Consult your doctor?
In this article ‘best nutritional supplements’, I will tell you what I take. I did not consult my doctor before deciding on these supplements, what would he know! I’m not saying you shouldn’t consult your doctor. What I am saying is to take charge of your own health and work with your medical practitioner. Don’t rely on your medic to always know what’s best for your health.
Allopathic and naturopath
If your doctor is an MD and a naturopath then you’re lucky. These are the doctors of the future who will find natural treatments above allopathic ones. Drugs are not a natural necessity for the body. Hence, they cause toxic stress and can drain your natural nutrients such as magnesium.
Educate your doctor!
Perhaps you can even educate your doctor because they are definitely in need of education in nutrition. They certainly don’t receive any in medical school, that’s for sure! Why is this? Because medical education is run mainly by the pharmaceuticals. Pharma’s main concern is teaching about their drugs and how to administer them.
Research your own ailments
Start researching alternative and natural ways of treating your conditions. Your body will respond to what it naturally needs to function healthily. You have an amazing biological body which is programmed to be healthy. It is built for health, not for sickness. All it needs is the right nutrition.
Each to his own
You will find as your look around the web, that many naturopathic doctors, scientists and researchers, have favourite nutrients. This is usually because of their experiences when treating their patients and loved ones and the research they have done. You will find that many of them will be touting these favourite supplements which may make you suspicious of their intentions.
Most just want to do good
Don’t be. They are mostly on a mission to help, even if they do make a living on the way. Be aware, most of these practioners and researchers are trying to do good. If I had the means, I would certainly be distributing magnesium to as many people as I could. This is because I have learnt how this mineral is vital for all of us. If we were all replete in it, I reckon the hospitals and doctor’s surgeries would only be half full!
Doctors such as Dr Levy a cardiologist whose favourite supplement is Vitamin C and what a great nutrient this is. Dr Carolyn Dean, her favourite is Magnesium and it is her book that led me to this wonderful mineral that brought me back to health. Dr Mercola, proud to be a bit of a renegade but he has so much knowledge on his site, it’s unbelievable. One of his favourites is the ketogenic diet.
All these MD/NDs have a wealth of information which has taken most of them a lifetime to accumulate. They will be following the latest trusted research and their specialisations is what makes them so significant and crucial. They know an awful lot about their particular niche, so take notice when you are trying to decide which supplements would be best for you.
But the pharmaceuticals…
The general exception to these honourable intentions is the pharmaceutical industry. They have no scruples when dealing with their customers (patients). The bottom line for them is profit and plenty of it. Many use fraudulent tactics and are morally inadequate. Just take a look at these figures
Follow the money!
Pharmaceutical drugs should be a last resort choice. Don’t forget, you are a paying customer to the pharmaceutical industry. This industry controls much of our medical research, education and medical facilities. Follow the money!
As for my own health…
It is very difficult to work out which vitamins and minerals your body needs. The first one I found, was the amazing mineral magnesium. This was a life saver for me and it’s why I started this website. I have spent much time researching and learning about magnesium and other important nutrients. Hopefully, this will help others to take control of their own health.
Finessing your nutrients
But now I am finessing my nutrient needs. Everybody will have different deficiencies and excesses. Nutrient balance is a fine art and you are the only one who really knows how your body feels. Do the research necessary for you and your loved ones’ wellbeing. Only you know how you feel and where you think your health needs improving. If you have an illness, research it thoroughly, even to the extend that you know more about it than your doctor, which won’t take long! Know your own body and research your illnesses thoroughly.
Doctors are not taught about nutrients
Remember, your doctor is not taught about nutrients in medical school. Your doctor is a “GP” which means General Practitioner. He cannot specialise in every ailment out there. He will do his best to decipher what ails you and look for a suitable pharmaceutical drug to control the condition. But his information about drugs comes from the pharmaceutical companies that make them. They will be keen that he prescribes their drug rather than a drug manufactured by a competitor company. They are known to offer bribes and incentives to doctors. It is a very competitive and unscrupulous industry with many deceptive and duplicitous tendencies.
The B vitamins
As for my nutrient needs, I have a sneaky suspicion that I may be a tad B₁₂ deficient although I haven’t been tested. I try to avoid going to the doctor and getting prescribed a drug. Instead, I have started to take a general B vitamin complex supplement which includes 4μg (4 micrograms) of B₁₂.
I know that the B vitamins are crucial and actually complement magnesium, especially in the area of the heart and cardiovascular diseases.
Supplements I take
I want to take as few supplements as possible. I will be taking magnesium for life, that’s for sure. Supplements I take are:
- Magnesium – In my opinion, everyone should take this vital alkaline mineral. It is necessary for so many functions including making ATP (adenosine triphosphate) our energy source. Each one of our 37.2 trillion cells needs Mg. Without it our cells slowly die. Research has shown that where Mg is lacking in the cells, toxic aluminium will take its place.
- Vitamin C – This is a must to keep you free from cold and flu. High dose vitamin C, particularly liposomal encapsulated vitamin C is the ultimate anti-toxin. It has neutralised all toxins with which it has been tested. Vitamin C is an absolute virucide. Doses as high as 50g-100g have been used successfully to treat coma and cancer and a multitude of other serious diseases such as poliomyalitis and rabies in animals. Vitamin C is critical to support a strong immune system.
- Vitamin K2
- Krill oil
- B complex – here is a list of the different B vitamins:
- B1 – Thiamine
- B2 – Riboflavin
- B3 – Niacin (nicotinic acid), nicotinamide riboside
- B5 – Pantothenic acid
- B6 – Pyridoxine, pyridoxal, pyridoxamine
- B7 – Biotin
- B9 – Folate
- B12 – various Cobalamins; commonly cyanocobalamin or methylcobalamin in vitamin supplements
The B complex of vitamins needs an article of its own. I am working on that post and it will be available soon.
- D3 – this is actually a hormone. We get scant amount of sun in Wales, UK, so I have started on a low dose of D3.
- Ubiquinol – my most recent addition. If you take statins, you MUST supplement with ubiquinol. Your doctor should have advised you to take it or given you a prescription for it. He should also be checking your liver regularly for enzyme levels. Ubiquinol is a conversion of Co enzyme Q10. As we get older we do not convert readily from CoQ10 (ubiquinone) to ubiquinol. It therefore makes sense to miss out the conversion and just take ubiquinol. Better still, don’t accept a statin drug in the first place.
The problem with statins is that they knock out the enzyme HMG-CoA reductase which is needed to produce cholesterol. This enzyme is also necessary for producing CoQ10 which then converts to ubiquinol. Apart from the above two vital processes, this enzyme converts vitamin K1 to K2. As if that wasn’t enough, statins also shuts down the ability to make ketones. Not helpful if you’re on a ketogenic diet. No wonder those who take statins start feeling unwell!
No pharmaceutical drugs for me
Perhaps I’m just lucky but I don’t need to take any pharmaceutical drugs, which is quite rare for someone of my age. If I do succumb to a serious illness, I will definitely be researching it avidly and using natural methods to heal or control it. If I am unfortunate enough to get cancer, I will NOT be going down the chemo route. It doen’t make sense to me to poison the body when the body is already under immense stress. Better to find the nutrients that will heal the body and keep the immune system in good order.
Nutritional treatments for cancer
There are many natural treatments for cancer and they all need investigating before resorting to chemical toxins. You will not find the pharmaceuticals researching nutritional treatments. There’s no money in it!