Herbs, Vitamins – Had A Health Food Store – If I Only Knew Then What I Know Now

In 1978, I was working as a Realtor in my family’s 100 year old business. I “had it all”; of course
all but happiness. I believed strongly in holistic medicine, herbs, vitamins, etc. I ran the Lafayette
to Crowley, La. 26-mile marathon twice. I owned one of Mississippi’s first health and natural food
stores. There wasn’t an ounce of fat on my body. I could pass for a movie star. I was emotionally,
spiritually and physically a mess.

I ran five to ten miles a day. I had a successful business. I read all the books on vitamins,
minerals, herbs, became a vegetarian, and everything one can do to be “superhuman”. I was in
a deep depression and after each marathon would become very ill for months; a feeling that could
only be described as to how I’ve heard mononucleosis described.

But what was wrong? I listened to all the traveling health food salespersons, I went to
isolated mountains to study with herbalists, I even lived in a yoga ashram for awhile. I still
did not feel right. I took all the “right natural vitamins”. Organic foods were the staple in my
home. I was still ill.

Fast forward 23 years. I suffered a major heart attack. This time, I had an extra tool. The
Internet. I told myself (in the hospital) “Rick, if you recover from this, you are really going to
find out the truth about health foods and nutrition.”

I went on a four year research spree.

This is what I found. 99.9% of “health food experts” don’t have a clue. I know that is going
to make me sound controversial, disliked, etc., but “oh well”. I have to sleep at night.

The only thing I may have had right was raw fresh vegetables early on.

As far as herbs. I might as well have been eating junk. I had no idea most of them derived from
third world countries, sprayed with dysentery-infected water, causing more harm than good.

Many were not even wild crafted much less certified organic (thought the company names had

misleading “Nature’s This” and “Nature’s That” type names.

In addition, they were processed into tablet or capsule form. I was surprised to find out
even if grown in a controlled clean environment, this structure of herb has little if any medicinal
value. Just buy garbage. It is cheaper.

On top of that, the only herbs that have any meaningful medicinal value are in tincture
form, and certified organic, preferably grown in western countries and preferably wild crafted if
possibly but wild crafted is not necessary.

And as this was not information-overload, even the finest herbal tincture cannot get to the
diseased organ(s) without the help of cayenne tincture (the hotter the better…I take 200,000 heat
units mixed with every other herb). Cayenne, in addition to having healing powers of its own,
acts as “a taxi herb” taking other herbs immediately to the diseased organ or organs, so very
little is wasted.

Enough about herbs. How about vitamins and minerals. For the most part, a waste of time,
whether organic or Flinstones.

Flash dried fruits and vegetables with live enzymes is what the body craves, what “sparks”
life. There is a company called “Juice Plus” who makes these, and I am certain there are others.
Most vitamins on the market, natural or not, have all the live enzymes heated out of them. Forget
about them. They make your toilet healthy.

Ok, I know that articles like this make me enough enemies, naysayers, and other ill-will.
But if this valuable information sinks in to just one person, does it really matter what someone
else thinks of me and my discoveries? As long as one person who was misguided like me now
has a chance at a healthy life, why not take the chance and say it. There, I just did.

Oh….my favorite herbal tinctures? People often ask. If I had to pick any two they would be
cayenne and cat’s claw (una de gato) which I take daily. I like a lot of the medicinal mushroom
tinctures, hawthorn berry (for the heart) and ginkgo (which is amazing when taken with cayenne), only
mediocre at best when taken alone.

Hope this helps.

Is Everything at Health Food Stores Really Good for You?

If you are the type that stalks health food stores in the hopes that you’re going to make healthy discoveries in there in special foods that you couldn’t get anywhere else, how correct would you be in your assumption? Let’s say that you head into a health food store and pick up their fruity yogurt. It’s yogurt, and it has real fruit bits. If that isn’t enough, it comes with your recommended daily intake of vitamins C and calcium. While all of that is just peachy, you do realize that it’s completely stocked up with sugar and fat. Some very smart people fall for the line and buy anything that they sell at health food stores in the hope that you just have to throw money at the whole food problem. The moment we see words like fruit or yogurt, we forget everything else and imagine that there is such a thing as easy healthy food to buy.

Some very smart people can be fooled by the halo effect at health food stores carry. For instance, a survey found out that people coming out of Subway restaurants under-estimated the caloric content of their meals by a quarter. Look at some of the other foods there are at any health food stores whose effects on their health people tend to overestimate. Is there a way you could go wrong with salads for instance? Vegetables are wonderful for your health, and they are completely free of calories, aren’t they? How could anyone go wrong with salads? If all you ever took in a salad were the vegetables and a little seasoning, of course it would not be bad for you. But once you start taking it up with chopped nuts, Gorgonzola cheese and lots of salad dressing, you can easily take in as many calories as say, a couple slices of pizza. Before you go in and order a salad, make sure that there is a nutrition chart that you can look at.

How about granola or a smoothie that you get at health food stores? Surely these are products that have nothing too complicated about them? Smoothies are great for the fruits they contain, of course. The amount of sugar in any health food store smoothie offering tops out at more than 50 grams. It’s for reasons like these that the first lady has put out a statement asking children not go with juice boxes anymore. They are all completely filled up on sugar. And granola has very high in sugar and fat content. If it doesn’t seem that way looking at the calorie count, look more closely at the kind of portion sizes they list them for. Even low-fat granola isn’t safe. It still contains lots of calories.