Because of costs, such as social security and Medicare costs, governments, the US government in my case, has an interest in our premature mortality.
This explains why they avoid the important question of optimal nutrition, why they set ridiculously low RDAs and ridiculously low upper limits of toxicity on nutrients. They do not want us benefiting from supplements, and certainly do not want us enjoying optimal nutrition and health.
Worse, they attack supplements as either useless or harmful. Utter nonsense. The problem with supplements is they often have a suboptimal chemical form (folic acid rather than tetrahydrofolate) and they are routinely unbalanced, as supplement manufacturers have not realized that the whole is more than the sum of its parts, and each part is a member of multiple push-pull pairs and must be properly balanced. In the absence of quality studies, the natural ratios present in a large selection of whole foods is a reasonable starting point.
Government officials are deathly afraid that we will live too long and cost the system too much.
I have commented many times in this blog on all of the senseless and stupid attacks on Linus Pauling and all of the funding they have paid to shills to discredit Pauling, when it is obvious to anyone with a brain that Pauling was right on the important stuff, the fundamentals. Not just about vitamin C pills, but about everything, including infusions of vitamin C as an adjunctive cancer therapy. Cancer researchers have alleged bias in the selection of patients for the vitamin C infusions. Can anyone tell me how one can cherry pick 100 patients out of 1100 terminal cancer patients so as to get a fourfold increased survival? Utter nonsense, no doubt funded by the government or that other powerful group of liars, pharma.
When the government funds a study to discredit Pauling’s vitamin C infusion adjunctive cancer therapy, done by Mayo Clinic, that uses pills, when his study used infusions with 10x the average concentration and 100 times the peak concentration, it is clear that they are deathly afraid, and here we are just talking about 4x longer survival in terminal cancer patients.
But of course it goes beyond this. Government officials cite evidence of vitamin K deficiency in seniors randomly assayed in hospitals, and then proceed to discount it, claiming that there is no evidence of vitamin K deficiency in the US in the conclusion to their article, and more generally there is no evidence of any type of vitamin or mineral deficiency in the US in their books, as in the 1989 RDA, 10th edition – ridiculous!
Worse, the government defines the daily UL for Iodine of 1 gram, when Japanese women living in fishing villages, consume more than 10 times that. What toxic reactions do they show? If there is any, look at impurities in the mineral preparations as most likely being responsible (this is one possible explanation why natural sources do not have this problem). None that I can think of, but they are virtually free of fibrocystic diseases of the breast and breast cancer. The government is deathly afraid that American women will discover this research, so they discredit it in advance, and recommend a paltry 150 micrograms a day of iodide, barely enough to keep the thyroid gland working properly. Ridiculous!
Anyone with a brain would ultra-purify a supplement before doing toxicological studies. Otherwise trace impurities in some sloppy manufacturing process could complicate the interpretation. One must make sure that the supplement has been properly purified with the most stringent QC. Vitamin B6 has been blamed for neurological problems at doses above UL, but no one has repeated the studies with ultra-purified vitamin B6! Idiots!
The proper RDA for a nutrient has to be set as the level to adequately meet the needs of the organ or tissue that has a demonstrable need for the nutrient but is least capable of concentrating the nutrient, provided that there are no adverse consequences. Breast tissue, stomach tissue and the salivary glands all need iodide, and higher levels must be taken to meet their needs than is required to meet the needs of the best concentrator of iodide, the thyroid gland.