Food supplements prey on people’s desire for change

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Posted 13 January 2016

This article by Clare Allan and published in The Guardian, argues that that supplement peddlers prey on our vulnerabilities. They prey on our desire for change and on our lack of confidence in our own ability to effect it.

It won’t make the slightest difference. We believe because we want, or sometimes need, to believe. We feel powerless in the face of poor health, intractable external demands or our seeming inability to stick to a sensible diet plan. Sometimes we don’t even believe, that raspberry ketones, for example, will transform our bodies for us, but wouldn’t it be great if they did? It’s a lottery-ticket mentality. In it to win it. You never know, and besides what harm can it do?
In the case of raspberry ketones, it seems that there is potential for considerable harm. In 2013, 24-year-old Cara Reynolds died after taking an overdose of them.

Read also this editorial recently published in the Annals of Internal Medicine: Enough Is Enough: Stop Wasting Money on Vitamin and Mineral Supplements

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