Vitamin therapy – is it right for everyone?
By Dr. Mary Riggin, LAC, FitFM – Family Wellness
Prevention was something high on the priority list for Sally. Her daily regimen included a hand full of vitamins, a brisk run, and a protein drink. She was focused on keeping healthy as she passed the age of 50, she didn’t want to end up with some debilitating illness, or in a nursing home.
Our society has become obsessed with health. We are crazed with the nutritional science concepts of adding various nutrients to our diet. This may help some people who are deficient in various nutrients, but this doesn’t work for everyone. Sometimes, vitamin deficiencies are rooted in a deeper problem; and for some, supplementing is just a band-aid, or can actually make them worse. Some deficiencies are caused by the body’s inability to absorb and assimilate nutrients correctly.
Vitamin deficiencies were common for Sally, she’d been tested by various labs and the results indicated a need for various supplements. Her solution to this was to purchase increased amounts of individual vitamins. She did this for years.
Unfortunately, her lab tests continued to show deficiencies, she wasn’t getting anywhere.
Although her activity level was high and her diet was supplemented, she knew something was still not right. Her stomach would bloat and her energy would crash on a regular basis. Considering the amount of vitamins she was taking, she couldn’t understand why she wasn’t doing better. She’d read about the miracles of adding various key nutrients to her diet, but why wasn’t she experiencing the same result?
Natural methods of dealing with health issues have included vitamins and supplementation for decades. For many people, this is the miracle they were looking for to handle a weak immune system, lower energy, and many other health issues. Many take Vitamin C at the first sign of cold symptoms, and they get better quickly. The concept of nutritional therapy for treating illness is not a new one. In fact, in Oriental Medicine, an ancient medical system dating back thousands of years, food is frequently used as the first medicine. But what do you do when this doesn’t work?
Unfortunately for some people, like Sally, the problem isn’t merely the need for additional supplementation. If it was, adding additional supplements, along with proper rest and exercise, would handle the problem. Sally’s issues were deeper; this is why her supplements weren’t working for her the way they work for others. In fact, she frequently felt worse when she’d take her vitamins, but would take them anyway as prescribed; she was told “you are just detoxing.” But was that really the problem?
Next month, in part 2 of this article, I’ll discuss exactly what the problem was for Sally, and many others who don’t get positive results from vitamin therapy.
Executive Director, Acupuncture Physician
Dr. Riggin is FitFM - Family Wellness , is the Founder and Director of Healing Touch Oriental Medicine. As an inspiring health educator, in-demand speaker and doctor of acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, Dr. Mary has helped thousands of people completely turn their health around. Dr. Mary co-hosts and produces the wildly popular radio show "Food is the First Medicine" and her presentations and viewpoints on natural healthcarehave made her an in-demand and innovative expert in the natural health world.
Dr. Mary Riggin, produces and hosts Food is the First Medicine Talk Radio Show, and is a popular speaker. Since 1996 she has practiced natural medicine in the Tampa Bay area; her passion and purpose is to help as many people as possible. Listen to her weekly on TanTalk 1340AM in Tampa Bay, or online anytime, anywhere at www.foodismedicine.org.
She is former Vice Chair of the Florida State Board of Acupuncture and was appointed to this gubernatorial position by Governor Lawton Chiles and Governor Jeb Bush. She has been featured on various TV and radio shows and frequently teaches free classes at community and recreation centers throughout Pinellas County.
She is a published author and was featured in the book A Woman's Guide to Vitamins, Minerals and Alternative Healing, writes and publishes educational newsletters and brochures, and was elected to serve two consecutive terms as President of the Florida State Oriental Medical Association.