Hippocrates famously wrote 2000 years ago: “Let food be thy medicine”, but that was not working for the pharmaceutical industry who needed patented drugs to make money. We lost our way, junk food made us sick and drugs failed us, while financial crisis forced us to rethink everything.
Nowdays, even the most ardent supporters of “evidence-based medicine” who reject anything but thousand-subject randomized controlled trials agree that our healthcare system is in critical need of effective preventive intervention methods that are made available well before drugs need to be prescribed. A number of new developments in preventive care have emerged, including dietary coaching, telemedicine, and, yes, dietary supplements as part of the daily regimens recommended by an increasing number of doctors Scientists, physicians, and funding sources worldwide are joining the movement in large numbers.
An article recently published in the Journal of Dietary Supplements,“From Science to Finance—A Tool for Deriving Economic Implications from the Results of Dietary Supplement Clinical Studies,” explores a potential cost-benefit analysis tool that when applied to a high-risk population, (adults over 55 with coronary heart disease (CHD) who take omega-3 or B vitamin dietary supplements), can result in the reduction of the individual’s odds of experiencing a costly medical bill.
According to the authors of the report, just for the US and just for adults concerned with CHD, the savings would be an average of $ 1.5 billion in avoided expenditures per year and a cumulative of $ 12.1 billion in avoided expenditures between 2013-2020.
Hippocrates is hotter than ever! Let’s hope that the power of lobbyists representing powerful private interests will not interfere with what is good for us individually and as a society.