“People today want to be part of the decision-making process when it comes to their health. When consumers believe that their physicians won’t have that informed dialogue, it drives them to be less candid about their supplement use. That would be an unfortunate result for everyone.”
I don’t agree with many of Mister’s claims. Here’s one: “Multivitamins are an excellent source of nutrients to fill in the gaps we miss in our less-than-perfect diets.”
And Mister saying it:
Pills don’t fill gaps, our body fills gaps. It does so by, for instance, increasing absorption and decreasing elimination.
But I agree with that statement he made above, “When consumers believe that their physicians won’t have that informed dialogue, it drives them to be less candid about their supplement use.” Healthcare professionals should be educated on the risks and benefits of supplements, and be willing to engage in a dialog, a non-judgmental conversation. Has that been your experience?
* Mister is president of the Council for Responsible Nutrition, the trade association for the dietary supplement industry.