Most health food store supplement aisle employees have little or no training and make wildly dissimilar recommendations. Even when they’re consistent, the levels of active ingredients in supplements may not be. We should not assume the multibillion dollar supplement industry has our best interests any closer to heart than the pharmaceutical industry.
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This is the second of a four-part series on the quality of advice given by employees of natural food stores. For part one, see Health Food Store Supplement Advice. Parts three and four are, respectively, Dangerous Advice from Health Food Store Employees, and Pharmacists Versus Health Food Store Employees: Who Gives Better Advice? Of course, doctors also know precious little about what people should be putting in their mouths. See, for example, Do Doctors Make the Grade?; Medical School Nutrition Education; and Doctors Know Less Than They Think About Nutrition. Even worse than just getting inadequate training, the medical profession has actively lobbied against doctors getting more education on the topic of nutrition. See Nutrition Education Mandate Introduced for Doctors; Medical Associations Oppose Bill to Mandate Nutrition Training; California Medical Association Tries to Kill Nutrition Bill; and Nutrition Bill Doctored in the California Senate.
And be sure to check out my associated blog posts: Health Food Store Advice: Often Worthless or Worst; Plant-Based Workplace Intervention; and How Should I Take Probiotics?