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Top 3 Costliest Health Mistakes

By |April 13th, 2013|

While trying to improve my health over the years, I tried many things that didn’t work and made plenty of the costliest health mistakes. Some of these missteps cost me time (not getting better), some cost me money and some cost me both. Maybe you’ve gone through this, too.

You won’t find the common health mistakes of smoking, drinking too much or not getting enough sleep or exercise on this list of health mistakes. Instead, I want us all to take a look at how our obsession with the quick fix overtakes our common sense and holds back our health.

1. The Magic Pill Promise

Costliest Health Mistakes

There is a pill to magically take away all your pain. There is a pill to magically suck away all your fat– no matter how much you eat!  There is a pill for everything.

We want to believe in these pills. We want them to work because we want to feel and look better.

Think about it though – how can a tiny little 500 gm pill make up for the pounds of sugar we eat, the bowels of greens that we don’t consume, the shopping carts full of dumb carbs and junk food we eat,  instead of the whole foods, fresh fruits and whole grains? […]

Why We Take Vitamins. Why We May Be Wrong!

By |February 2nd, 2010|

Are there better options than bags full of vitamins and pills?

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One-third of Americans (and an even higher percentage of Canadians) takes vitamin and mineral supplements each day. Reasons include:


1. Our new understanding of the body's requirements for particular chemical nutrients. For example, Vitamin C helps reduce free radical damage in cells.  It's easy to take Vitamin C in capsule form and to assume that it will give you the same benefits as a glass of orange juice. 
2. Our food supply is not as nutritious today as it was in the past.  This is due to large-scale farming which focuses on quantity, shelf life and profit rather than quality and nutrition. 
3.  Our modern lifestyle makes eating a balanced diet more difficult.  Increased stress has also boosted our need for certain nutrients.
We now assume that a vitamin pill will fill in these ‘gaps’ in our nutrition.  It may seem like a simple solution, but they often don't do enough.  And sometimes they just DON'T WORK.  Why is this?


A report in the December issue of the Journal of the American Dietetic Association concludes that the formula for optimal health isn't in the supplement aisle of a health-food store but in the FOOD AISLE. The American Dietetic Association is the largest organization of professionals that deals directly with your diet. It also has access to the most data and research in the field. So why do they state that foods are better than supplements?

5 Reasons To Use a Food Based Approach

1. Vitamin supplements are limited to what is written on the label. If it lists 20 chemical isolates, that is all you get. In comparison, every whole food has thousands of different micro and macro nutrients. This is why the better (and the more expensive) the supplement, the more factors it has in it.  But the best supplements are whole foods.  An orange, for example, has not only vitamin C but bioflavonoids, beta-carotene, folic acid, fibre, magnesium potassium and many other valuable nutrients. 

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2. Foods contain nutrients we don’t fully understand.  Nutritional science is still young. Each day it discovers new phytonutirents which have profound influences on the body. More importantly, nutritional science is only just discovering the relationships between the various nutritional factors: how one factor influences another and how different ratios of nutrients affect the body.  The ‘facts’ of nutrition may change tomorrow, so why should you depend on them today?


3.  Each person has UNIQUE nutritional requirements
. These requirements will change over time and in different environments.  If you take this into account and try to prescribe isolated vitamins and minerals it becomes very complicated very quickly. The ‘gaps’ are constantly changing.  You would need expensive professional help to pinpoint the best nutrients for your body.  And they can only determine what your body needs at a single point in time while your needs will change from one day to the next. 


4.  The body absorbs foods best.
  Mere decades […]