Dr.Wes Rocki, MD, PhD
Selection of proper, safe supplements is not an easy task. The expanding supplements industry is regulated as food even though a big proportion of supplements claim health benefits similar to pharmaceuticals. This selection is further complicated by the implication that supplements are “natural” and therefore safe and the more ingredients that are packed into single capsule the better their efficacy. Unfortunately, none of these descriptions are valid for the majority of supplements.
Since most can be purchased without a prescription, consumers are left to their discretion as to what and where to buy. Because supplements are not reimbursed by medical insurance, consumers tend to buy cheap versions that may not provide what is promised on the label and that use low quality ingredients to compensate for the price.
Qualified healthcare professionals, therefore, should therefore guide the selection of dietary supplements. Unfortunately, conventional doctors and even most licensed nutritionists are not necessary trained in supplements. On the other hand, the booming supplements industry attracts nutritional advisors and health coaches who, although offering consultations on the use of supplements, have no medical training. Thus, it is safer be guided by the qualified healthcare practitioners in selecting supplements, which have to be adjusted to individual’s health situation, preexisting disease, concomitant medicines and other factor. Often lab analyses and imaging techniques have to be included to make proper selection. Eventually any selection of supplements should be consulted with the healthcare practitioner who provides primary care for an individual patient.
Dr. Rocki is particularly well qualified to guide you in this area as he provides expertise in conventional medicine (as internist), in pharmaceuticals (gained as a scientist for the pharmaceutical industry) and as a practitioner of alternative medicine. He advises on the use of nutrients and supplements while leaving the prescription of pharmaceuticals to conventional medical doctors, with whom he gladly cooperates.
Remember that the need for proper nutrients and supplements is a complex task which needs to be guided by a qualified healthcare professional who is experienced with nutrition, supplements and pharmaceuticals.