Who Exactly Takes Nutritional Supplements and Why?

I shot this video in the parking lot of a local store that sells  nutritional supplements.  As you can see, the parking lot is busy,
and customers entering and leaving the store exhibit a wide range of age  and characteristics.

People who take nutritional supplements are sometimes labeled as
“Health Nuts” as if they were part of some weird minority. It might surprise you to learn that most U.S. adults, 68%, use dietary supplements according to an October, 2015 survey by the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN).

This Consumer Survey on Dietary Supplements, conducted by IPSOS Public Affairs, found that when it comes to safety, quality and effectiveness of specific dietary supplement categories, Americans have the most confidence in the “Vitamins & Minerals” category (85%).  Results show that the vitamins and minerals category has the highest  usage compared to specialty supplements, herbals & botanicals, and sports nutrition and weight management.  79% of male supplement users and 77% of  female supplement users take vitamins and minerals, followed by vitamin D (32%),  vitamin C (27%) and calcium (24%) which are three nutrients that government reports have  identified as shortfall nutrients. Continue reading Who Exactly Takes Nutritional Supplements and Why?

Can You Cure Breast Cancer By Eating Fried Chicken?

Examining breast for breast cancerIn a move that crosses the line into complete idiocy, Susan G. Komen for the Cure has hooked up with Kentucky Fried Chicken to raise money.  KFC is selling pink buckets of chicken under the slogan “Buckets for the Cure”.  Fifty cents of each purchase goes to Komen.

While finding a cure for breast cancer is certainly a worthy cause, it seems counter-intuitive to encourage unhealthy behavior to achieve it. 

Fried chicken is coated in starches.  KFC’s recipe is basically flour, sugar, salt, black pepper and monosodium glutamate (MSG).  This is a recipe for chronic degenerative disease because the flour and sugar are highly processed and MSG is an excitotoxin with links to obesity, cancer and neurological disorders.  Continue reading Can You Cure Breast Cancer By Eating Fried Chicken?