Tuesday, June 16, 2009
More and more people take nutritional supplements now a day. More questions also surface around the topic of supplementation. What do I need? How many supplements do I need? How long should I take them? Different practitioners answer the question differently. There are also tests using blood, saliva and urine to determine the nutritional deficiency you may have. But those tests can not satisfy those who do not like to take supplement forever. Let’s discuss this topic from a different point of view.
Why should I take supplements? If the tests show that I have deficiency of a nutrient, should I take it as a supplement? The common answer is YES. This is a typical supplementation method. However, there is another way to deal with the problem. Why am I deficient of the nutrient? Is there anything wrong with my body so that I can’t get the nutrients in efficiently? This is a typical thinking of the Functional Medicine. Most of nutritional deficiency comes from intestinal problems. Fixing the digestive track will successfully correct the deficiency and prevent the patient from taking supplements forever.
The same question always arises towards hormones. If I am tested deficiency for some hormones, do I take the hormone to supplement? The answer is NO based on Functional Medicine. The hormonal system is equipped with negative feedback controlling system. Once you take a hormone supplement, it is very difficult to train the body producing its own. Thus identifying the reason for the deficiency and fixing the problem is the first priority. Supplementation is the last resort.
Dr. Harry Hong's comprehensive program specializes in the integration of a variety of natural healing therapies such as energy testing, allergy desensitization, homeopathy, Chinese medicine and acupuncture, enzyme therapy, flower essences, hyperbaric oxygen therapy and much more. The Healing Light Co is committed to provide quality special care to the Highly Sensitive Person with Highly Sensitive Body. We are located at northwest suburb of Chicago area and have an Out-of-Town program as well.