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Understanding Functional Medicine Supplements

Drugs vs. Supplements

According to the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, as amended, Section 201(g)(1), the term drug is defined as an ‘article intended for use in the diagnosis, cure, mitigation, treatment, or prevention of disease.’ Technically, vitamins, minerals, trace elements, amino acids, herbs, or homeopathic remedies are not classified as drugs. However, these substances can have significant effects on physiology and must be used rationally.

Using Supplements

Here at Richmond Integrative & Functional Medicine we provide nutritional counseling and make individualized recommendations regarding use of these supplements in order to upgrade the quality of foods in a patient’s diet and to supply nutrition to support the physiological and biomechanical processes of the human body. Although these products may also be suggested with a specific therapeutic purpose in mind, their use is chiefly designed to support given aspects of metabolic function.

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Drug Interactions

Use of nutritional supplements may be safely recommended for patients already using pharmaceutical medications (drugs), but some potentially harmful interactions may occur. For this reason, it is important to keep all of your healthcare providers fully informed about all medications and nutritional supplements, herbs, or hormones you may be taking. It is also important to consult with a health care provider who is trained and knowledgeable in the use, interactions and reactions that may occur as a results of using supplements.

Our Recommendations

As a service to you, we make recommendations based on our research of the supplements and your health condition, but you are free to purchase them where ever you choose. We have vetted these vendors and know which ones provide a good quality, clean, reliable product.

We determine quality by considering:

  1. The quality of science behind the product
  2. The quality of the ingredients themselves
  3. The quality of the manufacturing process
  4. The synergism among product components

For more information about our supplement recommendations, read Straight Talk About Supplements & Snake Oil (Parts 1–3):

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New To Supplements?

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I’m often asked, “If you had to pick only 3 supplements to recommend to me, what would they be?” Here is my answer. You need a quality multi-vitamin, a good source of Vitamin D, and you need to boost your Omega 3 fatty acids. If you can invest further in your health, I also recommend a strong source of probiotics and a detox formula. If you are new to supplements and looking for a safe, reliable way to boost your overall health, here are the must-haves to get started:

Purchase Functional Medicine Supplements

It’s my job to ensure the supplements I recommend do no harm. I take the Hippocratic Oath seriously: First and foremost, do no harm. As a benefit for our patients and readers, we provide access to personally vetted supplements in our store.

We have trusted brands like Designs for Health, Thorne, Metagenics, Biotics Research, and Klaire Labs, which are all high-quality, pharmaceutical-grade supplements all in one place for your convenience. Our online store provides that critical balance in financial value and security — being able to trust the brands, warehousing, and delivery of supplements you depend on to optimize your health.

But there is a catch, in order to see all the products in our catalog, and the best pricing, you have to create an account with the store. It’s actually a requirement of some of the supplement brands. We are able to negotiate rates below wholesale prices, but only “behind” a login access. So, if you want to take advantage of the best prices within a framework you can trust, I want to encourage you to take a few moments to create an account with our online store.