I started the ABCs of Vitamins with one goal: to help people learn about these important nutrients for the body because they have a crucial role to play in our nutrition.
There is too much conflicting information on the net regarding vitamins, minerals, and other supplements, and I’ve noticed that people usually fall into three categories in this regard:
- those who reject alternative healing methods and only prescribe to the orthodox medicine practices
- those who know that vitamins and minerals are important for the body but prefer to have their intake through food
- those who can see the value behind a nutritional regimen that is based on the orthomolecular supplementation, a term coined many years ago by twice Nobel Prize winner Linus Pauling.
Before I clarify my point of view, let me briefly tell you my story, which is highly relevant to creating this site.
I was born with RA (rheumatoid arthritis) as a preterm baby, and I suffered from joint pains all my life. In addition, after many years of being miserable with tons of seemingly unrelated symptoms, blood test analysis pointed out that I am suffering from hypothyroidism, with markers bordering on Hashimoto’s disease.
As the years passed with no hope of getting better (in fact I was getting worse year by year), I decided to get to the bottom of why I was in poor health. I became tired of being sick all the time, of having symptoms such as severe hair loss, joint pains, constipation, memory loss, brain fog, lack of energy, stomach aches, ashen complexion, you name it.
In the meantime, I passed my 40th birthday, and by now, the doctors I told my symptoms to would tell me that “You’re getting older, it’s normal, get used to it,” and similar phrases. Basically, they were telling me there was nothing I could do besides swallowing my suffering.
Some doctors would prescribe strong painkillers, but after learning just how dangerous those opiate-based pills were, I said there must be something else out there.
Over the next few months, I’ve read books, magazines, journals, dedicated websites and articles that, eventually, gave me a picture of something that had never entered my mind before. While doctors are right in that, as we grow older, our ailments also grow, part of the reason why our body is failing so fast is related to poor nutrition.
It is not a secret that our soils are depleted of precious nutrients: vitamins and minerals that are needed for the optimal workings of the body. Even those who are trying to eat as healthy as possible and are following all sorts of diets (vegan, ketogenic, primal, etc), are still not necessarily getting the number of nutrients that they need.
I know I wasn’t, and during the last few years, I’ve really cleaned my eating habits: no longer cooking with hydrogenated vegetable oils, using butter instead of hydrogenated margarine, staying away from sugars, watching my intake of carbs. Yet, I was not getting any better.
Learning about orthomolecular medicine changed my life entirely. It took me a few years of searching, of trying, of learning, of taking courses on nutrition, and I’ve accumulated a wealth of information on what works and what doesn’t, but right now, I can say that I feel healthier than I’ve felt in my first 40 years of life. My arthritis is just about gone, my brain fog and the rest of mental deficiencies are gone too, and my energy is at a normal level.
Who would have thought that all I needed was to replenish the vitamins and minerals that I was deficient in?
Having said that, doctors and medicine have their place in healthcare. If I break a bone or get a serious infection, the ER is the first place I go to. But now I no longer need to visit my doctor with every small complaint I have – because I no longer have those.
My doctor is now free to deal with patients who actually deserve serious attention from him, and in return, I feel more empowered: I did something for my own health; I finally took charge of my own body. I have to admit, it feels quite good.
In The ABCs of Vitamins, I’d like to share with you all my knowledge I’ve accumulated over the last 10 years on the numerous vitamins, minerals, and amino acids that our body need to function at its optimum.
Having said that, I am not a doctor. While I did take courses in nutrition, my views and the supplements I mention do not reflect and have not been evaluated by the FDA or any other medicinal body, and they are not intended to diagnose, cure, treat or prevent any disease or illness. If you do decide to alter your diet or take supplements while also taking prescription medication, do consult your healthcare practitioner.