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With the exception of certain diagnosable deficiencies, which require a physician's prescription or recommendation, you've heard me argue that a sound and varied diet offers most of the minerals and nutrients a human needs.

And, the human body has a limited capacity to carry most vitamins and minerals. So, megadoses of supplements often end up being peed out and flushed down the toilet, and the money you spend on them goes out the window. Which is why you'll usually find me recommending a food source as a means of acquiring extra nutrients.

However, I would guess that most people I know take at least one supplement, whether prescribed by a physician or they've read some healing miracle that occurred because of said supplement.

So, if you're going to take supplements, I would at least like you to know a few things to help you make informed decisions.

#1. The supplement industry is NOT a regulated industry, which means that most of the time you have NO idea whether the Vitamin D you just bought at the pharmacy ACTUALLY contains Vitamin D and is NOT contaminated with metals, pesticides or bacteria.

#2. There ARE several brands of supplements that voluntarily submit their products for inspection by a neutral third party. This process verifies that what is on the label is what's actually in the supplement. This DOES NOT mean that the supplement is safe for you to take, it just means that you know what you're getting, which is an important first step.

#3. There are two not-for-profit companies that inspect supplements: US Pharmacopeia (USP) and NSF International. (NSF). Both have great website which list products that have been inspected and verified.

USP List

NSF List

Several chain pharmacies have announced that they will require their shelf products be inspected by a neutral third party, which makes me optimistic about supplement company transparency. But YOU are your own best advocate. Knowing where to look and who to ask for help is a great start.

While many type of holistic practitioners can prescribe supplements, you ALWAYS need to check with your physician, a.k.a. Medical Doctor or Doctor of Osteopathy, to confirm that your supplement will not interact with your other prescription medications.

I'd love to hear about your experience with or questions about supplements!




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