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The Supplement Pyramid

From the Show: Mindful Medicine
Summary: Are you struggling to find the right supplements for your body?
Air Date: 3/26/14
Duration: 10
Host: Holly Lucille, ND, RN
Guest Bio: Michael Smith, MD
Dr Michael Smith"The country doctor with a city education," that's how Dr. Michael A. Smith's many devoted fans describe him.

Senior health scientist and nationally-known media personality for Life Extension® — the world's leading organization dedicated to extending the healthy human life span — Dr. Smith is an author and blogger, radio talk show host, creates and conducts webinars and appears in informational health and wellness videos.

His engaging ability to present complex medical topics, be it inflammation, diabetes, migraines, food sensitivity or weight management, in a clear, conversational manner has won him a sizable following of anti-aging and disease-prevention enthusiasts.

Also known as "Dr. Mike," for more than six years, he has been affiliated with Life Extension in a variety of expert roles including – health advisor, clinical information educator and keynote speaker for the company's monthly lecture series.

Dr. Smith was a recurring guest in 2012 on The Suzanne Show with Suzanne Somers on the Lifetime Network, appeared on Gem of the Caribbean, a television show dedicated to disease prevention and is often seen in several regional infomercials as an expert guest. He is also heard on numerous syndicated national health radio shows and hosts Healthy Talk on www.RadioMD.com, where he interviews celebrities, authors and a wide range of health experts, while providing his own expert opinion.

Dr. Smith's new book, The Supplement Pyramid – How to Build Your Personalized Nutritional Regimen, was released March 2014. The book is complemented by an interactive website – www.MySupplementPyramid.com – featuring numerous health quizzes.

Most recently he contributed to Martha Stewart's Whole Living website as well as health articles on Examiner.com, About.com, and WholeFoods. He has been a guest lecturer for numerous anti-aging organizations in South Florida and manages several content-based medical websites that reach out to his legion of health-conscious fans.

Before joining Life Extension, Dr. Smith was a cardiovascular medical science liaison with the global pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca. As a spokesman for AstraZeneca's phase-3 clinical trial programs, he traveled throughout the U.S. presenting study results to cardiology groups and university centers.

A graduate of the University of Texas, Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas, Dr. Smith completed an internship in internal medicine at the University of Utah and a residency in radiology at UT Southwestern Medical Center.
The Supplement Pyramid
You've been told before about the building blocks to better your nutrition and health, but you may have no idea where to actually start. It doesn't help that when you hear the word "supplement," you become overwhelmed by the massive amounts sold in health and grocery stores.

It's important to understand that your body is different than that of your siblings, your friends and your significant other. What their bodies require mostly likely is not what your body requires to build a stronger, healthier life.

However, starting at the very bottom at the foundation of your pyramid, everyone needs the same nutrients. It's not until you reach the middle of the pyramid where it becomes more personalized. For example, foundational nutrients that everyone needs are a multivitamin, omega-3 oils, CoQ10 and probiotics.

To begin personalizing your pyramid, you need to ask essential questions about your health and lifestyle. For example, why sort of symptoms are you having? What is your energy level? The very top of the pyramid is optimization, which deals with aging.

Michael Smith, MD, joins Dr. Holly to discuss his new book, The Supplement Pyramid, why supplements are different for each individual and ways to start building your own supplement pyramid.