Dietary supplements include vitamins, minerals, herbs, botanicals, enzymes, amino acids, or other dietary ingredients.
You will never hear the FDA recommend natural supplements because they don’t make any money from them, like they do pharmaceuticals. Most Western doctors never recommend them either because they don’t make money doing so, nor do they learn about them in medical school.
An analysis by the publication Science has “found widespread after-the-fact payments or research support” from pharmaceutical companies to expert officials who advised the Food and Drug Administration to approve those companies’ drugs. Here’s another article on an Investigation Examining Big Pharma Payments to FDA Advisers.
Why it matters: Conflicts of interest are common in the health care industry, especially between companies that make drugs and doctors who prescribe them. But this new analysis indicates people who sit on official government panels, and who are supposed to evaluate drugs impartially, are getting rewarded later from the drug companies they helped.
Don’t get me wrong, there is a time and place for pharmaceuticals, but we have to be our own healthcare advocates and do our research. We also need to stop running to pharmaceuticals as the first line of defense because they typically mask the problem, not correct whats going on within us.
If on pharmaceuticals, always check to make sure a supplement doesn’t have any interactions with the drug.
What we put in our mouths is the number one way to prevent getting ill, but understanding what natural supplements our bodies need (when we need them) can help us stay well.