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by Ellen Landauer

Supplement Side Effects

Supplement side effects may be confusing to you if you ever experience them.

Are they good, bad, does it mean the product is contaminated, or of poor quality? Or are those undesired effects simply a positive sign you are detoxing?

In this article, I will give you answers to these questions.

Also you will find some examples of supplement side effects - from my own experience and that of others.

You will also learn of some products that tend to induce undesireable symptoms. There are compounds and formulas that are just plain bad for us - despite the glowing claims to the contrary - and should be avoided. There are many fake reviews out there lauding such products - and compellingly written baseless claims by those who sell them.

Hopefully, this information will help you navigate your healing protocol with more knowledge and confidence.

Supplement Side Effects:
Placebo Effect

Ideally, we simply want to feel better and achieve healing with no supplement side effects. But the facts on how the body heals and gets rid of toxins and pathogens makes this process more complicated than that.

Placebo effect is real! Because of the hope that THIS product will be the one that turns your health around, there is commonly an energy boost that accompanies trying a new product. I have been through this MANY TIMES!

Long-term results will reveal the truth to you - placebo effect does NOT stand the test of time!

My mentor, Don Tyson at Montiff has stated that approximately 30% of initial responses to a new product are placebo effect. How many nutraceutical company owners will tell you that?

Mr. Tyson maintains that to really evaluate if a formula is working for you, three months using it is needed to get you past the time where placebo effect may mislead you.

All products I provide, I have used for much longer than that (usually years) - through all manner of life changes. I continue to be impressed with their support of my vitality. This is not to dismiss a very few products that have proved strikingly effective for me and others - right out of the box (Thera-Set NAD being one of them).

Supplement Side Effects:
Detox or Bad Product?

A very general rule is that discomfort from detox when using one of the few available excellent product lines may increase briefly and then begin to subside as your body heals / eliminates toxins. My experience with the superb biofilm buster / blood flow enhancer Lumbrokinase - is a good example of this.

If supplement side effects from detox get too intense (herxheimer reaction - which is your body unable to eliminate toxins fast enough to not be affected by them), back off for a couple days and then resume at half original dose.

However, with the above measures, if discomfort continues and/or further intensifies - it is a good bet you are taking a poor-quality, toxic formula. My episode with chlorella bought in a health store is an example of this.

Supplement Side Effects
From Toxic Products

Supplement side effects sometimes appear in a form that, to the untrained eye, looks positive. A toxic product can stimulate the body to go into overdrive in an effort to throw off harmful compounds in said product. This is an emergency response in your body that initially can make you feel like you have more energy. You DO - because your body is in survival mode!

Years ago at a health expo, I met some people who were distributors of Klamath Blue-Green Algae products. I made the mistake of stopping to chat with them at their booth.

All of them were way too 'bright-eyed and bushy-tailed' and looked as though they had just seen the holy grail (in this case Klamath Blue-Green Algae) that was going to save the earth. (Eyes a little too wide that pin you down are a sign of stress). Every sentence they uttered had an exclamation point at the end. 'Look at how much energy I have! The Blue-Green Algae turned my health around!' etc. etc.

They plied me with samples, hoping I would become a distributor on their MLM 'downline.' A bottle of algae flakes, a bottle of tablets, and a packet full of Klamath Blue-Green Algae wafers loaded with sugar accompanied me home. The effects I felt from consuming these goodies were agitation, overexcitement and a feeling of not being grounded.

One of the distributors I met at the expo came to me for some Rolfing sessions. She kept exclaiming about how much energy she got from the algae and plied me with some more algae candy (however - blue-green 'algae' is NOT algae - it is really a bacterial growth - see below). This woman could not slow down - could not relax and go deep into her body to receive the Rolfing therapy. She forgot appointments (because of all that increased mental clarity I guess) and after awhile did not return.

Later on, a friend of mine who sold Klamath Blue-Green Algae took a trip out to Klamath Lake in Oregon to actually check out the source of this magical product. He reported that the whole lake had scores of motorboats zooming about! That ended his willingness to sell it. So much for the 'pristine' BS about the product.

Add to that - 'blue-green algae' is NOT algae! It really is cyanobacteria - a form of bacteria that grow by photosynthesis. Cyanobacteria are toxic and present a serious health hazard to both humans and pets:

'Dietary supplements made with blue-green algae also contain their toxins'

'There are a wide variety of different cyanotoxins (toxins made by cyanobacteria) that can harm humans, wildlife, and livestock. Cyanotoxins can be very potent. Some have toxicities that are comparable to, or in some cases more potent than, cyanide. Symptoms of cyanotoxin intoxication in humans and other mammals include salivation, incontinence, muscle tremors, paralysis, and respiratory failure for the neurotoxins anatoxin and saxitoxin and vomiting, lethargy, abdominal pain, and internal bleeding for the microcystin liver toxins. Many toxin-producing cyanobacteria grow to form large, harmful blooms that can shut down municipal drinking water supplies when their toxins contaminate drinking water.'

