The countless number of articles about vitamins almost everyday seem to contradict each other. The continual flow of emails asking us to buy various vitamins and other nutritional supplements all claiming to save us, fight all types of diseases, prevent cancer and a host of other conditions tell us one thing. Nutritional supplements and vitamins are big business. Yet, an article yesterday on the internet contradicted all of that. The author said that we don’t meed anything if we eat properly. For example, if we are exposed to ten minutes of sunshine a day, we don’t need vitamin D. What is important is to recognize that many countries do not have sunshine every day. Right now, the overwhelming heat is preventing anyone from being outside for two minutes let alone ten. He went on to say that if we eat fresh fruits and vegetables we do not need vitamin C. Here are a few facts the author clearly missed. Most fruits and vegetables, unless you pick them everyday on a farm, are not fresh. Even in the countries who pride themselves on farm to market still have to transport the products to the grocery and they must be packaged and priced. In the case of loose vegetables such as potatoes, corn, broccoli, for example, they can be placed on the store shelves, but they still have to be unpacked. In the farm to market countries, particularly in Europe, the fruits and vegetables locally grown are truly fresher. However, just like all the other countries in the world, they still import the products that they cannot produce. In the United States, fresh has a different meaning. If you live in California or Florida, they do have fresh produce and vegetables. However, by the time they are washed, packaged, loaded into a truck or train, delivered, unpacked and placed on the grocery shelves is at least one week minimum. Apples, for example, can be stored for up to six months. So a word to the wise, if you feel better with vitamins and nutritional supplements, don’t stop taking them. Just keep the amounts in moderation. In the Good Gus series, vitamins and supplements weren’t even invented yet. The series is available exclusively on Kindle worldwide. If you are tired and listless, check out vitamins and supplements and then take a relaxing break and read “Misplaced Trust.” It is available on 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.