- Published: February 1, 2018
My first dialog on this topic took place more than twenty years ago during one of my first visits to America when I was staying in LA with an acquaintance. One morning, I found him in a kitchen bending over a long row of colorful pot-bellied containers of various sizes.
I pointed my finger at his collection. “What is this? An American version of Russian nesting dolls?”
My joke made him smile. He patiently explained that it was his supply of food supplements and began taking capsules out of each container.
“Why supplement food? Is your food not good?”
My limited English and naiveté put a smile on his face again.
“Vitamins, minerals, and herbs are essential for maintaining good health.” His voice became evocative of my first-grade teacher in Moscow—“You must wash your hands!“ He continued. “Everyone should take food supplements daily. I always do!” He poured water into a glass, and one by one began swallowing the capsules.
“Strange!” I thought. “How come my health is perfect without these babies? “
“Is your health good?” I inquired.
“Not really. I have issues,” he disclosed.
Since then, I have met many people in the same boat. Based on the number of supplements they take, you would think they should be health-rich, yet they are health-poor. This is not a paradox.