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The Power of Nutritional Supplements

Conquering Common Ailments with Natural Supplements

Continue reading to learn how you may finally be able to say…

“I Can’t Believe How Much Better I Feel!”

Inside My Life-Changing FREE Report You’ll Learn Little-Known Truths About:

  • Common complaints that can be successfully treated with high-grade supplements, a smart alternative to prescription drugs.
  • The danger in thinking that “all-natural” means “good for you.”
  • Significant differences between supplements and pharmaceutical options.
  • How to choose the right supplements for you.
  • Where you should go to buy the best products.
  • Many of the symptoms that can be successfully treated with supplements.
  • And much more!



Did you know… researchers have found prescription drug side effects impact one in four patients?  And Americans spent a staggering $178 billion on out­patient prescription drugs in 2003, nearly doubling the $94 billion spent in 1999!

…That’s the bad news!

The good news is that there are other ways to treat chronic symptoms and common complaints.

Even if you’ve suffered for years and tried everything else, relief may be right here at your fingertips!

Dear Friend:

Have you suffered from the same frustrating symptoms for months—or even years—without relief?  Are you fed up with the rising cost of prescription drugs, or of their sometimes frightening side effects?  Are you feeling like you’re ready to give up… thinking that you just need to resign yourself to living with your symptoms?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, you’re not alone!


Many of the Ailments that May Be Plaguing You can Actually be Lessened or Entirely Alleviated with the Right Supplements! Do You Suffer From…

  • Fatigue?
  • Trouble sleeping?
  • Hot flashes?
  • Unwanted hair growth?
  • Excess acne?
  • Decreased sex drive?
  • Bloating and gas?
  • Constipation or diarrhea?
  • Heartburn?
  • Frequent and nighttime urination?
  • Anxiety or mild depression?
  • Excess weight?

You don’t have to live this way!  Natural alternatives have been shown to be effective in solving these and many other common problems.  Why put up with it any longer?

But let me make this warning very clear…

Don’t Take Chances by Trying to Diagnose Your Own Illness—

This is NOT a Guessing Game!

Yes, you may be suffering from irritating or even debilitating symptoms.  But sometimes symptoms do not arise until a condition becomes quite serious.  That’s why it’s important to stay current on labs to ascertain whether levels in the body are at the desired level.  Believe it or not, deficiencies—or excesses, for that matter—of simple vitamins and hormones can lead to chronic problems as well as fatal diseases.

Some people believe they are doing themselves a favor by reading up on supplements and buying them on the internet, or by trusting the employee at their favorite herbal store.  But people have suffered some unfortunate consequences by taking that route.  You know how important it is for your doctor to decide the dosages and types of prescription drugs you take, but it’s just as important for your doctor to do the same for your supplements.

But Why All This Talk About Supplements?

Aren’t Doctors Trained in the Use of Prescription Drugs?

Yes, it’s true.  During medical school, internship and residency, I received a great deal of training in the use of pharmaceuticals, or prescription drugs.  But over the years since that time, I have seen many patients whose ailments have gone unresolved, people who receive no relief from their prescription drugs, or people who suffer terrible side effects resulting from their prescription drugs.  As a doctor, my desire is to help my patients—to find an answer to their problems, not to make their problems worse.  So I have spent quite a bit of my spare time in learning about other options, and I have found that there are reputable alternatives when traditional medicine does not have satisfactory answers.

It’s Your Body…

Give It the Very Best You Can!

When choosing supplements, it is important to have pharmaceutical-grade supplements.  Since the FDA doesn’t control the supplement industry, many companies do not provide an accurate description on the label.  A recent study of 15 glucosamine products showed that 13 of the 15 products either did not contain as much of the product as they claimed, or—believe it or not—some did not contain any glucosamine at all!

Even more common is the fact that most vitamins have a very poor absorption rate.  For example, the average over-the-counter multivitamin has about a 3 percent absorption rate.  Compare that to a good high-quality vitamin, which would have an absorption rate in the high 90s.  With some over-the-counter products, you may get what you pay for (and, if it’s $3 a month, that’s not much!), or what’s worse, you may not even get results that are worth the $3.

