Only Food-Based Supplements Have Real Vitamins and Minerals

Both vitamins and minerals are also very important for optimal health. They work together with enzymes, special proteins that regulate all the biological processes in your body.

Each vitamin is not a single substance, but a combination of dozens (sometimes hundreds) of ingredients. For example, vitamin C contains ascorbic acid, ascorbigen, tyrosinase, copper, trace minerals, dozens of bioflavonoids, J factor, P factor, and a few other ingredients.

Food (orange, kiwi, strawberry, etc.) has all the ingredients of vitamin C. A capsule of ascorbic acid does not.

Minerals are naturally found in the earth crust, in rocks, mountains, and soil. Minerals in their natural state are inorganic (not alive) and are useless to us. Plants can take these “dead” minerals and transform them into the “live” ones, which is what your body needs. When you eat plants (or animals that eat plants), you get the minerals that are organic (live).

The fact is that even if you eat a good diet you still need additional nutrients, so you need to take supplements.

It may come as a surprise, but most nutritional supplements are not made from food. They are made from rocks (calcium carbonate, magnesium oxide, etc.) and from petrochemicals or coal tar (B vitamins) or corn syrup (ascorbic acid).

Fortunately, you can find nutritional supplements that are made from real food. They are made by removing water, which leaves all the nutrients intact. A raisin has all the same nutrients as a grape, except for water.

The first food-based multivitamin was produced in 1929 by Dr. Royal Lee, a dentist and a brilliant nutritionist.

If you look at the list of ingredients, you will not find synthetic ascorbic acid or d-alpha tocopherol (synthetic vitamin E). Instead, the ingredients are real foods, such as wheat germ, carrot, nutritional yeast, bovine adrenal, bovine liver, bovine spleen, bovine kidney, dried pea juice, dried alfalfa juice, mushroom, oat flour, and rice bran.

The reason for including organ meats is because they are loaded with nutrients, more so than the meat that we usually eat. In the past people actually ate the organs and even now there are many parts of the world where this is still done.

Because it is made from foods, this multivitamin contains every nutrient known and unknown (we are still discovering new important substances). The foods are mixed together and dehydrated using a patented low temperature high vacuum process. The end product contains live foods with all the important nutrients, including vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and co-enzymes.

Most of the supplements I use in my practice are made by a company founded by Dr. Lee in 1920s. It has 1,000-acre organic farm in Wisconsin where all the raw materials are grown, so they control the whole process from seeds to the finished product.

Because they are made from foods, these supplements have real vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients.

Next time you think of buying a supplement, check the ingredients. If it is not made from food, put it back. To get more common sense information about nutrition, visit the site below. 

Choosing the Right Mechanic for Your Aircraft

We all know that taking care of the mechanical health of your aircraft is step one in safety, but how do you know which type of airplane mechanic should work on your plane? Here’s a general overview of the types of aviation mechanics, according to FAA Safety Briefing, the FAA’s publication on GA news and information.

Choosing the type of airplane mechanic usually is connected to the work your aircraft needs. But often, you won’t know until the problem is diagnosed.

There are generally three types of airplane maintenance mechanics: airframe and powerplant mechanic (A&P), an inspection authorization endorsed mechanic (IA), or an FAA certificated repair station. Here’s an overview of who to go to and for what.

For general maintenance: Airframe and Powerplant Mechanic (A&P)

A&Ps, also known as aviation maintenance technicians, are usually called upon for routine aircraft maintenance, such as examining engines, conducting 100-hour inspections, replacing and repairing defective parts, repairing minor structural damage, and keeping corrosion under control.

To become a certificated A&P aircraft mechanic (14 CFR part 65), a person must be at least 18 years old, read, write, and speak English, and acquire 18 months of practical experience for either airframe or powerplant certification, or 30 months of practical experience concurrently for both airframe and powerplant.

One can also complete the training by attending an accredited part 147 maintenance school. Following training, the student must pass three tests – written, oral and practical – to become certified.

