While many people know that processing food destroys vital nutrients, few realize that the synthetic “vitamins” added back to processed foods—and found in most supplement bottles—are nothing like vitamins as they exist in whole foods. This simple but profound fact underlies Stephanie Anderson’s brilliant guide to nutrition and health, Why Your Doctor Offers Nutritional Supplements.
Vitamins in food are never just the “active” compounds listed on supplement labels, Anderson explains, but rather they are groups of nearly countless compounds that work in concert to deliver a “vitamin effect” to the body. Synthetics, on the other hand, merely isolate one of a vitamin’s many cooperating compounds and as a result tend to upset the body’s biochemical balance. Thus, when choosing a dietary supplement, it is absolutely critical to opt for food concentrates.
Going beyond supplementation, Anderson also examines the basis of sound eating, including a discussion of The Seven Deadly Fallacies of the Western Diet as well as how to tell what’s truly good for you at the “health” food store. Succinct and poignant, Why Your Doctor Offers Nutritional Supplements is a one-stop reference on whole-food nutrition, holistic health, and dietary supplementation.
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“I would like to add a note here that if Amazon allowed 1/2 star ratings, I would have given this book 4 1/2 stars rather than just 4. If you’re looking for a simple starting point to understand why so many of us have come to a point of poor health, Why Your Doctor Offers Nutritional Supplements by Stephanie Selene Anderson with Mark R. Anderson could be just the ticket. It’s a great book for the layperson to gain some understanding, or a refresher, on topics like the role the sun and soil play in nutrition. It encourages self-knowledge and seeking out exactly what you want for you and your family’s health. My favorite part was probably the section on “’The Seven Deadly Fallacies of the Western Diet.’ In it, Anderson gives a brief overview of why we have been thinking incorrectly about such things as the safety of water with chlorine and fluoride in it and our overuse of refined sugars. This section alone will get you rethinking your food choices. Anderson also offers up some basic information on the difference between the synthetic and ‘isolated’ supplements you find in the average shopping center versus seeking out whole food supplements. This can be a touchy subject, with many believing that there is no point to taking supplements at all. However, Anderson clearly explains how working with a healthcare provider who is well versed in nutrition, and the type of supplements that actually contain the nutrients your body is able to use, can make all the difference in the world when it comes to your overall health. I really enjoyed reading Why Your Doctor Offers Nutritional Supplements. It offered up easy to understand information, on some complex issues, without getting too complicated. And, as always, Anderson includes an overabundance of books, articles, and online resources to further your education on the topic of nutrition. Knowledge is power.”