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Biggest Discount of the Year! RayGuard Update, Maca from NHI, Mushroom Defense Mix, Not Again News!, Multiplevitamin Battle Rages On

December 2013 - Print | Index

Welcome to the 21st Century of Health! Welcome to Vitamin Express where you get personalized service!

Vitamin Express has won many awards through the years as the Best Place to Buy Vitamins in the San Francisco Bay Area. They are noted for excellent personalized, knowledgeable customer service, the highest standards of product selection and always discounted prices with super sales no one else matches. Please check out their first video on YouTube.

Since 1982 the San Francisco family run small business has offered cutting edge products from the finest sources. When a person calls the store they reach a person to talk to usually within the second ring- no recordings, no untrained staff, no questionable products.

Their motto is "Health is on its way!" and "We're here for YOU!" They sincerely mean this since their goal is to make a positive difference in the lives of their customers through nutrition.

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Happy Holidays! Super 15% Discount Code:  15thankyou 

In Store and on-line - December 23rd to the 31st!

Extra 15% OFF our discounted prices!

Our Special Super Holiday Discount this year is a flat 15% off your purchase over $50.00 or more!

Plus free shipping within the US when the final total is more than $75.00!

Our in-store discount is also 15% over $50.00 with no other extra discounts applying. The only products this discount does not cover is for RayGuard products. They are imported and affected by exchange rates.

RayGuard update:   


Customers are find remarkable benefits from these products. Experiencing an improvement in general health seems the consensus of customers. Some notice such major differences that they purchase extra units as gifts for others. Keep in mind young children and infants who may have exposure since they remain more easily affected by electronic smog. Check out your home and other environments with a gauss meter. We soon will be offering an inexpensive one on our website and in stores. 

Once again here is the link to more information. Within this link are other links to YouTube presentations from authoritative sources. Be educated and informed- this is a major health issue that concerns everyone's future.

Maca, the Incredible! - Natural Health International

There are now many Maca products available. Recently we added a new line of MACA products from NHI (Natural Health International). They are unusually effective and worth your investigating and trying. A Fillmore Street store staff member had told me about the products awhile back. She had said that it was because of using the company's MacaHarmony that she got interested in nutrition. The product was the right choice at the right time. It had been a turn around product for her health. So we owe the NHI a special thank you for sending us, in a sense, a fine member of our staff.

Here are short summaries of their products, the products are available in store only:

Femmenessence MacaHarmony™: It's for women from their teens through to their forties who experience hormone imbalance. Hormone imbalance is becoming more and more of an issue for women of all ages. Apart from the normal monthly hormonal cycle, women now have to contend with xenobiotic (foreign) hormones or hormone-mimicking substances in food, cosmetics, plastics and hair care products. The resulting hormone imbalance is responsible for a whole range of health conditions ranging from PMS symptoms such as fluid retention, acne, bloating, fatigue and mood swings, through to hair loss, irregular menstruation and fertility issues.*

Femmenessence MacaHarmony™ does not introduce any hormones into your body, instead it works with your body, stimulating the hypothalamus, pituitary and adrenal glands to support and balance hormones such as FSH, Estrogen, LH, Thyroid and Progesterone*. Femmenessence therefore works in a unique way for every woman. It supports your individual biological make-up and optimizes your general health status at your specific stage of your life.

Femenessence™ MacaLife®: The beauty of Femenessence™ MacaLife® is that it works with your own body, stimulating your pituitary and adrenal glands and your nervous system to support and balance the levels of the key hormones FSH, estrogen, LH and progesterone… and nothing is more natural than your own hormones. When hormone production is regulated and balanced, it is easier for your body to achieve overall physiological harmony, which means fewer menopausal symptoms and most importantly an improvement in general health.

