If your diet has always consisted of a wide variety of nutrient dense, organic whole foods, locally grown (preferably in your back garden) and harvested at the right time for maximum nutrition, and your digestive system is working at peak performance, then we are pleased to inform you, you have little use for supplements.
For the rest of us, it’s rather a different story.
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Why do we need nutritional supplements?
There are many benefits to living in our day and age. Our ability to learn and share knowledge has grown so significantly that you could be reading these words from almost anywhere on the planet. Thanks to the convenience of modern transport, a bad harvest doesn’t have to mean a winter on rations. Yet, whilst we can see evidence of progress, the fundamental aspects of survival are being steadily forgotten. Let us highlight the most prominent issues we face in our food supply today:
- Depleted soil and low-nutrient crops. Human bodies require mineral balance for optimum health and unsurprisingly, soil is no different. Only with the correct mineral balance, can soil produce healthy crops of high nutritional value. Nowadays, soils are desperately low in zinc, manganese, chromium, molybdenum, calcium and magnesium. The same depleted soil is used year after year, meaning that even a diet restricted to organic produce can no longer suffice for our nutritional needs.
- Use of pesticides and herbicides. Most people are aware of the dangers associated with pesticides and herbicides, yet few understand them fully and most do not take action to eliminate them from the diet. The suffix ‘-cide’ originates from Latin, meaning ‘killer of’. For pesticides to succeed in their purpose, they often consist of deadly chemicals, containing lead, arsenic and other toxic metals. These unwelcome substances accumulate in the body and remain as a burden unless action is taken to remove them. Only a carefully designed health programme can reverse this process.
- High-yield crops and GMOs. 100 years ago, the same wheat field contained only 10% of the crops that it contains today. That is to say, the density of wheat production has increased by 1000% in this period! As a result, all trace mineral levels have declined in our crops. Examining wheat, we see a protein level of about 6% today, whereas 100 years ago this level was at 12-14%. Further to these losses, genetically modified organisms – that’s mankind trying to surpass nature – are being rolled out surreptitiously around the globe. These GMO foods can be altered in all manner of ways, including the introduction of chemicals that destroy our gut bacteria – the home of our immune system.
- Well-travelled foods. It is important to understand this concept when making your choices at the supermarket, or better still, your local grocery or farmer’s market. A great percentage of the food on supermarket shelves has been imported from across the world, travelling many thousands of miles before it reaches your basket. To ensure that food survives these long journeys, it is often picked unripe and then gassed to “ripen” it on arrival. It may also undergo factory processing, whereby preservatives are introduced and irradiation is used, among other means to maintain a “fresh” product. Even the best organic produce can be subject to considerable journey times, often retaining little of its nutritive value by the time it arrives on your table.
- Food processing and additives. Food processing is not a recent phenomenon; the practice of cooking food has been used for many thousands of years. What has changed is the way in which we process our foods, so much so that our hard-earned money is often wasted on chemical concoctions that simply pose as foods. Thousands of artificial flavours, colours, stabilisers and preservatives are introduced into foods that are already stripped of their nutrients. Polishing rice, for example, removes 75% of its zinc and chromium. Sugar cane loses 99% of its magnesium and 93% of its chromium when refined into white sugar. While natural frozen foods are nutritionally superior to those in cans, there can be no substitute for fresh vegetables, meats, dairy and other whole foods.
When we understand the state of our food supply, the need for supplementation becomes crystal clear. Of course, the story doesn’t end with food standards; even a perfect food would be limited by a body’s ability to absorb and assimilate its nutrients. Stressful lifestyles, poor eating habits and congenital imbalances are just a few reasons why supplements must do more than simply remedy dietary deficiencies. In the following interview, Dr. Paul Eck explains why supplementation must be measured, precise and specifically targeted at individual biochemistry for a positive overall effect.
The fallacy of taking random supplements
The following is attributed to Dr. Paul Eck, the founder of Nutritional Balancing.
It is sad to see what goes on in the health field today. You could probably switch the labels on all the vitamins and minerals being sold and probably few people would physically notice the difference. Some people would even get better! That’s how unscientific things are. You can see why I get so passionate when I talk about this. The way I see it, it is better and far safer to take nothing than to practice scientific guess-making.
“…the way people go about choosing supplements, they could do almost as good using a roulette wheel.”
People read in a magazine that zinc is good for them and they take some. They read that vitamin C is good for them and they take that too. They read that we are all deficient in magnesium (or so they think), so they add some of that. If there is a special 2-for-1 sale on calcium tablets, they stock up on that. It is pathetic, but the way people go about choosing supplements, they could do almost as good using a roulette wheel. I’m not trying to make fun of anyone. When you don’t know what to take, you have to guess. I used to do it myself.
Another thing that you frequently find in the health field is the taking of a little of every mineral — “just to be on the safe side.” They believe that the body with its infinite wisdom knows exactly what to do with each and every mineral. They believe that whatever the body needs, it keeps; and whatever it doesn’t need, it simply excretes in the urine, or through the proper body channels.
If this were the case, then why do so many individuals have hair analyses which indicate that they have toxic amounts of copper, lead, cadmium, calcium, magnesium, iron, and zinc in their tissues? If everything was the way everybody said it was — if all the minerals the body did not need were excreted, and if all you had to do to correct “deficiencies” in the body was to give people the minerals they were low in, then it would be the easiest thing in the world to correct mineral imbalances. All you would have to do would be to give them a mineral supplement which contained all the essential minerals. If it were as easy as this, very few people on the various mineral programs would ever remain ill for long. But you know as well as I do that this is not the case.
The idea behind taking a multiple mineral and vitamin supplement is logical. But you have to make sure that the multiple supplement is “balanced” for your particular metabolism.
“The whole philosophy of everyone’s taking the same kind of multiple supplement is just as absurd as everyone wearing the same shoe size.”
— Dr. Paul Eck
But for the sake of argument, let’s say that a balanced supplement has just the minerals which your body needs for your particular metabolism. Now the next question is, “Are all the minerals in the right ratios to one another?” Most people do not realise it but the ratios of minerals in relation to one another are just as important as the minerals themselves.
That’s why I say over and over: the only way you can tell what supplements to take for your specific physical/emotional imbalances is to use the results of hair tests. There just is no other way and no better way. If there was, I would be using it.
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In the interest of quality and safety, we only recommend supplements from Endomet Laboratories. This laboratory is based in Phoenix, Arizona and was founded in 1975 by Dr. Paul Eck himself. Supporting the unique approach to mineral balancing that Dr. Eck developed, Endomet continue his work to this day, supplying a specifically formulated line of mineral and vitamin supplements that are designed to match biochemical individuality.
All raw materials used in the formulation and manufacturing of Endomet products are verified from the materials manufacturer with a certificate of analysis. This certificate ensures that their minerals and vitamins meet specific potency and quality guidelines, quite unlike the “empty” supplements one can find in shops today.
Endomet use a certified grade of herbs, guaranteeing that the pharmacologically active part of the plant is always used. Their glandular products contain animal substances that meet or exceed all government standards. In addition they purchase only from manufacturers who operate FDA licensed facilities.
By combining Endomet supplements with a properly performed Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis and the correct diet, you can be sure your health is headed for the better. But Nutritional Balancing does not stop there. Find out more about Detox Protocols…