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Below is a copy of a post I wrote on a bloggers' site whose blog is on the subject of "Nutrition" .  In a nutshell, he had posted an article that contained a lot of general information  about the "dangers" of supplementation.  His post encouraged his readers to be cautious of supplements that could be "harmful"and to research what they are taking.  My concern is that the information on safe and effective supplementation is simply not found easily by the general pubic on a google search.  Like many industry media print, the real valuable and truthful information is not easy to find on a google search but rather very easy to find and understand with experts that work with supplements (or the field your researching) on a regular basis in real life practice. 

Here is my response:

invite you to share/read info from the thousands of reputable supplement companie that professional, educated experts in the fields of integrative and functional medicine use in practice to actually enhance and in many cases SAVE LIVES.  At a minimal, these are supplements that positively impact health, and thus everything in a persons life. I am a recipient of this on a personal level as well as a professional. I would not be functioning had i not been professionally guided on how to use them for myself. (this led to professional education and training for my work) 

Professional line supplement products are ALL highly regulated for purity, safety and effectiveness.  They are all researched and beyond that there is a wealth of education in Integrative and Functional Medicine provided by these companies. Sharing negative info like that which is in this article only continues to support the "notion" "lie" that supplements are harmful. One would not have to worry about anything with supplements if they seek an educated practitioner for advice and use professional lines.  A professional will assess an individual for need and appropriateness of usage. This translates to avoiding the purchase of retail (non-professional) products unless you know the products mechanism of use, appropriateness for your unique needs, quality,  effectiveness, and safety factors.   The line in the article in the post  "Just in the last decade, numerous popular supplements (sold both legally and over-the-counter) were found to contain harmful drugs and illegal substances, including anabolic steroids" sends the wrong message and of course in absolutely absurd when speaking to the type of supplements people should be choosing.  The message should be- do not take supplements from retail sources or from sources whom are not trained and experienced clinicians/experts in the field of integrative medicine- which cover functional medicine, chinese medicine, ayurveda , and more . AND who train virtually all the time in the supplement area of practice, as they practice in this field. YES - there is a lot of junk supplements - as there is in food, pharmaceuticals, etc etc. The point is to not continue to market this bent on supplements using such BAD SOURCES and articles. Work in the positive and support positive change - WHICH YOU WILL SEE HOW TO DO AT THE BOTTOM HERE :) BTW - I have used supplements with thousands of people in 30 yrs of professional work and have never had a negative response with one !! 

The 2nd point ,  ANY negative press out there on supplements is from a HIGHLY uninformed/uneducated &/or political source.  Look at the author source, look at the companies they are writing about - if they are even mentioned - usually they are not. Look at the supplement company board members, the company market etc etc. If this is all too time consuming, complex, etc - which it is for most lay people, stick to sharing info and using product from professional line supplement companies.... ..period. 

Lastly, the articles like the one you have shared are inaccurate, incomplete, misleading and are designed to mislead the consumer (as most press is designed) to stop purchasing supplements....period. THEN to start purchasing them from pharmacueticals - which they have "trusted" for years. This would be a disaster for all of us if this happened and right now it is looking as if it could on the Washington DC levels.Pharmacy companies have one goal - to make money. They do not and will not hire integrative medicine professionals to design products that are highly effective because then they would "go out of business with the drug side of their industry. ANd integrative people would not work with them becauase the drug companies do not have the same philosophy as the work they do. 

WHAt CAN YOU ALL DO ?..A LOT . Join The Integrated Healthcare Policy Consortium (IHPC) IT IS FREE and you can support Bills, etc etc on their site. They are a group that has been working on Capital Hill since 2002. a fast read on them at :
I REALLY HOPE SOME OF YOU HAVE BEEN ENLIGHTENED BEcuase that is my only intent here !!!:):):) Enlighten and inform.

PLEASE LOOK at my next Blog on Supplement Guide 

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Mary Beth McCue Saratoga Nutrition ConsultantMary Beth McCue RD, LDN, CDN - Integrative Nutrition Consultant

Rebalance your mind, body and soul with tools and advice from nutritionist Mary Beth McCue. For more than 20 years, Mary Beth has helped many optimize their health and resolve unique chronic health conditions relating to weight, digestion, food intolerances, energy & metabolism, depression, inflammation, aging and more. She has initiated a variety of first time programming in corporate, community, collegiate, National Spa & Retreat Centers, Rehabilitation Farms and Organic Farms, and more. Mary Beth was appointed by the CEO of a large Health Care Organization to initiate an Integrative Health Model. This programming successfully continues today.

Nominated as "Dietitian of the Year" while working for the largest employer of Dietitians in the world, Mary Beth McCue is a Licensed and Certified Nutritionist who specializes in Integrative and Functional Medicine Concepts. She is amongst a very small percentage of nutritionists in this field whom have dedicated their professional education and training with organizations such as Harvard Medical School, The Duke Center for Integrative Medicine, The Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM) and the American College of Sports Medicine. Mary Beth is an avid hiker, biker, and skier. Strength training, yoga and her black lab help keep a check on the daily balances. Learn more at www.SaratogaNutrition.com.