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The Role of Supplements in Integrative Preventive Medicine 

The Role of Supplements in Integrative Preventive Medicine
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The Role of Supplements in Integrative Preventive Medicine
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Joseph Pizzorno

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10.1093/med/9780190241254.003.0012
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date: 15 November 2018

Foods common in our diet today, produced through modern agricultural methods and often processed, contain an inherently low ratio of nutrients in proportion to calories. The standards used to determine nutrient adequacy are flawed, especially considering the huge variations in individual nutrient needs. Nutritional deficiencies in the general population are much more common than generally recognized, and skilled nutritional supplementation is important for maintaining and optimizing health; therefore, expert use of nutritional supplements is a critical skill for integrative medicine doctors. This chapter will help the clinical practitioner become knowledgeable about the signs and symptoms of nutrient deficiencies, recognize the nutrients most useful for several chronic diseases, and prescribe the correct dosages and dosage forms needed by their patients.

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