“Antioxidants” – the word is used these days synonymously with “healthy”. We’re told that we ideally want them everywhere: in our tea, our salad, supplements and even potentially gain it through meditation.
Every year announces the discovery of the newest latest ever more potent antioxidant: first it was goji berries, then acai berries, now it’s glutathione IVs. Antioxidants – the only way to seemingly escape physical and mental degeneration, and fix anything from arthritis, cancer to wrinkles, and bad “detox pathways” – or possibly even death itself! The protectors from the inescapable oxidative “stress”.
But is it really so?
Are antioxidant supplements really quintessential for good health? And are free oxygen radicals really the universally demonized bad guys responsible for every conceivable health problem under the sun?
Surely, if that was the case, science could provide a clear answer, right? Right, but given that medical science has its own special brand of corruption, so apparent that it has its own name: the Gold Effect, and given that even medical insiders with decades long experience in the field claim that “as much as 90 percent of the published medical information that doctors rely on is flawed”, it’s no surprise that one can find “scientific” studies which claim to prove even the most ludicrous assumptions.
So if science isn’t of much help – can we figure the answer out with some common sense?
Let’s see …
So, if I understand it correctly the antioxidants theory claims that the process of breathing creates free oxygen radicals. Those are dangerous because they can damage cells and even DNA, being the prime cause for disease, inflammation, aging and ultimately death; and the only thing which protects us from being burned up by oxygen on the spot because of our stupid habit of breathing – are antioxidants.
In summary: Breathing is bad for our health.
Oxygen is death, and antioxidants (or the elimination of oxygen) is life.
Or: black is white and white is black.
It’s really that blatant.
Anyone who has ever tried to survive longer than 10 minutes without breathing, will understand that the proposed equation must be nonsense. (Feel free to point out any logical mistakes I might have made.)
Why then if the scam is so obvious, is it so tenacious?
One reason might be because the antioxidant industry has ballooned to a multi billion $$$ business, and as a consequence has attracted individuals whose primary goal it is to make money. Customers’ health becomes secondary. Money can buy anything from “scientific” studies, to doctors, articles in peer reviewed outlets, or ever more insidious and clever marketing gimmicks and has succeeded to corrupt the minds of even the best intentioned with its never ending assault on common sense and the scientific method.
So let’s reactivate our super power – common sense – and bust the web of lies and deceit, so we can get healthy again.
Part 1: Acatalasia Acatalasia (aka Acatalasemia) = complete lack or deficiency of catalase in blood and tissue caused by a genetic disorder.
What is catalase?
“Catalase is a common enzyme found in nearly all living organisms exposed to oxygen (such as vegetables, fruit or animals). It catalyzes the decomposition of hydrogen peroxide to water and oxygen. It is a very important enzyme in protecting the cell from oxidative damage by reactive oxygen species (ROS).”
Basically, if your body does not produce catalase, you are exposed to oxidative stress and your body is being damaged by reactive oxygen species.
Or so “they” tell us …
So what are the problems that people face who have acatalasia?
Given that oxidative damage is a serious issue, allegedly causing anything from arthritis, neuro-degenerative illnesses, cancer, aging and ultimately death, it seems that people with acatalasia would have to be constantly sick or depend on life-long catalase supplementation, right?
It turns out most people with Acatalasia are asymptomatic, meaning: they do not have any symptoms associated with the disorder (apart from some periodontal infections and in rare cases gangrene).
They do not rely on life-long supplementation nor on constant medical supervision.
Wait a minute: people with a genetic disorder which exposes them 24/7 to supposedly deadly oxidative stress, actually lead completely normal lives?
Meaning: in most cases they are not experiencing any negative health consequences from what should amount to increased oxidative cellular damage from highly corrosive oxidative stress.
Speaking of single-handedly busting a medical scam …
That really could be the end of my gloriously announced “antioxidant” series, especially since Wikipedia itself (arguably one of the most conservative websites which never fails to fall in line with the criminal FDA when it comes to medical matters) busts the very “antioxidants are healthy” nonsense which it propagates – on the same page, no less.
You should be … Here is what one reads under the “antioxidants” entry:
“Antioxidants are widely used in dietary supplements and have been investigated for the prevention of diseases such as cancer, coronary heart disease and even altitude sickness. Although initial studies suggested that antioxidant supplements might promote health, later large clinical trials with a limited number of antioxidants detected no benefit and even suggested that excess supplementation with certain putative antioxidants may be harmful.” and “Some antioxidant supplements may promote disease and increase mortality in humans.”
Oh snap. It seems that all you need to do is read, really …
Knowledge protects, ignorance endangers.
Stay safe: read.