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Do We Need Nutritional Supplements? by Charles Glassman

There’s been a lot of talk lately about the necessity of nutritional supplements. Most recently an article in the Annals of Internal Medicine declared, Enough Is Enough: Stop Wasting Money on Vitamin and Mineral Supplements. All over the media, the “experts” are telling us not to take our vitamins.

Rather than hastily flushing our vitamins down the toilet, it’s good to note that many of these experts have a strong anti-vitamin bias while coming up with such findings. We need to look at the situation holistically and be aware of the following:

• The studies being referred to mostly were performed using popular multivitamin supplements that do not represent good supplementation derived from natural sources.

• Many of the authors of these studies tend to shy away from diagnostic or therapeutic intervention that deviates from the mainstream.

• Pharmaceutical company advertisements are some of the primary sources of financial backing behind the Annals of Internal Medicine (the journal where the latest studies are published).

• Most diets, in the United States or around the world, are unable to provide the necessary nutritional tools to combat the daily assault on our body from stress; whether that stress is environmental or emotional.

To proclaim that all supplements are a waste of money, further widens the chasm between doctor and patient. Patients may seek out vitamins and supplements for many reasons, including feeling that conventional options have not worked for them in the past. When it comes to our health, it’s up to us to do our own homework and make healthier choices like choosing organic, whole foods and supplements derived from such sources. A great source of information online is the website ConsumerLab.com.

There are extremes on both sides of the aisle of the vitamin and supplement debate and unfortunately the public is caught in the middle. However, it’s in our best interest to keep an open mind and not to let sensational news stories keep us from making the healthiest choices we can.

Charles Glassman, MD, is the author of Brain Drain and The Pulse of Life Personal Coaching System and has a private practice at the NY Center for Longevity & Wellness in Pomona. For more information call 362-1110 or visit CharlesGlassmanMD.com or Coach MD on Facebook.

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