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DONNA F. SMITH, C.C.N., C.N.
Licensed, Board Certified
H. BRELAND, P.T., S.C.S.
Board Certified Sports Specialist
ROBERT J. WOLFF, D.C.
T. ROGER HUMPHREY, M.D.
Wichita Falls, Tx
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are for nutritional support, and not for the treatment of any medical
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Donna F. Smith
How To Choose The Right
Vitamins Every Time!
by DONNA F. SMITH, C.C.N., C.N.
You can know exactly what supplements your
body needs by obtaining a clinical nutrition analysis of your blood, urine
and other biochemistries from a licensed, board certified clinical nutritionist
People take nutritional supplements with good
intentions, but are challenged by a lack of knowledge in how to choose
and use them. Intelligent people are aware that with depleted soil,
environmental pollution, and food additives, to be healthy today, one must
supplement their diet. Yet, people have cupboards full of unfinished
bottles of vitamins and herbs that they took for a while and then stopped
because it seemed they were not working any longer. People read books and
talk to friends about what would be good for the symptoms they have, but
sometimes when they take what is suggested, they do not get the results
In my clinical practice, I have observed four
factors which inhibit people from attaining nutritional health:
Vitamin Choices Are Accurate When Based Upon Laboratory
Tests, Not Symptoms
||vitamin choices were based upon symptoms instead of
|| taking over-the-counter or mail order vitamins for
"clinical" nutrition deficiencies which require clinical formulations
available only through licensed nutritional professionals.
||vitamin choices caused further under- or over-nutrition
or altered a metabolic pathway. This can lead to more nutritional
||Let us look at each of these in more detail.
A cupboard full of unfinished bottles of
vitamins and herbs is an obvious sign that symptoms are not reliable
sources for choosing your supplements and here is why: Take for example,
a headache. This one symptom may be caused by at least five different
areas of the body. So if you choose your supplements based upon your symptoms,
you have 1 in 5 chances that you have chosen the right supplement for
the right area of the body producing the headache.
However, when you obtain a clinical nutrition
analysis of your blood, urine, stool, hair, etc., your own body reveals
your nutritional supplements requirements -- the lab tests indicate
your nutritional deficiencies, insufficiencies and excesses. You can now
select the exact supplement(s) required to get to the cause of your headache,
or any other nutrition-related symptom. Then, updated tests will reveal
changes in your nutritional requirements so that you will know when you
should stop taking the supplements you are currently on and which supplements
are required next. This is the true art of preventive healthcare for
A C.C.N. has been specifically trained and
educated in how to nutritionally interpret the standard laboratory reports
your medical doctor reads to interpret your illnesses and diseases.
Have you or someone you know experienced
annoying or painful symptoms, and after having a thorough medical exam
with tests, been informed by your physician that either:
The reason your physician may respond in this
manner is because what you are experiencing are the symptoms of nutritional
insufficiencies, deficiencies, biochemical or metabolic imbalances, or dysfunctional
organs or glands resulting from these deficiencies. The first sign of
a nutritionally imbalanced biochemistry is tiredness or fatigue, and if
this is not corrected, pain will eventually ensue as the body progresses
further out of balance.
||your tests are all normal and showed nothing that would
cause your symptoms or
||the symptoms must be psychosomatic (i.e., all in your
|| you should come back in six months; maybe, we can find
something at that time.
Now, if the nutritional deficiency or biochemical
imbalance has progressed far enough out of balance to produce symptoms,
yet it has not progressed outside the medical reference ranges on your Laboratory
Report, where your doctor has been trained to detect abnormalities, your
doctor will not find a cause for your symptoms. She will think, instead,
that you are psychosomatic or you should come back in six months. Why in
six months? Because in her medical experience, she knows people tend to
get worse, not better, and perhaps in six months, she can find out what
is wrong with you.
It is important to have your body chemistry
regularly analyzed by a C.C.N. as part of your ongoing preventive healthcare
plan. Why? Because it takes far less time, money, effort and pain to correct
nutritional imbalances in your biochemistry to stay healthy, than it does
to manage a disease.
You see, nutritional deficiencies lead
to biochemical/metabolic imbalances which then cause organ/gland dysfunction
and later lead to nutrition-related diseases. In 1988, the Nutrition
and Health Report by the U.S. Surgeon General indicated 68 percent of
all deaths are nutrition-related. If this report was updated today, do
you think it would be better or worse. Worse? I agree.
