This Might Change Your Thoughts on Supplements

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As part of the Paleo diet, the “expectation” is that you generally should get all of the nutrients your body needs through food. That being said, some of the biggest and smartest names in the community — Robb Wolf, Chris Kresser, and Mark Sission, just to name a few — recommend SMART supplementing to round things out, particularly as your body is recovering from the Standard American Diet way of eating and because large agro has left our soil depleted of many minerals our body needs (e.g. magnesium).

The key word here, in case you didn’t pick up on it, is “smart.”  Their advice, in my opinion, isn’t a get out of jail free card to risk your health on the latest pills/powder/drink claiming to be the magic cure-all we’ve all been waiting for.

And this is probably why I enjoyed this commentary so much.  It’s a long watch, but you’ll enjoy it.

Source: YouTube

(For the record, I take Prescript Assist Probiotic, Butter Oil / Fermented Cod Liver Oil, and Magnesium.  That’s it.)

What are your thoughts on supplements?  Do you take them?  What do you take?  Leave a comment below and share your thoughts with the community!

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  1. Lyn says

    Great presentation and I am really glad to hear OZ is being required to answer for his marketing of goofy supplements. If the recent medical studies on the impact of elemental calcium which slashed the recommended levels, the problems with the compounding pharmacies, and the triptophan disaster don’t scream caution to folks about what they put in their bodies, nothing will. It comes down to a matter of trust. Who do you trust and who are they trusting to manufacture their product. Sounds like we only have control over the numerator in a very shaky equation.

    Sadly, Oz is not the only high profile physician using influence to market supplements. Some are selling them in their practice locations. I, for one would appreciate a rise in zeal on the oversight of supplement manufacture and distribution.

  2. Julie says

    Even though I agree that supplements are not regulated and should not make huge and ridiculous claims, I think this is the case of the pot calling the kettle black. The FDA’s regulated and “proven safe” medications have either been found to NOT be safe or effective , or they have killed a heck of a lot more people than supplements. Even though I think a nutrient dense diet coupled with the aforementioned supports like CLO and magnesium are the smartest way to go, I will always side with the supplement industry in general over the pharmaceutical companies if I had to pick one. I don’t want the government regulation and input nosing into the supplement arena. We just need to educate the public on how to navigate supplements safely and to NOT expect a pill to get rid of fat. And where did we get that” magic pill for fat loss” concept anyway?! The Pharmaceutical industry. That is where the pill for this and the pill for that came from. One pill and no more heartburn, one pill and no more cholesterol, one pill and no more arthritis pain. Pharma is who caused this problem and now they want to go after the supplement companies!

    • Brian says

      I agree and disagree. I very much agree with your assertions about Big Pharma and how they’re in bed with the FDA. That’s absolutely true. But, something needs to be done about supplement companies who are blatantly mislabeling products or making sensational and fictitious claims. I’m not sure what that something is, but we can’t just throw up our hands and do nothing.

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