Why Conservatives Seem to Favor Dietary Supplements

November 8th, 2015 by MorganDowney Leave a reply »

Do conservatives favor dietary supplements? That’s pretty much the point of David Weigel’s article in the Washington Post. He picks up on Republican Presidential candidate Ben Carson’s relationship with the dietary supplement maker, Mannatech Inc. (Mannatech’s products including those promising weight loss.) His article points to a deep relationship of conservatives and dietary supplement manufacturers, based on common rejection of expertise in favor of personal liberty and antipathy to big government, in this case the Food and Drug Administration.

Readers may remember that it was a relationship with a supplement manufacturer which led to the criminal convictions of former Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell and his wife. But liberals, like former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, are not immune.