Sept 2012 cover story: 10 Surprising Dangers of Vitamins & Supplements.
Those over 45 likely remember the enthusiasm for vitamins in the 1970's; many "informed" people got all excited about :
Vitamin C "to prevent colds," but it doesn't
Vitamin E for various ailments, but now its side effects are worrisome.
Bee pollen for various ailments, a beekeekeeper told me he doesn't sell it because it concentrates pollution and pesticides more than honey does.
A friend took Ma Huang "for energy;" luckily he escaped death - others weren't so lucky with this form of epehdra. Now it's banned.
Beef liver pills were in every vitamin store in the 1970's, until people realized liver has concentrated pollutants.
Scientology picked up the vitamin enthusiasm. After all, it was self-adminstered, so no pesky doctors. It became a mom-and-pop business for some. Others, like the late David Gaiman, made big money selling vitamins to Scientologists. Many Scientologists had the theory they could smoke and drink, and avoid ill effects with a daily handful of vitamins and supplements.
Now the Scientologists with vitamin stores are 50 or older, unless they inherited the biz from Mom and Dad. The promise of eternal youth and freedom from illness didn't quite happen. Now they have to compete with cut-rate discount stores, and worry about just what's in the vitamins they are buying from China.
I'll re-post about the psychoactive herbal medicines, cigarettes, and coffee are that some Scientologists take while believing themselves to be "drug-free," St. John's Wort
: blocks serotonin reuptake, similar to Prozac Ginkgo
: increases acetylcholine activity, similar to Tacrine
. Panax Ginseng
: increases acetylcholine, similar to Tacrine
and other anti-Alzheimer's drugs. Kava
: enhances neurotransmitter GABA activity, similar to Valium
(Kava kava banned some places; may cause liver damage) Alcohol
: increases dopamine, similar to Wellbutrin Nicotine
: (cigarettes) increases dopamine, similar to Wellbutrin Caffeine
: (Coffee, tea, and some soda) stimulates the central nervous system; Wikipedia says it is
the world's most widely consumed psychoactive substance
My point about the psychoactive effects is not that coffee, or ginseng, or beer are BAD, just that the Scientologists are altering their brain cells with these substances, while they preach against "psych drugs" that ALSO target serotonin, dopamine, and other neurotransmitters. Sources and more at Herbal Medicines are Psychoactive, Too
Here's a summary of the Consumer Reports article. Buy the whole article or read it at the library. Consumer Reports Investigates Vitamins and Supplements: Ten Dangers That May Surprise You
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