by Dr. Lawrence Wilson
© April 2019, LD Wilson Consultants, Inc.
All information in this article is for educational purposes only. It is not for the diagnosis, treatment, prescription or cure of any disease or health condition.
Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Pancreatin And Ox Bile
- Glandulars Versus Protomorphogens
- Herbs Are Also Toxic
- Synthesized Products Are Not Just Stimulants
- Food-Based Products Are Not Always Better Absorbed
- Isolated Nutrients Are Not Necessarily More Toxic Than Food-Based Products
- Synergetic Factors Can Get In The Way
- Chelated Minerals Work Well As Placeholders
- Capsules Versus Tablets
Seeking truth. A goal of this website is to expose lies and deception within the health field. The supplement industry has plenty of lies, although the situation is somewhat better than the pharmaceutical industry, which is almost a complete lie as to the safety and effectiveness of their patented products.
Whole-food products. A debate within the holistic healing community has to do with whether food-based supplements are better than others. We find that for best results, we need to use some food-based or whole food products AND some isolated nutrients.
The food-based products work well for certain situations. However, reasons why food-based products don’t work as well as some isolated or synthesized nutrients include:
1. Food-based products are often mixed with foods that interfere with the absorption and utilization of the nutrient we want.
As an example, kelp contains a little mercury, as do all products from the sea. We can cope with this problem, but others are not so easy to handle. For example, one whole-food supplements company mixes their chelated zinc with liver. Liver contains quite a lot of copper, which can be a zinc antagonist. We prefer to just have the zinc without the copper and we cannot ‘take the product apart’. So we don’t use it.
2. At this time, (April 2019) the metabolic formulas needed for development programs are not made by any food-based supplement companies. This means one has to mix and match many food-based products to create the metabolic formulas we need. Even doing this does not work very well. It is also more costly, requires more pills, and is less convenient.
3. In some cases, food-based products are very low-dose. This forces us to use more tablets, which adds cost and inconvenience.
Food-based supplement companies may claim that their products require lower doses than other products. However, we don’t find this is to be true, in some instances. Doses matter a lot with development programs.
The decision as to which kind of supplement to use is always complex. Any simplistic theory about whole-food or other is wrong, in our experience. Here are some examples.
We observe much better effectiveness in the food-based selenium product from Endomet Labs than with other selenium products. Even yeast-based selenium is not working as well for our purposes.
In this case, beans or some other fast-growing sprout is grown on selenium-enriched soil. This causes the selenium to be incorporated into the growing plant. The plant is then harvested and powdered, perhaps freeze-dried, to make a capsule.
We find kelp to be the best source of iodine and many other minerals. Other iodine preparations such as Lugol’s solution, Iodoral and others are not as good, and often build up in the liver.
This is an extract from the liver of some fish. It is a superior product, in our experience. There are no synthetic omega-3 products.
TRIMETHYLGLYCINE OR TMG
This is derived from sugar beets and works very well. There is not synthetic TMG available.
PANCREATIN AND OX BILE
This food-based product works very well. Some companies use fungal-derived ‘vegetable enzymes’. These are much more yin and do not work as well, and are slightly toxic, in our experience.
Some companies use betaine hydrochloride and pepsin. This is also more yin and slightly stimulating, so we don’t use it.
We like the lanolin or perhaps the cod liver oil-based product. We do not recommend synthetic vitamin D (D2), which does not work as well and may be somewhat toxic.
Natural vitamin E from soybean or wheat germ oil seems to work better than synthetic vitamin E.
D and L rotation. In nature, most vitamins and foods are only D (dextro-rotary) or only L (laevo-rotary). This gives them certain qualities. When they are synthesized in a lab, however, it produces a mixture of these two spins and the qualities change. This is definitely the case with vitamin D.
We prefer the natural vitamin A from fish liver oil. Endomet Labs is having problems getting this, so we settle for the semi-synthetic retinol for now, but we hope the other will become available in the future.
Note that each supplement has its own “story” and blanket statements that one type is always best are always wrong. These assertions, in our opinion, are simply sales pitches.
This is usually semi-synthetic, derived from corn. It works well in this form. All vitamin C is very yin, so we limit the amount we use. We discuss this in more detail below.
GLANDULARS VERSUS PROTOMORPHOGENS
One of the worst deceptions wrought by one food-based company is claiming that their glandular products are better because they use an older, outdated, less healthful and more toxic process to make them.
