Supplements to Avoid

Chapter 4

Nutritional Supplements I Advise NOT Taking

First, I am not going to write giant papers on each one of these things.  If you want more information on these things, you can search my FaceBook Notes at   or you can search the main public blog-forum at www.nutritionrestored/blog-forum/ using the search box.  

Now, unless you are not working directly with me via Nutritional Restoration (consulting and testing),
then I am NOT “your doctor”.
If you have medical recommendations from another physician, then that is the medical advice you are getting.

If I am not advising you individually, then I am not giving you “medical advice” here.
What I am saying here is that as a general rule (and every rule has exceptions), I don’t use these supplements nor would you ever see me recommending them except maybe in very special individual situations where I am working directly with someone.
I have my own practice experience, and often a lot of research to back up why I would not use these things.
 If something is “commonly recommended” on the interwebz, you may know me well enough by now to see that it will probably be on my “avoid” list below.


If you are on medications, whether you stay on them or not is a decision that is up to YOU, with the help of the doctor who put you on it.  I am not suggesting you continue or stop any medications here. I would suggest highly reconsidering medications that fit the below statements:

  • Hormones that are NOT noticeably helping the condition they are being taken for

  • Medications that are NOT noticeably helping the condition they are being taken for

  • Medications of any type that are causing noticeable side effects


Here’s my stance on vaccines, short and sweet, if you aren’t familiar already.  My family and I will only be vaccinated OVER MY DEAD BODY. Vaccines are POISON.  I’ve never been so sure about anything in my entire life. Do not continue to get them and then even begin to complain to me that you “aren’t getting better.”  On top of how bad they are already, the more Poison/”Vitamin A” toxic one is, the more damaging vaccines are to that person!  See this post, the more vaccines, combined with Poison/”Vitamin A” toxicity, equaled more Gulf War Illness (GWI).

Cholesterol- or triglyceride-lowering medications

(statins, high-dose niacin, etc.)

These are never good or necessary.  The VA Detox will take care of any/all cholesterol and/or triglyceride problems over time.

Vitamin A containing supplements

  • Retinol palmitate or Retinyl Palmitate or Vitamin A palmitate
  • Retinol acetate or Retinyl acetate or Vitamin A acetate
  • Retinol or retinal
  • Retinoic acid of all types
  • 3-Dehydroretinol or 3-Dehydroretinal
  • Retinaldehyde
  • Retinoid(s)
  • “Provitamin A”, another term for beta-carotene
  • Other internationally used terms include: 3-Déhydrorétinol, Acétate de Rétinol, Antixerophthalmic Vitamin, Axerophtholum, Déhydrorétinol, Fat-Soluble Vitamin, Oleovitamin A, Palmitate de Rétinol, Rétinoïdes, Rétinol, Rétinyl Acétate, Rétinyl Palmitate, Vitamina A, Vitamine A, Vitamine A1, Vitamine A2, Vitamine Liposoluble, Vitaminum A.

AVOID all Vitamin A containing supplements, carefully look for any/all of these names:

  • Vitamin A, Vitamin A1, Vitamin A2
  • Cod liver oil or any other “liver oil”, including fish liver oil, shark liver oil, skate liver oil, etc.
  • Dessicated liver tablets or other organ tablets
  • Fish oil of any type
  • Sea buckthorn (Hippophae rhamnoides) oil or extract
  • Red clover (Trifolium pratense) extract
  • Omega-3 (from plants or animals) or DHA supplements derived from algae, these increase VA storage in the liver

  • Standard Process supplements (nearly all of them are full of liver and / or carrot and / or beets)
  • Dairy protein (whey or casein) or other dairy-based supplements

If something you are taking is any of the typical carotenoid colors:  red, yellow, orange, pink, green, or purple…you should look deeper into whatever it is and see if it contains carotenoids.

AVOID carotenoid (plant Vitamin A) supplements

  • Krill oil (contains astaxanthin)
  • ALL carotenes aka carotenoids, including:
  • Red palm oil and things derived from it
  • Seaweed (dulse, nori, kelp, etc.) supplements
  • Algae (spirulina, blue-green algae, chlorella etc.) supplements
  • Grass-based (grass juice or grass powder) supplements
  • Green drink/powder supplements
  • Vitamin E supplements that are red, dark brown, or orange (contain carotenoids)
  • Food-based Vitamin C powders tend to be very high in carotenoids, only acerola cherry is the main exception

AVOID these things, they increase Vitamin A storage

  • Lecithin or phosphatidylcholine of any type, I would generally avoid anything with “phosphatidyl-” in the name

  • Nutritional yeast or brewer’s yeast

AVOID these things, they increase Vitamin A storage in the liver (that’s BAD!):

  • CBD (cannabidiol) products, only use as necessary IF AT ALL.
    • THC may or may not have the same problem as CBD, and all products that contain THC generally also contain some CBD.
  • “Essential fatty acid” supplements, these include:
    • EPA (eicosapentanoic acid), typically from fish oils
    • DHA (docosahexanoic acid), typically from fish oils or algae-based oils
    • Flaxseeds or oil, chia seeds or oil, or any other seed or oil that brags about containing lots of “plant-based essential fatty acids”

Supplements I suggest avoiding

  • B-complex vitamins, methylated or not.  Individual B-vitamins are only recommended through my individualized Nutritional Restoration work, if even then.
  • Herbs that are NOT noticeably helping the condition they are being taken for

AVOID all multivitamins!  They are guaranteed to contain things that YOUR body doesn’t need, particularly including Vitamin A, carotenoids, and Vitamin D.

AVOID all Vitamin D supplements:

  • Vitamin D3 aka cholecalciferol
  • Vitamin D2 aka ergocalciferol
  • Cod liver oil, or any other “liver oil”, including shark liver oil, fish liver oil, skate liver oil, etc.
  • For more information about the problems with supplementing Vitamin D, see my FaceBook notes (search/find the list using CTRL+F for the term “Vitamin D”): (yes, you must have a FB account to access these)
  • I prefer the blood Vitamin D level to be between 20-40 ng/dL, which is the level associated with the lowest mortality (lowest risk of death from all causes) in the research. If you have a lower or higher blood Vitamin D level than this, you may want to speak with me about the 8 nutrients that are critical to your body’s Vitamin D metabolism processes, which ones you need as shown by testing, and how to best get those.
  • POTASSIUM iodide, ever. See here. Avoid iodiDes (different than iodiNe) in general
  • Nicotine (patches, gum, vaping, tobacco of any sort, nicotine blocks VA detox)
  • Calcium supplements of nearly all types

Supplements that I advise taking great care with


  • Citric acid added to foods or supplements (screws up copper metabolism)
  • Mineral citrates (magnesium citrate, zinc citrate, potassium citrate, etc.), these are minerals bound to citric acid
  • Carageenan and other gum thickeners added to foods (guar gum, xanthan gum, locust bean gum, basically anything with the last word being “gum”), these are significant gut irritants
  • Generally avoiding any “fortified foods” is a good idea. If you see vitamins or minerals on the ingredients list of any food, I would suggest generally avoiding it.

Supplements that I advise taking great care with, and stopping if you suspect any issues are being caused by them or if you are not noting any benefit:

  • Iodine supplements of any type (VA Detox fixes iodine problems)
  • B6 supplements (long-term can cause neuropathy)
  • Potassium supplements in general, get it from foods instead
  •  If you know or feel that Vitamin K, or black cumin seed oil, or pure gum spirits of turpentine doesn’t agree with you, then you should look into G6PD deficiency