Survey: Physician Supplement Use Matches General Population
Conventional wisdom is that allopathic medical doctors are woefully uninformed about the therapeutic benefits of nutrition. But the results of a study commissioned by the Council for Responsible Nutrition and published in the peer reviewed Nutrition Journal suggest that allopathic (i.e., “conventional”) doctors may be coming around.
The Life Supplemented – Healthcare Professionals 2008 Impact Study surveyed 900 physicians about their use of dietary supplements, including 300 each from three specialties: cardiology, dermatology, and orthopedics.
Among the key indings:
Dermatologists (59%) and orthopedists (50%) reported regular using dietary supplements on a regular basis.
Cardiologists (37%) were least likely to use dietary supplements on a regular basis.
The most commonly used supplements were multivitamins and omega-3 fatty acids (fish oil). Twenty percent of respondents said they occasionally used botanical supplements.
Although cardiologists were the least likely to use dietary supplements for personal use, they were more likely to recommend dietary supplements to their patients.
Seventy-two percent of cardiologists said they recommend supplements to their patients (to support heart health and lower cholesterol levels)
Ninety-one percent of orthopedists recommended supplements to their patients (to support bone and joint health)
Sixty-six percent of dermatologists recommended supplements to their patients (to support skin, hair and nails).
Even though the majority of physicians (57 to 75%) are likely to use dietary supplements personally and recommend them to their patients (66 to 91%), most respondents indicated that they had not received any formal education or training on the subject of dietary supplements and expressed an interest in Continuing Education regarding these products.
Based on these results, the authors concluded that “There is a need for expanded medical education regarding the general topic of nutrition as well as the more specific topic of dietary supplements.”
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Dickinson A, Shao A, Boyon N, Franco JC. Use of dietary supplements by cardiologists, dermatologists and orthopedists: report of a survey. Nutrition Journal. 2011, 10:20. Available at http://www.nutritionj.com/content/10/1/20.
Seven Ways To Grow Your Home Business
Running your business by yourself doesn’t have to mean you have to go it alone! According to Entrepreneur.com, it’s entirely possible to grow your home business without hiring employees or renting an office. Here’s how:
Use technology. Automate as much as possible. Schedule “monthly” newsletters and “daily” social media and blog posts in advance.
Outsource. Rather than hire full-time employees, consider using freelance employees? Search freelance marketplaces such as Elance.com and vWorker.com to find contractors for a variety of roles, from copywriters to accountants to administrative assistants.
Be ready for opportunities. As a one-person operation you have an advantage over larger companies: you’re nimble and able to switch gears quickly. If you see an opportunity to expand your business, such as a new market for a particular product-go for it!
Treat your business like a business. You went into business for yourself because you’re passionate about your product or service. But don’t forget that you have a business to run. Make sure you’re taking advantage of all the tools in your Youngevity back office! You’ll save time, be more efficient and appear more professional in the eyes of your customers.
Invest in your business. You’re saving money by operating your business from home, so put some of those savings back into the business. Make sure your office equipment, hardware, and software and any other tools you need to grow your business, are up to date.
Plan the work, then work the plan. Set clear goals for your business and define the steps you’ll need to perform in order to get there. Don’t toss your business plan into a file cabinet; keep it nearby and refer to it often. Adjust it as circumstances change.
Get out there. With today’s technology, you may be lured into thinking you can run your business entirely from your computer. But regardless of technology, business is still, and will always be, about relationships. So get out there and meet regularly with your team members and customers. Make new contacts by attending networking events. You never know where your next opportunity will come from!
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