Femenessence™ MacaPause®: At menopause, your body no longer produces active follicles, so production of estrogen and progesterone dramatically declines. This results in your pituitary gland increasing production of FSH and LH, which leads to the most common symptom of menopause – hot flashes. In our clinical study it has been observed that Femmenessence MacaPause® resulted in a statistically significant increase in estrogen and progesterone, while placebo treatment had no effect on estrogen levels.

pH Quintessence™: is a proprietary concentrated 40:1 formulation made of a particular variety of alfalfa – a rich source of chlorophyll, beta-carotene, the poly-unsaturated fatty acids linolenic and linoleic acid, amino acids (including lysine, arginine, tyrosine, and leucine), calcium, iron, zinc, copper, and manganese. 

pH Quintessence™ (Alfalfa - Medicago sativa) is widely regarded as a “nutritive tonic,” rich in chlorophyll. One of the most significant benefits of chlorophyll lies in its potential to enhance heavy metal detoxification of your body – to better deal with increased everyday exposure to mercury, cadmium, lead, and aluminum. It is also considered to have alkalizing, anti-hemorrhagic and diuretic properties, and to block the absorption of cholesterol – thereby preventing the formation of atherosclerotic plaque.

In addition, Alfalfa works as a “restorative tonic,” helping to treat chronic and acute digestive weaknesses – regarded to increase stamina and strength. It is known to revitalize the body and alleviate acute and chronic inflammatory symptoms associated with cell degeneration and aging by aiding in the assimilation of proteins, vitamins, minerals, and trace elements.

Revolution MacaLibrium: Once you reach your 30's natural production of hormones such as testosterone and growth hormone decreases, resulting in lower energy levels, and other common signs of aging. This decline in hormone production accelerates with age. Revolution Macalibrium® Men, through its adaptogenic properties, stimulates your body’s production of natural hormones to optimal levels, improving health, increasing energy and enhancing wellbeing.

The data from their research on Revolution demonstrates:

  • Increased blood glucose*
  • Reduced triglycerides*
  • Support for sperm production*
  • Enhanced sexual function*

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

Femmenessence MacaHarmony



 120 vegicaps

Femmenessence MacaLife



120 vegicaps  

Femmenessence MacaPause



120 vegicaps

pH Quintessence 90v



90 veggiecaps

Revolution Macalibrium 120v


Revolution MacaLibrium

120 vegicaps 

New Mushroom Product from Vitamin Express

Mushroom Defense Mix

Our new mushroom product 8 in 1 MUSHROOM DEFENSE MIX contains the dried mycelia of 8 mushroom species.: King Trumpet, Cordyceps, Turkey Tail, Reishi, Himematsutake, Lion's Mane, Maitake, Stout camphor fungus.

Mycelia are the vegetative parts of fungi; a mass of microscopic "sprouts" that are called hyphae.The mycellium is a network collection or bundle of filamentous hyphae. It is through the mycelium that a fungus absorbs nutrients from its environment, which allows it to "bear fruit", creating a mushroom.

Mushrooms are made up of fiber-like molecules that include beta-glucans. Beta -glucans provide the immune supporting benefits of mushrooms binding to other immune cells in the of the body

Our Perfect by Nature Mushroom Defense Mix® contains a certified organic, gluten free, mushroom mycelia biomass blend in a vegetarian capsule to provide a full range of the most popular mushrooms to allow broad spectrum defense. Each mushroom species has its own natural variation of defense supporting polysaccharides such as beta-glucans. Our unique blend of 8 powerful mushrooms insures completely natural support.

Not Again! And Again! Yes, They Never Give UP! Neither Do WE!

In our October VE Report we finally had the Establishment's blessing and vindication from all the bad press of how ineffective vitamins and nutrients are. This was the fantastic report from Frost and Sullivan that thoroughly went through the scientific literature to demonstrate that on just one portion of the US population- the 55+ category and analyzing twelve different nutrients the financial savings to the country in medical expense was in the billions of dollars! Here is the Press release and the links to the Report from the Council of Responsible Nutrition.



WASHINGTON, D.C., September 23, 2013—Use of specific dietary supplements in targeted populations not only provides health benefits, but, according to a new economic report, also offers significant savings for health care costs. The report, “Smart Prevention—Health Care Cost Savings Resulting from the Targeted Use of Dietary Supplements,” issued by the economic firm Frost & Sullivan, through a grant from the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN) Foundation, examined four different chronic diseases and the potential for health care cost savings when U.S. adults1, 55 and older, diagnosed with these chronic diseases, used one of eight different dietary supplement regimens. It demonstrated that supplementation at preventive intake levels in high-risk populations can reduce the number of disease-associated medical events, representing the potential for hundreds of millions of dollars—and in some cases billions—of savings.

