Cass Ingram, D.O.

At one time virtually all alternative medicine physicians recommended the standard vitamins, the synthetic types, for the correction of deficiency symptoms. Some of them, like beta carotene, vitamin C, and vitamin A, were recommended in high amounts as antioxidants. This was a mistake. All the more recent books by Knowledge House Publishers are free of these recommendations. Older books, like Nutrition Tests for Better Health, still endorse them. However, such books are being redone, with all the recommendations for synthetics being stripped out.

It is truly an issue. People should not consume these synthetics. Nor should vitamins made from GMOs be ingested. This is because these types of supplements are worse than taking nothing, because they have measurable toxicity. These man-made vitamin compounds have been shown to increase the risk for fatality. As found in these studies, those who took no supplements faired better than the participants who consumed such petrochemical- and GMO-based supplements. Those proven to be poisonous include ascorbic acid, vitamin E, vitamin A, and the various B vitamins. It is hard to fathom that ascorbic acid could be noxious. Yet, it should be remembered that it is derived from GMO-tainted, Round-UP-infested commercial corn. The vitamin E, which in studies was previously held as a positive for heart disease, is now found to increase the death rate. In all cases this is from cardiac causes. Yet, it is derived from GMO soy heavily sprayed with glyphosate: no surprise.

This violates the decades of research demonstrating positive impact of vitamins C and E—food-based, however—for reversing deficiency diseases and also supporting heart and arterial function. There is also a fully synthetic form of vitamin E, known as dl-tocopherol. It is also poisonous to the cells, including those of the heart. At a minimum, the synthetic type blocks the receptor sites, while the GMO is itself noxious, because of residues of engineered toxins. It was the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 2008, which did a study confirming the findings of this post. Here, adults taking non-natural vitamin C were found to exhibit a number of negative effects. Among these were significant impairment of energy capacity, including negative impact upon the mitochondria. There was also a negative effect on the body’s antioxidant capacity, which is the opposite of expected.

Everyone knows how the body deals with synthetic B vitamins. It disposes of them, dumping them off through the urine. Thus, they serve no positive function and are at a minimum a waste of money. They don’t even fit the receptor sites, so there is no choice but to excrete them from the tissues. Regardless, single man-made chemical isolates make no sense. For instance, in the original research these were known as the “vitamins A,” also “the vitamins D,” and the “riboflavins.” In fact, certain of these nutrients have never been fully isolated or synthesized.

How does a person know if these listed nutrients are synthetic? The names can reveal it. Let us look at a list of some of the fully synthetic versions:

• vitamin A palmitate

• thiamine hydrochloride

• pyridoxine mononitrate

• beta carotene

 • calcium D-pantothenate

 • niacinamide and/or nicotinic acid

The following are semi-synthetic:

• cholecalciferol

• cobalamin

The GMO-tainted examples are mainly vitamin E and ascorbic acid. It would be advisable to avoid such concentrated sources of GMOs and synthetic chemicals. In one case a man suffered liver poisoning with multiple bruises and blotches on his body from taking high doses of synthetic multiple vitamins and B complex. This was obviously petrochemical intoxication.

In contrast, consider whole food supplements such as the wild camu camu plus acerola cherry supplement. On the label it simply says the following: wild, organic camu camu powder, acerola cherry, Rhus coriaria, rose hip powder. The words “ascorbic acid” are not seen. There is also a whole food B complex powder, clearly containing no synthetics; the label is so basic. A person never sees any such names. All it says is as follows: “rice bran, rice germ, torula yeast, royal jelly powder,” among other natural, wholesome ingredients.

Now, these supplements, B complex and whole food vitamin C, are far from high dose. Despite this, they are more potent and effective than the mega-dose versions. Even so, a tsp. of the wild camu camu plus acerola powder offers some 310 mg of vitamin C, five times the daily value, while the B complex in 2 T. provides twice the RDA of thiamine, while 60% of the folic acid. Then again, animals don’t count RDAs when they feast on natural foods. For vitamins A and D there is the fatty, wild salmon oil, which provides all these nutrients needed for both adults and children.

So, take truly whole food nutrient sources for optimal health. Avoid synthetic vitamin pills. Do not buy into the fraud. Use food, as well, as key wholesome vitamin sources, such as fresh eggs, organic organ meats, grass-fed milk sources, nuts/seeds, and vegetables/fruit. Be healthy with whole foods. That’s how God made it.