Recommend Disease Allowance (RDA) Is Worthless
After years of being on the fibromyalgia merry go round, seeing one doctor after another and trying one drugs after another only to still feel sick and tired, those with fibro turn to alternative medicine. Most people with fibromyalgia have tried numerous over the counter supplements, vitamins, minerals, and sleep aids. None seem to work. I know you’re like most of my patients, and have a cabinet full of supplement bottles, most gathering dust because you gave up on them. Well you should know they don’t work!
Here is Why:
The RDA is the measured amount or dosage of nutrient per vitamin and minerals recommend. The RDA or as I call it the Recommended Disease Allowance, it may keep you from getting Scurvy, but it certainly won’t stand- up to the many chronic diseases that continue to plague modern man.
The U.S. federal government sets these levels based on the “average adult.” The “average person plan” assumes that you are an adult under 60 years old who is in good health, has normal digestion, isn’t overweight, leads a relatively stress-free life, has no medical problems, doesn’t take any medication, eats a balanced diet, and consumes 5 servings of fruits and vegetables each day.
Needless to say, those with fibromyalgia don’t fit into the definition of the average person defined by RDA. In fact, most adult women don’t meet the RDA for zinc, Vitamin B, calcium, magnesium, and Vitamin E. Likewise, most of those with fibromyalgia are deficient in numerous vitamins, minerals, and essential nutrients, including certain important amino acids, B-vitamins, zinc and magnesium.
Over the counter supplements are based on the Recommended Daily Allowance.
The Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA), a system for measuring the amount of vitamins and minerals one needs on a daily basis, is some 80 years out of date. It was never intended to advance health, only to prevent malnutrition diseases like scurvy or rickets. Taking the minimum amount of a nutrient or nutrients per the RDA to help you overcome severe nutritional deficiencies, the ones common in fibromyalgia, won’t help you get healthy and overcome symptoms.
Taking supplements based on the RDA is inadequate, in fact worthless, if your goal is to CORRECT the HIDDEN NUTRITIONAL DEFICIENCIES that are causing your poor sleep, pain, fatigue, low moods, and other fibro symptoms.
After treating fibromyalgia for twenty years, I know first hand that in order for you to feel good again, you’ll need to take vitamin doses, many times higher than the RDA on certain nutrients. It’s no secret, for the majority of the U.S. population the diet is poorly lacking in essential nutrients. This combined with chronic stress, poor sleep, lack of exercise, drugs, poor eating habits, and poor health, leads to more nutritional deficiencies, and more symptoms of poor health.
This why you can’t drug your way out of fibromyalgia, drugs won’t correct your underlying nutritional deficiencies. Only the right doses and combinations of the PROVEN essential nutrients will help you overcome your poor sleep, chronic pain, low energy, brain fog, low moods, RLS, IBS, and other symptoms of fibromyalgia.
WARNING this Multivitamin is Worthless!
This Advice Is As Bad If Not Worse Than Worthless Vitamins And Supplements
Many so-called experts will tell you not to worry about taking vitamins if you are eating a balanced diet. Unfortunately, dieting alone can’t provide enough essential vitamins and minerals to promote optimal health. For instance, you would need to consume 5,000 calories per day (mostly fat) in order to get the recommend minimum (400 IU) of vitamin E, and 12,000 calories per day to get the minimum amount of chromium. Most of our foods are processed and, therefore, the nutrients have been leeched out of them. Could this be one of the reasons pre-senile dementia and Alzheimer’s disease have increased so dramatically over the last few decades?
Fewer than 29% of people eat 5 fresh fruits and vegetables a day. Furthermore, 20% of the U.S. population doesn’t eat ANY fruits or vegetables at all!