QUESTION: Herbalist, please give your views and opinions about the retail health store General Nutrition Center known around the world as GNC.

RESPONSE: I never ever liked GNC. Never! From my first time into one of these stores, even when I was not as astute on the subject of health, diet, and nutrition as I am now, I knew these stores sold pure crap. Retail crap products that only ignorant and unsuspecting people would purchase under the pretense that they were trying to be healthy!

I was always weary of bodybuilders, athletes and people who worked out. While they developed their physical bodies, most (not all) failed to develop their minds, their intellect in particular and so most took so-called health products they never questioned. I would soon come to learn that just because one developed their physical body and took care of it didn’t mean they were health conscious. I discovered that most of these people, despite working out, still ate unhealthy and had many insalubrious habits that robbed them of optimal health and wellbeing.

GNC is a national and international chain of health stores selling vitamins, supplements, minerals, herbs, sports nutrition, diet and energy products and making a fortune in the process. Most of the products sold at GNC are crap. The vitamins are of synthetic nature. So are the minerals. The herbs are cut with fillers and also contain binders, preservatives, and other agents.

Some herbs sold at GNC are standardized, meaning they are drugs because the herbs’ major alkaloids have been altered (enhanced via standardization). Nature does not standardize. Only man does!

Like most commercial energy drinks, the energy drinks sold at GNC are of crap variety, containing harmful and toxic ingredients. The sports nutrition products are also usually crap, usually containing waste byproducts such as whey protein (a dairy product) and GMO-variety soy. GMO stands for Genetically Modified Organism.The diet products are also crap that support futile fads.

From what I see, GNC is not going anywhere. The Pittsburg, Pennsylvania company reportedly has 6,000 stores in the U.S. in addition to having stores in more than 45 countries, more than 40 in Australia alone.

The number one thing I detest and despise in business is shadiness, shysterism, and unrighteousness which is all too common in business which gives business in general a bad name.

In 1998, GNC was accused in a lawsuit filed by GNC franchisees of purposely running other franchisees out of business on purpose so that GNC corporate could retake the store into their control.

An article printed on August 22, 2001 stated that GNC was being sued by GNC franchise owners due to GNC opening their corporate stores incredibly close to existing franchise stores stealing their business.

I personally witnessed this in Glendale, California when I was employed for a small business there. One day I noticed a GNC store opened in the most unusual place where hardly nobody could find it. It was located behind the now defunct Borders bookstore that used to be on Brand Boulevard at Broadway, adjacent from the now defunct Circuit City store on Maryland Avenue. I was like, “how are people supposed to find this store?”

GNC already had a store in the Glendale Galleria. However, the prices in this new store were cheaper than the store in the mall. GNC was practicing shady business like mentioned above.

In all truth, GNC is just one chain of several commercial retail health stores selling mostly overpriced crap products. GNC is in good company with Great Earth, Vitamin Shoppe, VP Discount Health, etc., however, you would do far well purchasing from Great Earth that does sell a few good health products that are made from food sources.

Thank you for reading!

This article is compliments of Djehuty Ma’at-Ra.

Copyrighted material. All rights reserved. 2012