Many people have nutritional deficiencies because of past personal eating habits. However, a large extent is due to the lack of quality in the foods commercially available in grocery stores or restaurants today.
Designed Clinical Nutrition is not "over-the-counter" vitamins. Over-the-counter vitamins are pharmaceutically engineered chemical fractions of vitamin structures reproduced in a laboratory. Because they are not made from whole foods, over-the-counter vitamins are not "genuine replacement parts" as they lack many of the essential elements normally present in WHOLE foods. Vitamins that are being used all over today generally only need to have a small percentage of their actual content derived from natural sources to be labeled "natural." If they are not derived from whole foods, they often make a person even more deficient and nutritionally out-of-balance. they can create other health problems because they do not contain all of the co-factors found in nature that make the vitamin work.