Health and Supplements: Is Your Diet Causing Deficiencies?

supplementsI have heard people tell me that they do not take supplements for several reasons:

They’re too expensive
They believe they get all the nutrients they need from their food
Supplements just create “expensive urine”
They don’t know what to take, so they take nothing

“The cure of many diseases is unknown to physicians…because they are ignorant of the whole. For the part can never be well unless the whole is well.” Plato (Emphasis mine)

That quotation speaks volumes to me and fits beautifully with my philosophy of health, which is that true health is wholeness – spirit, soul and body. So you’re probably wondering what does that have to do with nutritional supplements? Well what most people and doctors do is focus on the symptom and find a way to mask or manage it instead of getting to the root cause of the problem and resolving that once and for all.

Pharmaceutical drugs have their place in certain specific emergency instances but for the most part, treating heart disease with cholesterol or blood pressure meds or recommending someone suffering with arthritis pain begin taking any one of the many pain relievers on a daily basis will do nothing to heal what is causing the problem in the first place and cause other, serious side effects. Also, as I mentioned recently in this post, people seem very open to using any drug prescribed without a second thought, but balk at taking natural supplements.

As you will read here vitamin B1 (thiamine) deficiency, in people who are not alcoholics, is often due to consuming processed foods that destroy this essential vitamin. Deficiency of vitamin B1 is known to cause beriberi. If you think this is a rare occurrence, think again: Nearly 20% of Americans over the age of 2 years fail to reach recommended amounts of dietary vitamin B1 each day. Elderly people who can no longer effectively absorb it, as well as those with heart failure, gastrointestinal disease, and diabetes all have increased risk of vitamin B1 deficiency.

Could taking the right supplements in the right amounts possibly make a difference? (Watch for a post on that very subject soon!) I believe the answer is yes and certainly worth exploring before you allow yourself to become a slave to drugs and the inevitable side effects. Obviously you will have to make other changes to your diet and lifestyle as well, but proper supplementation is an important part.

Watch the interview below as Dr. Wallach tells how vitamin B1 will prevent congestive heart failure (which other naturopaths have called ‘beriberi of the heart’) and the difference getting all the essential nutrients will make in healing and preventing disease.

Would you consider approaching a health issue naturally before resorting to pharmaceutical drugs?

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5 Responses to Health and Supplements: Is Your Diet Causing Deficiencies?

  1. Definitely would go the natural and spiritual route!  Thanks Ann.

    Have a Victorious Day!  Marianne

    Sent via phone so please excuse typos and brevity.

  2. So…Ann. I am just reading this post, and you are making sense (as usual). Is there an app that would allow its user to track all the nutrients and minerals he is getting through the food he eats in order to help him determine what supplements would be needed. (Currently, I just restarted using MyFitnessPal, but it does not list everything.

    What would you recommend?


    • amusico says:

      Michael that’s a great question! I just learned of a new app Dr. Mercola created called Cronometer. It seems like it gives you a lot of information and detail. I signed up for it but with going away on vacation and now trying to get caught up I haven’t had the time to really play around with it. But here’s the link so you can read about it and see if it might be something you would use:
      There’s another app called Fooducate and apparently if you tap on the calorie count of the food you’ve chosen it is supposed to show you all the nutritional information. I hope this helps Michael!

      • michaelderosa230 says:

        Thanks, Ann. I downloaded the cronometer and have been playing with it some. Hope you have a refreshing vacation!

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