Nutritional Myths

Dr. Richard Murray

1. MYTH: Americans are the best fed people on earth.

FACT: U. S. citizens are over fed but malnourished. The standard American diet is nutrient poor and rich in calories.

Doctor C. Everett Koop, former U.S. Surgeon General, has established that over 2/3 of all degenerative deaths in the United States are directly related to diet. The US is number one in the world in the number of colon cancer rates and diverticulitis.

2. MYTH: B-Complex deficiencies cannot exist in the US because all flour products (bread, pastas, cereals, etc.) are enriched with B vitamins and micronutrients.

FACT: The plants are greatly depleted of vitamins and minerals because of continued use of synthetic fertilizers. In addition, the B vitamins are quickly destroyed by microwave cooking and heat produced during normal cooking.

3. MYTH: Diet cannot control high blood pressure.

FACT: In Japan, high blood pressure is even more common than in the United States. In 1959, researchers compared two northern Japanese villages (Japan Heart Journal. 3:313-24, 1962). Both villages had similar sodium intake but different blood pressures. The group with the lower blood pressure was found to consume much more potassium in their diet. (The K Factor – Reversing and Preventing high Blood Pressure Without Drugs by Richard D. Moore, M.D., Ph.D and George D. Webb, Ph.D)Vegetarian groups consistently have lower average blood pressures than matched control groups ) Lancet 1:5-9 [1983]).

4. MYTH: Vitamins and minerals in our body are not affected by medications.

FACT: Medications have a direct affect on our nutritional levels. For example use of aspirin as recommended by many physicians to help prevent heart attacks will triple the loss of vitamin C and K. Use of oral contraceptives causes the loss of Vitamin C, Folic acid, B-12 and Calcium. Use of steroids decreases the body’s levels of calcium, zinc, protein, vitamin D and C. (Food, nutrition and Diet Therapy- A TTextbook of Nutritional Care by Marie V. Krause, B.S., M.S., R.D. and L. Kathleen Mahan, M.S., R.D. publisher W.B. Saunders).

5. MYTH: Nutritional supplements have nothing to do with bladder incontinence.

FACT: Bladder incontinence is the result of a weak muscle(sphencter) that controls the the neck of the bladder. This valve is nothing more than a band of smooth muscle. Smooth muscle gets its tone from natural B-complex vitamins in the diet. One of the best sources for natural B-Complex vitamins is from Standard Process Labs. They only sell their products through health care professionals.

6. MYTH: The body cannot tell the difference between natural and synthetic vitamins.

FACT: Doctor Casimir Funk, the discover of vitamins and the first scientist to concentrate vitamin B stated, “The synthetic product is less effective and more toxic.” The synthetic form is neither a mirror image nor even the same compound as the natural form. It does not work in a physiologic way but functions as a drug.

Dr. Gerald H. Smith

About The Author

Dr. Gerald H. Smith is certified by the World Organization for Natural Medicine to practice natural medicine globally. He is also a certified dental practitioner. His broad base of post-graduate training in dentistry and natural medicine enabled him to integrate many health care specialties.