIH
One last maybe most important point comes not form me but in this outstanding HBO link. Before you waste your money on miracle supplements watch this and you will save your money.