I have composed this from what I have experienced over the years. If you recognize yourself in some of these, I encourage you to look at the facts, and by the grace of God, make a mind shift. So here we go…
I have tried all the natural products and nothing works (been there done that)
Although you may have tried a lot of products, it would be physically impossible to try every health product on the market – there are simply too many on planet earth.
What may have happened, is that you have tried various different remedies that did not work, and thus (with good cause) have lost confidence in natural products. If we investigate the FACTS a little closer we can usually determine what you have used, and why it did not work.
The problem with this kind of attitude is that, if the solution finally came along, you would probably miss it due to this attitude.
FACT: The body is a biological being, and needs the correct natural nutrients to function properly. Supply it, and the body heals.
I don’t believe in natural medicine.
I think it’s very good to be a sceptic. A sceptic is someone who doesn't fully trust or accept an answer or solution without proper verifiable supportive facts. In plain English this means that you don’t just trust blindly, but need to see some backup for claims that are being made, before making a decision. If a sceptic is however presented with these verifiable supportive facts he/she changes their stance. “If the facts change, I change.”
Sadly, this is seldom the case.
Many people, when confronted with facts, choose to not accept hard facts and choose to follow their old ways, I call them disbelievers. A disbeliever is then someone who makes choices based on illogical emotions, beliefs or preconceived ideas, but not facts. In fact about 89% of people fall into this category, only about 11% of people make their choices, based on facts.
This is of cause very important, as this may be a great help or stumbling block in the outcome of a healing process, which is dependant on what you base your decision making process.
FACT: Belief has nothing to do with it. You only need to believe in something that has not been proven.
My Doctor says it’s never been proven scientifically.
Real science tells us to make observations, then make certain deductions, form a hypothesis which is then tested by many different people, before we can form a theory. For the theory to become a law, it has to be verified by countless confirmations over a very long period of time. All that is needed to disprove the law is one counter example. For this reason science never “proofs” anything. It simply states a tendency in which nature reacts.
So then, if we look at some facts behind the good doctors words:
If your doctor studied biology – and we hope he did…. (As medicine is all about how cells in the human body works) then he would have learnt that EVERY single enzymatic pathway in the body requires either a mineral or a vitamin or a fat to work properly.
It is further interesting to note that, annually, more than a million medical papers are published, of which a significant amount is focused on the interaction of natural substances like vitamins, herbs, minerals and fats. In an era of knowledge explosion, it is impossible to keep up with new studies of just natural substances, especially if your waiting room is full of people waiting for you to simply “relieve a symptom”. It is therefore evident that your doctor who brushes off a natural remedy for being “unscientific” is himself being unscientific, as he has not (scientifically) considered the facts – for what ever biased reason.
One would therefore think that when one of your biological processes stop functioning properly that it would be a logical place to start looking for a possible cause, (like a missing biological building block) rather than rushing to a chemical substance.
FACT: The science of natural medicine is well founded on solid scientific facts. It is up to the health practitioner to apply it correctly to your benefit.
FACT: What your doctor holds deer as scientific has provided the world with, to name but one, Vioxx. (Source: Wikipedia)
Rofecoxib is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) marketed by Merck & Co. to treat osteoarthritis, acute pain conditions, and dysmenorrhoea. Rofecoxib was approved as safe and effective by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on May 20, 1999, and was subsequently marketed under the brand name Vioxx, Ceoxx and Ceeoxx.
Rofecoxib gained widespread acceptance among physicians treating patients with arthritis and other conditions causing chronic or acute pain. Worldwide, over 80 million people were prescribed rofecoxib at some time.
On September 30, 2004, Merck voluntarily withdrew rofecoxib from the market because of concerns about increased risk of heart attack and stroke associated with long-term, high-dosage use. Rofecoxib was one of the most widely used drugs ever to be withdrawn from the market. In the year before withdrawal, Merck had sales revenue of US$2.5 billion from Vioxx.
Fabricated efficacy studies
On March 11, 2009, Scott S. Reuben, former chief of acute pain at Baystate Medical Center, Springfield, Mass., revealed that data for 21 studies he had authored for the efficacy of the drug (along with others such as celecoxib) had been fabricated in order to augment the analgesic effects of the drugs. Dr. Reuben was also a former paid spokesperson for the drug company Pfizer. The retracted studies were not submitted to either the FDA or the European Union's regulatory agencies prior to the drugs approval. Drug manufacturer Merck had no comment on the disclosure.
