Tag: Vitamin Deficiency

Do We Really Need to Take Vitamins and Minerals?

Doctors have been taught to think that we get all the nutrition our body needs from just eating a balanced diet. That may have been true 50 to 100 years ago, but most of us, today, don’t eat a balanced diet. In fact, most of the food we eat today does not contain the nutrients in it that our parents or grandparents ate. As a result, many of us are nutritionally deficient in the necessary […]

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Vitamin D – More Important Than Just For Bones

Several years ago, I wrote an article about the famous composer Mozart and a possible cause of his premature death – vitamin D deficiency. Basically, a number of physicians have proposed that Mozart actually died of “darkness.” He slept all day long and composed at night. In the long Austrian winter nights with shortened days of sunlight and a food supply deficient in vitamin D, it’s no wonder Mozart had a variety of symptoms suggestive […]

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Drug-Induced Nutrient Depletion

Drug-induced nutrient depletion may be one of the most significant side effects that people are not aware of when they take prescription (and some over-the-counter) medications. So the question is how many people are at risk of developing drug-induced nutrient depletion (DIND)? With nearly one billion office visits in the US alone, more Americans than ever are taking prescription drugs. Over 40 percent of the visits had between two and seven drugs prescribed. Some of […]

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Take Supplements During Cancer Treatment?

Recently, I was asked if it was safe to take nutritional supplements while undergoing cancer treatment? The answer is not so simple. I answered this question with yes and no! The reason I “hedged” is because some supplements might interfere with chemotherapy, while others may help the body defend against tumors. Some doctors say patients should hold off during chemo, while others say supplements may have cancer-fighting properties and help reduce treatment side effects. Is […]

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The Real Truth About Calcium & Magnesium Products

Doctors for many years have recommended to their patients, especially older adults or post-menopausal women, to take calcium to help prevent bone loss. In fact, when I was in medical school, my teachers would often recommend that we teach our patients to take antacids that contain calcium or drink more milk. But this isn’t practical for all patients. Recent medical research has shown that calcium, by itself, is insufficient in building new bone and helping […]

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