Are you having back pain with any of the following?

  • Severe pain, weakness or tingling in your leg(s).
  • Difficulty stopping urination or loss of control of bladder or bowels.
  • Unexplained fever, nausea or vomiting.
  • A history of cancer or unexplained weight loss.

We understand that you are experiencing one or more of the health issues that might be impacting your back pain.

We recommend that you discuss these health issues with your doctor before proceeding with this program.

Once you are cleared by your doctor to do this program, we hope it helps you find relief from your back pain.

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Are vitamin supplements good for your health?

Dec 01, 2011

Millions of Americans take vitamin and dietary supplements. Grocery, drug, and specialty store shelves are lined with hundreds of supplement options. And it seems every day there’s a new story talking up the benefits of taking supplements. But are vitamin and dietary supplements a really good thing?

Vitamins help maintain many important body functions. Vitamin D has been shown to help maintain bone strength and reduce risk for some cancer. Calcium, along with vitamin D, is prescribed for postmenopausal women to help reduce risk of osteoporosis. We’ve seen evidence that Omega-3 fatty acids, which can be taken as fish oil supplements, can help protect against heart disease. And folic acid is highly recommended as a supplement for women of child bearing age to help reduce the risk of certain birth defects.

But some vitamins can have a negative effect on your health. In a clinical trial, healthy men were given 400 units of vitamin E—a known antioxidant—daily to evaluate its ability to reduce the risk of prostate cancer. It turns out those who took the supplement had a 17% increased risk of prostate cancer.

The Iowa Women's Health Study collected data on nearly 39,000 postmenopausal women (the average age was 62) to evaluate a possible connection between taking dietary supplements and the risk of death. The study found that multivitamins, vitamin B6, folic acid, iron, magnesium, zinc, and copper were associated with increased risk of death while calcium supplements seemed to reduce the risk of death.

What we’ve learned from these and other studies is that, when it comes to vitamins and minerals, too much of a good thing can have adverse effects.

Furthermore The American Institute for Cancer Research and the World Cancer Research Fund found strong evidence that high-dose supplements of some nutrients can affect the risk of different cancers. They recommend that food be the main source of health promoting nutrients to prevent cancer and the recurrence of cancer.

A healthy diet, rich in natural vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients and fiber, is always recommended. If you’re pregnant, follow your obstetrician’s advice for folic acid intake. And continue taking vitamin D and calcium supplements to increase bone strength. But before you decide to take any other supplements, talk to your doctor about whether they’re right for you.

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