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Michael Cheikin MD

Holistic Medicine and Physiatry

Optimal Health & Transformation through Medical Science & Art

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Nutriceutical Supplement Philosophy

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It is an “inconvenient truth” that we must take supplements.  All experts agree, to one extent or another, that supplementation is necessary. Conventionally, this is to provide levels of essential vitamins and minerals no longer safely available in food, such as “fish oils”, vitamin D, and several minerals.  The holistic community also utilizes supplements to defend against the toxins that inevitably get into our bodies, including bromine, percholorates, pesticides, and heavy metals such as lead and mercury. (click for articles on heavy metals, franken-foods)

Supplements are often called “nutriceuticals”, since they have both nutritional and pharmaceutical properties.  The main difference between supplements and drugs are:

· They are naturally occurring;

· They take longer to work, but once they work, they work longer and deeper

· Their effect is more subtle—sometimes you don’t realize they’re working until they are discontinued for a while and symptoms recur.

· Much higher benefit/risk ratio

· Cheaper than drugs (though because they are not “covered” by insurance, they may seem more expensive)

· Safer with less side effects

· Help heal several conditions at once

 

Because of their important biochemical properties, Dr. Cheikin considers the quality of the supplements to be of equal importance to the quality of drugs.  Unfortunately, supplements are not regulated as tightly as drugs, so using reputable companies, many of which use external labs to verify quality and potency, is extremely important.

Some supplements can be dangerous if continued without monitoring; and others can be poorly absorbed and need follow-up testing to be sure that the pills you are swallowing are actually getting into your body.  Sub-optimal absorption of certain nutrients is very common and may be the cause of sub-optimal response.  Very often mal-absorption is a clue to mal-digestion, even when there is not any symptoms of gastro-intestinal dysfunction.

Dr. Cheikin, a chemistry major as an undergraduate and in medical school receiving Honors in Biochemistry and Physiology, has spent hundreds of hours studying biochemistry and nutrition, and many more evaluating numerous products, the companies that produce them, as well as the Holistic, Chinese and Ayurvedic principles that guide their use. He keeps a very specific formulary of products that are based, in order of priority, on: quality (purity, absorbability), price, and convenience (capsules rather than tablets, bottles that last at least a month).  Dr. Cheikin takes these same supplements himself and recommends them to his family, friends, staff and colleagues. He frequently changes the formulary after he has evaluated new and improved products that become available on a regular basis.

Be cautious of similar products on the web or in local stores.  If cheaper supplements would do the job (as some do), they would be in our formulary. Most patients see significant improvement in a matter of months.  For the small amount that one might save (not including the time on research), the risk of sub-optimal response (and wasting precious time and other resource) is not worth it.

While the sale of supplements supports our practice, that is not our primary business. Patients are not required to purchase our supplements, and we will not renew supplements without periodic monitoring by office visit and lab tests.