I hear it often enough that patients do not want to be sold anything from their doctor’s office. I have spent many years not selling products, and still have no interest in being a salesperson. However, today I am excited about carrying supplements in my office. Here is what I have learned.
Doctors prescribe medicines to sometimes cure disease, but usually to just cover up the symptoms. The disease is often a result of an imbalance in the body, too much or too little of something important. When a recommendation is made to take a supplement I often hear people express that vitamins are a sham and that it is money down the toilet, literally! While that can be true if taken without direction, goal oriented dietary supplementation is the key to healing and wellness. Many of the diseases we see so commonly today did not exist before our modern American diet.
It all starts in the soil. Seeds grow into plants, plants are eaten by animals, and humans eat both the plants and the animals. The sunlight, water, and soil determine the nutrient content of our food. If the soil is deplete in nutrients, as over-farmed soil is, then even a fresh, local, organic tomato can lack vital nutrients. Our diet may be pristine and we can still be deficient! For those who eat a diet containing processed foods, full of artificial ingredients and preservatives, the nutritional content is poor, enough said. Finally, if we have been exposed to antibiotics, either through our parents, doctors, or non-organic animal products in our diet, then we have wiped out the good bacteria in our gut which makes nutrient absorption difficult. So even if we eat a tomato full of healthy nutrients, we may not optimally absorb them.
For all of these reasons and many more I find myself recommending dietary supplements to most of my patients. If I prescribe an antibiotic, then I talk at length about the benefits of taking a probiotic. If I prescribe sleep medicine, I usually recommend a magnesium supplement at bed time. On a rare occasion when I prescribe cholesterol medicine, I insist on coenzyme Q10 replacement. I send the prescriptions to the pharmacy and I scribble the name of the supplement on a piece of paper and hand it to the patient. Often the medication gets picked up, but the supplement gets forgotten. Otherwise, I send people off to the health food store and they spend a lot of money on a product from a supplement company that I cannot confirm is legit. I have learned that if you want something done right, you have to do it yourself! I have researched quality supplements and I will have them available to my patients on the spot or on line so that they do not get forgotten. If I recommend them, and take the time to explain why they are important, it is because I believe they are part of the remedy!
Thank you for taking the time to read this and to learn about the Remedy. Be well!
Shannon Kennedy, MD