Before you start a regimen of supplements based on a book you read, you need to schedule an appointment with your doctor. The vast majority of people do not need supplements to be healthy at all; at most, a regular multivitamin. It's important that you get a doctor's guidance, because self-diagnosing shortages can cause you to overdose on these things and trigger some unpleasant side effects.
Not to mention that all bottles are not made alike; the supplement market is unregulated by the FDA, and as a result you never really know what you're getting. A doctor can (or at least should, anyway) be able to provide you with educated guidance. If you're taking any prescription medications, it's doubly important to check. My grandmother started taking St. John's Wort for her memory... until her doctor told her that it can interact with her blood pressure medication! It caused a temporary spike, but she stopped the St. John's Wort, and she was fine. If she hadn't asked... she might not be here today.
Remember that oftentimes these books are poorly researched, or even twist the facts they're referencing to reach the conclusions they want. This goes even for NYT bestsellers!
So step cautiously, and don't be fooled by thinking all your health issues can be solved with a pill. Those books can be very convincing, until you start digging down and getting the REAL facts.
Edited by: DRAGONCHILDE at: 2/12/2013 (09:06)
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