Yes I really do believe that, and the reason is because they are driven not by a health agenda on the whole, they are driven by profit, and who is paying their advertising. Sadly what a lot of the articles don’t tell you in the magazines, newspapers or TV is who has given them that piece of information to use, and why, because unfortunately nowadays that is generally what tends to happen. A company or organisation wishes to focus you on buying more of a certain vitamin, mineral, medication, or food type so they send out press releases about it. The media don’t tell you it’s a press release to promote this product so that you will buy more of it, why would they disclose their interests, but those interests are not focused on your health. This information tends to be wildly biased as you would expect it to be, with their only interest in boosting sales, whether you personally should be eating it or not.
I have a lot of clients turn up who are taking supplements they have no need to take, or are eating diets which they tell me are healthy, healthy as learnt unfortunately from the media. This media is totally funded via companies via advertising, and this often means their healthy media led diet is inherently unhealthy for them personally. I also sadly have clients turn up who have been given poor nutritional advice from their doctor, can I just point out that those who are medically trained in the UK get less than a days nutritional training, but significantly longer in pharmaceuticals, they are often poorly qualified to offer nutritional advice, hence why I end up seeing people generally when they have been to the doctor numerous times to try and resolve things. After World War II medical training was changed, medical schools started to focus on disease states, symptoms and their treatment and it became pharmaceutical led with easy, quick and repetitive ways of dealing with these symptoms and states of disease, these were designed to ease of prescribing not for your good health. This way often doesn’t take into account the whole person, their lifestyle or the environment they are living in which with simple changes can make all the difference to health.
I know for many that this news might be unpalatable, but I would just put the media led diet down and back off from those supplements that you have bought on the back of it, you are most probably wasting your money. Without understanding how your body works with supplements it can become an expensive exercise, and to be honest I wouldn’t touch most of the high street advertised supplements with a barge pole. A great diet is one that keeps your weight and body as a whole feeling balanced, healthy, and energised, and this is slightly different for each client I meet. I have general guidelines but as I drill down on diet with people to get optimal health it works slightly differently for each person, and this is why you would see a nutritionist to get that right for that part of your life.
So if you are wondering if your supplements are actually of use to your body, come and have an Asyra Health Screening, this quick screening will tell you if your supplements are making a difference or an expensive waste of time. If you just want this service then I charge only for the time you are with me, and not the whole session price. So 10 minutes of screening your supplements will cost you £10 and save you how much over the next year? No brainer really!