Most of you who follow our blog know we are highly committed to using doctors who include alternative health care practices in their discipline of medical treatments. But something has been bothering me that was really highlighted yesterday as I was having an appointment to review my recent lab results.
As we went through the various results, each time there was something that was either too high or too low than the ideal range, the practitioner continually recommended another pill to correct it. At first, I didn’t really think too much of this, since it was what I expected, more or less.
Granted, the pills being prescribed were supplements and not drugs, but later when I had more time to really ponder the outcome of the appointment, I realized that she was doing what all medical doctors seem to do: test, diagnose and prescribe pills.
I’ve been going through a rebellion of sorts recently in the last two or three weeks towards the various supplements I take. About three years ago I really took a look at all I was taking and evaluated what I needed and what was not likely to be useful at all or not able to be metabolized by my body. For example, glutathione molecules are too large to be absorbed in the digestive tract. Somewhere along the way, glutathione had been prescribed and I was taking it. I trimmed way back in what supplements I was taking at that time, and I realized recently that it is time to do that again.
In the first place, I don’t like taking synthetic supplements. Synthetic supplements are ones that contain any vitamin or mineral molecules created in a lab. They may be bonded with an amino acid or they may be chemically manufactured. This allows supplements to contain pharmaceutical dosages.
Any time you see a supplement with hundreds of times the percentage of the recommended daily allowance (RDA), you are looking at a synthetic supplement. You will also note that as ingredients listed you get a long list of –ides, -ades, and L- names, instead of ingredients like the foods that contain those vitamins, such as kale, broccoli, goji berries, etc . . .
This is not to say that there are never times when a particular medical condition requires high, high amounts of specific substances, but I do not have a certain medical condition for which I am being treated. So, I stopped taking the synthetic supplements some time back.
I prefer instead to learn what FOODS will help me adjust the various lab results without adding more supplements. And sometimes even naturopathic doctors have a hard time with only doing that. Ivan pointed out to me that most of the doctors we see, whether they are traditional AMA doctors OR alternative health care practitioners, sell the supplements they prescribe and/or have developed their own branded line of supplements. Of course they prescribe them. I am a repeat customer, spending hundreds of dollars every time I re-order.
My rebellion is more than mental, too. My body is rejecting them, probably because I have formed a mental block to them. When I take vitamins right now, my throat closes down. I choke on them, or they get stuck on the way down, even if I am taking them slowly, one at a time, and not dashing a whole handful off with a couple of big swigs of water.
So I am listening to my body and limiting what I take to simply fish oils, berry powder, cruciferous veggie powder, food enzymes with probiotics, brown sea kelp and mixing a scoop of Dr. Kellas’ 7 Natural Organics in my goat kefir twice a day. All these vitamins are whole-food supplements.
And I’m eating more than ten servings of leafy green and brightly colored, low carbohydrate vegetables and four servings of fruits per day, in addition to ancient whole grains and lean sources of animal protein (pasture-raised eggs, wild-caught fish, hormone- and antibiotic-free chicken and turkey, grass-fed beef, lamb and bison) with beneficial fats in the form of olive, coconut, sunflower, safflower and hazelnut oils.
Nutrients are coming in to my body in their original form, with the fiber, water and co-factors my body needs to metabolize the vitamins, minerals, fats, sugars and amino acids they contain. I have learned what foods I need to increase and how/when I need to consume them in order to support healthy levels of stomach acid, colonization of the beneficial bacteria in my gut and fat metabolization. I do not plan to take hydrochloric acid, enzymes with ox bile, or anti-fungal medications. And I do not plan to take any synthetic supplements at this time.
This may not be the best thing for you! Please, please seek guidance from your own doctor when evaluating this direction for yourself. I’m blessed that Dr. Kellas is very open to my mental state right now and has created a path for me that includes the nourishment I need without using synthetic supplements.