On January 13th, Drs. Jerilynn Sullivan and Ernie Marino addressed the Rotary Club of Nashua regarding goals for a healthy new year – particularly eating and nutritional supplements. Having no symptoms does not equal healthy.  Cardiac disease, cancer and diabetes are leading health issues.  90 million live with chronic disease.  In less than 1 generation, almost 90 % of the population now has some chronic disease.  Average healthcare spent per person is $11,000, which amounts to 3.65 trillion dollars annually.  The US is 35th on the healthiest country list.
Jerillyn and Ernie tagged team their perspective on nutrition, diet and supplements.  They see it as a lifestyle crisis – lack of exercise and diet are the main reasons.  There are lots of ingested toxins.  Canola oil is not a healthy oil.  There are 10,000 known chemicals in our foods allowed by FDA.  The average adult consumes 160 lbs of sugar per year and approximately 2000 lbs of salt.  Nutrasweet, MSG, Splenda are not good or safe additives.  Vitamins are not FDA regulated.  The FDA is not full-proof.  There are some good supplements that are not FDA approved. 
 
Poor nutrition can affect mental ability.  Hard to get all that is necessary for a healthy diet without supplements.  Synthetic vitamins are not as good as whole food vitamins.  Synthetic vitamins are isolated nutrient items and can be toxic.  Whole foods/vitamins are not single nutrients but a whole range of nutrients including enzymes that assist in your body’s uptake of the nutrients. 
 
Whole food supplements that are produced by plants contain many anti-oxidants and vitamins.  Vitamin C is a very good vitamin.  Magnesium is very beneficial for muscles and bones.  It also reduces blood pressure.  Vitamin E neutralizes free radicals and helps the immune system – nuts and grains are a good source.  Vitamin B group is a vitamin of which many of us are deficient.  It is best taken sublingually, not swallowed.  It helps with glucose and lipid metabolism. 
 
Fish is best eaten once per week due to heavy metal contamination.  Vitamin D is produced by your skin upon exposure to sunlight but hard to get a high enough level as it is not stored.  It is an anti-inflammatory.  Vitamin A,D,E,K are fat soluble and can be eaten with fat or in a gel capsule.   Omega III fatty acids are a good type of fat.  Your body cannot make and these must be taken as a supplement. 
 
Cheap vitamins are often deficient in effectiveness and may be harmful.  Turmeric and Echinacea (herb) can be useful as well to maintain health.  Supplements are not a substitute for a healthy balanced diet.  Working with a healthcare provider to establish the best diet for each individual is important.  Generally, it should include 6-8 cups of vegetables per day.  A juicer can help make this quantity more easily consumed.  Tomatoes and broccoli are good for prostate heath.   Sweet potatoes are a healthier source of potato.  Garlic and onions are anti-aging, anti-oxidant and anti-cancer.  Mushrooms are good in all forms. 
 
Conventional trained physicians do not have a broad or deep nutrition based education as part of their academic background.
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