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Medication vs. Supplements
Let us first acknowledge that medication and dietary supplements often serve very different purposes. However, more and more, "lifestyle medication" is being prescribed to be taken for the long-term. The following data focuses mostly on this type of medication.

If you know us well, this is a battle that medication could not possibly win against supplements in the court of Nutritional Concepts' opinion. Maybe so. But our motivation is to provide you food for thought as we bring in a new decade.

Here's a snapshot from what was discovered just in the month of December.

  • Antibiotics can cause severe birth defects in pregnant women. Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine
  • Antidepressants increase risk of death and stroke in post-menopausal women. Archives of Internal Medicine
  • Aspirin is ineffective for preventing unexplained, recurrent miscarriages. 51st annual meeting of the American Society of Hematology
  • Antipsychotics increase the risk of death in the elderly and are associated with weight gain, hyperglycemia, and hyperlipidemia in persons of all age groups. Biological Psychiatry
  • Even the Most Common Meds Pose Threats. Article from LA Times
  • Government Accountability Office (GAO) said the FDA still has not restructured its staff to better monitor drug safety.
  • H1N1 vaccine made by Sanofi Pasteur and Novartis were recalled due to low potency. Centers for Disease Control
  • Menopause: Brought to You by Big Pharma. Article from NY Times
  • Tamiflu benefits are scarce in healthy people and has yet to be proven safe or effective. British Medical Journal
  • The American Dietetic Association finally admits that supplements help people meet their nutritional needs. This is a tremendous step for the ADA. They must tread lightly because some of their largest benefactors have large stakes in the production of medications.
  • Antioxidants reduce the amount of new polyps in the large bowel by 40 percent compared to placebo. American Association for Cancer Research
  • The combination of calcium and vitamin D normalize the health of cells in the colon and rectum. Cancer, Epidemiology, Biomarkers, and Prevention
  • Compounds derived from the spice turmeric help prevent the spread of breast cancer by limiting the stem cells that fuels a tumor's growth. Breast Cancer Research and Treatment
  • Folic Acid supplements taken during pregnancy reduce the risk of congenital heart defects in children by twenty percent. European Heart Journal
  • Magnesium supplementation reduces risk of coronary heart disease in men. Journal of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners
  • Milk Thistle (Silymarin) cuts liver toxicity from all chemotherapy. Cancer, National Cancer Institute
  • Vitamin D at optimal levels decreases the risk of numerous types of cancer, cognitive impairment, and dementia. American Journal Lifestyle Medicine; Neurology

Do not misconstrue our message. We are not condemning medication. Certain medications prescribed when necessary can provide benefits that are well substantiated by research. However, the amount of medication the average American is prescribed, as well as the motivation to create these drugs, has veered recklessly off track and needs to be righted.

It is apparent that any health reform legislation will not address this issue. Going forward, when evaluating your health, take a long, hard look at your medication(s). It is important to discuss with your doctor if each medication is necessary and to understand why.

Finally, if considering a newly approved medication, do not make a decision until you read this first.

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Bonnie, Steve, and the staff at Nutritional Concepts Inc.
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Suite 204
Northbrook, IL 60062
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