Upsetting Balance of Nature

A second cartoon from today’s comics feed: today’s Doonesbury, in which Gary Trudeau (through his characters) savages the dietary supplement Balance of Nature (essentially, plant-based multivitamin/mineral tablets):

(#1) The capsule regimen is overly complex (6 capsules a day: 3 a day for each of 2 separate supplements, Fruits and Veggies); the supplement is expensive (it works out to $3/day); and the benefits of the supplements are dubious, despite the “clinical studies” lampooned in the strip

The product. From the company website:

(#2) “A Proprietary Blend of 16 Whole Fruits & 15 Whole Vegetables”; nothing explains why lots of different fruits and vegetables would be such a good thing

Then the cost. A one-time purchase costs $89.95 — that is, $90. Which gets you 90 capsules in each bottle. Taking 3 capsules a day of each means those 90 capsules of each give you 30 days — one month — of supplements, so $3/day.

We have been here before. See my 2/15/21 posting “The brain health product”, in which Trudeau characters savage ads for the dietary supplement Prevagen, for mild forgetfulness.

One Response to “Upsetting Balance of Nature”

  1. Dan Murphy, SF CA Says:

    Thanks for highlighting Trudeau’s timely lampoon of “Balance of Nature.” When I watch their irritating TV commercials, I am reminded just how beneficial real fruits and vegetables would be in our daily diets.

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