I like things to be black and white. Obviously, as per my blog title. It’s not that I expect everyone in the world to agree on issues – that is way too idealistic. I just want to feel assured that I am informed and correct. That sounds arrogant, but it’s not meant that way. I just like feeling “sure” about things.
Lately I’ve been a party to a lot of conversations regarding health, prescription drugs, alternative treatments, etc., and I will be the first to admit that I am not well informed or well-researched, but I wish that I could be.
The only problem is, it seems like very educated people can have very opposite opinions on these issues.
For instance: If you go to a doctor (who has years and years of education on the subject), they will most likely tell you that medications in general are good, and that “health and wellness products” are scams, don’t do anything, or my favorite that I heard someone say their doctor said recently, “well if you grow a third leg, don’t say I didn’t tell you so.”
If you talk to someone who sells, uses or believes in health and wellness products, they will tell you that it cured their diabetes, cancer, disease, blood pressure, sleeping problems and freed them from taking any and all medications. You name it, someone out there will claim it.
Some of the claims that I have heard recently regarding the need for these supplemental nutritional products are:
1. Fruits and Vegetables get most of their nutrients as they do their final ripening on the vine. However, since very few products are allowed to vine ripen anymore, we are getting no nutrients, even if we THINK we are eating healthily, and even if we are eating organic.
2. Cancer, disease, obesity, etc. have drastically risen in this country (which I agree with) and the lack of nutrients is why. We are “poisoning” ourselves by what we eat, which is why we are all sick or dying.
3. Prescription medications all have side effects, and the side effects cause as much harm as what we are curing. Therefore, by taking these (which are needed due to lack of nutrition), we are hurting ourselves worse. (By the way, on this note, my current favorite drug commercial is for a new drug that treats Asthma. At the end of the commercial, it says “This medication may increase the risk of Asthma-related death.” L-O-V-E it!!)
I have never been very “hippy” when it comes to supplemental products but I have tried a few here and there (but nothing so all-encompassing and expensive as Mannatech and Mona Vie), and I certainly will take medication when and where medication is called for. But the claims that I wrote about above, although maybe exaggerated, do sound logical and reasonable. But then again, people can pretty much shape “anything” to sound logical and reasonable (for evidence of this, I hereby present all of our presidential debates this year, and the pundits who analyze them).
And then there’s the cost – Mona Vie is $45 per week per person!! Mannatech is around $150 per month per person. This seems crazy unless you have some super illness that is miraculously being cured by these products. And – what about the knock offs out there? I saw a juice that looked like Mona Vie at Sam’s last night for $13. Is it the same?
So I feel like no matter how much I research it, I will not be able to come up with a correct conclusion. THE correct conclusion. Because I like things being right or wrong, black or white – no gray areas please.
What do you think? How do you feel about nutrition, organic, supplemental products, medications, etc.? Is it worth researching? Is there a way to come to correct conclusions out there?
I would love to hear more opinions and thoughts on this subject.