Stevia (Stevia rebaudiana) Facts

Used as a substitute to sugar due to its sweetening ability. Contains several sweetening compounds of which stevoside is the most potent. Has a sweetening effect that is 300 times that of table sugar with near zero calories. Documented ceremonial use by Indians in the 1400s. We have found a special use for it when treating patients with certain digestive problems.

Daily Supplements

Not such a simple question. Ask five different experts and you'll get five different answers. In our office, we recommend four different supplements that can be taken by almost every one. Of course individual needs and circumstances will dictate whether other supplements may also be necessary. We will be presenting our choices for which nutrients need to be taken by everyone and are safe over an indefinite period of time. This list is available under the heading "Getting Started" in this web-site.

Let's discuss some key points. For example: why do we need to take supplements anyway?

In general, the typical American diet is characterized by nutritional excess, not deficiency. Because of this, traditional medical thought has always been not to waste your money buying vitamins. In their view, most diets are adequate and a multivitamin would suffice to fill any gaps that might be missed.

They are missing a very important point in this debate. What they are not taking into account is the fact that deficiencies can be created. This occurs by eating foods that deplete you of nutrients. What do I mean by this? It's not that your diet has gaps in it that simply need to be filled, but instead it's that unwholesome foods, chemicals and stress are nutritional negatives. Foods such as refined flour, white sugar, corn syrup, non-foods such as preservatives, additives, environmental pollutants, and stress all act to drain you of your nutritional reserves. They leave you chemically unbalanced, unhealthy and foster the beginning of degenerative disease. That is why native populations who start eating our typical diets also start getting our typical diseases. If anything, it is the excess that is the cause of nutritional deficiency.

Just as food can be taken in an unbalanced way so can vitamins and minerals. It is always preferable to get our nutrients from our diet. Any supplements that are to be taken every day for the rest of your life, need to be in a form that is as close to whole food as possible. There is a benefit to using concentrated food sources for supplements in contrast to manufactured vitamin formulas. In nature, nutrients occur in small amounts and are balanced with a multitude of trace elements and co-factors. This is the safest and easiest way for your body to assimilate these nutrients without causing any imbalances. Although manufactured nutrients have a crucial part in treating specific conditions, we believe that they are not preferred over food concentrates when they are to be taken on a long term basis.