“Chronic disease takes a huge toll on people’s quality of life, and the health care system spends a tremendous amount of money treating chronic disease, but has failed to focus on ways to reduce those costs through prevention,” said Steve Mister, president, CRN Foundation. “We already knew that the dietary supplements identified in the report can play a role in reducing the risk of certain chronic diseases; we felt compelled to find out if they could also contribute to health care cost savings by reducing the medical events associated with those conditions. This new report says emphatically that they do.”

In the U.S., 75 percent of health care dollars go to the treatment of chronic disease, with only 3 percent spent on prevention, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention2. Medical events—that is, inpatient procedures and emergency room visits—related to coronary heart disease, one of the conditions examined in this report, are expected to cost $77.92 billion per year. However, according to the new Frost & Sullivan report, if men and women, 55 years and older, with elevated cholesterol level took psyllium dietary fiber at preventive intake levels daily, the cost savings for coronary heart disease could be almost $2.5 billion dollars a year, equating to just under $19.9 billion in cumulative net savings between 2013 and 2020. Similarly, if all women over 55 with osteoporosis took calcium and vitamin D at preventive intake levels daily, society could save $1.5 billion dollars a year, or just over $12 billion dollars between 2013 and 2020.

To identify these potential savings, Frost & Sullivan conducted a systematic review of hundreds of scientific studies on eight dietary supplement regimens across four diseases to determine the reduction in disease risk from these preventive practices. The firm then projected the rates of medical events across the high-risk populations and applied cost benefit analyses to determine the cost savings if people at high risk took supplements at preventive intake levels.

 “As an economist in the face of escalating health care costs,” said Chris Shanahan, global program manager, Frost & Sullivan, “it’s rewarding to reveal good news for health care practitioners, public policy officials, insurance companies and patients that select supplement interventions can reduce the chances of experiencing a costly medical event and help control rising health care costs.”

Mr. Shanahan called the findings of this new report “a game changer” with implications for anyone concerned about rising health care costs. “I anticipate this report will fuel the critical conversation around the importance of preventive health care practices to control health care spending, and the critical role dietary supplements can play in reducing the risk of medical events associated with these diseases.”

“This report provides one more reason for doctors and other health care practitioners to open a dialogue with their patients about incorporating supplement usage along with other healthy behaviors. For consumers, it’s a wake-up call to talk to their doctor or nurse practitioner, their pharmacist, or a registered dietitian about smart prevention, including which dietary supplements and what intake levels are right for their individual lifestyle. We also encourage insurers and employers that are looking for ways to lower premiums and absenteeism to consider dietary supplement regimens as part of workplace wellness programs or employee benefits,” said Mr. Mister. “Chronic diseases negatively impact our lives far beyond the direct medical costs and if there are things we can do to help lessen medical events and associated costs of those diseases, we should be doing them.”

The full report, including specific information about the methodology, can be found at with a series of accompanying infographics.

About the CRN Foundation: The CRN Foundation was established in 2009 as a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization for the purpose of educating people about the beneficial, safe and responsible use of dietary supplements and their ingredients as part of a culture of wellness.

About the Council for Responsible Nutrition: The Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN), founded in 1973, is a Washington, D.C.-based trade association representing 100+ dietary supplement manufacturers, ingredient suppliers, and companies providing services to those manufacturers and suppliers.  In addition to complying with a host of federal and state regulations governing dietary supplements in the areas of manufacturing, marketing, quality control and safety, our manufacturer and supplier members also agree to adhere to additional voluntary guidelines as well as to CRN’s Code of Ethics. Visit and Follow us on Twitter @crn_supplements and @wannabewell and on Facebook.

About Frost & Sullivan: Frost & Sullivan, the Growth Partnership Company, works in collaboration with clients to leverage visionary innovation that addresses the global challenges and related growth opportunities that will make or break today's market participants. For more than 50 years, they have been developing growth strategies for the global 1000, emerging businesses, the public sector and the investment community.

