Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Nutrient Therapy has Individual Effects for Each Patient

Jeff Bland in Alternative Therapies puts forth a fascinating analysis of why nutritional therapies might not do well in randomized clinical trials but can have remarkable effects in individual patients. The sensitivity of nutrients varies a great deal, depending on the genotype of the patient. We are just beginning to apply genomics to medicine, but we have a long way to go before we can study nutritional pharmacology by providing the right dose of the right nutrient for the right patient. In the meantime, the art of medicine is alive and well.

Alternative Therapies (subscription required) Sept/Oct 2008, page 12-13.

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