If you take vitamin supplements, herbs, essential oils, you know how hard it is to sort out the lies and hype, from the factual information you need to make the right choices for yourself and your family. Recently, I sat down with Dr. Steve Chaney, Professor Emeritus at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, published cancer researcher and author of the new book, Slaying the Supplement Myths. (You can find an earlier interview with Dr. Chaney on food myths, here).

We tackled some of the biggest issues in supplementation such as : how the studies on pharmaceuticals are set up differently than supplement studies, and how that affects health recommendations within the medical community, the source of the MTHFR controversy, new technologies in supplements, suppression of information by big Pharma and more.

Topics:

  • Why pharmaceutical studies are “easier” than supplement studies ( 5:00 – 9:40)
  • Does Big Pharma suppress information? (9:45 – 11:35 )
  • How much research should consumers do? (11:36 – 12:15)
  • Defining placebo effect and endorsements (12:30 – 14:45)
  • Junk science VS studies, how you can tell the difference (14: 50 – 19:50)
  • New technology in supplements, “fruits and veggies in a capsule” (19:55 – 24:50)
  • MTHFR Gene mutation – the source of the controversy (24:55 – 28:53)
  • Soy, breast cancer and mutant mice (28:54 – 32:09)
  • How to begin a holistic supplementation regimen VS isolated nutrients, and “Dr. Strangelove” (31:13 – 43:15)
  • Free bonus for purchasers of Slaying the Supplement Myths (43:18 – 44:00)
  • Quick Health Assessment – (44:03 – 46:50)


The interview is closed captioned. Transcript available upon request.