Many people ask, “Should I use supplements?” If nutritional supplements are needed, what supplements should a person consume? Are supplements helpful, hurtful, or just an added expense to a limited consumer budget? What about the production of supplements? Are all supplements the same quality? The world of supplementation is just confusing, and so complicated that it can make your head spin and your pocketbook poor!
Frankly, the industry is not regulated by the FDA, and this may good or bad, depending on one’s point of view. Good, extensive and reliable peer reviewed research on supplements is a bit limited. Producers of nutritional supplements have made a lot of claims and, at times, these claims conflict. Trends come and go. Superstar athletes and celebrities jump on the endorsement bandwagon. Who can you trust? Who can you believe? The information highway is so crowded! There are entry and exit ramps, detours and crashes! So, what should one do – use supplements, not use supplements, or do something in between?
As a Functional Medicine Based – Integrative Health Facility, Apogee Therapy Center (ATC) strongly adheres to the concept that “Food is Medicine.” The closer one can get to the true food source The Creator gave to us in the beginning, the better we will be. ATC promotes organic, nutrient rich foods free from: chemicals, pesticides, hormones, and all man-made manipulation of the food source’s structure and composition. We are against the use of GMOs.
Apogee Therapy Center stands with the leading Functional Medicine / Integrative Health researchers in promoting “Eating the Rainbow.” Our natural Earth and its expansive produce provide humans with all that is needed to sustain us and to assist us in our pursuit to thrive in our life’s activities. The sad truth is that there is not equality in the world community. Not everyone has the ability to partake in the world’s natural bounties to the same extent. For example, in some regions of the world humans cannot produce enough Vitamin D no matter how much sun exposure is received. This is due to the angle of the sun’s rays to the earth. Some of us do not have access to the variety of food needed to meet all our nutritional needs. Denial to these essential food stuffs may be a result of family dynamics, work demands, lack of availability within the local markets, or simply a lack of time and knowledge to prepare the food for consumption.
There are a number of leaders in Functional Medicine / Integrative Health such as: Mark Hyman, MD; Daniel Amen, MD; David Perlmutter, MD; Dale Bredesen, MD; and Zach Bush, MD who promote the targeted use of supplements in addition to a well-rounded organic whole food nutrition plan. Their studies and personal research have led them to this conclusion in order to establish optimal health in one’s life. They have demonstrated remarkable improvements in life’s dysfunctions and augmenting recovery from injury and disease by the combination of a well-balanced organic nutritional food with high quality targeted supplementation.
We are providing you two links to help you in your information journey regarding supplements:
Not all supplements and supplement companies are created equal. There are supplements and supplement companies that are subpar, some even contaminated. Many companies use harmful chemical processes, fillers, and GMO based gel capsules to house the product. The warehousing of many products can be at hot temperatures, which can denature the supplements. The quality control of this non-regulated industry can be very shady at times.
Apogee Therapy Center has decided to partner with Thorne and with Ortho Molecular. These two companies both use the highest standards in the industry to formulate and produce the supplements they sell. They are not resellers but are manufacturers. They are directly involved in every point of the production process. They vet their suppliers with the highest standards, and inspect and test the raw materials received from the suppliers. They are committed to excellent sourcing of the materials used in the supplementation process. Their production plants are state of the art, and their research and quality control facilities are outstanding.
As with everything, you get what you pay for. Inexpensive supplements may not yield the desired end result. Though Thorne and Ortho Molecular are a higher price than the discount alternatives, they offer quality, concentration, and reliability. These two top supplement companies are well worth the extra price.
Though Apogee Therapy Center is partnering with Thorne and with Ortho Molecular, we encourage and expect all people to perform their own research to determine what supplements they decide to purchase and consume. We have provided links, within our website to the top leaders in Functional Medicine / Integrative Health to help inform you and guide you in your selection process of the supplements you may decide to use for yourself. We encourage you to read their blogs and their websites. We invite you to make an appointment, at Apogee Therapy Center, with our Functional Medicine Based / Integrative Health based RDN, LD to help you in the process of selecting the supplements. Apogee Therapy Center encourages you to visit Thorne’s and Ortho Molecular’s websites to read about and research the supplements they produce.
Apogee Therapy Center is committed to assisting our patients in the promotion of a healthy life and lifestyle. We hope the information and resources we have provided here will help you achieve your goals!
Thorne is a health and technology company that is promoting prevention and wellness. By combining dietary and lifestyle recommendations with nutritional supplement intervention, Thorne is at the forefront of personalized health. By leveraging its sophisticated analytical software, Thorne helps practitioners and their patients uncover health insights and confidently take action to optimize health outcomes.
Thorne is the only supplement manufacturer to collaborate with Mayo Clinic on wellness research and content. Thorne is currently collaborating on a series of clinical trials with Mayo Clinic, using tools of molecular assessment and nutrient-based supportive care. These efforts span across a range of applications, such as sports concussion, cognition in aging, Parkinson’s disease, ketogenic nutrition, cancer supportive care, irritable bowel syndrome, athletic performance, and others.
Thorne is a proud partner of a number of U.S. National Teams, including U.S. Soccer, USA Hockey, and USA Triathlon.
Ortho Molecular Products is a professional grade neutraceutical company that partners exclusively with licensed healthcare professionals. We believe that working with a healthcare professional is the best way to optimize your health.
Each and every supplement raw material is rigorously tested to ensure proper stability and efficacy. The dosing of our formulations are backed by research that supports the outcome of each therapy. Ortho Molecular Products believes that people want to feel better faster, which is why the formulations are created with proper dosing and only the most absorbable raw materials. If for some reason, you don’t feel that the supplement is working in your body, we will provide a full refund.
We believe that most chronic diseases are highly preventable with proper diet, lifestyle, exercise and nutrition therapy. Try one of our professional grade supplements today!