1 Dietary supplement regimens for osteoporosis apply only to women 55 and over

2 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,

Suddenly the media presents articles bashing vitamins!

This Report has caused a barrage of denigrating articles on health and nutrition in response. The New York Times even printed an article in which the authors equated vitamins to drugs. They even insisted that vitamins had pharmacological effects. Pharmacology is a combination of two words- "pharma" in ancient Greek means "poison" which now-a days has been changed to mean "drugs", "ology" means the study of.

Vitamins are found in our food and unfortunately have become less and less present. Nutrition is the study of vitamins which are not poisons. "Vitamin" we may think of as a general term but it is not. "Vitamin" only refers to very specific chemical compounds, such as riboflavin (B2) or niacin (B3).

A vitamin is an essential organic catalytic substance. It acts as an ignition spark, which furnishes no fuel in itself, but keeps our fuel- burning system functioning in an orderly fashion. The fuel in question is the food we eat. To be labeled a vitamin, a substance must be shown to be essential to life and growth, and found to be necessary for maintaining proper bodily and reproductive health.

Another article has appeared stating multiple vitamins do nothing for health. In the Journals of the American Medical association one can find statements that every person would benefit greatly just by taking a multiple vitamin daily. Ignorance regarding nutrition must be creating unfounded fear that nutrition may become the true advancement in health rather than drugs especially with the advent of genome testing and the ability to turn on and off genes nutritionally.

Here again is my reprint of the multivitamin battle:

The Multivitamin Battle

Perception is everything.  So let's look at the influences that help determine it.

Medicine is based upon observation, as the French Philosopher Michel Foucault stated in The Birth of the Clinic, when describing the medical profession.

Observation is Perception

 For years the wealthy in northern Europe ate off pewter plates, which have a very high lead content.  Tomatoes are very acidic and when placed in contact with the pewter they leached out the lead.  When eaten, the tomatoes then produced lead poisoning.  Lead poisoning manifests itself in many ways from headaches to delirium to death.  Based upon perception tomatoes were considered poisonous in those regions for several hundred years by society and the medical community until the 19th Century when a merchant publicly ate a bushel of tomatoes to prove they were harmless without ill effects.

Perception is Our Reality

Twenty-five years ago medical science stated unequivocally that we were born with limited number of brain cells.  Once they died, they were never replaced.  Although this seemed illogical to some, it was accepted as fact.

For example, canaries help prove the opposite.  There is an area of a male canary's brain where their song composing takes place.  The song is very important to male canaries because the female canary responds to singing of this song, which helps the male canary in his courting.  After the season passes, the brain cells die.  The next Spring, new brain cells emerge and the canary offers up a new song, perhaps to make sure the female canary responds, since she has already heard last year's tune.

Today it is recognized that brain cells can be regenerated - not just in canaries - and that new ones are created.  With the development of genetics, the World's perception of reality is once again shifting.  We now know that change is an integral part of all life, and that change occurs endlessly.  Farmers, physicists, meteorologists, and geologists recognize this.  It is part of their training, so they recognize it when they see it.  The theory of relativity placed truth within contextual terms and that context changes.  Biologists, chemists, mathematicians, and medical science seem to have much more difficulty recognizing it.  Perhaps this is because they view the World in reduced terms, seeing the World as a tiny stage with set rules and options.  They are often surprised by an observation they never thought could occur because their established rules and language prevented them from seeing it, and their training produced attachment to results firmly established.

An outmoded belief system becomes rigid and corrupted.  It is a fixed belief system.  Meanwhile, everything is changing.  This is exactly what happened at Duke University.

Some oncologists decided to experiment with genetically-altered yellow laboratory agouti mice, specifically raised because they genetically pass cancer on to their young.  These mice are used for cancer research in medical labs.  The scientists decided to see what would happen if they fed the rats some vitamins, specifically, a mixture of B vitamins - the exact same kind as found in a general multiple vitamin.  One of the scientists, Randy Jirtle, thought it both eerie and scary to observe the newborn mice.  The young looked very different from their parents. They were lean, brown and healthy. This experiment helped to change science's view of the influence of the environment and opened a new way of viewing genetics due to "epigenetic change."  This means that genes express themselves according to their environment, i.e., genetic change.  A person changes their genes (turning them on and off) by changing the environment surrounding them - that is, by altering what they eat, drink, and do.

