The true bottom line on dietary supplements?
Let’s suppose we take 100, or 1000 random people, some with no illnesses, some with different illnesses, some with chronic illnesses, some with multiple illnesses.
Step 1: We measure their illnesses and their healthiness.
Step 2: We divide them into two different groups, and give two different high quality supplement products, measured by high price — the only reliable measure of quality available today.
Step 3: After 3 and after 6 months, we measure the illnesses and the healthiness of each person and compare:
Of the people with no illnesses, has their healthiness improved, or not.
Of the people with specific illnesses, has their condition improved or not.
Then we could publish “The True Bottom Line” for those two supplements. We could then use the one that performed best as a benchmark for future studies.
There are only two problems:
- We don’t measure healthiness. We don’t study health. We have no techniques to measure improvements or decreases in healthiness. For the people with no illness — we can’t do it because we don’t know how to measure healthiness. We have no theory, and no practice.
- Nobody cares. No drug manufacturer wants to learn the “health benefits” of supplements. No drug marketer wants to know what illnesses can be improved or perhaps even cured by improvements in health. No supplement manufacturer wants their product to lose such a competition. Nobody would fund such a study, even if it was possible.
So… the bottom line about supplements in general and also about specific combinations of supplements?
Lots of speculation, but no science.
To your health, tracy