Doctors should work with Nutritionists

Q.  My confidence in my MD’s recommendations has been shaken by the fact that she originally recommended that I take 3 or 4 times as much calcium at one time as I can absorb (1500 mg instead of 500 mg); and that she insisted that I take so much Magnesium (1500 mg / day), I had really bad diarrhea daily.  What should I do? (And to think: 6 months ago I took just one multivitamin a day. This is a major life change for me, and not much fun.  I will continue to order from Rockwell, because I like the products; I love your consults; and I love the free shipping.) Thank you for your help.

A.  Doctor’s typically have little training in nutrition, though there are those that do want to be more knowledgeable and do more continuing education after med school.  I personally think every general practice doctor (and even many specialists) should have a nutritionist on their staff, but most do not at this time unfortunately.  It is a shame, because if they did we would see our health care costs dramatically reduced if everyone got to have regular visits with a nutritionist.  Many supplements are very good at prevention of chronic health concerns and disease prevention as well as helping to improve many health problems, along with a healthy diet and exercise.  I know it is an extra effort to fit them into your busy day, and often the results take time to be seen, or if you stop taking something, you notice your symptoms return when something is not in your system consistently.  It does take dedication and diligence.  As they say “aging is not for the faint of heart”!

In review of your supplements list, overall it looks like you are doing pretty good for now.  Your doctor must really be pretty good if they have you taking many of these DFH products.

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