It is now realized that there are approximately 600 enzymes that need vitamins and minerals to function properly.  Research has shown that defective enzyme genes are repairable with a higher dose of the proper vitamin or mineral.

Recent research is recognizing the importance of RNA as the carrier of change raising its importance in its relation to DNA.

It is hitting even the mainstream press.  On the front page of the San Francisco Chronicle, June 6, 2008, the paper reported that "UC Berkeley researchers are searching for genetic flaws that can be fixed by simply taking vitamin and mineral supplements . . . .  By knowing which genes are defective, people will know which vitamins they need . . . .  Eventually, a person's entire genome may be scanned for flaws, and a set of vitamins could be prescribed for optimum health." (Emphasis added)

Change and Observation are Intrinsically Linked

They create our reality.  There are, however, major hurdles for perception to cross.  In our society, training can take many forms and frequently the higher the status, the more rigid the training, such as for lawyers and medical doctors.  The results can frequently be a narrowness that creates draconian, authoritarian behavior.  In addition we have human emotions that present definite hurdles to perception - the greatest of which appears to be greed.  Even when we know otherwise, greed and authoritarian mindsets choose the path committed by the person's training as the "truth" to adhere to or the desirable path to maintain for one's own self interest.

These behaviors and mind sets act in our daily lives and seem to usually play a minor role, but those small, important, skewed perceptions create realities that do not fit the intelligence of the Universe, often with great ramifications.

On the large scale, whole organizations and systems base their reality upon these perceptions.  The results can often be that information is not accurately observed, or else observed and inaccurately reported, or made to fit the desired perception to create a specific reality.  At some point the system fails, there are mistakes.  This common event in the Universe is called "karma." (Karma is when what happened yesterday affects what is happening now, and what is happening now affects what will happen tomorrow.  In other words, your past karma is what happens to you and your future karma is what you do.)  We witness this, for example, in banking, the stock market, healthcare, politics, and education. Ultimately, the Universe sorts it out.

The Heart of the Issue

Are multivitamins unnecessary and dangerous as the media reports?  The media gets their information from news releases, interviews, or actual reporting from attending a lecture or conference by a reporter in the employ of someone.  Regardless of what the media is saying we know that the general health of Americans is deteriorating and at an increasing rate.  We have huge sums of money procured to find cures.  Much of it is wasted funding since in most cases there is not a "cure" per se.  There is only change that can make the difference.  When cancer is recognized more as a result of environmental poisoning and bad diet, and stress, and poor life style with lack of exercise, then change can take place.  Before that time comes to pass, it is all public relations and moneyed interests beating a tin drum.

So what is it about multiple vitamins that make them such an easy target for criticism at this time?  Perhaps it is the old "divide and conquer" because there are definitely several schools of thought regarding a good multivitamin making it an easy arena to attack.  The movement to control the individual's availability to purchase multivitamins hinges on creating a perception that they are worthless or even dangerous and should only be taken under a doctor's prescription (although the doctor is untrained in the field of nutrition), and therefore must be removed from the open marketplace where the individual has control of his or her own health to that of a "qualified" but largely-ignorant professional.

Without the specifics of the content or quality of the multivitamin being attacked, the health industry has a difficult time responding to criticism.  The multivitamin variations are numerous.  We can, however, divide them into several categories and critically analyze them.

The Big Differences in the World of Multivitamins

First of all, when it comes to dietary supplements, there is the health-food store standard, also backed by the orthomolecular approach.  Next, there is the emerging concept that food-based supplements with low potencies are the answer.  Both of these are somewhat on the same side of the fence.  Why?  They both believe in purity and active ingredients for maximum absorption and assimilation.