In addition to its own studies, on September 23, 2004 Merck apparently received information about new research by the FDA that supported previous findings of increased risk of heart attack among rofecoxib users (Grassley, 2004). FDA analysts estimated that Vioxx caused between 88,000 and 139,000 heart attacks, 30 to 40 percent of which were probably fatal, in the five years the drug was on the market.
“So much for what modern medicine considders as scientific”
My doctor says that Vitamin pills simply produce expensive urine.
I drink water and go to the loo quite often; does that mean I should not drink water? Of cause not! The fact that my body excretes water does not mean it did not fulfil a vital function in the body. The same goes for any food supplement.
FACT: Following a healthy supplementing regime is like providing your body with a healthy buffet of micro nutrients. The body gets to choose how much of each nutrient it needs, and discards the rest. This is what makes the body function, weather it’s food, water or a food supplement you take in.
The dietician warned that I should not take any supplements, as I get everything in my diet, as long as I follow a balanced diet.
I always explain that if the farmer did not put it in the soil, it’s not in the plant, no matter what the text book (from the USA) states. And the problem is that a scientific analysis of our mass agricultural over farmed soils indicate that the soil is heavily depleted from micronutrients. The farmers, simply take out way more from the soil, than what is put back. Further more, a constant spraying of chemicals on produce, reduce the micro-organisms in the soil. These micro organisms help feed the plant and convert some of the nutrients in soil for plant usage.
FACT: We need food supplements due to a lack of essential nutrients in the foods we consume as a result of chemical mass agriculture, often prolonged cold storage and over processing of food.
My Doctor says I should avoid taking any vitamins while on his treatment.
I often hear people say that they are on a blood thinning medication or that blood pressure pill or special cancer treatment and that they cannot take anything!
Did your doctor tell you to stop eating then? Unlike chemical preparations, natural supplements are simply FOOD. We take it because we are missing out on it in our modern diet. Although food supplements can be very potent, it is generally impossible for a food supplement to interfere with a chemical preparation, due to the overriding effect an unnatural chemical has in your body.
FACT: At most, a food supplement will enhance your body. If you have doubts about taking a natural food supplement alongside an unnatural chemical, ask a competent natural health practitioner for advice.
My Doctor says that I can eat what I like; diet plays no role in my disease.
I often hear this, which is another contradiction, from the good doctor. If food has no influence on my condition why should I then avoid taking vitamin pills which, as I explained, is simply food in a capsule? Why would garlic when eaten raw be ok, but suddenly become dangerous, or simply be excreted in urine, when dried and ground up and put in a capsule?
FACT: Any food and therefore micro nutrients that we eat, has a DIRECT influence on our health. We are what we eat, or don’t eat!
Diet has a direct impact on conditions like, diabetes, blood pressure, cancer, breast milk to babies, sinusitis, asthma and every conceivable disease on earth.
It would be like telling a pilot of a fighter jet, that the kind of fuel he fills up, has no impact on the jet’s performance, as long as it’s flammable. Such an idea is inconceivable! How much more inconceivable (let alone un scientific) to think that food has no impact on a biological mechanism that is arguably the most complex being ever designed – the human body.
Everyone says their products are the best – what makes yours special? I just don’t believe any one.
This is probably the MOST frustrating thing for anyone trying to buy a good quality supplement – and for a retailer. Not a week goes past that we do not get a rep into the shop, trying to sell us the best in the west…
Over the years we have seen many, many products come, go and a few stay. As marketing can be very deceiving one needs to look at a few technical details. Here are a few:
1. The best packaging is in glass – NOT plastic. So if the “best product” comes in a plastic container, be weary.
2. Look for the “fine print” called the Ingredients. This is not the run down of the mg of certain vitamins, herbs or minerals a product contains. The ingredients list tells you what is actually in the tablet you are about to swallow. Avoid things like, Talcum, parabens, magnesium steareate, sucrose, glucose, fructose and the like. We call these the “gratis extras”
3. If it’s part of a MLM scheme, it is always overpriced for what you are getting. They will almost always tell you that there is simply no other product available like this (the agents are well trained to answer your immediate responses, AND they depend on your enrolling for their commission – stay away)
4. Preservatives. If a product contains any chemical preservative – stay away. We had a case where a well known “organic” facial range were offered to us. There were no indications as to it containing preservatives. On further inquiry we found out that it contained no less than two chemical preservatives! There would be no way, you as the consumer would know this, unless you were made aware of it by an honest retailer. You may choose to use it, but we don’t stock it. There are simply better alternatives.
