The American Medical Association now recommends that everyone take nutritional supplements every day.
With this change in policy, the AMA is now in agreement with what leading nutritionists and nutritional research scientists have been saying for years.
This reversal of policy is in agreement with what nutritional scientists have been stressing for years; our diets are so lacking in nutrients that they are the major cause of disease.
Our bodies are “closed systems”; that is, every nutrient needed for growth, health, wellness, and even survival must come from the food we eat.
Because of this we must look at the foods we eat as a measure of our health, especially our long term health.
As early as 1936 the Government reported on the impact of depleted soils. One excerpt from this report states:
“It is bad news to learn from our leading authorities that 99% of the American people are deficient in these minerals, and that a marked deficiency in anyone of the more important minerals actually results in disease. Any upset of the balance, any considerable lack of one or another element, however microscopic the body requirement may be, and we sicken, suffer, and shorten our lives.”
Diseases that we know today to be the leading cause of death; heart disease, cancer, stroke, Alzheimer’s disease, arthritis, etc., were virtually unknown 50 years ago.
Leading research scientists have demonstrated a direct link between these diseases and the food we eat.
Their virtually unanimous conclusion is that we simply do not get sufficient nutrients today necessary for a healthy long life.
Their conclusion is now supported by the AMA. To overcome the deficiencies their recommendation is to add nutritional supplements to everyone’s daily diet.
While the most commonly recognized nutritional supplements are vitamins, many more nutrients are classified as nutritional supplements. They include:
2) Amino acids,
4) Essential fatty acids,
The basic problem is that the only source of these nutrients that are absolutely essential for our health and wellbeing is the food we eat.
The primary source of vitamins, minerals and amino acids that our bodies need for good health come from our farm soils. Today these are so depleted of nutrients that we simply don’t get what we need.
On top of that, the way we cook our food destroys any enzymes that might be available. Any cooking above 119 degrees F destroys enzymes.
The bottom line is that our food no longer is capable of providing the essential elements our bodies need.
Over 43% of Americans now take some form of nutritional supplements and this number is growing as the population ages.
This means that a large portion of Americans acknowledge some vitamin or mineral deficiency.
This is both a good thing and potentially hazardous to our health.
Taking a vitamin is certainly a step in the right direction; however it probably is an insufficient. It can even be argued that taking only one or two types of vitamins gives us the false impression that we are significantly improving our health.
Because all of our nutrients come from the same source, the soils of our farms, is it realistic to believe that our food is deficient in only one or two nutrients?
It is time that we re-think our approach to nutritional supplements. If we accept that our food is deficient in nutrients, we must acknowledge that it is deficient in most nutrients.
Picking and choosing specific vitamins is not the solution. Only a complete nutritional supplement will provide all the nutrients we need to improve our health and lead a long life.
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