 Then, on the other side of the fence we have the pharmaceutical drugstore multivitamins.  They actually are the ones that the public most frequently purchases.  Not only are their potencies usually much lower, but they differ in tableting and excipients used.  And all too often the form of the multivitamins differ, with the pharmaceutical brand multivitamin far more often using a synthetic form of a particular vitamin or mineral (e.g., Vitamin D2 (ergocalciferol) instead of Vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol)) that is far inferior in quality to that of the natural or other form found in a brand sold in health-food stores.

 Additives and Quality

Often overlooked by consumers who see generic vitamin names on multivitamin labels and rarely look beyond, additives and quality are nevertheless of paramount importance.  And it is here where the two types of multivitamins have important differences.

Just consider one of the top-selling multiples in the marketplace, which happens to be a drug-store multiple supplement for seniors.  It is highly endorsed by both MDs and pharmacists.  First, let's look at its excipients (the extra chemicals needed to make the tablet, complete the filling of the capsule, or added for some other unknowable reason):

Polyethylene Glycol, Polyvinyl Alcohol, Pregelatinized Corn Starch, Sodium Benzoate, Sucrose, Talc, Maltodextrin, Calcium Stearate, Sodium Aluminosilicate, Sunflower Oil, Colloidal Silicon Dioxide, Corn Starch, Crospovidone, FD&C Blue No. 2 Aluminum Lake, FD&C Red No. 40 Aluminum Lake, FD&C Yellow No. 6 Aluminum Lake, Gelatin, Hydrogenated Palm Oil, Hypromellose, and Modified Food Starch.

Do you want or need all those extra excipients?  How do they affect assimilation?  How do they affect your health?  A crash course in additives will quickly help you decide, so read about them - all are easily found on the internet and known by other common names; such as Crosprovidone, which is PVP, and hypromellose as HPMC.  When all of these additives are researched one wonders how they could possibly pass California's strict anti-carcinogen Proposition-65 requirements for human ingestion since some are related to chemicals that are carcinogens.  Does this make the critics correct?

Regarding quality of the drug-store multivitamin, one of the most important differences is the use of the "dl" synthetic, and inferior, form of Vitamin E (which form has no biological activity).  The formula has many other inferior forms of nutrients to name a few: Sodium selenate (a form of selenium that is not chelated and is easily reduced by Vitamin C into unabsorbable selenium); an unknown amount of sodium; a nonchelated (and therefore less-viable) form of zinc; and all at such low potencies that researchers consider them ineffective as discussed further on.

Let's now look at a typical health-food store multivitamin and see the difference.  Here are the common excipients (some times limited to only rice powder): 

Cellulose, stearic acid (vegetable), modified cellulose, magnesium stearate, silica. Coating: vegetable food glaze.

Here is another example:

 Cellulose, magnesium, stearate, silica dioxide, modified cellulose gum

Followed usually on most bottles with a statement similar to this:

Free of the most common allergens such as yeast, rice, barley, wheat, lactose (milk sugar) and all milk, fish and egg products. No added flavorings, sugars, salt, artificial sweeteners, coloring, preservatives or salicylates.

The actual vitamins are the most-active forms, such as the natural "d" forms of Vitamin E and usually meaningful portions of newer nutrients such as lutein, which in the "drug store" variety had a quarter of a milligram and less than a third of a milligram of lycopene both of which should measure five to ten milligrams to approach an effective dose.  Also, when iron is present in the formula, most frequently it is ferrous-sulfate - a form of iron that causes constipation and interferes with Vitamin-E absorption.  The health-food store vitamin formulas also take into account proper ratios of minerals and B vitamins.

No Proof of Harm, But Proof of Benefit

How can anyone compare or make a generalized statement evaluating multivitamins?  It is true that people have for the last sixty years taken vitamins, even unintentionally because they have been routinely added to fortify foods such as bread, cereals, canned goods, and other food products.  This has been mandated by the government to help protect people's health (although some fortification - such as in the case of iron - has possibly done more harm than good).

For the media to print that the public is getting more vitamins than they need by quoting a doctor or researcher without a proven study is a baseless opinion and absolute nonsense!  If there were such a study, it would be headline news!  Why?

