Dr. James Dillard, MD

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  • Too Many Pills? VIII

    You can easily cook this same way in your own home with a little thoughtfulness, and some good, simple recipes. You don’t have to be confused by all those pills.

    As a Chinese medicine practitioner, I was taught that we should seek balance in all things — balance based

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  • Too Many Pills? VII

    Finally, unless there is a demonstrated deficiency, taking supplements comes from the notion that we are not getting enough. This is a fear-based notion. I believe that, of all people in the world, we Americans have plenty and enough – and often too much. Most

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  • Too Many Pills? VI

    What about all the unknown interactions between supplements and any necessary medications?

    There may be situations in which a specific vitamin pill might be necessary for a little while. As in many parts of life, there are few absolute rules. The federal go

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  • Too Many Pills? V

    There’s some psychology here. If you think you have great insurance, maybe you’ll drive a bit faster than you might otherwise. Maybe you’ll order the burger and fries more often than the organic field greens and the Arctic char.

    In addition, my normally suspicious

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  • Too Many Pills? IV

    - you can spend the rest of the day eating junk food with no nutrients at all and you’d be just fine.

    Well, I don’t believe that. Yes, there are deficiency diseases like scurvy, beriberi, and pellagra. But vitamins and minerals in supplement form are medicines,

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  • Too Many Pills? III

    Their use is based on the idea that if a little is good (in the food), then more is better (extracted, concentrated, and augmented).

    Supplements are manufactured by human hands, under the direction and influence of human brains, as opposed to regular foods, which

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  • Too Many Pill? II

    I like real food, not all those pills. And so does the federal government — supposedly. Under the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994, all these vitamins, minerals, herbs, concentrates, and supplements are defined as foods, and not regulated

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  • Too Many Pills?

    “One pill makes you larger and one pill makes you small,” sang Grace Slick in the Jefferson Airplane’s 1967 hit “White Rabbit.” She was singing about the hallucinogenic drugs of the day, but it seems we have many more pills around today to make you larger or

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