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Are supplements a quick fix?

I find that many of my clients and patients become focused on what they CAN TAKE to be healthy, rather than what they have to learn to do in order to be truly healthy.

Supplements can augment a diet when deficiencies or specific needs are identified. Herbals have medicinal effects, and need to be used under a physician’s or other health care provider’s guidance. Medical foods can be added to any well balanced diet without risk, but again, do you need these...and what is the purpose?

At Elite Digestive and Integrative Healthcare, an integral part of our health and wellness programs is teaching people how to change their lifestyle. We hope to make our clients understand that what we are doing is optimizing the function of our bodies and balancing all of our hormones and our chemical makeup. Only through this optimization will our bodies work efficiently to, for example, help us to fight off acute, infectious, as well as chronic disease.

During this optimization and balancing process, supplements may be needed. If the lifestyle changes become permanent, these same supplements may no longer be necessary.

Unfortunately, as a culture, we have become patterned to take pills, and to look for a quick fix. When we take medicine for example, many people subconsciously stop doing healthy things for themselves, because there is a belief that the medication will do it for them. Many of my acid reflux patients would rather take Nexium than make changes to stop the reflux, and perhaps not need Nexium. If you take a statin for your cholesterol, do you have to watch your diet, and exercise properly, or will the statin prevent your heart attack?

The bottom line is, we must take control of our health and well-being, and not rely on ”the pill,” whether that is a medication or a supplement.

Please review my list of potentially helpful supplements (click here:, herbals and foods. I have chosen these, as there is science behind their use. Those I do not mention may be useful, but I believe lack the science to recommend them. YOU DON’T NEED TO TAKE THEM ALL!! Use some of these for protection, and to enhance your health, NOT instead of being healthy.

We are available to answer your questions, if you would like to submit them. We are also offering a free 15 minute Discovery Call with Dr. Plumser, so that you can tell him about your health concerns and whether we can help you fix these. These calls need to be scheduled. Please call our coordinator Kim at 732 254-1003 to schedule a telephone appointment.

Yours in Health,

Allan Plumser, MD and the team at Elite

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