Nutrient depletion or shortage may arise from inadequate food intake, impaired digestion, inefficient absorption or malabsorption, inefficient assimilation and other physiologic or functional disorders. Genetic errors may interfere with or prohibit assimilation and utilization. Gastrointestinal motility disorders may have similar effects. Stress may affect both gastrointestinal tract transit times and quantities or ratios of nutrient needs, leading to depleted nutrients. Americans now spend $2.5 billion yearly on vitamins and minerals, up from $328 million 25 years ago. Roughly 55% of women and 45% of men take some kind of vitamin supplement. Most of the vitamin supplements consumed by Americans, including those used in "enriched" foods, are making them more deficient! The greatest and most enduring of medical discoveries of the twentieth century were the vitamins. Here, at last, was the discovery of factors that caused health. Vitamin A (1912, the first vitamin to be discovered) was named retinol because, without it, a healthy retina in the eye could not be formed. Then it was found to cure night blindness. And that was just the beginning. Along came the B-vitamins and the cures for beriberi, pellagra, pernicious anemia, nerve degeneration, enlarged heart, energy production, and much more. These came from unprocessed, whole, natural foods. When man realized his foods had been devitalized from processing and refinement, he decided to replace the lost vitamins. But, in his effort to extricate himself from the refined food trap, "scientific confusion" led him to try to replace them with "chemical, man-made vitamins." So, again, he refined down natural vitamins into pure, crystalline vitamins, thus robbing them of important food values, just as he had refined natural grains and sweets into their pure, crystalline, carbon-white flour and sugar. Then, to save money, he duplicated these crystalline vitamins synthetically, mostly from COAL-TAR products. Thus, natural vitamins as well as natural foods were robbed of nature's life and valuable elusive nutrients.
What is a vitamin? It is a complex of biological "wheels within wheels" consisting of enzymes, coenzymes, antioxidants and trace mineral activators. Enzymes, being protein, contain amino acids and trace minerals. Every mineral and amino acid needed by living cells may be found in a natural assemblage of vitamin concentrates obtained from wholesome foods. Identifying a vitamin in terms of a single chemical structure is self-defeating--you need the whole complex to get the vitamin function. The natural vitamin complex carries trace mineral activators and without them, the vitamin fails in its metabolic function. Copper in its organic, biologically active form tyrosinase, is the trace element activator of the vitamin C-complex. Likewise, manganese activates the B complex. In turn, selenium is the trace mineral activator of the vitamin E-complex. Enzyme activators, destroyed by heat, steam sterilization and pasteurization, include Manganese, Cobalt, Molybdenum, Zinc, Selenium and Vanadium...and are effective only in the organic state. By reducing a vitamin complex to a single chemical, chemists can claim to duplicate it in a laboratory and easily mass produce it and sell it as an additive to food or a pill. This wouldn't be possible if they were charged with keeping all the synergistic components intact. As such, vitamins are given single chemical names and single chemical structures for the purpose of selling synthetic vitamins.
The failure of the pharmaceutical approach to vitamins originated in the chemists' synthetic isolation of aelements, uncombined with its biological matrix. The discovery of the vitamins coincided with the boom in industry, agriculture, and chemistry, which were crowding their way into all facets of life. But in the attempted duplication of living things, like artificial fertilizers or vitamins, chemistry had its most influence. The biological activity of synthetic and natural vitamins is not identical. Anyone who has studied anatomy, physiology, neurology and biochemistry will readily admit that the human body is a neuro-biochemical plant--a composite of tissues, fluids and organs that exist in a living state by virtue of neuroelectric and biochemical reactions. Being biochemical in nature, the body operates on biochemicals--LIVE CHEMICALS--in contrast to dead or lifeless chemicals. Those biochemical factors are derived from whole, natural, uncooked and unprocessed foods. Cooking and processing alters biochemicals to dead chemicals. The human body cannot properly function if it is fueled with dead chemicals rather than live, complex biochemicals. The difference between the live biochemical food factor and the dead chemical (counterfeit food) is dependent upon two primary requisites: (1) unaltered proteins and (2) viable enzyme systems.
Dr. Casmir Funk, who discovered the method for concentrating vitamin B, and the one who coined the term, Vitamine, said, "The synthetic product is less effective and more toxic." Every process used to extract vitamins from foods, destroys the vitamin complex. What you end up with is similar to a banana peel without the banana. When you take these incomplete supplements, they rob from the body's nutritional reserve what is missing (the banana), to try to complete the complex. This creates what is called a rebound deficiency. If you find the shed skin of a snake, you haven't found a snake. In the Biomedical Nitty Gritty, Vol. 3, No. 1, Jan. 1982, Dr. Richard Murray D.C., presented an abundance of incontestable evidence that there is a tremendous difference between natural and synthetic vitamins..."Synthetic vitamins are reverses conformationally or mirror images of natural vitamins. However, synthetic vitamins are not vitamins at all but synthesized fractions of a vitamin complex...a mirror image duplicate of just a portion of the real, biologically active and physiologically-precise, nutritional complex. There is no way that a fraction of a vitamin can be called a vitamin." He continues, "Textbooks record that vitamin B1 was first isolated in the year 1926. About 10 years later, scientists were able to synthesize the mirror image of Thiamine from coal-tar. About the beginning of WWII (Sept.-39) enrichment of refined, devitalized flour became compulsory. Bleached wheat flour has more than 30 known nutrients removed with 4 synthetics added back in. Today, the majority of people in the civilized world are becoming victims of degenerative disease resulting from chronic poisoning and malnutrition. Even though well fed, they are starving to death for the most essential micronutrients. Since World War II, the American people and people of other countries as well, have had a daily ration of a genetic poison in most of the bread, flour products, cereals and other food items that are forced, by law, to be enriched with synthetic vitamins.
