Thursday, December 26, 2013

The On-going War Against Nutritional Supplements

The mainstream media has launched yet another scare story about the dangers of nutritional supplements.

It's the same old story that the establishment has been trying to paint for 60 years -- there are no benefits whatsoever from taking supplements and they might even be dangerous.

Politicians who are bought and paid for by Big Pharma have been trying to shut down the nutrition industry for decades (at least since the 1950s). But Americans are just not going along.

There is great evidence that American's eat lousy, unhealthy diets and could benefit greatly from using supplements like B complex, C, and D vitamins and more.

Sure, there are things that are more controversial, but some of the things that were most controversial in the past have proven to be true (like Zink preventing the cold virus from spreading).

That doesn't mean that every controversial thing will be proven to be true.

There are "supplements" that may be dangerous, especially to our liver. So we need to be very careful. This is why we need an open marketplace of information to make decisions, not government control which obscures information.

The latest politically sponsored crap from the "mainstream" media about nutritional supplements is nothing more than another attempt in a 60+ year long campaign to frighten Americans into submission to the politicians (who don't know squat about this) and the big pharmaceutical companies (who have a vested interest in keeping you unhealthy and dependent on their drugs).

We should give this latest nonsense the attention that it deserves.

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Freedom in America

I make a lot of comments about public policy. I mostly comment on economic issues.

I normally don't like to comment on social issues, but there were a couple of related social issues that surfaced last week that have potentially huge economic implications, so I will comment.

- The Arts & Entertainment Network suspended the star of Duck Dynasty for expressing his religious views that homosexuality is a sin.

- At the same time, East-side Catholic High School (in Sammamish, WA) terminated a Vice Principal for marrying his gay boyfriend.

I have great friends on both sides who are up in arms about these situations.

In 2012, I voted to legalize homosexual marriage in Washington.  The reason I did so was the same reason I voted to make Affirmative Action illegal in Washington State many years ago.  Namely, the government has no business whatsoever in discriminating against anyone.

However, the situations at A&E and East-side Catholic High School have nothing to so with government discrimination.

The issues here are about property rights.

Both the Arts & Entertainment Network and East-side Catholic High School should have every right to employ or not employ anyone they please.

We as individuals might not like the business decisions made by those organizations.  If don't like them, we every right to not do business with them and even organize boycotts against them.

This is called freedom.

People on all sides who want to force their views on others should be viewed with a lot of skepticism.