That is why we have chosen to only carry pharmaceutical-grade supplements in our office.  They follow FDA standards and have third-party testing to assure that they deliver what they say they do.  Even well-known herbal and nutrition stores carry products that don’t follow these standards.   And then you are being helped oftentimes by a high-school graduate who really doesn’t know much about the products the store carries, let alone the proper dosages for those products.

As medical professionals, we have been to many years of schooling and have learned how drugs and supplements affect bodily organ systems.  I have had a particular interest in natural medicine for many years and have continued to study natural options for medical conditions during these years.  I find it exciting to give people options on natural alternatives.  Many people prefer having natural options for their medical conditions.

Now having said that, I feel that we can tell you when natural options are better or when pharmaceutical options are better for your particular condition.  That is another potential risk in an herbal or nutrition store—their lack of expertise in providing you with adequate information.  You may be surprised at how relatively inexpensive most of our supplements are—many times even less expensive than vitamin stores that do not provide this high quality.

Pharmaceuticals versus Supplements

With the rising cost of medicine, I have found it unfortunate to see the cost of medicine rise so sharply.  I remember when new medicines that were coming out would typically cost less than an office visit.  Now it seems that the average new medicine is over double what an office visit is.  Don’t get me wrong—there are wonderful advances coming out.  But some of these medicines don’t really offer unique benefits and often have significant side effect profiles.  My rule of thumb when using pharmaceuticals is to usually go with a generic version first, unless it would be unsafe, unwise, or impossible to do so.  Some drugstores offer these generic drugs at a very reasonable price.

Our bodies are equipped with amazing enzymatic processes that know how to regulate levels of substances naturally found in the body.  Typically pharmaceuticals will have more side effects in the body because it is a foreign chemical, while supplements tend to have fewer side effects.  Many of the supplements we carry in our office are naturally found in the body and are therefore tolerated much better.

Why “natural” isn’t always “good”

Although natural substances are generally quite good for treating a variety of conditions, “natural” doesn’t always mean “safe.”  For example, cocaine is “natural.”  Many stimulants that are found in nature tend to also be unsafe and some have recently been pressured to alter their advertising or be completely taken off the market.  Unfortunately, there are still many “all-natural” products that are quite unsafe for human consumption.  This is another unfortunate problem by not having FDA control on these supplements.  Misleading or even false advertising is quite common.  We would be happy to talk with you about any questions that you have about any products.

Now you may be able to finally say good-bye to your symptoms or ailments without the cost and side effects of prescription drugs!

Okay, I’ll admit it.  It really is exciting and gratifying to me when a patient starts on a new supplement, after being properly tested, and comes to the next office visit exclaiming—and sometimes even crying—“I haven’t felt this good in years!”  On the inside I say, “Yes!”  That’s a victory for me.  And I have seen those victories much more often ever since I started prescribing supplements for my patients.

It sounds good, doesn’t it?  No matter what your symptoms are, you just want to feel better, right?  It seems simple enough.  But now that you know that it’s important to make sure you’re getting a good product, the right dosage, and proper lab information… where do you go from there?

How About a Brief Description of Some Widely Used Supplements?

I don’t really have the room to tell you about all the supplements I have come to know, but I’m sure part of the reason you’re reading this report is to learn as much as you can.  So let me describe for you a few of the ones that have made a very real difference in the lives of many of my patients:

Vitamin D – There is an epidemic of Vitamin D deficiency in our population today, with a number of theories as to why:  the use of sunscreen, less time spent in the sun, and nutritional depletion in the foods we eat.  Vitamin D deficiencies have been shown to increase risks of certain types of cancers, heart disease, osteoporosis, and recurrent infections and to worsen chronic pain.  There is also some thinking that it may be related to fatigue and restless leg syndrome as well.  When people take Vitamin D on their own, however, many times they take Vitamin D², which doesn’t do as much good, because the active form in the body is Vitamin D³.  Also, the over-the-counter versions of this supplement are not typically high enough to bring Vitamin D levels up to optimal range. The only way to check and see what your Vitamin D level is through a simple lab test, and I like to do this on just about everyone.  About 60 percent of the population is low in vitamin D—even people who are outside all the time or drink lots of milk.  That is why we offer a high grade of Vitamin D³ in higher dosages.  As far as benefit for the dollar, this has got to be one of the best in history.