5. Always go for a capsule, rather than a tablet. In order to get the ingredients into a tablet form the manufacturer uses a range of anti-caking, free flowing, filling or binding agents. You don’t want to swallow it. Capsules, generally, are free from these.
I cannot afford your products
It’s always nice to know how people come to this conclusion. Good quality products cost money. If you think R200 is a lot for a product that meets very stringent criteria, some of which I have described above, then consider the alternative. My father in law contracted cancer, took chemo, radiation and surgery. He had hell for 5 years and died. The total cost, just over 1Million Rand! Now that’s a bad deal!
A good metabolic recovery program would not have been 10% of that, and he may still have been alive, or at least have had a better last few years in quality of life. Unfortunately the medical aid usually does not pay for food in a capsule form. So you may be forced to change a few priorities in your life, in order to afford good health. Do it, it’s a small price to pay.
There is a saying: “People spend their health to gain wealth, then want to spend their wealth to buy back health, unfortunately it is often too late”
I cannot eat like this – I want to enjoy my life.
This is the same illogical reasoning that saying; I like to drive fast; I don’t like adhering to the speed limit. You may get away with it for a while, but it always catches up with you in the long run. It’s a law of nature.
I often find that people have a skewed perception of healthy eating. Something like, tomatoes, lettuce, cucumber, vial tasting tofo topped with a healthy shot of green juice.
Although some may consider this to be healthy, the facts reveal something quite different. There are obvious really bad things that needs to be avoided, but there is a wonderful (mostly undiscovered) world top quality meat, fish, grains, organic vegetables, water and wine that builds your body, rather than placing a constant load on your system.
I will ask my doctor before I take these supplements
Considering the facts about doctors and their unscientific approach to metabolic therapy, would you say they are generally qualified to give you a well informed, well considered opinion on metabolic supportive food supplements? I don’t think so. They would generally brush it aside with a single derogative statement of arrogance, to hide their deep seated ignorance regarding scientifically verified natural remedies and vested financial interest in pharmacological products. They would then further present their (dangerous and expensive) pharmaceutical concoctions as the only real option.
I was told by my doctor that my illness is incurable, so I will just have to live with it.
It always amazes me how a doctor or clinic nurse gets people to buy into accepting a disease as their own, for life. Their illness becomes like a pet. They accept blindly what the so called authority on the subject says. Like a life sentence.
This reminds me of what happens when someone is ‘healthy’ and go to the doctor, only to find out that they have some terminal disease, that will not let them live past 2 months. Two months later the ‘patient’ who believed the authority is dead from the terminal disease. Three months later, however, it’s discovered that the doctor had the records mixed up. The Healthy guy is dead and the terminally ill guy is still alive, 3 years later.
If people come to me with the “life sentence” story, I always ask: “So, were you born with it?” the obvious answer is, no. Well then you must have developed it over time, due to some metabolic shortage or imbalance, and in that case, given the correct missing nutrients your body will revert back to normal.
I have a hereditary illness, so there is nothing I can do to make it better.
Genetics are often blamed when the doctor cannot determine the cause of a disease. “It’s genetic” is like saying “I have no clue where this comes from”
Although genetics play a vital role in your health, I have very rarely seen it as the real cause of a problem.
Contrary to popular belief, genes can be switched on or off. We often see this in babies, who produce an enzyme to digest milk. As they grow up, the gene switches off, and the enzyme production seizes. They, however continue consuming dairy products, and develop sinus, eczema, asthma and other “genetic” illnesses.
So many times people are on toxic drugs for life, when it’s simply inappropriate. Given the correct metabolic support, they can usually be helped very successfully.