Why Doctors Don't Prescribe Natural Health Products

Ever wonder why most physicians don't prescribe herbs, antioxidants or homeopathic remedies as a primary defense and treatment against disease? In this article I will attempt to provide a rational explanation. Dr. Matthias Rath, MD is a leading expert in cardiovascular disease and nutrition.

Natural Health Products: The Intelligent Choice

Although it's assumed by countless individuals that they get "everything" they need from food alone without supplements, no study has ever confirmed this notion, at least with respect to standards needed to achieve optimum health and prevent the premature degeneration of the mind and body, or prevent the disability we all can see in the geriatric population.


If someone you know is infected, obese, depressed, chronically ill or just plain sick, check their water intake. Almost everyone today is dehydrated but accepts this state as "normal". The good news is that the solution, literally, is simple and cost effective. So how much water does a human being need?

30ml (one fluid ounce) of clean filtered water per kilogram of lean body mass per day. Not total bodyweight, but lean functional mass. Fat mass is a poor retainer of water and makes zero contribution to motion.

HMB: A Sleeping Giant

Don’t be intimidated by the technical terminology. HMB (beta-hydroxy beta-methylbutyrate) is a water-soluble metabolite produced in everyone’s body from the essential amino acid leucine. Leucine is a branched-chain amino acid, possessing undeniable value in the context of muscle function and athletic performance.

HMB for Stamina, Strength & Immunity

As outlined in the CHI Hierarchy of Athletic Supplements Pyramid I classify HMB as one of the “Big Four” which also includes whey protein isolate, creatine monohydrate and L-glutamine. In a nutshell, these are the ones that work.

After you’ve created a solid backup of essential micronutrients and multile source antioxidants, determined your daily need for protein and correctly ascertained your requirements and timing for creatine monohydrate, then its time to move forward with glutamine and HMB.

Glutamine Builds More than Muscle

In 1830 a Dutch chemist named Mulder published the first studies on nitrogen-containing compounds derived from egg white, silk, blood and gelatin. He named these substances "protein" and wrote "It is without doubt the most important component of living matter and without it, life would not be possible."

Mulder was right, for without sufficient quantities of the essential amino acids (the building blocks of protein) our bodies and minds rapidly weaken & slowly deteriorate.

Coconut Cream Chocolate Mousse

Spoonfuls of fluffy whipped cream layered with berries or dark chocolate might not sound like anything new until we tell you that the whipped cream is made entirely from coconut milk – no added sugar and no dairy.

Creatine is Good for Every Body

Chances are you’ve already heard something about creatine. Perhaps you’ve seen it displayed on a vitamin shelf, advertised in a magazine or featured on a TV show like 20/20. But what exactly is creatine and where does it come from? Is it safe?

Charging Up with Electrolytes

Energy, strength and stamina are composites of true health and lasting performance. These virtues embody the principle objectives of all athletes, and as the science of sports nutrition continues to evolve, thousands of active men and women are slowly but surely developing an understanding of biological medicine, optimum nutrition and the intelligent use of dietary supplements.

Androstenedione: Position Statement

Before I comment on androstenedione and its controversy in sport and bodybuilding, let’s start first with how to pronounce it. Stedman’s Medical Dictionary (26th Edition) lists it as follows: an-dro-stene-di-one (an-dro-steen-die-own) an androgenic steroid of weaker biological potency than testosterone; secreted by the testis, ovary and adrenal cortex.

The Trouble with Intensity

The trouble with intensity is obvious. It's freakin' hard! But that's not the real problem. The real trouble with intensity is that almost everyone excludes it. The right way to train, the best way to train and the smartest way to train, is the most difficult.

The Ideal Workout Routine

Health-related physical fitness consists of optimizing muscle strength, muscle endurance, joint flexibility, aerobic capacity and body composition. These five components can be measured and compared to standards that not only reflect ideal form and function. The outcome of a complete fitness assessment can also determine risk of morbidity and mortality.

A complete and balanced exercise program therefore, should include mixed patterns and various forms of movement that develop all of these facets.

The Enigma of the Ectomorph

Somatotyping is a system of classifying human physical types and body shape. Developed by American psychologist William Sheldon and revealed in his book The Atlas of Man, human beings are categorized by a natural, genetically predetermined body build, appearance and temperament.

The Benefits of Exercise

"Lack of activity destroys the good condition of every human being, while movement and methodical physical exercise save and preserve it." ~ Plato - 350 BC

"Positive health requires a knowledge of man's primary constitution and of the powers of various foods, both those natural and those resulting from human skill. But eating alone is not enough for health. There must be exercise of which the effects must likewise be known. If there is any deficiency in food or excercise, the body will fall sick." ~ Hippocrates - 5th Century BC

Sports Injuries: Prevention is the Best Medicine

Sports injuries include a wide variety of soft tissue, skeletal and joint-related injuries associated with physical exercise, sporting events and numerous athletic activities. Sports injuries are commonly described as strains, sprains, dislocations, fractures, lacerations, cuts, abrasions, blisters, bruising, inflammation, hernia and pain.

Running for Life

Running or “footracing” as it used to be called, ranks among the most popular of all the known sporting events. Some people run just to keep their weight down. Others pick up the pace to improve their aerobic capacity, lower blood pressure or reduce heart disease risk. But for the more courageous and daring of heart, running is a function of personal challenge and competition.

Put Yourself To "The Test" - How Fit Are You?

When's the last time you put your fitness to the test? If you're a competitive athlete or someone who's really up on preventive health care, maybe recently. But if you're like the vast majority of Canadians, the answer never have. At least not since elementary school and I'll tell you why. Fitness is not a priority in this country.

As a rule, and unless the pleasure outweighs the pain, we will do almost anything to avoid physical exertion.

Performance Nutrition for the Active Lifestyle

As a naturopath and health consultant specializing in human performance and clinical sports nutrition, I routinely engage with a wide variety of clients who express enormous variation in body chemistry, origin of descent, body composition and knowledge in health, fitness and nutrition. On a one to one basis, my initial goal is to determine their present functional health status and physical condition.

This is achieved through a personal interview and an eclectic variety of health assessments and screening procedures.

Meal Replacements

Twenty years ago a typical meal replacement (MRP) sold in a health food store was loaded with simple sugars and contained only a small percentage of low-quality protein. Today, the exact opposite is true. Engineered with quality, health and performance in mind, new high-tech formulas compete for shelf space and outsell many vitamins.

Looking Out for #1

They say that time is the fire in which we burn. "They" also say that our life belongs to no one except ourselves. Not so. In the end our life force terminates, disappears or departs from our physical body without our consent and there is absolutely nothing we or anyone else can do about it. Our days are numbered, therefore it is the day at hand and each remaining precious day that follows that really matters.

To some this is a great mystery, to others nothing more than simple biological truth.