There has never been a single study, out of all that have been done, that shows the American public comes remotely close to consuming the minimum requirements for vitamins and minerals in their daily diet.  Disease prevention and health enhancement in the United States appear to be possible only through supplementation.

Further, studies indicate levels of malnutrition.  Doctors have reported to me from the University of California Medical Center their disbelief at finding scurvy (Vitamin-C deficiency disease) in their patients.  Meanwhile, agricultural departments, such as at the University of Texas, are finding the nutritional levels of food are lower than ever historically, with a steady significant decline from the early 1900s up to the present.

Industrial farming accounts for dramatic ecological and environmental dangers that put everyone at high risk and decreasing nutritional values as food is mass produced without any regard for quality.  This is a relatively recent phenomenon.

According to the 2007 Milken Institute's report "An Unhealthy America - The Economic Burden of Chronic Disease," chronic illness costs the economy $1 trillion a year.  The key points are staggering with more than 109 million Americans suffering from one or more common chronic conditions for a total of 162 million cases (because many Americans have more than one disease case - e.g., diabetes and hypertension).  The former U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Richard Carmona said, "The public is telling us the No. 1 domestic issue is health."  He goes on to say, "The disease burden is mounting, the economy burden is mounting and the trajectory we're on is unsustainable."  How can one possibly ignore these facts and claim that there is no need for everyone to take at least a multivitamin?

Better Health through Better Nutrition

The most recent in-depth study on multiple nutrients recognizes how difficult it is to generalize. (See Block G, Jensen CD, Nordus EP, Dalvi TB, Wong LG, McManus JF and Hudes ML, "Usage Patterns, Health and Nutritional Status of Long-term Multiple Dietary Supplement Users," a cross-sectional study that was published in the October 24, 2007 issue of Nutritional Journal.)   The study nevertheless could make some statistical statements based upon the 278 long-term users of multiple dietary supplements, 176 users of a single multivitamin/multimineral supplement, and 602 nonusers of supplements whom the scientists studied.

At least half of the subjects in the multiple dietary-supplements group consumed a multivitamin/mineral, B-complex, Vitamin C, carotenoids, Vitamin E, calcium with Vitamin D, omega-3 fatty acids, flavonoids, lecithin, alfalfa, Coenzyme Q10 with resveratrol, glucosamine, and an herbal immune supplement. 

The majority of women in this group also consumed gamma linolenic acid and a probiotic supplement.  The majority of men additionally consumed zinc, garlic, saw palmetto, and a soy-protein supplement.

Overall, the study showed that the use of multiple dietary supplements led to better health.  As the researchers themselves said, individuals who consume a number of nutritional supplements were found to have better biomarkers of health than those who do not consume any supplements or who only consumed a multivitamin/mineral.

Among other benefits, multiple-supplement users also had lower levels of C-reactive protein and triglycerides and higher levels of HDL (the so-called "good") cholesterol.  Other findings in the multiple supplements group included lower risks of elevated blood pressure, diabetes (73% less compared to nonusers), and coronary heart disease (52% less compared to nonusers).  Subjects consuming multiple dietary supplements also reported having "good or excellent" health status 74 percent more often than non-supplement users.

Other corollary findings included the discovery of various nutrient deficiencies in both the non-supplement users and the multivitamin/mineral users, especially with low levels of Vitamin C.  Far from being a danger to health as the mass media would have us believe, using multiple nutritional supplements confers various health benefits that merit further study, not blind condemnation. 

Time to Change Perception

So, please read nutrition to know more.  At Oxford University in England students tell you that they "read" history, they "read" mathematics, they "read" philosophy.  They never seem to say "study."  When a person studies something they become attached to what they learn - it becomes the "truth" and hard to change when a new truth appears; whereas, when one reads something, there is less attachment and more investment in critical reasoning and thought - in other words, an "open mind."

With a more open mind you are able to help others change their perceptions about health and nutrition and with it everyone's health.  Stay healthy - it's your right and responsibility!

All rights reserved. Copyright 2009  Michael LeVesque

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. The products listed in this newsletter are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Consult with your physician before taking any of these products.