This latest push for Vitamin D has compelled me to post this article. I have learned that the concept of vitamins is man-made, the vitamins themselves are synthetic and chemicals are required in order to bind its ingredients into a pill. Vitamins do not occur in nature and the body is unable to fully assimilate anything which is chemical and/or synthetic.
Furthermore, the synthetic residue stores in the tissues for years and contributes to illness or pain over time. So why do we take them? I stopped taking them, years ago, and I hope to help you determine if you should stop.
Vitamins do not occur in nature so how did the concept evolve?
The concept of Vitamins began with unknown scientists and then developed, at the beginning of the twentieth century, by a man named Sir Fredrick Hopkins. Hopkins believed, “animal nutrition was being viewed too exclusively from the standpoint of energy requirements.” He wrote, “We have even come to know that a diet which, apparently at least, will support the individual throughout life may yet lack a factor which is necessary to maintain an adequate capacity for parentage, so the diversity of materials indispensable for normality is seen to be yet greater.”
Through research into the writings of N. Lunin, Professor Pekelharing, and Casimir Funk, Hopkins came to believe that “there is a still unknown substance in milk which even in very small quantities is of paramount importance to nutrition. If this substance is absent, the organism loses the power properly to assimilate the well-known principal parts of food, the appetite is lost and with apparent abundance the animals die of want. Undoubtedly this substance occurs not only in milk but in all sorts of foodstuffs both of vegetable and animal origin.”
Hopkins came to the conclusion that “an adequate diet must contain indispensable constituents other than adequate calories, a minimum of protein, and a proper mineral supply” He credits Professor Eijkman for discovering that the lack of this substance led to deficiency diseases which occurred in the era.
Arnold Ehret’s Formula of Life…
Incidentally, this was during a time when Arnold Ehret had already proven his “formula of life“ theory that Vitality results from Power without Obstruction. He believed that our bodies were similar to an engine. To keep an engine running well, it must be free of the clog in the PCV valve and oil passages resulting from sludge, varnish deposits, carbon and the accumulation of foreign matter in the oil. “The engineer can figure out exactly “E=P-F,” meaning that the amount of energy or efficiency “E” he secures from the engine is not equal to the power “P” without first deducting the friction.” Likewise, the human functions best in the absence of obstructions (friction).
It’s the “power that drives the human machinery, which keeps you alive, which gives you the strength and efficiency, endurance for as yet an unknown length of time without food.” So what he’s basically saying is that what really keeps our engine going is oxygen.
The human body is “as an air-gas engine, built and constructed in its entirety, with the exception of the bones, from a rubber-like, very elastic spongy material, called flesh and tissues…its function is that of a pump system by air-pressure, and with an inside circulation of liquids, such as the air and other saps and that THE LUNGS ARE THE PUMP AND THE HEART IS THE VALVE- and not the opposite-as erroneously taught by medical physiology for the past 400 years!”
Ehret eventually writes, “the human body animal organism in its entirety, functions automatically by inhaling air-pressure and expelling chemically changed air and outside atmospheric counter-pressure on the vacuums of the body.” He has proven this theory through his ability to walk or ride a bike for more than 700 miles during water fasts of up to 46 days.
This theory debunks the need for vitamins and nutrition as we view them today. Instead, he found that the only real food that a human needs is untainted raw fruit and green leafy vegetables. Anything outside of this will cause the body to become constipated, leading to excess mucus and disease.
Sir Frederick Hopkins may have been right about milk providing a substance which humans need and such substance is found in vegetables and animals. If you think the answer is to drink more milk, think again. Just as human milk is necessary for the growth of a baby, cow’s milk is meant for the growth of a baby calf.
“Cow’s milk naturally contains the large amount of hormones and protein needed to turn a 80-pound calf into a 1,000 pound cow in one year. That amount of protein and hormones is not only unnecessary but unhealthy for humans. Because they occur naturally, these hormones are even found in organically produced milk.” -Doris Lin, About.com Guide.
According to Frank Oski, M. D., “the drinking of cow milk has been linked to iron-deficiency anemia in infants and children; it has been named as the cause of cramps and diarrhea in much of the world’s population, and the cause of multiple forms of allergy as well; and the possibility has been raised that it may play a central role in the origins of atherosclerosis and heart attacks.” –“Don’t Drink Your Milk” Inside of Dr. Oski’s book, you’ll find a letter written by a pediatrician who witnessed an improvement in his patient’s health after recommending that they eliminate cow’s milk from their diets.
So, why does the USDA recommend it? Some people believe it’s due to the large amount of funding (60%?) that it receives from the meat and dairy industry. Others claim that it’s the relationship or financial ties between USDA board members and the meat and dairy industry;
“December 1999, the PCRM filed suit against the USDA, claiming the department unfairly promotes the special interests of the meat and dairy industries through its official dietary guidelines and the Food Pyramid. Six of the eleven members assigned to the U.S. Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee were demonstrated to have financial ties to meat, dairy, and egg interests. Prior to the suit, which the PCRM won in December 2000, the USDA had refused to disclose such conflicts of interest to the general public.” – Ché Green-Alternet.org
What is a Vitamin?
According to Wiki.Answers.com, “An amine is any of a class of basic organic compounds derived from ammonia by replacement of hydrogen with one or more monovalent hydrocarbon radicals The first of the accessory food factors to be isolated and identified was found to be chemically an amine; therefore, in 1912, Funk coined the term vitamine, from the Latin vita for “life” and amine, for the prominent chemical reactive group. Although subsequent accessory growth factors were not found to be amines, the name has been retained-with the loss of the final”-e” to avoid chemical confusion.” – Jamie Gunn
Robert Thiel, Ph.D, Naturopath, writes, “Most vitamins in supplements are petroleum extracts, coal tar derivatives, and chemically processed sugar (plus sometimes industrially processed fish oils), with other acids and industrial chemicals (such as formaldehyde) used to process them [1-5]. Synthetic vitamins were originally developed because they cost less . Assuming the non-food product does not contain fish oils, most synthetic, petroleum-derived, supplements will call their products ‘vegetarian’, not because they are from plants, but because they are not from animals. Most vitamins in vitamin supplements made from food are in foods such as acerola cherries, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, lemons, limes, nutritional yeast, oranges, and rice bran (some companies also use animal products).” He also describes how isolated vitamins are crystalline and different from vitamins in food, which are not isolated.
In what ways do vitamins damage the body?
As reported in a Sun Warrior pdf titled, “The Truth About Vitamins,” Inorganic heavy metals, like lead, found in synthetic vitamins can be difficult for the body to recognize. The digestive system becomes overloaded with toxins and the excess toxins are pushed into the fat cells where they remain. The long term result is often a calcified ball of mucus which doctors may label tumors, cysts or cancer.
David B. Agus, M.D. says that there have been 50 studies on vitamins and none have been proven to be effective against cancer or heart disease. In fact, he says that they could increase our risk for diseases like cancer over time. Dr. Phillip Maffetone, Endurance coach, agrees and warns that we should be careful of the word “natural.”
“A bottle of 100% synthetic Vitamin C, for example, may be labeled “natural.” With no adequate legal definition, any company can use the word “natural” as it pleases.” When it comes to vitamins, even the word organic can be misleading; “the term ‘organic’ can mean that it is a carbon containing substance, hence by that definition all petroleum derivatives (hydro-carbons) are organic. But false, because those type of vitamins are not organic from the true naturopathic, or even the U.S. government’s, perspective.” – Robert Thiel, Ph.D.
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