By William Shuttic

Jan 04

There is always that discussion among people whether vitamins are valuable or not.  Should people take vitamins?  Do they really work?  There are a number of ways to respond to those questions.  First, high-quality vitamins do work.  Poor quality vitamins do not work.  If your digestive system is not working properly, vitamins will not be able to get absorbed and will therefore not be of value.  If you have a clean digestive system allowing absorption to take place, and if you are taking a high-quality vitamin, then yes, vitamins are very helpful.  Personally, I use and recommend nutraceuticals which are pharmaceutical-grade nutritional supplements.

The following is a great article by Dr. Connealy, M.D.

“With all of the discussions about health care costs in the news these days, I often wonder why we don’t pay more attention to disease prevention, especially chronic conditions, like heart disease, cancer, stroke, osteoporosis, and diabetes. These all-too-common disorders cost us dearly, with associated medical  claims well into the billions of dollars. That’s not surprising when you  consider that roughly 75 percent of total U.S. health care expenditures are used  to treat preventable diseases, while a mere 3 percent of our total health care  expenditures go toward prevention programs.

Now a new study has found  that the nation’s health expenditures would fall by billions of dollars  if  people with some of the most common, costly conditions used nutritional supplements to prevent or manage these chronic diseases. As the report  noted:

“[By] targeting all U.S. adults over the age of 55 with diagnosed CHD [Coronary Heart Disease], the study  found […] using omega-3 dietary supplements at preventive intake levels can  potentially yield $484.6 million in net cost savings per year from 2013 to 2020.  Lutein and zeaxanthin dietary supplement intervention could save $966.6 million  per year for ARED related [age-related eye disease] medical costs through 2020  if all U.S. adults used this dietary supplement regimen at preventive intake  levels. Moreover, more than $1.52 billion in health care cost savings per year  would be achieved from 2013 to 2020 if all women over the age of 55 with  osteoporosis were to use calcium and vitamin D at preventive intake levels.”

So why don’t more people use supplements instead of medication? My guess is that many doctors are clueless about supplements and nutrition in general; they simply don’t know how powerful and effective natural remedies can be. And unfortunately, supplements aren’t covered by medical insurance. The scientific research has been done and we know that many chronic ailments respond positively  to certain supplements. Omega-3 essential fatty acids, for instance, could save  us almost $4 billion during the next seven years by reducing complications from  heart disease. Meanwhile, we could shave more than $12 billion from the nation’s  health care tab if Americans with osteoporosis took therapeutic doses of the  bone-building mineral calcium and vitamin D3.

Those are substantial  savings! And here again, talking about dollars overlooks the very real  suffering, anxiety, and pain endured by every patient with a heart problem or an  age-related broken bone.”