The difficulties the US is facing should be due to profound aporias

A great nation brought to it’s knees by supplements, coffee, tea and sodas? There should be profound reasons for the US going very far astray. Shouldn’t the Western tradition stemming from Socrates and Plato be fundamentally flawed? Didn’t it all go wrong with the Enlightenment? Isn’t the problem unbridled materialism? Isn’t the problem too much Christianity or too little Christianity?

Perhaps not. Coffee and tea have been very widely drunk for the last 500 years. Widespread coffee and tea drinking starts with the coming of the modern age. Coffee and tea interact with iron. And even where there are normal blood levels of iron coffee and tea could affect iron metabolism in the gut. Sodas contain polyphenols which can affect iron levels. When minerals are supplemented very frequently chelated minerals are supplemented. When multivitamin multimineral supplements are taken usually the minerals are chelated. Prenatal formulas very frequently contain chelated minerals. And there is no proof that chelated minerals are equivalent in the gut to non-chelated minerals which are the mineral formulations that have been studied in human clinical trials..

Could lead poisoning have been a factor in the fall of ancient Rome? I would say yes. Besides water from aqueducts wine in ancient Rome also contained high levels of lead.