Better Living Through Chemistry?

Do you remember when only very acutely sick people took pills? Isn’t it amazing how practically everyone takes pills of some kind? Whether drugs or supplements it is really kind of bizarre how this has become a part of everyday life for most people. It has not always been so. One has to wonder how and why it has all come about and whether it is really necessary Most people believe that our food supply has been compromised, due to poor soil management and profit driven corporate adulteration of food. However we consumers should also admit that we are just as much to blame. By choosing convenience and economy over food quality we have shot ourselves in the foot, so to speak. Thus, the supplement industry was borne, and most of what we save in buying cheap food products is instead spent on buying vitamin pills to try and counteract the effects of malnutrition. Vitamin companies are also not all that they purport to be. June’s Readers Digest reported that the New York State Attorney General’s office accused Walmart, Walgreen’s, Target and GNC of selling fraudulent dietary supplements. They found that many pills did not even contain the ingredients listed on the label. For example a supplement marketed as Ginkgo Biloba, contained only asparagus, rice and spruce. I think that we are beginning to realize that the promise of “Better Living Through Chemistry” whether drugs or supplements, was a house of cards. Basing our health on a system that relies on isolated, fractionated parts is counter to the way nature really works. In nature, the whole is always greater...