Yeah. My husband has a slight iron deficiency, and his doctor prescribed him 3,000mg a day. That seemed excessive to me, but my husband has great faith in modern medicine, so he took it. After about 2 weeks of having no energy, excessive migraines, and constant nausea, I told him to stop taking it. He felt better immediately. His doctor told him that he was probably suffering from iron overdose, and to lower his dosage a bit. I said eff that, just stop taking it at all, and eat some extra spinach and fish. My husband is doing great now because he's getting his iron through his diet, not through a pill.
I was prescribed calcium for osteopenia (the precursor to osteoporosis). I have been taking it for three years. Now my doctor tells me that there are new studies that taking calcium supplements can cause heart attacks! I'm still taking it, but instead of twice a day, I am taking it only once a day.
We need to realize vitamins are medicine, not supplements.
But you get water when you take that pill too - the water you need to swallow the pill. ;) hehehe
I agree - I don't think most people need supplements or anything if their diet is well-rounded and healthy. The problem is that most people's diets aren't healthy. My doctor was shocked when I told her I wasn't taking any supplements. "Not even a 1-a-day??" she asked in horrified accents. She ordered me to start taking a 1-a-day for women so I did. The weirdest thing started happening after awhile and I still don't know why - I had had my period about 1-2 weeks before and suddeny started spotting every now and then. I don't take any pills at all. And I'd feel sick to my stomach directly after taking the pill but that was probably because my jogging beforehand usually made me throw up anyway.
I don't know if the spotting/puking was related in any way to the 1-a-day pill but I stopped taking it anyway because I've always found them to be an annoyance and I feel quiet healthy without them.
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I agree... and even the few things that might "work" work because of their makeup, not because they are a magic pill. My sister in law was taking some sort of pill to speed her metabolism and supress appetite. When I looked at it, it was pretty much just a caffeine pill. I told her she would be better off drinking gunpowder green tea. It's loaded with caffeine too, but also antioxidants, and you get some water to combat the caffeine's dehydrating effects.
I've studied herbology and I if you wan to boost your immune system what you really want to do is help you body function at its best.
Our systems are not seperate and our whole body works together. It needs proper food and hydration in order to function at its best. Herbs can be looked at as certain types of food that offer your body something your not getting from your regular routine. I feel the closer you get to nature the better off you are. So eat a little cayenne and enjoy some dandilions in your salad.
I usually don't take the herbal remedies as I cannot afford them along with everything else I need (single parent, 4 year-old BOY). I have heard, though, that when you take your vitamins that you should take a 1/2 dose twice a day to make them more effective because if your body doesn't NEED a full dose when you take it, it will flush the excess out instead of store it until it does need it.
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From what I see, they seem to be saying if you take several hundred of pills and drinks a month you will live forever. I have taken things that work thou, I want to get what I need from the foods I eat, there are a lot of low cal food that work. When they say this is good for you I look to see if there is a food source it.
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There are certain nutritional supplements that your doctor will recommend, especially if you're on a limited food choice diet (like if you're vegan.)
Calcium, folic acid -- those have specific and proven effects for specific populations. (post-menopausal women, pregnant women, etc.) (Or my favorite example -- few pirates get scurvy these days thanks to orange juice!) LOL.
It's all the woo nonsense I keep hearing spouted about "herbal" remedies that frustrates me.
There are certain physical conditions and drugs that CAN negatively affect the body's immune response.
BUT that doesn't mean the reverse is true -- that you somehow make it work BETTER or more efficiently by taking supplements or eating certain foods.
But feel free to ramble with me :) We love rambling. I just get grumpy every now and again -- especially when people ignore sound medical advice and decide to self-prescribe some "herbal" remedy to themselves or other people! And there seems to be more and more of that in the growing ranks of Spark people.
I think that the theory is that the more nutrition you have the stronger your body is and the better you are at fighting infections as you get them. At least that's my theory.
I don't buy in to the supplements or such personally. Maybe I would at a later date but I'd rather get the nutrition I need from food. Pills don't have enough calories. I have toyed with the idea of taking calcium tho, since I don't get enough but that's only when I have eatten all my yogurts and not gone to the store.
I don't know, maybe i'm just rambling to feel social today. :)
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