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 Posted 3/16/2014 10:05:37 AM
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I think the LE Supplement Pyramid idea is very good. But I have some questions about it, that maybe you could answer.

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First, do you use it? If so how do you have it structured for yourself and why?

Second, the foundation level only list the following supplements.

1. An ideally dosed multivitamin/mineral
2. Omega-3 fatty acids
3. Coenzyme Q10
4. Probiotics
5. Curcumin

I would think from what I've read that vitamin D3 should also be a foundation supplement, and maybe Omega-7 Palmitoleic Acid. What are your thoughts on that idea.

While I do know the medical history of my immediate family, I don't have much on more removed family members. How much of a problem is that, and how should I work with that?
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Michael A. Smith, MD, provided the following reply:

I do use it. It's how I've built my regimen over the past few years. As far as the foundational supplements, vitamin D3 should be included in the multivitamin. However, additional vitamin D3 is suggested for many quizzes as a stand-alone. When it comes to the omega fats, omega-3s are the ones I believe benefit us the most. But given the fact that supplements regimen are dynamic, maybe this will change in the future.

 

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 Posted 3/17/2014 12:03:39 PM
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I did not read Dr Smith's book which is certainly interesting. I am going for the LEF Top 12 list (but very much twisted to my need) with one important general addition in my view: PPC. I do not take the full dose of the Mix but if you do you get a safe dose of Vitamin D which you should always test.
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 Posted 3/19/2014 4:35:19 PM
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Where can this top 12 list be found? Also, I'm not familiar with PPC, but unless I can be convinced it's going to make a noticeable difference to my health, I'm not sure I want to pay the $37.50 for a one month supply of this supplement. If it can make a difference with just a couple months use maybe I'd give it a try, But it's just to expensive for me to take on a regular basis.
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Michael A. Smith, MD, provided the following reply:

I do use it. It's how I've built my regimen over the past few years. As far as the foundational supplements, vitamin D3 should be included in the multivitamin. However, additional vitamin D3 is suggested for many quizzes as a stand-alone. When it comes to the omega fats, omega-3s are the ones I believe benefit us the most. But given the fact that supplements regimen are dynamic, maybe this will change in the future.

 

Dr. Smith

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I read a report on vitamin D3 that claimed 80% of the US population is deficient in vitamin D3 and that bringing everyone up beneficial levels would make a big impact on the overall health and save a great deal money now spent on health care cost. I am currently on Medicare and they won't cover a vitamin D3 test without a diagnosis that you are deficient in vitamin D3. The lab charges $120.00 for a vitamin D blood level test.

I know that LEF only charges members $35.00 for that test. Can you tell me how the LEF testing program works? Is it all handled through the mail? Why can they charge so much less than my local lab?
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This are the top supplements 
Good Multi 
Q10 blend with Omega#3
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Bad Robot, how can LEF charge so much less than your local lab?

Pretty amazing isn't it?  
It's possible that the Vitamin D test your local lab offers has more than just that test, or it's just the larger matter of price inefficiency caused by the fact that most people aren't out shopping for the best deal on healthcare when the system of managed care offers few incentives to compete on cost. 

I know that the series of tests I used to get from my doctor with a previous insurance plan used to cost about $1600 and I only had to pay $65 of that.  The same tests with LEF cost in the neighborhood of $850, so a fabulous deal in comparison --yet still a bit out of my price range for an out-of-pocket expense at the moment.
  



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