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How different doctors respond to health situations and nutrition?
by Chris Daino
I saw a TV ad for an energy drink and in it they said how 3000
medical doctors were surveyed and 70% recommended their
product. It sounded impressive until I thought, why ask a
medical doctor about nutritional supplements? They do not
normally prescribe them. They are involved with saving lives
when a health problem is threatening.
Medical doctors are trained to use medical drugs and surgery
to address health problems. How would they gain knowledge
about supplements sufficient enough that they could recommend
or not recommend this “energy drink”
There different way of addressing both health problems and the use of nutritional supplements by the various types of health professionals.
Your problem is insomnia, you had a lot of problems sleeping. You’re exhausted. What solutions would you get from the different types of health
A medical doctor would write you a prescription for Klonopin, Lunesta, Ambien, etc. etc. All will knock you out
and get you to sleep but do have side
effects. (For information on sleeping pill side effects go to drugs.com or
Often if the person stops taking the medication they go back
to not sleeping.
Medical Doctors & Supplements
Now some medical doctors have taken it upon themselves to read up about nutrition and the use of supplements. However, they are trained to address the symptoms and not the cause of the problem.
This is called Structural Medicine.
They will try to substitute the laboratory made drug with something natural. Mostly they will suggest herbs that will help to knock you out – Kava Kava,
Valerian root, etc. All of them may be natural, but will they fix the problem?
Or on a better note, the doctor will suggest Tart Cherry or Calcium/Magnesium as these are known to help people sleep.
In both these cases, the body isn’t sleeping naturally and the herb or supplement is used to induce sleep, or attempts to get the body to relax so that it can sleep.
Nutritionist (not dietitian)
A nutritionist is a person who has studied how the body works and how the body uses nutrients to
function and to repair itself. This is called Functional
When confronted with the problem of insomnia, a nutritionist will find out why the body isn’t sleeping, and correct it with natural supplements.
Is it the adrenals? What nutritional support will strengthen and support the adrenal? Is it the liver? (This is very often the problem especially if you fall asleep, wake up and cannot get back to sleep) Does the liver need nutritional help to function correctly? The liver has a big job to do and has to metabolize a great many things including hormones, sugar, etc. etc. It very often needs support.
There are many reasons a person might not be able to sleep naturally, and figuring out why and getting the actual cause of the problem fixed will get the person back on track and enjoying a natural relaxing sleep.
This is one example of a health challenge and the different
approaches, there are so many more.
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