by Bob McCauley, CNC, MH
I don’t sell supplements. I don’t think they are necessary to live a healthy lifestyle. I sell wholefoods such as chlorella and spirulina. However, first, let’s define what a supplement actually is. I consider a supplement a nutrient that has been isolated from a whole food, such as Vitamin C from rosehips, or synthesized meaning that it has been chemically recreated. Synthetically created nutrients should be avoided at all costs in my opinion.
When you consume a wholefood such as chlorella you are consuming something that comes directly from nature and has not be “tampered” with. Supplements are a whole other story. For instance, when you have low iron your doctor will recommend an iron supplement. However, the problem with that is iron supplements are not in the correct form therefore it builds up and becomes toxic, especially to the liver. Supplements sometimes have side effects because they don’t come directly from nature.
The danger when you sell supplements is that you become answerable to things that happen when supplements don’t work. This is what happened to Dr. J. Mercola when he spoke this last weekend at the Health Freedom Expo in Schaumberg. IL, June 11, 2011. Mercola has written a lot about Vitamin D (which is really a hormone) and he asked how many in the audience took a Vitamin D supplement. I was amazed to see 80% of the audience raise their hands. Mercola said “No, no, no. Don’t, do not, take a Vitamin D supplement. It’s wrong.” The audience members rebelled and yelled back at Mercola who was sadly shaking his head. Someone shouted: “We want our money back!” Mercola ignored the comment completely and went on with his talk. Everyone heard the comment which drew several laughs from the audience. And this is the problem when you sell supplements such as Mercola does. He sells lots of them. I don’t know if he ever sold oral Vitamin D supplements, but ignoring the comment the way he did made him look like he had once promoted Vitamin D oral supplements. It was a long, very long, very awkward moment.
If Dr. Mercola did not sell supplements at all he wouldn’t have people yelling to have their money refunded from the audience. I don’t often have people yell at me from the audience when I do talks, but if anyone wants to argue with raw wholefoods they can take it up with the producer: God.