Adrenal Support – Many people suffer from daily fatigue and sleeping disorders.  I have found in my practice that it is often due to adrenal dysfunction.  The number-one cause of adrenal dysfunction is chronic stress.  The adrenals are responsible for producing cortisol, which is a hormone that gives us energy.  Oftentimes, with chronic stress, people produce far too little cortisol in the morning and, ironically, too much at nighttime, causing sleeping disorders.  Unfortunately, some of the information coming at us from the media would have us believe that everyone has too much cortisol—so they want everyone to take the same product that reduces the cortisol level.  That may work for some people, but others end up feeling truly lousy.  This is another important reason to test levels with appropriate lab work.  Then, with the right kind of adrenal support vitamins and herbals, patients can have healthier adrenal gland function, and they tend to feel significantly better.

Niacin – Niacin is Vitamin B³ and is a very natural way of lowering triglycerides while raising HDL, the good cholesterol.  The problem with this supplement in the past has been tolerance, because it can cause flushing and skin itching.  With the right formulation, though, this is greatly reduced.  Also, there are some tricks I have learned that can reduce the side effects.  Even though the Niacin we carry is of a high quality, it is still one of the cheapest things I can offer—especially when compared to its prescription counterparts!

Omega 3 – This has been shown to be helpful as a cardiovascular support vitamin.  Typically, it is produced from fish oil and flaxseed.  Omega 3 is more concentrated in plankton-fed fish, so cold-water ocean fish are a much better source than farm-raised fish.  In fact, one of our Omega 3 pills equals about three of the typical over-the-counter fish oil pills.  Higher quality is sometimes the more cost-efficient way to go.

CoQ10 – This is a natural enzyme in the body that diminishes with age.  Statin medicines tend to lower the levels even further, so it would be a good idea to take CoQ10 if you’re taking a statin drug.  It has been theorized that CoQ10 deficiency is one of the leading contributors to the muscle aches associated with statins.  CoQ10 has also been shown to be helpful in treating congestive heart failure.  There is a wide variety of absorption in the different CoQ10 products on the market.  Powders don’t get absorbed very well, and even gels have differing levels of absorption.  One of our 50 mg CoQ10 pills is equivalent to a 200 mg over-the-counter gel version and probably more than 400 mg of a powder.

Melatonin – Melatonin is a natural substance in the body that acts to shut off the wake cycle in helping us naturally fall asleep.  Since it acts fairly quickly, sublingual forms are the most efficient in that they are absorbed more quickly and thereby work better.  It is also very cost effective, especially in comparison to prescription sleep therapies, which many times have very unpleasant side effects.

Seriphos – This product is also known as phosphorilated serene and is a natural way to reduce stress hormones.  This is especially helpful at nighttime, when people may have elevated cortisol levels, and it can help them relax and get to sleep better.  Again, it would be wise to check cortisol levels to verify if this is the problem.

Digestive Support – Heartburn (or GERD) is a very common problem in our society, with a number of reasons as to why people have it.  Chronic heartburn can even lead to what is called Barret’s esophagus, which puts people at 50 times the risk of esophageal cancer.  It is felt that having a scope by a specialist at least once is a good idea to look for this abnormality if you have chronic GERD.   Since heartburn is much more common in people who are overweight, weight loss does tend to help.  Also, there is a physiologic malfunction that is often a contributing factor.  When we eat, stomach acids increase and, if they are sufficient, they open the lower valve in the stomach, allowing the food to pass and simultaneously shutting the upper valve, preventing reflux back into the esophagus.  Many people, unfortunately, don’t produce enough stomach acid to make the valve work properly.  Sometimes the typical medical treatments actually decrease the stomach acids even further and may make the process worse instead of better, although it tends to take the symptoms away.  By supplementing with certain acids after meals (allowing the food to produce stomach acids), this physiologic process is aided, and people are experiencing great relief of symptoms.  Now, I am not talking about gastritis, ulcers, or Barret’s esophagus, in which case increasing the stomach acids would actually worsen the condition.  It is important to follow your symptoms closely with us to make sure we are treating the right condition.

