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Frequently Asked Questions

Where do I start?

Good nutrition is the foundation of good health. Vitamins and minerals are essential to life and are hard to get from diet alone due to our chemically polluted environment and poor farming practices. As our food becomes more deficient it causes our nutritional requirements to increase. This in turn makes supplementation crucial for health along with a diet free from artificial ingredients and additives.

Also, a nutrition program depends upon the need. Are you trying to overcome a health aliment or simply maintain health? Focusing on your goals will give clarity on what direction you should take in supplementation.

What makes a good multi vitamin?

Vitamin supplements can come from a variety of sources including synthetic, natural, or whole food. Natural and whole food vitamins are more easily absorbed and better for the body. Synthetic products, such as dl-alpha (vitamin E) can actually harm the body. The cheaper brands are manufactured with economy in mind, not quality. Often they contain fillers and preservatives that are not healthy.

How do herbs differ from vitamins and what do they do for you?

Herbs are plant based and have many medicinal benefits. They have strong toning and stimulating properties that nourish and build the body. Whereas vitamins assist the biochemical processes of the body and are essential to life.

How long do I stay on a nutritional/herbal program?

Each person is different and it takes time to rebuild health. Many people recognize positive changes in their body within two weeks after beginning an herbal regimen, for others it takes a bit longer. A general guideline would be 3 months to bring about change and an additional month per year you've had the condition.

Where do I begin with a healthier lifestyle?

Change begins in the mind. When you start thinking healthier, you become healthier. Start making better food choices. Drink water. Eliminate daily. Stephen Horne uses the A-B-C-D approach. Activate the body; Build the body; Cleanse the body; Direct aid to those areas of concern i.e. thyroid or weight, etc.

What one supplement would you recommend?

Probiotics which is the good bacteria your gut needs. It will help in many areas, especially building the immune system.

Why can't I take just one pill for everything?

Just as one food would not be sufficient for a well-balanced diet, one "pill" would not address all the body's health concerns.

What is all the talk about gluten-free?

Medical testing has shown many people have a sensitivity and/or allergy to gluten. Because gluten is contained in so many different products, one has to be vigilant and read labels to avoid it or buy gluten-free products.

Do I need vitamins OR minerals?

Both. The USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) advises everyone to supplement with both vitamins and minerals because our food sources no longer contain the necessary amounts our bodies need.

What is the difference between a vitamin supplement and an herbal supplement?

Vitamin supplements can come from a variety of sources, including synthetic. Herbal supplements are plant based.

Can't I get my vitamins and herbs from my diet?

Yes, somewhat. However, both the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) and the AMA (American Medical Association) are recognizing that much of our food no longer contains enough vitamins and minerals to sustain a healthy lifestyle. Organic foods provide more vitamins and minerals than non-organic food.

Can I mix my herbals and vitamins with my prescriptions?

We always recommend working with medical professionals regarding prescriptions and supplementation.

Why can't I just buy the cheaper brand?

The cheaper brands are manufactured with economy in mind, not quality. Often they contain fillers and preservatives that are not healthy for the body. Often, when manufactured in large quantities, the supplement may be compacted too hard for the body to absorb and use the ingredients.

Aren't some herbs dangerous?

Definitely, especially if they are taken in too large a quantity. Working with a health care professional usually helps to avoid problems with herbs that are questionable.

Do I buy vitamins that are synthetic, natural or whole-food?

Natural and whole-food vitamins are more easily absorbed and better for the body. Synthetic products, such as dl-alpha (Vitamin E) can actually harm the body.

Will taking herbal and/or vitamin supplements really make a difference?

Quality is the word here. Taking any quality vitamin and/or herb should definitely impact the body and help rebuild health.

What is "RDA"?

Why is the government now changing them? RDA means "recommended daily allowance". These standards were set by the government just after World War II and were meant only to keep the body alive, not obtain optimal health. A good example of this is Vitamin D.

The RDA has been 400 i.u.s (Vitamin D is measured in "international units") for years and is now being recommended in amounts well over a 1,000 i.u.s. These changes are being made to reflect new scientific studies on health.

What are your credentials?

I am a CNHP (Certified Natural Health Professional) through Warsaw, IN. I also have many certificates of higher learning from Nature's Sunshine and Tree of Light Institute. My education continues.

To maintain my certification through CNHP, I am required to take additional learning every year. Also, I truly believe "hands-on" experience is invaluable in this field and have had many years of learning from and through my clients.

How long have you been working in the herbal arena?

I have been working in the herbal arena all my life. From a grandmother who taught me how to recognize different herbs to being extremely interested in medical things, I have worked mainly in the herbal arena the past thirteen years.