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Whole: Rethinking the Science of Nutrition by Howard Jacobson, T. Colin Campbell

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Reductionist Supplementation

Science advances one funeral at a time.

—ANONYMOUS

Most of us know “alternative health”-minded people who are suspicious of the medical/pharmaceutical industries, and instead bet their lives on nutritional supplements: not only specific, identifiable vitamins and minerals, but also other “natural” ingredients like nutraceuticals, prebiotics, probiotics, omega-3 fats, and various whole food concentrates. The supplement industry has grown dramatically over the past thirty years or so; as of 2008, worldwide sales of dietary supplements were estimated at $187 billion.1 Sixty-eight percent of American adults take dietary ...

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