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Don't Throw Your Money Down the Toilet! When Shopping the Health Food Stores is Helpful

Posted on May 16, 2019 at 7:35 AM

Sorry about no posts yesterday. I woke up to a monster migraine that had me trotting to the bathroom the entire day. I could barely post the notice on Facebook about no posts for the day. Thank you for the well wishes, prayers, and encouragement. You are greatly appreciated!

Since I lost a whole day’s worth of writing, I had to storm ideas for this week’s post that would be done for you in a timely fashion. I think the notion of shopping in health food stores, when and when not to, is a very helpful topic.

****** Disclaimer******

This blog post is intended for informational purposes only. Please, talk with your healthcare provider about supplements and health foods for your treatment before you take them.

So many of my clients think I’m going to send them to the local health food store with a grocery list! On the contrary. I might send you to the aisle of health foods at your local grocery store, but not to your local VitaCost or GNC. Why? Because you don’t need to throw your hard-earned cash in the toilet! Way too many bloggers taut the benefits of various supplements, health foods, and more to the detriment of the blog follower.

I remember when my first husband found out about his stage 4 colon cancer. Would-be healthy living “specialists” recommended or dropped off vitamins, minerals, and alternative health supplements. One of them happened to be vitamin B12 sublingual. It was as if the term "sublingual" should be the big selling point! The truth is that it didn't work for him. His doctor said, “Sure you can try it, but you will be throwing your money down the toilet.” One recommendation was D-limonine. The well-intentioned individual was adamant about it. Guess what? Yeah, it doesn’t work. Another was a supplement for breast cancer! First, he didn’t have breast cancer and second, supplements don’t cure cancer. His doctor's recommendation was to eat healthy, nutritious foods that don’t conflict with his treatment.

I think that is the best advice for everyone. First eat healthy foods loaded with vitamins and minerals, then ask your doc or check with organizations for your specific conditions about any supplements. As a fibromyalgia warrior, I’ve been cornered, hustled, and badgered about alternative treatments by all kinds of people. Fibro is actually the least of my concerns. I’ve been blessed by God to be able to do many things people with fibro dream of doing. One such woman was in a Fibromyalgia Take Control class I taught for the Arthritis Foundation. She also had fibro and tauted some expensive supplements, yet she looked like death warmed over. I politely declined over and over, thanking her for her concern. She proceeded to give me a negative review at the end of the program because I wasn’t “sensitive enough”. The truth of the matter, I wasn’t gullible enough to jump from one thing to another with no proof of it’s promises, especially not from someone in worse condition than me! God bless her heart. Some of these supplements are very costly! Others could be dangerous. My family was a pastor’s family doing bi-vocational work with three teens at home. Tossing money down the toilet wasn’t an option for us. Instead, I take an older medication at low doses, eat healthy and exercise. Bottom line.

So, when should you shop at the health food store or go down that healthy food aisle at the grocery store? First, look up the supplement or health food from reliable sources for it’s effectiveness for the particular condition(s) you have. Try the National Institute of Health (NIH), Mayo Clinic, medical groups with .edu and organizations for your condition with .org endings. If it looks like an individual’s blog, look up their resources. If it looks promising, talk to your health care provider. I personally see a D.O. (doctor of osteopathy) who is willing to consider alternative treatments that have been proven effective. Know what you should buy to be cost effective and targetted in your purchase.

The other consideration are specialty foods and supplements at health food stores. Hoards of people shop Whole Foods, among others. The supplements they carry have better quality ingredients than the garden-variety supplement company in your grocery store. If your doctor gives you the thumbs up, then get better quality ingredients for better results. Also, they tend to shop for alternative grains with greater protein content. That is worthy of noting, especially if you are trying to lose weight or get more protein without clogging your arteries. But in all due fairness, you can save money at your local grocery store for some of the same brands of health foods. If it is organic, non-GMO you seek, most grocery stores carry those foods at a competitive price. i go to Big Lots for Bob’s Red Mill products to save about $1 per package for flax meal, gluten-free mixes, chia seed, and hemp seed.You can be a good steward by knowing where to get what you need for the best price.

Do be cautious of your friends and neighbors pedaling supplements and essential oils. Some of these, like Thieves Oil, for example, are blends which makes finding anything like it difficult. Instead, look up the effectiveness of these alternative treatments from the reputable resources I noted earlier, then only purchase what works for your condition, if it does at all. Should it look promising, make sure it won’t cause a problem with anything else you are using or other health conditions. You can purchase reasonable quality essential oils at your local drug store and grocery store without breaking the bank. The markup on tiered level marketing brands is ridiculous! It’s best to keep friends as friends, not business acquaintances. Be wise as serpents, gentle as doves (Matthew 10:16).

Lastly, beware of “Drs” who pedal alternative health advice. They want to sell you something, not help you. I took my daughter to a well-known doctor for a fibromyalgia diagnosis and treatment. He proceeded to tell her she didn’t have fibro, but insisted she take a particular supplement from his store at the check-out desk. His whole lobby looked like a store instead of a doctor's office! Although she experienced some relief, the supplement was ridiculously expensive and not proven to be all that helpful at that time. There are plenty of doctors like this online. Beware!!!

Here are the take-aways from this post:

First, eat healthy.

Second, get exercise.

Third, check out treatment options from reputable resources.

And fourth, check with your healthcare provider. Don’t toss your hard-earned cash down the toilet!

"There is desirable treasure,

And oil in the dwelling of the wise,

But a foolish man squanders it." Proverbs 21:20 NKJV

May God bless you!

Question for discussion: What are some of your stories about supplements and other "alternative health" products. No sales, please.

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