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.

What Gives Me Energy?

There are no supplements that I know of that give people more energy. The better question to ask is: what is keeping you from having more energy? If your body was working perfectly you would have all the energy you need (within limits). The problem is that most people's bodies are not working perfectly. You have to discover what is draining you of your energy reserves rather than looking for something to pump you up. Most doctors are either not willing to spend the time or else they don't have the training necessary to find the source of these kinds of problems. Especially if you happen to have a problem that is in any way out of the ordinary.

Every time a new patient comes into our office, we look at their condition as a puzzle waiting to be solved. Like a detective analyzing the clues to a crime, we must read the symptoms and the signs presented so that the source of the problem can be discovered. Most other doctors, holistic as well as medical, practice what I call "cook book" medicine. They are treating you as a condition not as an individual with a condition. Everyone who comes in with a certain condition would be given the exact same prescription. If you presented with allergies, they might prescribe a certain diet and ten different vitamins or four different drugs. And the next patient with allergies would be given the same exact protocol. Going to them is like spinning a roulette wheel. You may be lucky enough to need exactly what they prescribe but if not, you end up going form one doctor to the next.

A lack of energy is a symptom of a problem and not the problem itself. Most people want to pop a pill and have instant energy. In general, nutritional supplements taken by people to give them more energy, usually work in the short term only, if they have any effect at all. This is because, your body uses nutrients in groups not one at a time. After about two weeks , your body will be driven until it runs out of the next vitamin or cofactor in the group. Thus the reason why, every few months, a new supplement will come out on the market, it will become a"hot" item and then fade from popularity. Herbal remedies, for the most part, work in a different manner. Those that give energy are almost always stimulants. If I told you to take caffeine pills or amphetamines for more energy, would that seem logical? In fact, many herbal formulas advertised to give instant energy, often include herbs like guarana that contain caffeine. You need to look on the label to see what you are really getting. Just because something says that it's "natural", or because you find it in a health food store, doesn't mean that it is good for you. Poison ivy is natural but that doesn't mean you would put it in your mouth.

There are many possible reasons why you may not have enough energy. Each individual must find out their own specific reasons. Chronic infections such as Candidiasis, Epstein Barr Virus, and Lymes disease all can cause fatigue. Another reason might be that you have a hormonal imbalance such as hypothyroidism. Hidden allergies, hypoglycemia, sleep disorders, or constant exposure to poisons in your home or work place are all common and manageable reasons for lack of energy. Each condition would require a completely different set of solutions. Without determining the exact cause, how can you possibly expect to pop a pill and get satisfactory results.

Some clues that might help point you in the right direction :

* If your fatigue started after a case of the flu, your problem is most likely an immune system problem.

* If it happens every day at the same time either in mid morning or mid afternoon that usually indicates a blood sugar problem. (Guess why people need coffee breaks)

* If it happens with PMS, it is either a liver or hormonal problem.

* If it happens after eating, it indicates a digestive problem.