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Vitamin E death risk scare has some people avoiding nutritional supplements to their own detriment

Saturday, November 13, 2004
by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger
Editor of NaturalNews.com (See all articles...)
Tags: counterthink, health news, Natural News

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What's most interesting about the recent headlines scaring people away from vitamin E is the fact that not a single article in the mainstream press has yet mentioned these studies were conducted on synthetic vitamin E, not the natural vitamin E provided by whole foods, nuts, seeds, wheat germ and various high-quality nutritional supplements. To review what has happened here, these studies looked at the health effect of a synthetic chemical that has been misnamed "vitamin E" because it has a similar molecular structure. In fact, this synthetic vitamin E has the opposite molecular structure of natural vitamin E. Yet researchers, scientists and journalists in the mainstream press continue to call this synthetic chemical "vitamin E" and thereby are scaring potentially millions of people away from taking nutritional supplements that are very beneficial to their health.

Most of the debate on this issue, in fact, has been about the dosage of vitamin E that would be considered safe for public consumption. There has been no discussion about the difference between natural vitamin E and synthetic vitamin E. There has also been an effort to get this fear to spill over to other antioxidants. The implied message in many news reports is that if vitamin E causes an increased risk in death, then all antioxidant supplements must be dangerous to your health. This is an inexcusable distortion of science that will only serve to worsen the health of people reading these articles by scaring them away from nutritional supplements that literally thousands of clinical studies have proven offer protection against chronic disease including cancer, heart disease, strokes, neurological disorders, diabetes, osteoporosis, arthritis, and many other common diseases.

In fact, given the poor nutritional quality of foods available today, combined with the fact that most people actually consume processed foods made with nutritionally depleted ingredients, it is impossible for the average person to achieve outstanding nutrition without taking nutritional supplements. There simply isn't enough nutrition available in the everyday foods consumed by people to provide sufficient quantities of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, phytonutrients, and other nutrients needed by the human body. That's why the healthiest people in the world are precisely those who take nutritional supplements on a regular basis.

I am one of those people. And by taking a heavy dose of whole foods, superfoods, and nutritional supplements on a daily basis, I have been able to achieve outstanding human health, including an LDL cholesterol level of 67, blood pressure of 105/60, and body fat of 10.5%. And, yes, I take vitamin E supplements as part of my everyday supplementation. If vitamin E were bad for me, it would be impossible for my blood chemistry to show these positive numbers, which have been verified by a laboratory and published online, right here on this web site, for everyone to see. Naturally, I'm taking natural vitamin E supplements and not synthetic vitamin E.

Most medical research projects don't actually study healthy people. They give synthetic vitamin E and other chemicals to heavily diseased people who are typically suffering from advanced-stage cardiovascular disorders, and then they take the results from those distorted studies and announce to the whole world that "vitamin E will kill you!" Maybe synthetic chemicals will kill people who are already approaching death, but that doesn't say anything about the health benefits of macadamia nuts, cashews, peanuts or other natural sources of vitamin E.

Sadly, most people believe the vitamin E scare stories and change their behavior to stop taking both vitamin E and other nutritional supplements altogether. And that, of course, seems to be precisely what conventional medicine wants people to do.

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About the author:Mike Adams (aka the "Health Ranger") is a best selling author (#1 best selling science book on Amazon.com) and a globally recognized scientific researcher in clean foods. He serves as the founding editor of NaturalNews.com and the lab science director of an internationally accredited (ISO 17025) analytical laboratory known as CWC Labs. There, he was awarded a Certificate of Excellence for achieving extremely high accuracy in the analysis of toxic elements in unknown water samples using ICP-MS instrumentation. Adams is also highly proficient in running liquid chromatography, ion chromatography and mass spectrometry time-of-flight analytical instrumentation.

Adams is a person of color whose ancestors include Africans and Native American Indians. He's also of Native American heritage, which he credits as inspiring his "Health Ranger" passion for protecting life and nature against the destruction caused by chemicals, heavy metals and other forms of pollution.

Adams is the founder and publisher of the open source science journal Natural Science Journal, the author of numerous peer-reviewed science papers published by the journal, and the author of the world's first book that published ICP-MS heavy metals analysis results for foods, dietary supplements, pet food, spices and fast food. The book is entitled Food Forensics and is published by BenBella Books.

In his laboratory research, Adams has made numerous food safety breakthroughs such as revealing rice protein products imported from Asia to be contaminated with toxic heavy metals like lead, cadmium and tungsten. Adams was the first food science researcher to document high levels of tungsten in superfoods. He also discovered over 11 ppm lead in imported mangosteen powder, and led an industry-wide voluntary agreement to limit heavy metals in rice protein products.

In addition to his lab work, Adams is also the (non-paid) executive director of the non-profit Consumer Wellness Center (CWC), an organization that redirects 100% of its donations receipts to grant programs that teach children and women how to grow their own food or vastly improve their nutrition. Through the non-profit CWC, Adams also launched Nutrition Rescue, a program that donates essential vitamins to people in need. Click here to see some of the CWC success stories.

With a background in science and software technology, Adams is the original founder of the email newsletter technology company known as Arial Software. Using his technical experience combined with his love for natural health, Adams developed and deployed the content management system currently driving NaturalNews.com. He also engineered the high-level statistical algorithms that power SCIENCE.naturalnews.com, a massive research resource featuring over 10 million scientific studies.

Adams is well known for his incredibly popular consumer activism video blowing the lid on fake blueberries used throughout the food supply. He has also exposed "strange fibers" found in Chicken McNuggets, fake academic credentials of so-called health "gurus," dangerous "detox" products imported as battery acid and sold for oral consumption, fake acai berry scams, the California raw milk raids, the vaccine research fraud revealed by industry whistleblowers and many other topics.

Adams has also helped defend the rights of home gardeners and protect the medical freedom rights of parents. Adams is widely recognized to have made a remarkable global impact on issues like GMOs, vaccines, nutrition therapies, human consciousness.

In addition to his activism, Adams is an accomplished musician who has released over a dozen popular songs covering a variety of activism topics.

Click here to read a more detailed bio on Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, at HealthRanger.com.

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