Supplement Safety

Nutritional supplements are an important part of disease treatment and prevention. I firmly believe that natural medicine is the most effective means of primary care, which is why I entered this field. I wanted to practice medicine holistically, and offer people safe and effective options for managing their health.

A holistic perspective in medicine involves restoring deficiencies and balancing dysfunctions in the body so that it can perform according to its original design. By treating the root cause of disease, we can avoid lifelong prescriptions, expensive surgeries, and nasty side effects. Additionally, natural physicians direct their efforts toward preventing diseases from developing in the first place, which saves patients even more pain, frustration, time, and money.

Often times, nutritional supplements are used by natural providers to target specific deficiencies or utilize their therapeutic effects in alleviating symptoms, eliminating a toxin, or balancing out a dysfunctional system in the body. In these instances, the physician has taken a complete medical history, evaluated blood work, and usually also conducted a physical exam. A comprehensive health analysis is important because incorrectly diagnosing a disease (or failing to discover a “red flag” for a disease) can lead to an incorrect treatment protocol. This can be extremely dangerous, which is why it’s essential that you are receiving care from someone who not only has an extensive medical background, but who has also been trained in the utilization of natural therapies. Otherwise, you could be putting yourself at risk.

At the end of the day, most MDs are only trained in drugs and surgery, and are not able to safely prescribe supplements unless they have undergone additional education. (This is also the reason many physicians don’t use natural therapies.) Likewise, health blogs and self-proclaimed wellness guru accounts are a dime-a-dozen, but many of these sources are not coming from trained professionals.

“But wait, I thought “natural” approaches are safe!”

They certainly are safer than most pharmaceutical drugs on the market, when they are used correctly. Here are a few examples of how improper use of supplements can wreak havoc on a person’s health:

Curcumin

  • Improves symptoms of pain, swelling, and headaches
  • Prevents inflammation
  • Worsens the symptoms of asthma and can increase frequency and severity of asthma attacks

EPA/DHA

  • Reduces inflammation
  • Reduces risk of Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Increases risk of stroke in the elderly

Vitamin C

  • Improves immune function
  • Reduces risk of heart disease
  • Increases risk of kidney stones in certain individuals

Folic Acid

  • Too little in the diet can cause cancer
  • Too much in the diet can cause cancer

These are just a few examples of why it’s so very important to consult with a health professional before starting a new regimen — no matter what you read on google.

If you are interested in learning more about how natural medicine can improve the health of you and your family, I would love to speak with you! You can contact me here, or at nutra.intuition [at] gmail [dot] com

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