Where you learned your nutrition and gained all those impressive title abbreviations?

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I just read your “Top Ten Tips to Stop Nutrition Quackery.” I do take large doses of vitamin C and E every day and other supplements. I guess you don’t impress me as much as Linus Pauling. Where you learned your nutrition and gained all those impressive title abbreviations?

I don’t know, but whoever taught you English grammar failed miserably. It is incorrect to use “… a person ” with “they” or “their”. It is also incorrect to state “If their answers sound like hogwash, it [sic] probably is.” “Carbs” is not a word, even if most of us can figure out it means “carbohydrates.” What’s wrong with this phrase: “Ask if there is any health risks to following their diet”?

I don’t take Dr. Wallach’s supplements, but he has some pretty impressive qualifications: an M.D. and a veterinary degree. He says agricultural soils are depleted of trace minerals. Is that true?

You don’t give any evidence one way or the other. In fact there is precious little information in any of your ten points. The implication, though, is that nutrition advice isn’t valid unless issued by a registered nutrition professional, like you. You are no better than the quacks you criticize. First, take a course in remedial English or find someone to edit your text. Then check the recent research on vitamin E, for example. Four hundred international units may not restore hair, but perhaps it’s not such a bad idea for most adults. It would probably not be a good idea to increase one’s consumption of margarine to get more E, however, whatever the registered dietitians say.

First of all there are several professional editors (non-nutrition) for my nutrition topics and they don’t have a problem with my English so I don’t see what I need to change. I don’t use abbreviations though my viewer’s questions often contain them which helps people searching for keywords like “carbs”. Second, my intent is to communicate linguistically and as long as people understand the concept, then I have been successful.

You may disagree with my recommendations for Vitamins C and E, but Linus Pauling’s claims for 1 gram of Vitamin C per day were never substantiated with research. With regards to Vitamin E, 400 IU seems to provide the maximal benefit based on the most current research. So why take more just to make expensive urine? I doubt you would find a dietitian telling people to eat more margarine which is a source of fat calories, just to get more vitamin E. There are much better sources of Vitamin E.

If you are so taken with Dr Wallach’s statement about our soils being depleted of minerals, try doing a literature search for “colloid minerals”. You won’t find a single citation because no one has published any research on the topic. Not even Dr Wallach. I know that there are minerals in soil because of the nutrient levels I see in foods. I manage a large nutrient database that collects nutrient data from a wide variety of independent sources.

Generally speaking, nutrition advice is not valid unless by a registered dietitian because most health professionals have not included extensive nutrition study in their college education. This includes most medical doctors unfortunately. My recommendations are based on current nutrition research and practice and if you disagree, you are entitled to your opinion and choice to take supplements.