The natural supplement Ginko biloba has been debunked by a long term study. While safe, scientists have concluded that it does nothing to help cognitive disorders like Alzheimers or dementia. In 2008 sales of this useless supplement totalled $99 million. Meanwhile more children than ever are getting free or reduced hot lunch at public schools. One possible conclusion is that it's easier to pop a pill than to eat a healthy diet. Another is that our priorities are profoundly flawed when we have $99 million to spend on a useless dietary supplement in a single year but can't muster sufficient funds to provide adequate food for kids. Reading this in the news set me off on a 5 minute rant ... Mr. D blew me off as a hyperactive nutcase.
For the record, I don't believe in supplements--my husband has a row of bottles of pills he pops, but I'm healthier than him and I don't take anything extra--no Vitamin C, E, D, B, zinc, euchanichea, folic acid, nothing.
I should also add I give Mr. T a dose of fish oil every morning to help boost his brain power. So I guess I believe in some supplements...kind of forgot about those.
What say you, reader?