As a holistic healthcare practitioner, I am constantly exposed to new products, research, and concepts. In order to provide the best advice and care for my clients, I must take a critical look at the scientific theory and proof behind each of these items. It is imperative that I stay current, not clinging to tradition or to what I have been taught as if they were “the gospel truth.” I must be a “devil's advocate,” if you will, and I challenge you to be the same: Question what you hear being promoted as healthy. Go even beyond provoking debate, and become an advocate FOR your own health!
Science as well as the food industry are constantly coming out with new products and claims that seem right at the time, but are later proven to be false, and even detrimental to our health. For example, surveying medical history from the last 100 years, we see that:
As Americans, we have this notion that if a little of a good thing is good, then a lot of a good thing is even better, and we are destroying our health by this lack of prudence and moderation!
The antioxidant theory is no exception to this rule. I have recently been exposed to a radical new concept that antioxidants may actually be bad for our health, while free radicals may actually be beneficial. Yes, you read it correctly! However, this concept is not really new because it has been around since the 1940's, advocated by proponents such as Dr. Royal Lee of Standard Process.
I was shocked to learn this “new” information and more! Afterall, antioxidants are supposed to be good, right? I want to be clear that naturally occurring antioxidants in fruits, vegetables, and herbs are NOT bad for our health, but high dosages of antioxidants in the form of supplements, especially SYNTHETIC versions, are the real culprits.
Intrigued? Stay tuned for my next blog when I will share the laboratory results of antioxidant trials, explain the difference between human vs. laboratory trials and why the results are so contradictory. Then, you will be able to play the “devil's advocate” and make an informed decision that truly advocates for the health of you and your family.
L'chaim-- To Life!
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