Probiotics – Each of us has a normal bacteria population in our intestinal tract that helps with a variety of digestive processes.  Unfortunately, antibiotics, stressors, and other environmental factors can throw this delicate balance of normal bacteria off.  Supplementing with healthy bacteria helps to restore the proper balance in the body.

Immune Support – About 70 percent of the body’s immunity is found in our gut and protects us from what we eat and drink.  Chronic stress tends to decrease this level; and when it is decreased, not only can we have more infections, but we can also have more gas and bloating and other digestive problems.  We can actually test this level and see whether a person has adequate levels of immunoglobulins in the bowel.  Immune Support is actually bovine colostrum, and it restores immunoglobulin level deficiency nicely.

Digestive Enzymes – Sometimes pancreatic enzymes are deficient in the system, and this can be another cause of gas and bloating.  We can measure these levels and see whether that is indeed the problem.  By supplementing these enzymes, if they are deficient, typically the symptoms go down.

Progesterone – This is one of the main female hormones, and, unlike estrogen, it has been shown to actually decrease breast cancer risk and heart disease.  After years of testing female hormone levels, I have found that most women are not deficient in estrogen after menopause, but they are deficient in progesterone, which can cause very similar symptoms.  Even pre-menopausal women with menstrual irregularities or PMS symptoms oftentimes have progesterone deficiencies the last half of the cycle.  By supplementing with progesterone, many of these symptoms are diminished.  This provides a much healthier way of dealing with these problems than putting people on birth-control pills, which can increase the risks of leg clots and clots being thrown to the lung and other places, which can have devastating effects.  (These risks are even worse with smoking or obesity.)  Also, birth-control pills increase the risk of breast cancer if used long-term, and so in my opinion it is much healthier to regulate menstrual periods with progesterone rather than treating everybody with birth-control pills.  Progesterone supplements can be less effective if the level is too high or too low.  Some people are very sensitive to even small amounts of creams, so it is important to follow these levels with appropriate labs to get the optimal effect.

Prostate Support – Prostate enlargement sometimes includes frequent urination, nighttime urination, dribbling, hesitancy, and slow stream.  There are a number of ways to help treat prostate enlargement, and a great natural way to treat it is with our Prostate Support, which is a combination of saw palmetto, pumpkin seed, lycopene —which may decrease risk of prostate cancer—and other ingredients which help this common condition.  One caveat in taking these supplements, however, is that it normally decreases PSA levels.  Typically the normal PSA is below 4.0, but when taking this supplement the upper limit of normal would be considered to be 2.5.

Red Yeast Rice – This is a natural way of reducing total cholesterol and LDL.  There is some opinion that this may have a better side effect profile than statin drugs.  Red rice yeast was actually marketed as a pharmaceutical quite a number of years ago and has subsequently been over the counter for quite some time.  Again, formulations vary in quality.

Crave Suppress – Some amino acids and B vitamins are pre-cursors to making normal dopamine levels in the body.  Dopamine is one of the brain chemicals that make us feel good and may help carbohydrate cravings.  I have often found that this can “kill two birds with one stone.”

Mood Support – It is widely known that anxiety and depression are related to low levels of serotonin in the brain.  Antidepressants and anti-anxiety medicines work by blocking a receptor in the brain that tends to keep low levels of serotonin more functional.  We have pre-cursors of serotonin in the brain, and supplementing these can help in the formation of serotonin.  By supplementing with these items that are naturally found in the body, we can increase the serotonin levels without some of the typical side effects seen with the antidepressants.  For moderate or severe depression or bipolar disorder, however, the pharmaceuticals work better.

Blood Sugar Support – Diabetics have a number of natural options available that can help with blood sugar regulation.  These substances are found in Blood Sugar Support, which may also help people lose weight naturally by helping people more efficiently metabolize carbohydrates and naturally accelerate metabolism without stimulants.

Whew!  Aren’t You Glad I Only Described a Few?

This list only covered fewer than half of the supplements I carry in my office.  But as you can see, supplements play an important role in overall health and wellness.  I’m a believer.  If I weren’t, I wouldn’t risk my reputation as a physician.

