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Are You Getting Real Selenium or a Toxic Synthetic?

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I write and speak often on the benefits of whole food supplements (not isolates) because the principle that explains the difference is, when you isolate a nutrient or vitamin out of the food complex within which it is naturally found, and where it is inseparably bound to thousands of known and unknown food factors such as enzymes, protein chaperones, glyconutrients, etc., it is no longer beneficial to life. This is especially true in the case of us vertebrate mammals. You see we are equipped to get our minerals from the plants we ingest or through the biotransformation of inorganic minerals to organic ones by microflora in our gastrointestinal tracts.

Please remember that a whole food source, such as in the case of selenium chelate, will often have a lower nutrient dose. This does not mean that the whole food product will produce less results than chemical compounds or isolates, because most often, the results are better and longer lasting. We don’t want to use supplements the way that drugs are used, such as using them to palliate symptoms. We want to nourish the body so that it operates optimally and can continue to rebuild, repair and heal itself.

Don’t be fooled by the milligrams listed on the labels. This is a deliberate ploy by most manufacturers to convince you to buy and take supplements the way drugs are prescribed and that is why the so called experts advise you to take so many milligrams of this or that. There is no comparison to the value of a whole orange, which contains natural vitamin C, bioflavanoid complexes and natural buffering agents such as that white stuff the orange contains on the inside of the rind. Ascorbic acid is usually nothing more than a chemical compound synthesized in a lab rather than its little known cousin, the whole food supplement. Why is that? Because whole food supplements are more expensive to manufacture and, bottom line, that is what counts in the Wall Street mentality of today.

There you have it. The primary reason that sodium selenite/sodium selenate are preferred by these unscrupulous drug companies masquerading as vitamin manufacturers, over safer, more beneficial forms like those that are chelated or yeast-grown, is because it is more profitable to use raw materials of lower quality.

“You get what you pay for” is a saying that usually rings true for dietary supplements. Buying industrial waste products, or chemicals that are considered hazardous waste, and repackaging them as “dietary supplements” can be extremely profitable. Indeed, this is not the first time in American history that such a crime has been perpetuated on the unsuspecting public. Let’s look back at the FDA-approved use of fluoride in our drinking water and the use of radioactive cobalt-60 culled from nuclear reactors for the irradiation of conventional foods, comes to mind immediately.

Get the picture? We can connect the dots as to how industrial waste products with known toxicity are eventually converted into commodities or technologies which are alleged be beneficial to our health. These substances have very high disposal costs for the industries that excrete them into our environment, the liability is converted, through the right combination of lobbying, miseducation and “checkbook science,” into a commodity, with the environment and we the consumers suffering health and financial losses as a result, according to A little research especially on the subject of fluoride wil be a mind blowing experience for those of you who still use fluoridated toothpaste and still drink tap water. Please explore getting a reverse osmosis filtration system in your home or another purification system that makes economic and health sense to you. Just be sure to vet these systems well to be sure they take out all the harmful toxins such as chlorine and fluoride.

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Celeste Yarnall

Celeste Yarnall, PhD shares musings on myriad of topics at her Celestial Musings Blog. She is the author of The Complete Guide to Holistic Cat Care with Jean Hofve, DVM and Paleo Dog. Celeste is an actress/producer/activist/writer and keynote speaker. She and her husband Nazim Artist created the Art of Wellness Collection and are the producers of Femme: Women Healing the World. They live in Los Angeles, California with their beloved Tonkinese cats. Join Celeste at her website or on Facebook.


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8:38AM PST on Dec 6, 2012

Thank you Celeste, for Sharing this!

12:35PM PST on Dec 3, 2012

After reading this article, I read through a substantial amount of dry cat foods on the market, including some very expensive, "healthier" brands. The majority have "sodium selenite" as an ingredient. If a pet is eating the same food every day, they are getting a lot of it in their system over a period of time, even if it's only a minor ingredient. The Iams cat food I checked did not have it. Needless to say, I have been buying Iams ever since (no, I am not employed by them).

7:08AM PDT on Mar 23, 2012

thanks for sharing

11:52PM PST on Feb 29, 2012

Just checked my vitamin bottle: it contains the yeast-free, organically bound ''selenomethionine'' form of selenium. So thank god, the company I essentially trust my body to, hasn't let me down on this one.

9:02AM PST on Feb 18, 2012


11:30AM PST on Feb 13, 2012

Thanks for the informative article...

8:56PM PST on Feb 3, 2012

the last sentance is excellent advice...bottom line think "holistic", check everything...and DO NOT GIVE YOUR HARD EARNED MONEY TO THE THE BIG-PHARMA COMPANYS,...that are just using everyone for a " guinea pig" ANYWAY!! ...( WHAT WAS SAFE, MAY NOT BESO ANYMORE! just beware and meake your choices very carefully!...BE WELL!!...bottom line!

5:41PM PST on Feb 3, 2012

Shocking facts, stick to Brazil Nuts!

11:40AM PST on Feb 3, 2012

Thank you !

9:44AM PST on Feb 3, 2012

Checked my vitamin bottle. Swiss brand Total One Multivitamins and Antioxidants contains selenium from hydrolized vegetable protein (i.e. the non-toxic source). In vitamins and supplements we generally get what we pay for.

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