The use of medications in conjunction with supplements is sometimes a topic of debate within the medical industry. Some experts say you should not take supplements, while others actively encourage it.
Statistics reveal very interesting patterns. For example, 71% of general practitioners take supplements each year, 75% of dermatologists, 80% of OB/GYNs, 73% of orthopedic specialists and even 57% of cardiologists (the hardened traditionalists) all take supplements.
The supplements taken by doctors are the same as those taken by the general population. So it is not even a case of using “special supplements”, because the main reason doctors give for taking supplements themselves is “for general health and well-being.”
In the past, doctors prescribed medications for a range of problems in an effort to treat them quickly. Because of the introduction of antibiotics and other medications into the health system, there have been fewer fatalities from infectious diseases in recent years.
Since most deaths nowadays are caused by chronic degenerative diseases including diabetes, cancer and heart disease, the medical industry needs to look at changing its whole way of thinking to keep up with current medical trends. Instead of simply treating diseases, there has to be a better way to prevent them from occurring in the first place.
Preventive care is a huge change for the health care industry, so it will need to happen over a long period of time, because the current methods have existed for decades, if not centuries. Today, most of the money invested in health care is focused on treatment instead of prevention, but this is very likely to change in the future. The relationship between doctors, medication, supplements and the prevention and treatment of diseases needs to change as well.
Specialists generally recommend supplements related to their area of expertise, because they are familiar with it. But since the general practitioner is usually the person you deal with, he should understand all the health issues you face, so that he can help you to the best of his ability.
Doctors must be proactive, but they cannot do that without your help. You should have regular blood tests done, for example, because the results can show whether you have any deficiencies. Also, your doctor may recommend you see a dietitian, because the healthiest way to get your nutrients is normally through your food. However, Since more food than ever before is being highly processed, many of its vital nutrients are lost. This makes it hard to get enough of all the essentials through your food, unless you really know what you are doing and read every label.
One big issue is the Recommended Daily Allowance. People believe if they are getting the RDAs, they won’t get sick. Nevertheless, the optimum figures are usually higher and will help maintain health, so that is the goal you need to set for yourself. Diabetes, Alzheimer’s, cancer, arthritis and heart disease can often be prevented through proper nutrition.
Ask your doctor as many questions as needed if you feel you need extra help with supplements and/or medication. That is the symbiotic nature of the doctor/patient relationship, after all.