Who’s the Dummy?

Who on earth are you dummies?

Good question. Well, we’re probably a lot like you. We have jobs, we have families and we don’t have degrees in medicine.

Why should I listen to you?

This is the Internet, you don’t have to. However, if you stick around, you’ll find that we try to take the knowledge of health care professionals and turn the  what they say understandable.

Why are you doing this? What’s the catch?

Our robot translates mumbo-jumbo into Vitamin Dummy Approved information.
Mumbo, our lovable gobbledy-gook translator. Hard at work, working for free.
Well, a lightbulb went off one day… so we bought a new bulb. After we bought the bulb and screwed it in to the socket, we found a thick layer of dust covering our books on nutrition. We soon discovered why they were covered in dust. Most books on nutrition are horribly BORING and tediously technical. These books are often written for doctors to convince them that herbal remedies, naturopathic medicines and nutritional supplements are all scientifically valid options that complement traditional medicine. The books all seem to be trying to prove something. They probably are. They’re all trying to confirm the popular saying that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure

One thing that we felt the internet was lacking was an easy to understand guide to vitamins, herbs and general nutrition. We have been inspired by the Khan Academy to do something on a smaller scale for nutrition. We really believe this stuff and we wanted to share. It’s a lot of work, but fortunately for us, we hired a robot to do most of the work. We named him Mumbo. Cheap labour, no outsourcing. It’s how we roll.

Where’d you Get yo’ Information?

We read a lot of books and have a thirst for knowledge. We are also surrounded by incredibly knowledgeable people and have access to lots of Naturopathic Doctors.

We will try to give you the straight goods but we can’t promise we will always get it right. You should always check with your health care professional before doing anything crazy… like taking 20 Vitamin C tablets a day… (which gives you diarrhea, by the way… don’t ask). Sometimes that will mean telling you things that may not have a formal study.

Where’s yo’ proof!

One of the problems with vitamins and herbs is that you can’t patent natural things (unless it’s GMO… but that’s a whole different issue). So, if you do a bunch of research discovering that some herb cures cancer, any company can start selling that herb using your study as proof. This is wonderful and altruistic, but unfortunately it means that large drug companies aren’t too interested. Expensive studies that don’t result in some kind of exclusivity isn’t the best business model. When we can, we will do our best to link to studies backing the things we write about, though.

We hope you decide to stick around for a while.

With VitaLove,

The Dummies

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