Dr. Lenz may recommend nutritional supplements as an adjunct to dietary and lifestyle modification in order to supply nutrition to support the physiological and biomechanical processes of the human body. This approach is central to the well-researched and science-based practice of functional medicine. Although these products may be suggested with a specific therapeutic purpose in mind, their use is chiefly designed to support given aspects of metabolic function. In some cases, nutritional supplements can be used in place of more toxic prescription medications. As a service to you, she makes nutritional supplements available to you primarily through her online dispensary using Fullscript.
While these supplements may come at a higher financial cost than those found on the shelves of pharmacies or health food stores, the value must also include assurance of their purity, quality, bioavailability (ability to be properly absorbed and utilized by the body), and effectiveness. The chief reason she makes these products available is to ensure quality. You are not guaranteed the same level of quality when you purchase your supplements from the general marketplace. She is not suggesting that such products have no value; however, given the lack of stringent testing requirements for dietary supplements, product quality varies widely. The brands of supplements that she makes available are those that meet high standards and tend to produce predictable results. They are also generally free of fillers, additives and allergens.
You are under no obligation to purchase nutritional supplements at our clinic.
Use of nutritional supplements may be safely recommended for patients already using pharmaceutical medications (drugs), but some potentially harmful interactions may occur. For this reason, it is important to keep all of your healthcare providers fully informed about all medications and nutritional supplements, herbs, or hormones you may be taking.