Our custom Health Optimatization Therapy is personalized and the suggested or recommended Spectracell
micronutrition assesment analyzes your bloodwork to identify any nutrient deficiencies or imbalances that may be negatively affecting your health.
Spectracell’s Micronutrient Test (MNT) will tell you exactly the micronutrients in which a patient is deficient. It evaluates how 31 different vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and antioxidants are working within a person’s cells. But it goes even further—The MNT will tell how well cells can withstand oxidative stress, how well cells are metabolizing carbohydrates and how adeptly cells function when launching an immune response.
Armed with this information, you can develop a targeted supplementation regimen based on the results. Your repletion plan will be unique to your personal biochemistry at this point in your life. Once cellular deficiencies are corrected, symptoms improve and patients often experience systemic benefit.
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Most Supplements aren’t always safe.
In most cases, multivitamins aren’t likely to pose any health risks. Still, it’s important to be cautious when you put anything in your body.
Dr. Millstein explains, “Supplements may interact with other medications you’re taking or pose risks if you have certain medical conditions, such as liver disease, or are going to have surgery. Some supplements also haven’t been tested in pregnant women, nursing mothers or children, and you may need to take extra precautions.”
Also, federal regulations for dietary supplements are less strict than prescription drugs. Some supplements may contain ingredients not listed on the label, and these ingredients can be unsafe. Certain products are marketed as dietary supplements and actually contain prescription drugs within them — drugs that are not allowed in dietary supplements.
Some supplements that may pose risks include:
- Vitamin K, which can reduce the effectiveness of blood thinners
- Gingko, which can increase blood thinning
- St. John’s wort, which can make some drugs, such as antidepressants and birth control, less effective
- Herbal supplements comfrey and kava, which can damage your liver
- Beta-carotene and vitamin A, which can increase the risk of lung cancer in smokers
Speak with Dr. Morris or your primary healthcare provider before taking any supplements.
“The most important thing to remember is to be smart when choosing a supplement,” says Dr. Millstein.
Your first step should be discussing your options with your healthcare provider, since a supplement’s effectiveness and safety may depend on your individual situation and health.
On top of that, keep these simple tips in mind as you choose a supplement:
- Take supplements as directed according to the label and your healthcare provider’s instructions.
- Read the label, including ingredients, drug interactions, and percent daily value (% DV).
- Be wary of extreme claims, such as “completely safe” or “works better than (insert prescription drug).”
- Remember that the term “natural” doesn’t necessarily equal “safe.”
- Keep supplements stored properly and away from children.