Supplements—Snake Oil or Helpful?
One of the most basic tenets of FA is that we don’t blindly accept the propaganda of the diet industry that their NEW! LATEST! PRODUCT!!! is going to be the one thing we’ve been missing all our lives to suddenly make us waif-life. Not only is there not a single weight-loss product on the market that actually works for a majority of users, but many of them have terrible side-effects at best and life-threatening risks at worst (hello, meth-like diet pills, Alli, weight loss surgery, etc.)
Needless to say, Fat Activism works to dispel myths about weight-loss products that do WAY more damage than good and would never be approved for other conditions, exposing the anti-fat bias of medical professionals and organizations like the FDA.
So what about the supplements we use for other things? Are you taking melatonin to help you sleep, or fish oil for our joints, or cinnamon to help keep your diabetes under control? Information about the efficacy of these supplements can be really difficult to find, and you often have to weed through site after site claiming that this is the NEW! LATEST! PRODUCT!!! that will be a magic bullet to “fix what ails ye.”
I have come across a really excellent site that displays information about current popular supplements in an easy-to-read interactive visual diagram. If you disagree or are confused by the graphic, there are links on the page to find out more information and see the studies yourself. This has really helped me to make some better decisions about supplements, and I hope it helps you as well. I really do believe that accurate and truthful information is power, and we should be doing all we can to know about any supplements, medications, or procedures that we subjecting our body to. If you are taking supplements or considering it, please give this page a look!