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Earl Mindell, RPh, PhD

My professional education was strictly establishment when it came to vitamins. My courses in pharmacology, biochemistry, organic and inorganic chemistry, and public health hardly dealt with vitamins at all – except in relation to deficiency diseases. Lack of vitamin C? Scurvy. Out of B1? Beriberi. Not enough vitamin D? Rickets. My courses were the standard fare, with the usual references to a balanced diet and eating the “right foods” (all unappetizingly illustrated on semi glossy charts).

There were no references to vitamins’ being used for disease prevention or as ways to optimum health.

In 1965 I opened my first pharmacy. Until then I never realized just how many drugs people were taking, not for illness but simply to get through the day.

My partner at the time was very vitamin-oriented. Both of us were working fifteen hours a day, but only I looked and felt it. When I asked him what his secret was, he said it was not secret at all. It was vitamins. I realized what he was talking about had very little to do with scurvy and beriberi and a lot to do with me. I instantly became an eager pupil, and have never since regretted it. He taught me the benefits that could be reaped from nature’s own foods in the form of vitamins, how B complex and C could alleviated stress, how vitamin E would increase my endurance and stamina, and how B12 could eliminate fatigue. After embarking on the most elementary vitamin regimens I was not only convinced. I was converted.

Today, as a nutritionist, lecturer, and author, I’m still excited about that world that opened up to me over thirty years ago – a world that continues to grow with new discoveries daily – and I’m eager to share it. I have written over a dozen books on vitamins, herbs, supplementation, pet health and more. I hope you enjoy my books as much as I enjoyed researching and writing them.

My Books: www.drearlmindell.com/books.php

Website: www.drearlmindell.com


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