“VITAMINS ARE A WASTE OF MONEY!” suggests the headline.

Very provocative. The author of the article, an MD, says most vitamins don’t help prevent disease and could actually be harmful. “Stop wasting your money,” we’re told.

Naturally, the article provokes rapid and passionate responses … from the vitamin/supplement industry, health care professionals of various sorts, and
‘just plain folks’ who feel they’ve benefited from their supplements.

Some of them mention that pharmaceuticals they were taking previously caused much more harm than any supplement they’ve taken.

And others offer links to recently published research that contradicts the claim that supplements are a waste of money.

Like an article in the New York Times in October 2012 that points out that “… one of the largest long-term clinical trials of multivitamins in the United States — encompassing 14,000 male physicians 50 and older, and lasting over a decade — found that taking a common combination of essential vitamins and minerals every day decreased the incidence of cancer by 8 percent, compared with a placebo pill.”

No wonder we feel so overwhelmed by all the contradictory advice!

What are you gonna do? Well, as those of you who’ve been to one of my presentations know, I’ve got one gold standard for what you’re doing: Are you happy and healthy? Then keep doing it! If not, try something else.

The phrase I love is “Effectiveness is the measure of truth.” (A phrase coined by Serge Kahili King in his book Urban Shamam on the Hawaiian healing system
of Huna.) In other words, if what you’re doing is working for you, who cares what anyone says about it!

We are each unique – genetics, lifestyle, stress levels, fitness, etc.. So find the routine that works for your body. Don’t let the ‘experts’ wrap you up in their agendas or fear … whatever ‘side’ they’re on.

Vitamins And Supplements A Waste Of Your Money?

Vitamins & Supplements Decrease The Risk Of Cancer


Van Clayton Powel, author of the digestion book “You Are NOT What You Eat” and being called the ‘Digestion Guy’. returns to Victoria , BC.


  • Wednesday, May 8, 3-4 pm on CFAX 1070 with Terry Moore. Call in with your questions!CFAX 1070 radio
  • Thursday, May 9, 7-8:30 pm, Nellie McLung Library FREE presentation BUT call the library to reserve a spot! (Had to turn people away from both presentations last time in Victoria.)
    3950 Cedar Hill Rd, (250) 477-7111
  • Saturday, May 11, Juan de Fuca Library, 2-3:30 pm (as above)
    1759 Island Highway (West Shore Recreation Centre Complex) (250) 391-0653
  • Two great independent Victoria bookstores that carry the book You Are NOT What You Eat: Bolen Books

and Munro Books


You Are NOT What You Eat_3DCoverHello! And welcome to the first blog post for You Are NOT What You Eat!

It’s an exciting, busy time as I transition from talking to my computer for the last 6 months, to thankfully talking with human beings again. (That’s the joy of finishing the research, writing, editing and publishing of a new book, and moving into the realm of telling others about it.)

Early reviews and feedback have been excellent, which is a wonderful reward after so long working in isolation. So please don’t hesitate to let me know your thoughts and ask any questions you might have.

If you’ve read the book, you know how passionate I am about the subject of digestion and its vital role in every aspect of our health. And you also know that much of my passion was born out of my own chronic digestive problems – problems that are now a distant memory!

The road to digestive health for me was a long arduous journey that literally took me around the world. The solutions I found fit perfectly with the latest medical science. And as a former nurse trained in the Western medical model, that was important to me.

But the solutions have nothing to do with what to eat, and everything to do with how we eat. And it turns out this approach to digestive problems has been used in the ancient medical systems of Asia for thousands of years.

My education in the Western medical model taught me the value of double-blind, peer-reviewed, randomized studies. But my training in Japan and India taught me the value of thousands of years of clinical experience. Somewhere between the two is where I found the road to the vibrant health and energy I enjoy today. And those of you who know the frustration of digestive problems like I do,  know what a remarkable feeling it is to be healthy again!

As we begin this journey together, I hope you’ll share your experiences so that others might benefit. And again, please let me know if you have any questions.

With every good wish!