Employees in natural food stores have been caught giving advice that is not only scientifically baseless, but also risky and downright dangerous.
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This is the third of a four-part series on the quality of advice given by employees of natural food stores. For parts one and two, see Health Food Store Supplement Advice, and Bad Advice From Health Food Store Employees. You’ll find part four in Pharmacists Versus Health Food Store Employees: Who Gives Better Advice? Also, check out my other videos on dietary supplements in general. For those interested in taking a deeper look, a number suggest toxicity—including Ayurvedic medicines (see Amla and Triphala Tested for Metals); fish oil (see Is Cod Liver Oil Good For You?; Juice Plus+® (see Update on Juice Plus+®); Herbalife® (see Update on Herbalife®); blue-green algae (see Is Blue-Green Algae Good For You?); cod liver oil (see Is Cod Liver Oil Good For You?; spirulina (see Update on Spirulina); green tea extracts (see The Healthiest Beverage?); and noni juice (see Is Noni Juice Good For You?). Some supplements are likely to be health-promoting, though—check out all my videos on vitamin B12 and my videos on vitamin D. Also note that we should really try to get our nutrients from Produce, Not Pills to Increase Physical Attractiveness. You can also check out my videos on supplement use during pregnancy.
For further context, check out my associated blog posts: Plant-Based Workplace Intervention; Countering Dietary Pollutants & Pesticides; Dr. Greger’s Natural Nausea Remedy Recipe; and How Should I Take Probiotics?