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TAKING VITAMIN SUPPLEMENTS

Question-Week ending Sunday 10/20/02:
Please express your attitude and disciplines toward taking Vitamin Supplements as a measure to promote better health. Use the following scale to vote: (10)Extreme-Take daily; (8)Positive-take almost daily; (6)Ocassional- Take weekly; (4)Weak- usually forget to take (2)Indifferent-Don't care; (0)Don't believe in vitamins. Please read the Pre-Poll Commentary before taking this poll.

Pre-Poll Commentary:

In last week's poll, we discussed the first of the Daily Dozen Disciplines which was about Eating Healthy Meals. In this second poll of the DDD series, we will discuss the discipline of taking vitamin supplements. We could devote numerous pages trying to discuss this most controversial topic. However, our purpose of this poll is strictly to open our minds as to what can possibly work for us to promote better health.

Nutritionists, dieticians and medical doctors all have their own theories as to why we need or do not need vitamins to supplement our diets. We all have our own theories and beliefs including myself. My beliefs are based on a combination of my own research and my own personal experiences. I am "by no means advising anyone to follow what I do."

It seems very obvious to me that as we age, our body chemistry changes. We don't produce the same chemicals in the same quantities we did in our youth. Also as part of the aging process, our body parts and systems go through the slow process of wearing out.

In a perfect world, we would be able to replace the vitamins and minerals our bodies require by eating a perfect balanced diet. Unfortunately, we do not live in this perfect world. Our diets are not always perfectly balanced. Thus, we need to study on our own, what nutrients, vitamins and minerals our own individual bodies require, based on our age and overall health. Only then, can we begin to formulate an individual program of complimenting our diets with vitamin and mineral supplements. That's about as simple as my own explanation gets.

I believe that I have personally maintained a better state of health, by sticking to a regimented discipline of taking vitamin supplements in the proper doses. My choices of supplements have changed constantly with my ongoing needs. But like all things in life, if you think more is better, you will probably be wrong. Balance and consistency is a much better strategy than taking mega-doses of individual supplements.

Again, I would like to stress, that my opinion toward vitamin supplements works for me. You have to do your own research and form your own opinion as to what works for you. My goal of taking the time to formulate these polls is to open your mind to topics that could ultimately promote better health and more happiness. I do not give medical advice! Medical Doctors are the only individuals qualified to give medical advice. That leaves me out. Let us know what you think by taking our poll regarding your attitude toward taking vitamin supplements.

This poll will end on Sunday 10/20/02. Watch for the results and summary by Monday morning 10/21/02.


Results:
1. 38% report their attitude as (10) Extreme-Take daily
2. 36% report their attitude as (06) Occassional-Take weekly
3. 13% report their attitude as (08) Positive-Take almost daily
4. 07% report their attitude as (02) Indifferent-Don't care
5. 04% report their attitude as (04) Weak-usually forget
6. 02% report their attitude as (00) Don't believe in vitamins

Post-Poll Commentary:
Our poll showed that 87% of respondents took vitamins at least once a week with the number one choice being once a day. The vitamin supplement market is indeed a booming business. There are several reasons. We have a higher awareness today of attempting to live a longer and healthier life. Supplementing our diets with nutrients that are missing in our food intake, may be one way to help maintain proper health. But remember, this is only one small part of the puzzle. Also remember that vitamin supplements are not for everyone. Especially if you take medications that do not mix well with certain vitamins. Always check with your physician before taking any supplements. The key here is to educate yourself and make good decisions. Learn all you can about treating your body like a temple. Invest the time to learn about all the pieces of the puzzle needed, so you can plan for enjoying a happier and healthier life. We wish you well.


Master Archives of Polls

Dozen Daily Discipline Poll Topics
Dozen Daily Disciplines Introduction
1-Eating Healthy | 2-Daily Vitamin Supplements | 3-Working Effectively
4-Focused Time with Loved One | 5-Focused Time with Family | 6-Daily Exercise
7-Daily Reading For Education | 8-Daily Audio Learning | 9-Daily Financial Management
10-Sharing With Others | 11-Time for Spirituality | 12-Healthy Sleep Habits

Goal Planning System Topics
Goal Planning System Introduction
Step 1-Belief, Desire | Step 2-Writing Down Goals | Step 3-Benefits & Analysis Step 4-Listing Obstacles | Step 5-Listing Resources | Step 6-Write out a Detailed Plan
Step 7-Execute Passionately & Keep Score

Time Management Series Topics
Introduction
Strategy and Benefits | TM Benefit 1 Peace of Mind
TM Benefit 2 Self Knowledge | TM Benefit 3 Health & Energy
TM Benefit 4 Loving Relationships | TM Benefit 5 Financial Rewards
TM Benefit 6 Achieving Worthy Goals | TM Benefit 7 Total Personal Fulfillment

Personal Development Opportunities Topics
PDO's Introduction
PDO's Ages 7 to 12 | PDO's Ages 13 to 19 | PDO's Ages 20 to 29
PDO's Ages 30 to 39 | PDO's Ages 40 to 49 | PDO's Ages 50 to 59
PDO's Ages 60 - Over, Plus Summary

Personal Value In The Marketplace (PVIM) Topics
PVIM Introduction
PVIM Evaluation | PVIM Increasing Your Value | PVIM Preparing And Planing Early
PVIM Start Improving Your Market Value Today!

The Qualities Of Leadership Topics
Introduction
Honesty | Energy & Passion | Great Listeners | Being Decisive
Being Realistic | Great Communicator | Being Patient | Being Persistent
Being Flexible | Being Persuasive | Being Competent | Being Responsible
Sense of Humor | Great Role Model | Being Creative | Being Compassionate
Being Resourceful | Being Diplomatic | Forgiving | Willing To Take Risks

Positive Moods And Emotions Topics
Introduction
Acceptance | Affection | Ambition | Anticipation | Attentive | Calmness
Caring | Confidence | Courage | Curiosity | Desire | Determination | Eagerness
Empathy | Enthusiasm | Excitement | Generosity | Gratitude | Happiness
Independence | Joy | Kindness | Love | Loyalty | Patience | Pride | Relaxation
Respect | Satisfaction | Trust

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Financial Management | Football Passion | Internet Time | Magazine Reading
Movie Rentals | Music Listening | Nurturing Relationships | Pet Ownership
Photography | Pro Sports | Restaurants | Strength Exercise | Stretching Routine
Theatre | TV Time | Weekend Away


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