What’s In Your Vitamin?

Sponge Bob GummiesWhen I started this blog, I made a pledge to myself and my readers that I would not write technical posts about anatomy. Although this post is slightly more technical than my usual posts, you definitely do not need a Ph.D. or an M.D. to follow what Dr. Terry Wahls says in the following video. In fact, I can summarize the video with the following words — the food you eat may be depriving your brain of the vitamins and minerals it needs.

If you are not already using it, adding the right multivitamin to you diet may, or may not, be a step in the right direction. Some problems with multivitamins are that the typical person who relies on them does not know if the vitamin contains all the beneficial ingredients, the right dose of ingredients, or how to interpret the recommended dietary allowance (RDA). Are you aware the RDA was developed during World War II and it is updated only once every 10 years? In addition, the typical user of multivitamins has no idea if 200% of the RDA is better or worse than 100% of RDA for a specific ingredient in the multivitamin. Is the RDA based on the weight of any average person? What is the average weight and how would a person who weighs 75% less or more than average adjust their intake of a multivitamin? Furthermore, the ingredients of a multivitamin may not be necessary because the food we eat may already contain 100% of the RDA for a given item.

In the following video, Dr. Terry Wahls presents a better solution than using a multivitamin to supplement a poor diet.


  1. Do you believe your current consumption of food and vitamins is ideal?
  2. How do you measure the ideal?
  3. If your consumption is less than ideal, what would you do?
  4. Have you tried to eradicate you adversity with a different diet?
  5. How do you know if the food you are eating is helpful or harmful?

Thanks to Esther for sharing the video and proofreading the post, Dr. Terry Wahls for proposing a viable solution, TEDx Iowa City for allowing Dr. Wahls to present her conclusions, YouTube for hosting the video, and all the other people who helped provide the picture and video I used in this post.


  1. I am very fortunate that I now live in an area where I can trade my labor for fresh organic vegtables.

    1. Chuck, please tell us more. What vegetables do you grow? Is there an off season? How did you get involved with the organic farm? How much time do you spend per week? What labor do you trade for food?

  2. I like that you question how one identifies proper nutrition, as well as how one determines and identifies content of recommended vitamins and supplements.

    I wonder how beneficial the talk is to those who are not be able to afford the proposed organic foods,and the luxury of partaking in the therapeutic remedy Neuromuscular electrical stimulation.

    1. The excessive cost of medicine, supplements, food, and therapy is too complex for a short post. The fact that a plausible remedy is expensive does not negate the fact that the remedy is plausible. As with all of my posts, I am providing information. I make no claim that I am a medical doctor, herbalist, or therapist. People are free to choose what they do based on my information and their additional research.

      That said, I might write a post that addresses what people could do if they cannot afford a beneficial treatment.

  3. I am concerned that I could not find any other documented cases of medical establishments confirming Dr Wahls curative benefits of the the”Paleo diet.” Perhaps her clinical trials are not yet complete. I doubt there is an incentive for current conventional medical establishments to ever support such research since money is generally directly related to those things which can be patented.

    1. Since I do not work with Dr. Wahls, I cannot comment on the status of her medical trials or what she may be trying to prove. However, she talks about a protocol on her website. A protocol is not a guarantee that the protocol works for everyone; it simply suggests that there is a possibility the protocol might work for people identical to the people who were in the study. Doctors followed a protocol in the treatment of my cancer. The protocol did not work and caused more harm than good. Simply because a protocol is approved by the medical community does not imply it will work. Similarly, the fact that a protocol is not approved by the medical community is not proof that it doesn’t work. By the way, when I searched “Paleo diet” on Amazon.com, more than 3,700 books were listed.

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