Cyanobacteria have harmed and killed pets who swim in infested waters:

Supplement Side Effects: 'Magical' Products

Beware of products that promise to enhance your 'spirituality,' 'enlightenment,' and tout other magical benefits. Years ago, I tried one such product which had 'monoatomic' gold in it. 'Monoatomic' sounds so avant-garde scientific that people (including myself at the time) do not think to question it. One website says that monoatomic gold is 'different' than metallic gold because it has 'orbitally rearranged monoatomic elemental forms.'

So scientific-sounding - trouble is, no such thing as 'monoatomic gold' exists in real science! 'Monoatomic' gold has no relation whatsoever to real metallic gold! (Real gold is precious, so using the word 'gold' is to make you think this fake supplement is precious, too). Part of the mythology around this fictional substance is that the man who 'discovered' it claimed that it is a 'white powder with magical properties, found in a 'unique' kind of soil in Arizona.'

Among the benefits claims include decalcifying pineal gland, healing the brain, superpowers of perception and greater 'spirituality' - whatever that means! When products have no physiological, research or science behind them, they resort to mythology.

Supplement side effects I experienced from 'monoatomic' gold: Initially thought it was good, because of increased vibration inside my head. I soon found it had a very weird, deleterious effect on my brain and emotions. It felt like it was hijacking my brain in some way. Of almost any product I had ever tried, 'monoatomic' also called 'ormus' 'gold' had the strangest effects ever. In short order, it became clear that they were harmful.

My usual groundedness and connectedness was replaced by a disturbing 'something else' that felt almost ominous. I did not feel like myself. The 'monoatomic' gold felt toxic, clearly negative - had a sick feeling to its effect on my brain and no - this was NOT a 'spiritual awakening' and it was NOT improving mental clarity and 'spirituality.' Rather, it was clear I was being taken away from wholeness and clarity. I tossed the rest of it in the garbage really fast and felt better once the residue had left my body.

Though 'ormus gold' is no relation to real gold, I include the info below as a caution against other 'gold' products.  'cytotoxicity of gold nanoparticles is significantly associated with their surface charge'

'our results indicated an extension of necroptotic cell death, followed by cell membrane damage'

"Dermatitis and stomatitis are the most frequently reported side effects of gold. The oral use of gold has resulted in...a type of kidney disease...It is believed that the gold forms a gold/protein complex that becomes deposited in the kidney tissues. It is known to cause bone marrow toxin.. Gold is known to cause immune system suppression. "

Many products tout compounds made into nanoparticles 'for superior absorption.' Nano-anything in a nutritional formula is potentially a BAD idea!

Another 'magical' product is 'shilajit.' It is actually highly toxic, containing a plethora of heavy metals. I researched it years ago and the siren song of its many miraculous benefits was tempting. Fortunately, I was never stupid enough to try it. My article on shilajit is HERE

Supplement Side Effects: Colloidal Silver

Supplement side effects from silver, particularly colloidal silver, include argyria (grey-blue cast to skin) and others cited below as excerpt from a scientific tome on poisons.

Years ago in the same building where I had a Rolfing practice, a woman holistic practitioner there was a huge fan of colloidal silver. She took it every day as a 'preventive' - and had a greyish cast to her complexion. Her skin looked older than that of most people her age. She also did not have the kind of vitality that would attest to the wisdom of her choice of healing compounds.

Silver is just plain bad to ingest or use on the skin. I attempted to heal a skin rash with colloidal silver applied topically, during my mercury toxicity debacle. All it did was make my skin more irritated and painful the longer I used it.

J. Doull, et al. Casareti and Doull's Toxicology, The Basic Science of Poisons, Third Edition, 1986, p.625.

"Silver does not occur regularly in animal or human tissue... The major effect of excessive absorption of silver is generalized impregnation of the tissues where it forms an insoluble complex. .It accumulates in the spleen, liver, bone marrow, lungs, muscles and skin. Lesions of the kidney and lungs, as well as arteriosclerosis have been attributed to industrial and medicinal silver exposure. When colloidal silver was given to experimental animals, it produced death due to pulmonary edema and congestion. Hemolysis and resulting bone marrow hyperplasia have been reported with silver. Chronic bronchitis has been reported from the medicinal use of colloidal silver."

Ellen Landauer is an expert with over 40 years in-depth study and experience of the safe and effective use of nutritional supplements, botanical extracts and detoxification methods.

She is Certified as an Advanced Practitioner of Structural Integration body therapy developed by Dr. Ida P. Rolf - also known as Rolfing. This hands-on therapy is the deepest, most comprehensive body alignment therapy. 

Ellen Landauer is also a  PUBLISHED AUTHOR!

To learn more about Ellen Landauer, see her detailed bio HERE


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