Nearly 10% of the U.S. population has nutrition deficiencies, according to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The article adds that “the common nutritional deficiencies vary by age, gender, and race/ethnicity and could be as high as a third of certain population groups.”
Unfortunately, many people just eat a poor quality and dangerous high carbohydrate low fat diet. But, sadly, most of the food we think is healthy just is not.
This study only looked at the common vitamins, so, other nutrients are likely deficient also, and the 10% number is an under-estimation. Just the level of Vitamin D3 deficiency in people in my practice is greater than 10%, so when we think about all of the possible vitamin and nutrient deficiencies, it is hard to imagine that almost 100% of people have at least one deficiency or more.
But, setting aside the differences in how a functional medicine doctor like myself would define a nutritional deficiency and just accepting this new CDC report of 10% is enough to demand action from the entire healthcare industry. Ten percent of a population suffering from an illness that is easy to correct with a nutritional supplement simple multivitamin is shocking because most of my fellow doctors actually tell their client that taking a multivitamin is a waste of time and dangerous! REALLY??? A multivitamin is a simple insurance policy to prevent disease. Do those doctors who tell their clients to stop taking vitamins wish sickness for their clients? Do they fear a 10% reduction in patient visits?
If you would like a functional medicine approach to nutrition, please contact us.
Kevin Bethel MD CM FAARM FICT
Freeport Family Wellness Centre
PO Box F41325 Freeport Bahamas