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Why is pharmaceutical supplementation such an essential part of today’s healthy living and why can’t I just get them from food? Today’s mass agricultural commercial techniques leave soils deficient in essential minerals, causing the food grown to share the same vitamin deficiencies as in our bodies. It is estimated that we would have to roughly eat about 25 lbs of fruits and vegetables per day to obtain our daily micro-nutrient essential requirements.


Eating organically grown fruits and vegetables from rich fertile soil is non-existent in today’s world. All of today’s soils are nutritionally deficient and many people have sub-optimal diets that exhibit some or many micro-nutrient deficiencies.


Evidence-based research shows that today most people gain invaluable health and longevity benefits from enhancing their diet with high qualified pharmaceutical-grade supplements.  Some of these supplements include but are not limited to vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids, essential amino acids, antioxidants, herbs, and beneficial microorganisms like probiotics.



Most foods are shipped long distances and are stored for long periods of time, which causes the depletion of vitamins and minerals in our foods. That is why most natural products are kept in cold dark spaces to slow the process of photosynthesis.


In addition, overuse of pharmaceutical drugs negatively impacts our nutritional status. Many pharmaceutical medications deplete essential nutrients making us more vulnerable to nutritional deficiencies and therefore disease. Increasing levels of environmental pollution in our air, water, and food supply are causing our bodies to use up more of our nutrient reservoirs than what use to be normal in order to detoxify and eliminate harmful substances.


We also contribute to our modern nutritional deficiencies through erratic eating habits, insufficient chewing of our food causing poor digestion, low digestive enzyme production from eating processed foods, dysbiosis from too many bad microorganisms overgrowth production in our gastrointestinal tract, and prolonged chronic stress activation all contribute to an alarming depletion of our essential micronutrient profiles.




Absolutely not! The fertilizers, fungicides, herbicides, and insecticides that are sprayed on our crops today have a massive impact on the health of our immune system and DNA repairment ability. Fruits and vegetables are being genetically bred to improve their visual appeal and crop yields, sacrificing their inherent nutritional value. The FDA regulates how much of a particular chemical can be used in food production but does not limit the number of chemicals that can be used at once. That is like a physician prescribing you 10 different medications at once without having any backed-up scientific evidence of how these drugs will interact with each other. It is a recipe for disaster and why most of us today are experiencing some form of dysbiosis which is an overproduction of bad microorganisms in our gastrointestinal tract


There is not enough evidence-based research to determine if the chemicals being sprayed on our food supply today are safe for human consumption. If anything, in the past 50 years, we have seen an epidemic increase in diabetes, Alzheimer’s, autism, ADD/ADHD, dementia,  among many other neurological diseases. These include but are not limited to chronic metabolic and gastrointestinal disorders, all of which could be traced back to our food supply.



It is critical to ensure that your supplement manufacturer meets the cGMP (current good manufacturing practice) standards. The majority of supplements today are not certified nor approved by the FDA. This means that at any time, anyone can jump into this billion-dollar industry to make a quick profit out of it, and it’s a pervasive issue today. An article in the New England Journal Of Medicine found that 4 out of 5 supplements found in our conglomerate pharmacy/vitamin shops had fraudulent information on their labels. This is frightening because the consumer has no way of guaranteeing what is actually being used in their supplements.

NSF supplement certifications

NSF certification is what reputable pharmaceutical-grade supplement manufacturers seek to ensure supplement reliability. If your supplements are not NSF certified, you can expect them to have binders, fillers, and excipients which decrease the manufacturing cost and boost profitability. Your supplements may also contain heavy metals, GMO materials, solvent residues, microbial, and environmental contaminants. It’s discouraging, but the truth is that most supplement manufacturers are not concerned with the health of Americans. On the contrary, they are more concerned with their personal interest and profits.


What is NSF International
NSF International is a product inspection, testing, and certification organization. They provide in-depth third-party audits to company manufacturers and suppliers to assess compliance with the international cGMP regulations and expectations. Reputable manufacturers seek to meet the standards of public health consumer protection in order to get recognized as “trustworthy” supplement manufacturers. To meet cGMP certifications, a manufacturer must undergo ongoing audits by independent third-party organizations, like NSF. This certification is very expensive and exposes everything about the values and ingredients of the supplements being consumed. This is why most nutritional supplement manufacturers do not meet these incredibly high standards. Your health is way too important not to insist that your supplements have the purity, quality, and strength needed to be effective and safe for your consumption.


Pure Encapsulations – NSF Certified
Is our preferred pharmaceutical-grade supplement brand. It is one of the few “doctor prescribed” supplement companies that have met the rigorous standards of NSF certifications. That means that the purity, quality, and efficacy of their supplements meet or surpass the cGMP. Caution, some of these pharmaceutical supplements are sold online, which presents a huge problem. If they are not coming directly from the manufacturer or prescribed by a doctor’s office, you are running many risks. The most common of these risks is getting supplements that have been exposed to high heat. As a result, the heat damages the nutritional components of the pharmaceutical supplements, or worse, the supplements are expired or have been tampered with.



For optimal results, first, we have the patient do our micronutrient blood test to identify exactly what nutritional deficiencies they have. Then we calculate the precise supplement doses needed to consume. Without testing for individual nutritional deficiencies, which everyone in today’s world has, it is impossible to treat the patient’s unique necessities. You can find more information about this blood test in our service menu under the icon “other holistic services“. We are here to help you perform at your optimal best so that you can face all your personal challenges in your top mental and physical state. Here is a simple guideline that will help maximize your supplement absorption.



With our tailored vitamin protocols, we take into account potential interactions with pharmaceuticals. For safety, always discuss any changes in your supplement regimen with our physician. Do not combine our Medical Health Institute nutraceuticals with other supplements you might be getting from other sources. With us, your customized supplement regimen is designed to provide you all of the nutritional support you need.



For optimal absorption supplements, are ought to be consumed in divided doses throughout the day. If you miss a dose on a given day or time, under any circumstance “double-up” on your dose. Just start again regular schedule the next day. In some cases, if requested by your surgeon for surgery, stop taking supplements three days before the scheduled surgery.



Most supplements are best taken with food because fat-soluble vitamins like vitamin A, D, E, and K need fat to absorb into our blood. Stomach discomfort is the most common side effect of taking supplements. If you experience this symptom,  always take your supplements with a meal. If the above suggestions do not help, contact our office to set up a consultation with one of our Miami doctors to adjust your supplements accordingly. If you need to stop your supplement regimen, please make sure to notify us to document your reason. Keep in mind that our supplements programs are meant to be taken in combination with a well-balanced diet and in most cases, a hormonal treatment. Exercise will maximize your fat loss, immune function, metabolic digestion, and overall sense of wellbeing.

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