Enough is Enough
By Dale Petersen MD – Building Health –
Approximately two decades ago I made a change in my approach to health challenges that decimated my medical practice. I began recommending nutritional supplementation to those coming to see me.
At the time my medical practice was so busy that I was no longer accepting new patients. My days were filled with visits by people with chronic diseases who were in need of medication refills or seemingly healthy individuals who were experiencing colds or other infections several times a year. After I began encouraging people to give their bodies nutritional support I never had a closed practice again. People with chronic illnesses began getting better and those prone to frequent acute illnesses stopped having them. Over twenty years later new patient visits continue to be essential to the health of my practice.
I recently saw an article titled, Enough is Enough: Stop Wasting Money on Vitamin and Mineral Supplements. After reviewing a number of articles published in the medical literature about nutritional supplements the authors concluded:
“Although available evidence does not rule out small benefits or harms or large benefits or harms in a small subgroup of the population, we believe that the case is closed, supplementing the diet of well-nourished adults with mineral or vitamin supplements has no clear benefit and might even be harmful. These vitamins should not be used for chronic disease prevention. Enough is enough.”
Most medical studies involving nutritional supplements are truly not worth the paper they’re printed on. The quality and quantity of supplements being taken is rarely reported. People are simply asked “Do you take vitamins?” and those who answer affirmatively are then compared over the short term with those who do not. It’s not surprising that significant differences in outcomes aren’t found. I’ve never seen a study in which people were asked, “Do you take any medications?” and those answering “yes” were compared to those answering “no” although it would be equivalent to those studies used to discredit nutritional supplements.
In my book Building Health by Design: Adding Life to Your Years and Years to Your Life I describe four biochemical causes of premature aging and disease development. They are free radical damage, inflammation, loss of methylation potential, and mitochondrial decline. Legitimate research has repeatedly shown that all can be reversed by appropriate nutritional supplementation. Unfortunately, most physicians never look beyond the highly biased and tightly controlled sphere of “peer-reviewed” medical journals for information. As a result they are willfully ignorant of the many benefits of comprehensive supplementation with products containing optimum amounts of bioavailable nutrients.
When you encounter a physician who advises against taking nutritional supplements while prescribing drugs with life-threatening adverse effects, you can be certain of two things. He or she knows next to nothing about the mechanisms of aging and disease development and even less about how to support your body’s ability to reverse them. Enough is indeed enough. You deserve a proactive physician, someone who is willing to teach you how to prevent diseases even if it means you will rarely require his or her services in the future.
Dr. Dale Peterson is a graduate of the University of Minnesota College of Medicine. He completed his residency in FamilyMedicine at the University of Oklahoma. He is a past president of the Oklahoma Academy of Family Physicians. He had a full-time family practice in Edmond, Oklahoma, for over 20 years and was a Chief of Staff of the Edmond Hospital. He was active in teachingfor many years as a Clinical Professor of Family Medicine through the Oklahoma University Health Sciences Center.
Dr. Peterson left his full-time family practice in 1999 to consult with individuals who are seeking ways to restore and maintain their health through improved nutrition and other lifestyle changes. He founded the Wellness Clubs of America to give people access to credible information on supporting and maintaining their health. His monthly wellness letter, Health by Design, and his Health by Design E-Newsletter provide helpful information to individuals interested in preventing and conquering health challenges. His book Building Health by Design: Adding Life to Your Years and Years to Your Life was released in December 2010.
Dr. Peterson speaks regularly on subjects related to health and nutrition. He hosted a weekly radio program,Your Health Matters, on KTOK in Oklahoma City for five years. For the past nine years he has addressed questions from across the nation on his Your Health Matters weekly teleconference.He offers a free video LifeXtension course at www.drdalepeterson.com.