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Benefits of Nutritional Supplements

Nutritional intervention can improve health, energy and disease resistance in almost everyone. And remember, though vitamins can be extremely valuable, with a poor diet you can out-eat any well-designed supplement and neutralize many of the possible benefits of nutritional supplements.  Don’t wash down your vitamin pills with a doughnut and large Coke and expect all to be well.  Won’t work.

Nutrition and Native Ethnic Diet

Benefits of Nutritional SupplementsOne of the key pioneers of modern nutrition was a dentist, Dr. Weston Price, who, along with his wife who was a nurse, traveled the world in the 1930s a la Indiana Jones-type Pan Am airplanes, visiting 12 cultures on 5 continents and wrote a seminal book entitled: NUTRITION AND PHYSICAL DEGENERATION.  What they found is that as long as people ate their native regional ethnic diet, each culture had excellent health.  And these diets varied widely from total carnivore to total herbivore and every possible combination in between. Disease such as diabetes can be reversed with diet.

As soon as a culture began adopting a processed Western diet, their health began to fail, first and most noticeably in the mouth region, then followed by every condition from multiple sclerosis, to cancer to Down’s syndrome.   Meaning, there is no one perfect diet for the entire 6 billion people of the human race.

Eat for Your Body Type

Once you have established your ethnic diet that fits your body type, and you are consuming a diet of unprocessed foods with little or no added sugar, then we need to address the importance of nutritional supplements.

There are now about 20,000 peer reviewed scientific studies showing the merits of nutritional supplements.  Books by myself (Beating Cancer with Nutrition), Michael Murray, Mel Werbach, Sheldon Hendler and others have highlighted the solid scientific platform for the use of nutritional intervention.

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You Can Reverse Various Diseases and Get Healthier

Benefits of Nutritional SupplementsThese vitamins, minerals, amino acids, fatty acids, food extracts, and herbs have been shown to do everything from prevent to reverse various diseases.  One study from the National Defense Council Foundation estimated that providing nutritional supplements to military personnel would save the federal government $6.3 billion per year in health care costs.  Another study conducted by Pracon, a think tank in Reston, Virginia, estimated that providing modest doses of antioxidant nutritional supplements for the American public would save over $8.7 billion annually in unnecessary health care costs from heart disease, cancer, and cataracts.

Another study published in the Western Medical Journal, May of 1997 showed that a conservative $20 billion in hospital costs could be saved annually by providing pregnant women with supplements including folacin and older adults with supplements including vitamin E.  A professor of business at Northwestern University, Dr. Dranove, has estimate that every dollar invested in vitamin E supplements would save $50 in heart treatments later on.  Vitamin E can help improve your vision too!

High Dose Nutrients Improve Chances for Remission

Benefits of Nutritional SupplementsThere are literally hundreds of good studies supporting the use of nutrition supplements for cancer patients who are being medically treated.  For instance, a double blind randomized trial reported in the Journal of Urology involving patients with bladder cancer found that high doses of vitamins E, C, A, B-6 and zinc cut the tumor recurrence rate in half when compared to similar patients taking a “one per day type supplement”.  Another study reported in Anticancer Research found that high dose nutrients in conjunction with chemo and radiation provided a substantial improvement in quantity of life and chances for a complete remission in patients with small cell lung cancer.

Another study reported in the Journal of Orthomolecular Medicine which followed 129 cancer patients over the course of 11 years found that patients who received nutrition supplementation in conjunction with their medical care had a 1200% improvement in quantity of life over those just receiving medical care.  In the scientific data and my extensive experience it is very appropriate to summarize that  “A well nourished cancer patient can better manage and beat the disease.”  In general, nutrition supplements are essential, but may not be sufficient, in the treatment and prevention of most diseases in America.  Alternative Medicines in your Home.

The scientific evidence is overwhelming that nutrition supplements can become the most profound breakthrough for health advancement  since the fortification of foods with iodine, vitamin D, and niacin, which were able to eradicate the common and blatant malnutritive diseases of goiter, rickets and pellagra.  Getting healthier together!

Dr. Patrick Quillin

Dr. Patrick Quillin, PhD,RD,CNS is an internationally recognized expert in the area of nutrition and health. He has 30 years experience as a clinical nutritionist, of which 10 years were spent as the Vice President for a leading cancer hospital system where he worked with thousands of cancer patients in a hospital setting. He is a Best Selling Author with 18 books which have sold over 2,000,000 copies and also a Keynote Speaker.