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Reductionism vs. Complexity


 The supplement industry was founded, and has been perpetuated, on a reductionist approach: isolated elements found in whole foods have been synthetically manufactured and introduced into our diets in the form of supplements and additives on the premise that they are bringing benefit. Yet, after years, modern science has shown that this reductionist approach has shown little benefit towards chronic disease prevention, and that its greatest contribution in the supplement and food industry has been in ensuring that deficiency-based maladies (such as scurvy, rickets, etc.) are remediated.

Complexity theory, on the other hand, recognizes the value of all aspects of interrelated parts for the experience of wholeness. In terms of nutrition, the complexity approach not only values the components of a whole food, it views the complete picture: how it came into being, the quality of the soil in which it was grown, the air quality of the surrounding environment, the manner in which that food is assimilated and utilized within the key systems of our bodies, etc. In this way, complexity considers the completeness of interrelated systems that lead to a whole food’s value in providing nourishment.

STAMBA acknowledges the value of complexity theory in practical application through sourcing organically cultivated, whole-food ingredients and maintaining their integrity through preserving their raw state. In this way, we deliver ingredients that remain connected to their source and are readily recognized and utilized by the interconnected systems in your body. Additionally, it is within the complexity theory understanding, that our core nutritional philosophy arises...


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