The Reliable Healing Supplement
A RECENT article in one of the national newspapers, culled from multivitaminok.blog.com presents a finding that is literally food for thought. Essentially it posits that multivitamins can be injurious to health, with studies showing that daily dosing of these supplements can actually result in life threatening illnesses. It recommends that vitamins and minerals rather be obtained from healthy, well-balanced, nutrient rich diets. This is evidence that material theories regarding what may be deemed most beneficial for health, even when backed by the most erudite scholarship, is at best fallible opinion.
It is certainly laudable that the healthcare industry, especially the Research arm, is quick to report honestly on issues though they may adversely affect its economics. This attests to their higher purpose of seeking what best promotes both the health of man and the healing practice of healthcare practitioners. Realising that vitamins and other similar supplements may not be the panacea they were once thought to be, is not cause for dismay, especially if such findings encourage digging deeper for what might be most beneficial for health and healing.
The word ‘supplement’ indicates the addition of something extra, in order to complete or enhance what it is added to. Usually, in the case of health, this is either a dietary or herbal supplement. The most well known supplements are multivitamins. They are supposed to round out and balance the nutrients of a diet, enhance recuperation, or just maintain and improve health of pregnant women, nursing mothers, growing children and so on. This presupposes that health is a material quality, which is at the mercy of matter. Yet studies like the one mentioned above imply something quite different.
Health is not a material quality, though expressed physically. The import of this statement for health is significant. It reveals that health, a spiritual quality not inherent in matter though expressed physically, needs no supplementing. It is complete, whole and entire. Even scientific research is beginning to acknowledge this, and to tailor medical treatment accordingly. More and more, modern research is finding that one way to maintain health or speed up healing, is by ‘supplementing’ their treatment with a focus on the spirituality of the patient.
There is nothing wrong with vitamins, whether naturally occurring in food, or chemically or organically processed in a laboratory as dietary supplements. What is inherently wrong is the thought that health, a spiritual quality, can be supplemented by matter. Studies are beginning to show to the discerning thinker that there is so much more to health than meets the eye literally.