Connie asks: “I have a question about using vitamins and herbs. I take a multivitamin, Vit E, Vit C, Acidolpholis, Calcium, Magnesium, and zinc daily. I also take for peri-menopause Black Cohosh Extract and Alpha Lipoic Acid(which has helped me greatly) daily. Would any of these vitamins or herbs be considered New Age and should I stop taking any of them?”
Even though the alternative healing market is inundated with both vitamins, herbs and the New Age, there is nothing inherently New Age about vitamin or herbal compounds.
However, it’s good to keep in mind that some New Age herbalists create their concoctions with plants they believe are “spiritually potentized” and thus suited for use in psychic healing and/or other occult practices. This may also involve the use of hallucinogenic plants to produce altered states of consciousness.
For this reason, I buy all of my vitamins/herbs from a national supply chain rather than from “natural food” stores which tend to be awash in New Age remedies.
To check out the quality of vitamins and other supplements, visit www.consumerlab.com
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