Who shouldn’t take medical nutrition supplements?

Plans to take medical nutrition supplements should be discussed with your physician. Certain supplements may not be recommended for people with specific medical conditions.
Fred Pescatore, MD
General Practice
There is probably no one in the world who should not be taking nutritional supplements. Our soil and food supply has been so damaged that it is impossible to get everything that you need simply by eating food. The RDAs of each nutrient is too low; and when you consume sugar, you are actually depleting your body of nutrients. Sugar acts as an anit-nutrient and when you consider that the average American consumes 150 plus pounds of sugar each year, you are going to need to take your vitamins. However, as with anything nutritional, please consult with your physician or better yet, consult with a physician who is familiar with nutritional supplementation.

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Dietary Supplements

Whether you're visiting the drug store, grocery or natural food shop you'll likely find an aisle where there are jars and bottles of things for you to put in your body that are neither foods nor medicines. Ranging from vitamins an...

d minerals to fiber and herbal remedies, these supplements are not regulated in the same way as either food or medicine. Some of them are backed by solid research, others are folk remedies or proprietary cures. If your diet does not include enough of certain vitamins or minerals, a supplement may be a good idea. Natural treatment for conditions like constipation may be effective. But because these substances are unregulated, it is always a good idea to educate yourself about the products and to use common sense when taking them. This is even more true if you are pregnant or taking a medicine that may be affected by supplements.

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