Allow Me To Introduce Myself.

My name is Dr. Joseph Johnson, and I am a physician practicing right here in town.  My office is located at 3160 Vista Blvd. in Sparks.  In fact, my office is probably just a short walk or ride from your home.

As I mentioned before, I have for many years had a keen interest in the field of natural medicine.  I strive to maintain a healthy balance between the effective use of high-grade supplements and knowing when pharmaceuticals are still the best option.


Now I’d Like To Answer Some Common Questions

Regarding the Use of Supplements


Q.  Do natural supplements have interactions with medicines and other supplements?

A. Yes, there is a possibility of adverse interactions.  It is best to talk this over with your physician.  That is another advantage of having your physician be the person who oversees your use of supplements.  Pharmaceuticals do tend to have more interactions than supplements, but certainly caution needs to be taken when supplements or medicines—or both—are taken.

Q. Is there really a difference between supplements at the grocery store and the ones available at your office?

A. The answer is yes.  In many instances, it’s a big difference.  We are so accustomed to FDA-controlled medicines, that we think we can trust that, when we buy any product, we are really getting what it says on the label.  Your tax dollars go toward a great protective service so we are not taken advantage of when it comes to medicines.  You have probably heard horror stories of people getting things in other countries that aren’t even close to what they thought they were getting.  With supplements there is a wide variety in the quality of ingredients and how much actually is in the bottle.

As mentioned earlier in this report, many companies cut corners with ingredients and quality control to the point that what’s in the bottle is not even close to the amount claimed on the label.  Since there is no FDA control of supplements, there is no policing.  That means those companies continue to get away with making higher profits for delivering inferior products.  This may be happening to you right now—yes, even your favorite name brand of supplements that you buy at your favorite chain or vitamin store.  I really feel it is too big a risk to jeopardize someone’s health on products that can’t show third-party testing or show that they follow FDA standards.

Also, the method of absorption of the supplements makes all the difference on how effective the supplement will actually be.   If the ingredient is fine and yet is unable to get past the gut wall, how effective will it be? For all these reasons, we only carry the finest products—and oftentimes they are no more expensive than the lower-quality ones.

Q.  Do insurances pay for supplements?

A. Usually not.  You may be able to use your health savings account or flexible spending account to purchase the supplements, however, especially if they are purchased at your doctor’s office.


Well, I hope you’ve found this report informative and educational, and that by reading it I was able to shed some new light on the importance of supplements.  Well, I think I covered all there is to cover…  Wait a minute; I nearly forgot the most important question of them all.  That is…

Now That You Know Just About All There Is To Know, How Do You Go About Choosing The Right Doctor?

You see, in this day and age you need to work with the right professional who is trained and experienced in the area you need help in. Over the years I’ve helped many people just like you find a better way to resolve their chronic symptoms and complaints safely and effectively through the use of supplements.

So, as you can now see, I have the training and experience in this field that patients should expect from their practitioner.  While these are important, you should also choose a doctor you feel comfortable with, someone who listens to your concerns, and is easy to talk to.

That’s why I recommend that you come in for a visit to see if you feel comfortable with me. During this time we can discuss your specific situation in detail and see if our office is the best option for you. There will be absolutely no obligation or pressure to go further.  If, after the appointment, you believe there is no benefit to working with me, you simply find a different doctor.  No hard feelings.

However, if you do decide to take the next step, I will then discuss with you my treatment plan and how we can proceed from there. You can also speak to my friendly staff regarding insurance verification and coverage (if applicable).

Here’s What To Do Now…

If you’re interested, and would like to explore your treatment options, pick up the phone now and call my office at (775)352-7200.  Let them know you received my special report on The Power of Supplements and would like to schedule a consultation.  That’s it.  We’ll take care of everything from there.  But don’t procrastinate!  If you would like to finally rid yourself of those annoying symptoms, make that call right now!

I look forward to meeting with you in the not-so-distant future, and I hope to help you as I’ve helped thousands of other local residents!  So why not take the time to find out if our office is right for you? What have you got to lose?

Either way, I wish you good luck and good health!


Joseph Johnson, M.D.





The information provided in this report is meant as a general source of information only and should not be substituted for sound medical advice.