We should all trust the American Association of Retired Persons – AARP – right?? Because they have our best interests at heart?
We should always rely on our own inner wisdom / intuition.? Here’s an AARP story, no doubt received as a ‘helpful’ press release from some part of the medical industry / AMA, run as gospel in the AARP Bulletin.? The easiest way to spot these stories, designed only to keep us dependent on our doctors and other experts, is through the fear in the headline and in the story itself.
“When Supplements Become Dangerous” – the title itself should put you on the alert.? Then the article talks about supplements that can damage the liver =? I always chuckle at those.? It is prescribed medical drugs (and , of course, alcohol) that cause the real liver damage – all of it over time, with your body giving you plenty of messages that don’t get listened to because the doctor says it’s okay.? Five years later, when you’re in dire straits, medical folk say – ‘oh, I thought you knew that was a side effect’.
Supplements warned about are aloe vera, bitter orange, ginseng, kava, licorice root, melatonin, garlic, St. John’s wort, vitamin K, zinc, yohimbe, nettle, sassafras.? The list just goes on. And the dire diseases that can made worse – diabetes, heart disease, depression.? A very smart list – designed to touch everyone directly or indirectly and make us rush off to the nearest medical professional
Everything we take into our bodies affects us.? We could say it’s all medicine – the foods, the air, the supplements, the legal and illegal drugs, the alcohol.? It all affects us, body mind and spirit.
So of course we should pay attention to how we feel when we take in anything – the discomfort, the joy, the stiffness, the ease.? We should be specific with ourselves and whomever we work with to maintain our health.
Those who want to be helpful will give us info when they prescribe something – not written in legalese, but a simple list – for instance, what supplements and foods will support your diabetes drugs, and which will not.
But when an industry is using fear to make its money – let’s mistrust that.