The Value in Testing Supplements
As a Clinical Holistic Health Practitioner in private practice, I have always felt it my ethical duty to offer the best to the clients that have sought out my services. In the field of Preventative Healthcare, namely Preventative Nutrition, one thing that has always been of concern for me is the inability to substantiate or prove just HOW much our holistic services have been helpful. With many therapies we have to trust the client’s interpretation of how well or to what degree the therapies and services are helpful (which can be enough in many instances). This leaves though much room for error and speculation which in many instances causes a “fly by night” approach that can be frustrating not only for the practitioner but especially for the client. There are testimonials that have value but many times fail to prove or ascertain just HOW effective the product or therapy may be. There are many wonderful products that can be helpful in many instances but the questions still remain. Is what I’m taking the most effective formulation, juice, or supplement? To WHAT degree is it helping? Is there something better? And if so, how can it be proved scientifically and ethically?
These questions have always been a concern to me in dealing with effective supplementation. There are so many choices and so many stories and so many claims that after awhile a person can be left in a state of confusion and skepticism. The scientific community has become aware of the direction in which the public has taken and is beginning to focus much needed attention and value to the supplementation and wellness area. They are providing new technologies, clinical studies, discoveries, and products that are just astounding and encouraging. The public AND the scientific community (which does not always include the medical community) are creating measurable proof concerning the value of complimentary, holistic, nutritional, and preventative avenues. In fact even JAMA, the Journal of the American Medical Association - June 20, 2002, has recommended that every adult should be taking vitamin supplements.
One such instance of this proof involves a new device, the Pharmanex Bio-Photonic Laser Scanner, which measures the antioxidant levels in the human body without blood or tissue samples. It is completely non-invasive and allows the client to have the results within minutes. It is based upon Ramon Spectroscopy (Dr. Raman won Nobel Prize 1930 for this discovery of light scattering), a blue-light laser, which measures the carotenoid antioxidant molecules. The most recent clinical research from 3 of the top medical universities in the United States validates that this devise actually is clinically more accurate than blood work and is a true indicator of the person’s overall antioxidant status. This is a tremendous breakthrough for several reasons. First of all, this allows a person a very inexpensive way ($10-$20 compared to up to $200-500 in the past) to get a true measurement of their antioxidant health. Secondly, it allows a person to know if the supplements they are taking are truly working. In fact clinical studies show that higher antioxidant levels can cut your risk of heart disease up to 70%, diabetes 40%, lung cancer 30%, and breast cancer 20% (USA Today, January 18, 2004).
What are antioxidants, though, to begin with and how do they protect us? Antioxidants are the anti-agers of the nutrient world by protecting your body from free radical damage. Free radicals are highly reactive forms of oxygen that are missing an electron. When they come into contact with normal molecules, they try to steal an electron, damaging the healthy cell and it’s DNA. Some estimates show that every cell in your body takes 10,000 oxidative hits to its DNA daily. Free radical damage has long been believed to be a risk factor of many of the chronic diseases that accompany aging which would include heart disease, eye degeneration, memory loss, damage from UV light, and cancer. Antioxidants work to counteract the damage cause by free radicals by gobbling up as many free radicals as they can and deactivating them, preventing them from doing damage. If damage has already taken place, they may give the free radical an electron to stabilize it, or combine with it to form a different, more stable compound. The only sources of antioxidants are from fruits and vegetables or from truly high quality supplements. Almost everyone doesn’t eat enough fruits and vegetable. USDA states you should eat up to 9-12 servings of anti-oxidant rich foods (fruits and vegetables) per day. Most people don’t. As far as supplements are concerned, most individuals are taking all sorts of supplements without any scientific validation if what they are taking is truly working. Most supplements are of low quality or have little effectiveness (bioavailability) because of this lack of ability to measure their effectiveness at the tissue level. This has now changed.
Pharmanex (the largest scientifically validated supplement producer with 140 Ph.D scientists on staff) has the exclusive global rights on the Bio-Photonic Laser Scanner technology and has collaborated with many scientific institutions in preparing their technology and products. They also produce the only products, LifePak and G3 (G3 has been scientifically compared and proven to raise antioxidant scores 4 times greater than that of Xango or Noni), guaranteed to increase your overall antioxidant score or your money back. No other company makes this guarantee based on actual human tissue performance. This is something that the public should start asking all nutriceutical companies to do.
In conclusion it is vital that we take action. It is vital that we know our antioxidant status. It is vital that we know that the nutriceuticals and supplements we are taking are working. And it is vital that we invest a portion of our wealth to protect our health or our health (or lack of) will rob us of our wealth. There fore don’t wait until you are experiencing your health failing....do something NOW to protect it.
Jedidiah D. Smith is a Clinical Holistic Health Practitioner/Consultant in private practice for 26 years and resides in Maryland. He has lectured nationally and internationally on various holistic health topics.