Whether you are currently ill or interested
in prevention, having a quarterly Comprehensive Clinical Nutrition Analysis
of your biochemistries provides the best opportunity to correct your nutritional
deficiencies and reverse any pattern towards disease. Thus, you may truly
enjoy good health all of your life, instead of being unaware of the state
of your health and then surprised when you are diagnosed with a disease
in your later years. Clinical Nutrition Analysis is true preventive
Biochemical Individuality is a term introduced by the research of Dr.
Roger Williams of Texas, who proved that just as each person is physically
different in appearance (on the outside), each of us are biochemically
different on the inside. So what works for one person may not work for
you because of your biochemical individuality. This is why, as mentioned
earlier, when people try a supplement that worked for their friends or
was suggested in a book, sometimes the supplement did not work for them.
Because of this, some people think vitamins are unreliable.
When you obtain a clinical nutrition analysis of your biochemistry,
you are, in fact, having your biochemical individuality tested, and
the supplements recommended from the findings of your lab tests are unique
to you and will work only for your body.
Taking OTC/MO Vitamins For Nutritional Deficiencies
Requiring Clinical Formulations
In the field of medicine you have over-the-counter drugs and prescribed
medications. Similarly in the field of clinical nutrition, you have Over-The-Counter
(OTC) and Mail Order (MO) supplements and Clinical Formulations
available only through licensed health professionals.
Because the company distributing the OTC/MO
supplements does not know how much you are taking, how long you are taking
or why you are taking their OTC/MO supplement, nor have they performed
any tests to determine your nutritional requirements, the company, for
legal and safety reasons, must formulate supplements that are for general
use, less potent and mild enough that if someone took too many the worse
that would happen would be vomiting or diarrhea, the natural process of
eliminating excess food.
If you have taken an OTC/MO supplement for
three months or longer and still have the symptoms for which you originally
took the OTC/MO supplement, this may indicate that you have "clinical"
level nutritional deficiencies which require more potent clinical formulations.
This would be like expecting an over-the-counter drug to work for you
like prescribed medication. (To get results consult with a C.C.N.)
Clinical Formulations are supplements
formulated for clinical use only and are available only through licensed
nutritional health professionals, like a C.C.N. They are specifically
formulated to correct clinical nutrition deficiencies, insufficiencies,
excesses and imbalances in biochemistry and the metabolism. They provide
clinical nutrition support for dysfunctional organs/glands and nutrition-related
diseases. These supplements are potent and must be tested for and monitored
by licensed health professionals.
Both OTC/MO and Clinically Formulated Supplements
have an important purpose in the restoration and maintenance of health
today. In my clinical nutrition practice, I coach my clients on how to
use natural OTC remedies for temporary relief of their symptoms (which
are healthier alternatives to OTC drugs); while at the same time, we use
the clinical formulations to correct the nutritional cause. OTC/MO supplements
are also excellent for maintaining nutritional sufficiency once it is
Another consideration is that some people
are using herbs and vitamins, thinking that because their symptoms leave
while taking the supplement they are getting healthier, whereas, the results
from clinical nutrition analysis of their biochemistry may show they were
simply manipulating their body, naturally, not actually correcting
In my experience, I have occasionally come
across some OTC/MO supplements that have a clinical nutrition affect
on the body. So it is important to view all supplements individually.
You can test the effectiveness of any supplement on your biochemistry
by simply obtaining a clinical nutrition analysis before and after using
the supplement. This is the real indicator if the supplement is working
for you or against you.
Vitamin Choices Caused Further Under- or
Over-Nutrition or Altered A Metabolic Pathway
In America, people have been taking vitamins
and mineral supplements since the 1920s, though the number has increased
more rapidly in the past 20 years. Supplementing the diet is vital today
for the reasons mentioned earlier--soil depletion, environmental pollution
and food additives, all of which cause nutritional deficiencies.
However, taking supplements for any reason
other than the findings from a clinical nutrition analysis of your biochemistry
can lead to getting too much of some vitamins/minerals and still not enough
of others. This can also cause disturbances in metabolic pathways, which
leads to other areas of the body becoming excessive in some vitamins/minerals
and insufficient in others. These may have been nutritionally sound before
taking supplements. Disturbances in metabolic pathways can then lead to
dysfunctional organs and glands, and this can lead to illness and disease,
which is the opposite results from enhanced health, the original intention
for which the person was taking supplements.
Yes, you can end the guess work and choose
the right supplements the first time and every time by simply having your
nutritional biochemistry regularly analyzed by a C.C.N. For information
on how you may obtain a clinical nutrition analysis of your biochemistry,
go to www.womensportsnutrition.com.
Copyright 1998 Donna F. Smith
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