This common trait can seem like a biased slant, especially when the author has products available for sale that promote what they’re talking about.
Of course it is not a bad thing to have items for sale, some would say that is the American Way.
Anyway, what is this common thread that I’m talking about?
Well, like many people, I’ve read many many health related books over the years. A lot of these books are proud of themselves for going against the grain. They embrace the fact that they’re saying facts that the FDA wouldn’t agree with. They are proud of the fact that they are bold enough to say whatever it is that they are saying in their text.
This book that I reviewed recently is one such book:
The common thread that I see is that “Radical” Health Books often talk about one specific thing that can cure any health problem. This specific thing can be a vitamin, a mineral, or an ingredient.
The book that I am talking about in the above video talks about Coral Calcium as a miracle mineral that allows people to live to be 105.
It sounds about right to me – calcium is one of those things that I am always interested in making sure that we get enough of.
Coral Calcium in particular has an interest to me because I remember my mother telling me about it when I was younger. And then also, I love the oceans and the sea. I do believe the ocean to be a source of great nutrition for us if we allow ourselves to tap into it. (Ocean Nutrition has a dedicated chapter in my own Health Book. However, my e-book is way more universal than most books as I do not name any one ingredient as a “cure all.” You can get a copy here if you’d like!)
Anyway, having such a strong leaning into one source of nutrition can be problematic if done incorrectly. If you become too sales-y, the mineral will sound like snake oil.
But, sometimes this doesn’t come into play until after the book is read.
As is the case with Coral Calcium and “Death By Diet,” I went to look up Coral Calcium as I wanted to get some for me and my family. Not only because the book says that it’s good. The book did inform me of the origins of Coral used as well as some calcium facts that I didn’t know as it relates to the human body. The fact that my mother, Reathella, also believed in this mineral validates it to me way more than anything a random stranger can tell me. I guess I’m biased in that way as well. I will have to write some more about my mother very, very soon.
So anyway, I go to Amazon.com to find some product information and what do I see. SEVERAL bottles of coral calcium being sold by the author who promoted it so heavily in his book. I mean, his face is literally on the bottle. This makes me wonder two things:
- First, I wonder if his supplement is the most legit because after all, he did talk about it in his book. I assume that is the point – make yourself seem like an expert and people will trust your product more than a random off-the street product. I can see the validation there.
- The second thing I wonder is where the skeptic in me comes into play. Sometimes, I think that it would be better to just trust in the man who really believes in the product.
The question is, should I buy the coral calcium that the author likes or should I get some other random kind.
Given the fact that the best Coral Calcium comes from an island in Japan, there is no way that I can personally validate the source of any Coral Calcium on the internet. Unfortunately, EasyLightSources.org is not providing me the income to make a cross-globe trip that this time.
Interestingly enough, Amazon having exotic products so readily available also ties into this post earlier this week about Exotic Herbs taking a long time to be delivered.
So to conclude this article:
- Health books that promote one miracle ingredient can come across a little disingenuous given the fact that one mineral cannot cure everything. It’s a combination that makes for a full nutritional profile.
- Just because it can seem a little shady, it’s also important not to throw the baby out with the bath water. Sometimes it seems a little shady just because we’re used to being swindled. Sure, the author should take better care to offer a more rounded view but sometimes, that’s just not possible.
- And then, as much as this realization pains me – sometimes our health problems just cannot be cured by one specific thing. Sure, Coral Calcium is the best source of calcium. We should also be seeking out the best source of iron, vitamin C, and the best of other sources of vitamins and minerals that our bodies need.
- More than anything, I am reminded of the importance of taking the time to have a well rounded nutritional profile on a daily basis in our lives. Multivitamins!
Anyway, if you have any thoughts on this, I’d love to hear what you think! Leave a comment 🙂 Thanks for reading.