Here’s A Radical Idea: Stop Buying Supplements From The Market

 

Okay, I don’t want to lose you, this will be quick.  The internet is full of blog posts and articles selling you everything to make you perfectly happy and healthy (here is a quick comment to that, whatever they are selling won’t do it.)  Since supplements are not regulated by the FDA, anything can be in there. And unless an issue arises, or someone complains, or gets sick, or sues, you will be downing alfalfa capsules thinking it is St. John’s Wort.  This is not a joke, a recent study showed that over half of 10 tested St. John’s Wort supplements had little to none in it.  In fact, what they DID have could be even worse. One was filled with a known herbal diuretic. Yikes. (Another reason not to drop your prescription medication for herbal supplements without doctor and herbalist cooperation.)

So, quickly, what can you do?

Get your needs from food.  You know, “let food be thy medicine” and all of that. “Every food is a super-food”. I can probably come up with five or more slogans that say the same thing. Food was made to nourish us, eat it. Grow it. Share it. Enjoy it.

Find an educated herbal professional to walk you through what herbs you should grow, purchase, and use.  There is a reason these professionals take anatomy and physiology just like healthcare professionals. Many also study biochemistry or nutrition. Use their knowledge and let them help you!  If the goal is to balance yourself out to live a normal life, seek out a professional herbalist, alternative medicine practitioner, nutritionist, whatever you think would help you at this stage of your life.  You may seek out all of them. Bring these professionals your current supplement stash and you can wade through them together. I’ve never met an herbalist who practices for the money.  It is all about sharing knowledge.

Make your own nutritional supplements.  No, you are not “Doctor Mom”, you are a whole person aware of your bodily needs.  Giving yourself supplements to live life is not practicing medicine on yourself, and should not be used instead of seeing an educated professional.  If you have no issue making yourself a balanced dinner, you should have no issue making a mug of lemon balm tisane or sprinkling mustard powder on your cooked broccoli.  But when you start trying to fix a specific issue, that is when it would be best to search out the help of a practitioner, one who studies herbal energetics and nutritional synergy. With their help you can even make your own personalized supplement capsules. I assure you, a professional will also let you know when your issues are beyond their practice and recommend you into the hands  of those who may help better.

If you are into quick educational videos I recommend this one here about supplement safety. Black Raspberry Supplements Put To The Test 

Marketing, The FDA, and Egg-less Mayo

As I sit here procrastinating on studying for my Medical Terminology final I have in exactly 1 hour and 20 minutes, I found this story at the top of my Facebook news-feed.

The FDA has decided that vegan Just Mayo is actually mayo after all

Without getting involved in the vegan-vegetarian-omnivore conversation vortex, as it is easy to do as someone studying holistic health (I mentioned that I only have an hour to procrastinate here), the marketing is really what this is about. And a bit about the FDA, of course.

I’ve had tons of articles pop up for me recently about small companies getting “warning letters” from the FDA about how they do business or how they market.  But I do not have the same feelings about each company and the “big bad FDA” (as proponents of green-washing want to tout) after each read.  Sometimes I am in agreement with the FDA. AHH! Aren’t you a student of holistic health? What is wrong with you!!  No, seriously. Sometimes what the FDA is requiring is within their jurisdiction. Other times it is not. It’s not personal, it’s set regulation.

So the Just-Mayo people were told they were not marketing correctly and that they needed to change their label since their mayo is vegan.  This is interesting, as if I recall Pringles can’t be labeled potato chips (I think they go by ‘crisps’) because they do not have enough potato content. And I know Nutella has had many issues, from not having enough cocoa to be called chocolate spread in Italy, to being sued for claiming itself a “health food”.   And what about the classic, sweet Miracle Whip?  So, who has the rights to the legal definition and labeling of mayo? Apparently the use of the word ‘just’ has to be defined.

From the article, “The new label clearly states that Just Mayo does not contain eggs. And CEO Josh Tetrick tells Quartz it will emphasize the word “just”—not as in “only” but as in “guided by reason, justice, and fairness.”

So this leads us to marketing. And what words mean.  And what companies mean when they use those words. And that really is the most important thing. Our culture wants to tell us what we need. And then it wants to sell it to us.  And we really shouldn’t believe a word of it at face value.  I guess we can say that it is sad to be held accountable, but for all the information out there we should be held accountable.  We can be aware of an awful lot. We can gain a good amount of knowledge on many topics.  So although ignorant purchasing is bound to happen while living a balanced life, if we really are trying to make an informed choice on something, we have the ability to do it.

So ask yourself some questions before buying into a brand:
What is this brand trying to sell me? (Lifestyle/Culture/Clique/Health)
Does it use an Us vs. Them method?
Are they open about their practices and research?
Do they have trusted, educated endorsers?
How old is the research?
Will it disrupt my balance or peace?
Can I separate myself from the brand?