From Prevent Disease.com (June 6, 2012)
All Things Are Not Created Equal: Huge Gaps In Quality In The Natural Health Industry
Dr. Eldon Dahl explains how product quality is being sacrificed for convenience and price point ultimately creating an entire industry filled with supplements of non-therapeutic value.
Think of the natural health industry as a beautifully healthy, organic orange tree. Now, if you can imagine, cut a wedge in that tree’s trunk, and graft in a foreign branch that is not from the origin--for instance, a nonorganic lemon tree branch. Once the original tree accepts the new branch, both the orange and the lemon will feed from the same roots.
Using this illustration, imagine the lemon branch as a grafted in government-regulated health product, having non-therapeutic value, and a price-directed licensed formulation. Both are feeding from the original roots--that is, the natural health food industry--but one is efficacious, while the other is not. The two are not equal. What is the difference? The lemon was never intended to be part of the original tree, yet through regulations it remains protected while it feeds from the original host.
If we remain true to our roots, the grafting process could be successful and perhaps even beneficial. However, if quality becomes compromised for the sake of yield, we risk becoming a shadow of our true selves--a shell of what could have been. And, the longer we tread the path of quick convenience, the harder it is to turn around.
A question begs to be answered: when the altered tree produces another branch, what will the branch be? The branch would be an organic orange, as the tree will return to its true origin. For the sake of the natural health industry worldwide, we must return to our roots of origin, and once again stand to be counted different. Efficacious and therapeutic natural health supplements, which are our "life tree," depend on it.
Licensing, under the umbrella of a natural health product, combined with global regulatory health agencies; and the product quality of raw materials.
- Global licensing while holding onto efficacy and therapeutic value?
- Label claims and the confusion they cause for customers?
- Raw materials: are all things created equally?
- Will less popular products be eliminated due to licensing costs?
- What is the future of the global natural health industry?
- What is the difference between natural health products and pharmaceutical health products?
Because the whole truth about most of the conventional vitamins, minerals and natural health products on the shelves is that they are synthetic chemical isolates. Our bodies understand and seek nourishment from whole food. Synthetic chemical isolated forms of nutrients lack the full spectrum of Nature’s benefits. Frankly, we prefer the real thing to a synthetic version of the real thing. Who wouldn’t?
By Dr. Eldon Dahl, ND