A life of moderation: my individualized medicine series introduction

For the next few weeks, I will be post­ing links and cri­tiques on ideas and sub­stances to instil bal­ance on how you and we as a soci­ety view things in health. I quite frankly can­not read one more word on the latest and greatest thing to solve your health prob­lems. Our world is so much about quick fixes, and I have so many patients com­ing into the office with bags of sup­ple­ments, vit­am­ins, and the latest “health crazes” like bee pol­len or spirulina that will cure everything if you just take one tea­spoon every day. I am so sick of read­ing art­icles prais­ing a nutri­ent like Vitamin D and then the very next day read­ing an author com­pletely bash­ing the heck out of it. No won­der every­one is so con­fused. Additionally, if you have a health con­di­tion already that has cer­tain para­met­ers (i.e. osteo­poros­is), then your con­cerns are going to be com­pletely dif­fer­ent than the gen­er­al pub­lic. You are unique, and spe­cial, and that’s a good thing!

What happened to mod­er­a­tion? What happened to get­ting a little bit of some­thing being fine for you, but not for me? Why are we read­ing things in magazines and think­ing it will be the answer for us because the product looks nice in the bottle? The train of thought that says the woman in the magazine has no wrinkles and she looks good, so there­fore we also will feel good if we take said vit­am­in. It’s called advert­ising. The same advert­ising goals had people smoking Camel cigar­ettes over Marlboros in the 1950’s because doc­tors recom­men­ded them in the papers.

Do you believe everything you read in a magazine?

As a natur­o­path­ic doc­tor, I am sup­posed to be the source of inform­a­tion for all things nat­ur­al, foods included. That idea alone is crazy also; the accu­mu­la­tion of inform­a­tion from mul­tiple sources (pro­fes­sion­al and edu­cated) and their assess­ment for you should be a guid­ing factor into what is good for you, and you alone. What nutri­ents you need versus what your friend needs should not be the same, nor foods! If we are all try­ing to extend and improve our qual­ity of life, we will not have a holy grail from which we can drink like in Indiana Jones to be youth­ful and healthy to infin­ity. Does any­one remem­ber the knight at the end of that movie? Sure he lived a long time, but he was also exhausted!

I am going to be giv­ing the pros and cons for a few sub­stances that are often in pop­u­lar media for their health bene­fits. To start, cof­fee, wine, green tea, tur­mer­ic, cal­ci­um, B12 will be on the list. Some of these posts will have sup­por­ted stud­ies, and some will just be some good com­mon sense lists to get you to think about why that may or may not you should have the inter­ven­tion in your life. Some of the posts will advoc­ate you get some blood work done, or go take a walk, or to stop buy­ing every nutri­ent that you see on Dr. Oz. I have no prob­lems with Dr. Oz, but I do think some of us can take the advice seen on the show just a little to the extreme…

The choice will ulti­mately be yours about what is truth and what is fal­lacy! When you are a little more edu­cated on these ideas, then you can take it into your life and make some decisions.

If there are any sub­stances you would like me to dis­cuss, drop me a com­ment. I would like whomever is read­ing these posts to head into 2013 with a great­er sense of calm that you are doing the best you can for your health, and which things are actu­ally worth con­sid­er­ing, and which to com­pletely ignore when pop­u­lar media yet again dis­cusses the same inter­ven­tion simply because there is noth­ing else to say.

Stay tuned for post one: Coffee Conundrums. To your health!

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