To add insult to injury, they change the meaning of a common term in the supplement industry and call their products protomorphogens instead of the newer term that everyone else uses - glandulars. Those who work in the supplement industry know that these words mean exactly the same thing! This company should be ashamed of themselves for this deception. It is as bad or worse than the Climate Change hoax.
We much prefer the newer, freeze-dried glandular (or protomorphogen) products. They work very well without the added toxicity of the old salt-extracted glandular products.
HERBAL PRODUCTS ARE TOXIC
We would love to use herbs more. However, we only use a few herbs. The main problem with using most herbs for development is toxicity. Here are more details:
1. Many herbs are somewhat toxic by nature. If they were non-toxic, they would be called foods, not herbs. The toxicity may not be a problem if they are used short-term only. However, it is a problem when they are used long-term, which is how we need to use most products in order to cause Development.
2. Many herbs today are toxic because the earth is polluted and many herbs seem to pick up the toxins easily. Among these are Chinese and Indian herbs.
People often think the latter are somehow superior. However, we find this is not true and often the opposite is true, even with the good brands of Chinese and Ayurvedic herbs. Please stay away from them.
3. Herbs often contain substances that are stimulating or in other ways interfere with development. They are complex plants, in almost all cases.
For these reasons, we don’t recommend many herbs. For details, read Herbs.
SYNTHESIZED PRODUCTS ARE NOT JUST STIMULANTS
Some food-based product companies say that synthetic or semi-synthetic vitamins are just stimulants. This is a lie, just one of the lies they teach.
As an example, semi-synthetic ascorbic acid, which is made from corn, works excellently as an anti-oxidant. It also helps support the adrenal glands, rebuilds tissue, lowers copper, helps lower heavy metals and can perform hundreds of other functions in the body.
The same is true of synthesized B-complex, chelated minerals and others. One whole-food company criticizes chelated products, but then sells zinc and perhaps other minerals in chelated form. They even call their product a chelate, which is a synthesized form! We do not like false advertising, which this is.
Some claim that food-based nutrients are absorbed better than others. While true in some cases, we do not find any problems in absorbing synthesized or isolated nutrient such as vitamin B or vitamin C that is made from corn or other natural sources.
We always recommend people take their specific recommended supplements with a meal and with a digestive aid as well.
ISOLATED NUTRIENTS ARE NOT NECESSARILY MORE TOXIC THAN FOOD-BASED PRODUCTS
This is another lie taught by some whole- food vitamin companies. All supplements are toxic to some degree, as are all foods.
All supplements are also somewhat yin in macrobiotic terms. This is a problem with all of them.
For example, one food-based vitamin company puts oat flour in some of their products. The problem is that many people are sensitive to all gluten-containing foods and products. As a result, these “all-natural and supposedly pure food-based products can cause reactions, while isolated or synthesized nutrient products may work better for sensitive people.
SYNERGETIC FACTORS CAN GET IN THE WAY
Some food-based vitamin companies advertise that their products are superior because they contain synergetic factors. However, as explained in the example of zinc earlier in this article, if we desire to give zinc, we don’t want synergistic factors that may interfere with the effect of zinc.
We want to decide which synergetic factors to use, rather than allow a supplement company to decide for us. This is a simple idea, but one that many people don’t understand.
CHELATED MINERALS WORK WELL AS PLACEHOLDERS
Chelated minerals, which are synthesized by cooking minerals with an amino acid or other transporter, are sometimes attacked by whole food companies as being less than ideal. We agree. The ideal forms are found in a few foods.
However, chelated minerals are often well-absorbed and work well as placeholders until one can get better forms of minerals from food. The placeholder concept is somewhat advanced. For details, read Placeholders.
SYNTHETIC PRODUCTS GET THE JOB DONE WELL AND IN A LESS COSTLY WAY
We think the whole-food companies do not want you to know this, so we are pointing it out. What matters is the results, and that is what we are interested in, not theories or ideologies that do not hold up in clinical situations.
SOME FOOD-BASED SUPPLEMENTS CONTAIN TOXINS FOUND IN FOODS
These are just as bad as toxins found in synthetic products. One type of toxin is not “better” or “worse” than another. Yet that is how the food-based companies make it sound.