Screen Shot 2012-08-31 at 12.38.36 PM_0Truth: Drugs that treat disease are riskier than supplements that prevent disease. Chicago’s Ageology physicians underline recent data reporting preventive health benefits of nutritional supplements far outweigh the risks. While nutritional supplements are increasingly under scrutiny, the Alliance for Natural Health International (ANH-Intl) recently released hard data showing thatfood supplements are the safest substances to which we are commonly exposed.

Truth: Risk of death from pharmaceutical drugs is 62,000 times that of taking food supplements. But, prescription drugs are considered safe when taken as prescribed.

These figures tell us not only what activities an individual is most or least likely to die from, but also what the relative risks of various activities are to society as a whole. It puts perspective on the actual risk of death posed by food supplements and herbal remedies at a time when governments are clamping down because they tell us they’re dangerous,” according to data from ANH-Intl executive and scientific director, Robert Verkerk PhD.

Truth: We are 900 times more likely to die from food poisoning than supplements.
But food is considered safe.

Truth: Even accidents such as drowning in a bathtub are more likely to cause death than supplements!

Preventable medical injuries accounted for 300,000 times more deaths than supplements. Yet the general public still relies on pharmaceutical drugs rather than supplements; when supplements can aid in preventing the illnesses and diseases for which the drugs are prescribed.

Question: If supplements are safer and healthier, why the scrutiny?

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulates finished dietary supplement products as well as their ingredients and uses a different set of regulations than those for conventional food and drug products, including prescription and over-the-counter drugs. Currently, the dietary supplement or ingredient manufacturer must ensure that the supplement or ingredient is safe before it is marketed – even if it’s a substance humans have been consuming for 20 years without issues.

Still, many people are not consulting qualified physicians, the ones who focus on preventing disease versus treating disease, about which supplements to take. and even those who are may not be getting the nutritional supplements they need when purchasing grocery store varieties.

Not all nutritional supplements are created equally.
Food-grade, or retail store-grade, vitamins and nutritional supplements do not necessarily contain what the bottle claims. They may contain all of the ingredients in a batch – but not necessarily per capsule!

Pharmaceutical-grade supplements, on the other hand, must meet the United States Pharmacopeia Standards, meaning each capsule contains in excess of 99% of the ingredients stated. It is also imperative to choose a whole-food based supplement, which ensures the bioavailability into the body, meaning it is better absorbed.

Unfortunately, while food is the best source of nutrients, food today is often seriously depleted of nutrients, and supplements are necessary to complement even the healthiest diets.

With the right selection and grade of nutritional supplements, men and women can combat and even prevent a multitude of illnesses and chronic diseases, particularly those associated with aging, including menopause, perimenopause, andropause, PMS, stress, insomnia, weight gain and lack of sex drive.

For best results in healthy aging; Ageology physicians recommend – a whole food diet that includes nutritional supplements, a consistent fitness plan and balanced hormones.
The preventative focus of nutritional supplements is an important differentiator. If combined with other elements of a healthy lifestyle including nutrition, fitness and bioidentical hormone therapy, the dangerous drugs and hospital stays can be prevented. That means an overall decrease in risk and an increase in quality of life – lower your risk of death by pharmaceutical drugs and increase your chance of healthy aging with nutritional supplements.

Contact an Ageology physician for your healthiest prescription to preventing disease, illness and promoting your own personal vitality and longevity.

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DATA: IN THIS GOOGLE SPREADSHEET
RESEARCH: MIRIAM QUICK, DAVID MCCANDLESS, PEARL DOUGHTY-WHITE, ALEXIA WDOWSKI

CODE: ANDY PERKINS

This image is a “balloon race”. The higher a bubble, the greater the evidence for its effectiveness. But the supplements are only effective for the conditions listed inside the bubble.

You might also see multiple bubbles for certain supps. These is because some supps affect a range of conditions, but the evidence quality varies from condition to condition. For example, there’s strong evidence that Green Tea is good for cholesterol levels. But evidence for its anti-cancer effects is conflicting. In these cases, we give a supp another bubble.