Dr. Royal Lee, in 1956 stated, "We have drifted into this deplorable position of malnutrition quite inadvertently. It is the result of scientific research, with the objective of finding the best ways to create foods that are non-perishable; that can be made by mass-production methods, in centrally located factories and distributed so cheaply that they can sweep all local competition from the market. Then, after there develops a suspicion that these 'foods' are inadequate to support life, modern advertising science steps in to propagandize the people into believing that there is nothing wrong with counterfeit or devitalized foods, that they are products of value...and...the confused public is totally unable to arrive at any conclusion of fact. In turn, they continue to buy the rubbish that is killing them off, years prematurely."
In 1941, Dr. Agnes Fay Morgan, Ph.D., food research scientist at the Univ. of Cal., reported in Science, #93, pp. 261-262, that animals on a synthetic-vitamin-enriched diet: "dropped dead long before the animals on an un-enriched diet became disabled." She remarked at that time, that such phony enrichment might "precipitate conditions worse than the original deficiency." Gilbert Levin, Ph.D., (Discover 1981) discussing optical isomers or asymmetrical molecules with atomic arrangements that are mirror images of each other, states: "Because its structure is reversed, a left-handed molecule can't take part in chemical reactions meant for a right-handed molecule any more than a left hand can fit in a right-handed glove--its odd geometry prevents it from being metabolized by the body." In turn, the human physiology cannot properly utilize synthetic (mirror-image) fractions in the way natural complexes find their way into the biological reactions that are essential to tissue repair and the sustenance of life. A synthetic vitamin fraction can only be utilized for a drug or pharmacologic effect. Drugs are poisons, by definition. All pharmacologic therapies induce side effects and high-dose nutritional therapies are no exception. Only synthetic supplements achieve drug status. The effect of a drug is palliative not curative. Palliation means a masking or covering-over of symptoms, while the disease process remains unchanged or progressively gets worse for lack of attention. "It is better to have no vitamins at all than a mixture of crystalline-pure vitamin fractions, with one or more members of the complex missing."
Natural complexes differ from synthetic or crystalline vitamins in many ways:
1 Natural complexes are colloidal, protein in nature and usually exist as enzymes or coenzymes.
2 The crystalline vitamin can't be separated from its protein part without destroying its biological activity.
3 The natural "live" complex carries trace mineral activators...without which the enzyme fails as a biochemical catalyst.
4 Crystalline vitamins, taken into the body, must recombine (if possible) with their natural required components (robbed from the body's reserve) before they can function as a vitamin. Most, if not all of the crystalline component is lost through the kidneys.
Vitamins are not meant to be eliminated in urine any more than silverware is to be thrown out with the leftovers. Often you hear, "But, I feel better when I take them." The reason is that synthetic vitamins act as poisons in the body. Since most poisons stimulate circulation in the human body for the purpose of moving blood through the kidneys, more often to filter out the said toxin as quickly a possible...the speeded-up circulation also delivers more blood and more oxygen to the brain with a created sense of euphoria. Natural and low-potency vitamin complexes do not and will not produce euphoria, any more than eating a (non-poison-sprayed) carrot. A synthetically derived substance may cause a reaction in a chemically susceptible person when the same material of natural origin is tolerated, despite the two substances having identical chemical structures. The layman who doesn't understand the biochemical nature of true nutritional changes, is easily deceived by the pseudo-nutritional therapist and believes the initial response (drug effect), to the massive dose of one or more prescribed megavitamins, represents that what is being taken is exactly what is needed. Nutritional therapists know after a time on synthetic vitamin fractions, the biochemical reaction is reversed, the euphoria ends and the original symptoms return; except amplified by vitamin poisoning. Also, the diagnosis and evaluation of symptoms are now clouded by the weeks, months or years of improper supplementation. Why the great mystery about all of this?
Why don't doctors know about vitamins or nutrition in general? One big answer was revealed in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) August 8, 1980. It honestly admitted: "Nutrition has been neglected by the medical profession." Most medical schools devote less than three hours of total instruction in nutritional deficiency and therapy. In short, Physicians in the United States are not required to understand nutrition to be licensed to practice medicine. It's not hard to understand why, when medical experiments are performed with synthetic vitamin fractions, these counterfeits fail to produce impressive results. But a reductionist seeks to understand the whole by dismantling its parts. This precludes the wholistic principle of synergism, that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. For example, what if we tried to understand the properties of water (H2O) by testing hydrogen separately and oxygen separately. Presumably, we would learn enough about each to understand what their combined characteristics would be. Combined as 2 parts hydrogen and 1 part oxygen, H2O will extinguish fire. Separately, the elements are among the most flammable and explosive elements in the universe. The functions are exactly the reverse in their isolated state from their organically combined state. Similarly, vitamins function as biological mechanisms only when whole and complete, combined with their synergists, as in whole food. Isolated into synthetic chemicals, they fail as catalysts."