For aircraft inspections: Inspection Authorization Mechanic (IA)

An IA is essentially an FAA-licensed A&P mechanic with the additional endorsement of “inspection authority” issued on a FAA Form 8310-5 (IA card). As such, IAs are authorized to do progressive and annual aircraft inspections, in addition to a variety of maintenance and alterations than non-authorized A&Ps. The benefit of this is you can get your repair work done and sign-off paperwork done at the same time, saving time and money.

In addition to inspections, IAs can also sign for an aircraft’s return back to service after major repairs (Form 337), such as the repair or replacement of major control surfaces, spars, wing and tail surface brace struts, axle replacements, and major repairs to the powerplant.

To earn an IA designation, an A&P mechanic must train an additional three years (two years active), have available equipment and a fixed base of operations, pass an inspection-specific written test, and meet the requirements in 14 CFR part 65.91.

For large repairs: Maintenance, Repair, and Overhaul Station (MRO)

If your aircraft is ever in need of major repairs on complex components, such as retractable landing gear assemblies, reciprocating and turbine engines, and auxiliary power units, the smart move may be an Maintenance, Repair, and Overhaul Station (MRO), aka a repair station.

A good repair station with certified, experienced mechanics will have the specialized equipment and authorizations needed for complex repairs, such as avionics and electronics overhauls, mechanical actuators, fuel systems, and carburetors. Keep in mind that different stations might specialize in areas of aircraft maintenance, but all must adhere to the regulations and policies laid out in 14 CFR part 145.

To obtain a repair station certification, an applicant must successfully complete a five-stage process: pre-application, the formal application, document compliance, demonstration and inspection, and certification.


The Seven Secrets of Healthy Weight Loss for Women

Why are you looking to lose weight? Is it to improve your appearance, your health, or even both? If it is advice you are after then the good news is that there are a number of secrets that you can use that are aimed specifically at women to help you successfully lose weight and hopefully achieve your weight loss target.

Secret number ONE

As simple as it sounds you just need to eat healthily. Forget about all the faddy, hip diet plans that you see on the TV, in the news and on the internet the number one secret is simply just to eat healthy meals. I know it sound like common sense, but if you spend your day eating, french fries and burgers, you are going to put on weight no matter how much you exercise. I know there are a bewildering range of information on diets and exercise but by following the basics will help you start to achieve your weight loss targets

Secret number TWO

Is not just about exercise but to take part in regular exercise. This doesn’t necessarily mean having to join a gym or health club, it can simply mean taking the stairs instead of the lift or walk to the shops in stead of using the car, these are the simple steps you can take to start off your exercise program, doing this 3 to 4 times in a week can, after a few weeks give you the confidence to try some other form of exercise, maybe try swimming or an aerobics class, by introducing some form of exercise into your daily routine it becomes second nature and you will begin to feel better and healthier

If you remember to start things slowly and not do things to quickly then you can design an exercise plan than suits both you and your daily routine, if you are wondering where to start then there are plenty of health and fitness magazines that give good sound advice, Also searching the internet for health and diet plans can be a good start. Both of these secrets can start you on your journey to weight loss and a healthy lifestyle

Secret number THREE

Is portion control, especially when you go out for a nice dinner, Now I know you want to enjoy yourself and you don’t want to be thinking about the number of calories you are eating and you also don’t want to settle for one of the “healthy” options on the menu. The secret is you don’t have to, you simply have to think about the size of the portion you order. Now, these days most restaurants serve huge portions, and that’s where you can get yourself into trouble when eating out. The secret to eating out, without spoiling your day, is to have your waiter control the portion size for you. It’s becoming much more acceptable for diners to ask for a portion of their meal to be served, and the other half to be put into a doggy bag to take away.

The thing is, when you eat out, it’s easy to feel some guilt if you leave without cleaning your plate. You’re spending your hard-earned money on that food, and when you leave some food on your plate, your mind sees that as a waste of money. So if you have smaller portions you can eat everything on your plate and your subconscious mind feels really pleased.

These are the first three secrets to losing weight and living a healthy life, if you want to learn the other FOUR secrets then please go to, and sign up for the free 7 day eCourse