Why Take Supplements?
There are two major reasons why we recommend supplements. First, let’s face it; the quality of food today is not what it used to be. You can live on it, but it’s really missing a lot of our body’s requirements of both macro and micronutrients. The second reason for using supplements is to provide targeted therapy that will facilitate healing and restoration of normal function of cells, organs and systems. Supplements allow us to do so, but this aspect must be examined very carefully.
The good news is that there are a few conscientious manufacturers that actually do a great job of making and accurately labeling their products so that we can supplement appropriately and effectively. However, most FDNs do not stock supplements or represent any particular supplement manufacturer. As independent consultants we design all protocols for therapeutic and dietary supplements only after completing the proper nutritional and functional assessments.
FDN is Not Allopathic Nutrition
With the above intention mind, it is important to note that supplements can be very effective in providing relief when symptoms are of an urgent nature. It is hard to tell a client who is suffering from hot flashes that she must wait until her hormones are balanced before her night sweats will decrease. In such cases we find supplements are much safer and less toxic than drugs.
Many drugs are specifically designed to mask symptoms by altering physiological pathways, completely failing to address the underlying cause of the patient’s condition. Even more alarming is the fact that drugs often alter non-target physiological pathways and disorders even more serious than the original condition can and do develop. Nothing seems more tragic than the idea of a person taking a substance to “get better” but ending up in the hospital or morgue as a result.