Many of my family members were greatly interested in health food, in times past. My mother was an avid reader of Prevention magazine. And my Uncle Chet. Well, even the more eccentric members of my family called him a nut. A health food nut, that is.
Anyways, FWIW, one doctor once told me the problem with health food. If there were any chemical, any plant, any herb, that held the cure for cancer, or anything else, modern science would be all over it immediately. But health food fanatics want to dream. So why stop them? (My uncle alone had already had some bad experiences with doctors and medicine.) I digress.
Anyways, some time back, I would say around 30 years ago or so, there were 3 health food items that were all the rage. And now I just don’t hear about them anymore.
Dolomite was offered as a natural Calcium supplement. I am not sure. But I think it might be a mineral or rock. Now, I never hear about it anymore. I know my mother once told me it was reputed to have heavy metals in it. But I don’t know if that has anything to do with its conspicuous absence now.
Comfrey tea was offered as a soothing tonic for the stomach and intestines. I have colitis. So I would often drink it. Now, I do seem to vaguely recall it was found to be toxic to the liver, or something like that. But I drank it for years, with no ill effect.
Octocosanol came out about 30 years ago. Before fish oil and omega-3 fatty acids, it was touted as a heart-healthy fat. I think I spelled it the right way. The funny thing about it is, it was totally the creation of the health food industry. The “octo-” came from the fact it had 8 molecular bonds or something. Frankly I don’t even know what, if anything, it was. I never hear of this now either.
Oh, and maybe you could help me. Around the mid-80’s, there was this supplement that was said to deliver oxygen directly to the brain. Calcium pantomine, or something like that, it was called.
What on earth happened to all these supplements? As I said, they were quite popular at the time. Isn’t health food, like medicine, timeless and unchanging?