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  • December 2017
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Foundational advice — What to know going forward

It’s now two and a half years that I have been writing articles for Nature’s Pathways Magazine. I’ve always enjoyed educating others about the benefits of nutrition. Nature’s Pathways has passionate and educated readers, and I have enjoyed writing articles for your consideration. I hope you’ve enjoyed them as well.

We live in a time of unprecedented access to information. One might think that it would be easier to learn the truth about any topic. But while we have access to more than enough information, we don’t often have access to reliable and accurate context. People are more confused than ever. So I thought that in this last article I would give you my bullet points of advice for going forward. These are the important things that could be foundational in your thinking. Of course these are simply my opinions and I have found them to be very helpful.

  • Distinctions matter. It’s the details that reveal the difference. This is your process of discovery as you pursue better health, you must dig deeper to understand human health and nutrition. The more you know the better choices you will make. Better choices lead to better outcomes.
  • The single most important first change people should make is to improve omega-3 and omega-6 balance. Our cells cannot function properly without sufficient omega-3. Everything else works better with a proper omega-3 level. (You can test for this.)
  • Seek out better food and better diet. Make it a principle to reduce refined sugars, grains and fats. Move away from packaged foods and prepare more meals at home. Buy cleaner food when you can.
  • With regard to medications: We are highly overmedicated in the U.S. We willingly take every drug that is prescribed because we think our health is at risk. The truth is that many of the drugs we take for common conditions do not lead to better health outcomes. I believe that many of the challenges people have may actually be attributable to the chronic use of medications as the only solution for health challenges.
  • Nutrients are not drugs. Nutrients don’t treat disease. Nutrients nourish the structure and function of your body. Don’t think disease; instead think nourish your cells, tissues and organs. It is through providing your body with targeted nutrients that regeneration and maintenance can take place. Better functioning leads to less disease.
  • Question everything, at least at first. We all need others we trust. Be it our doctor, mechanic or nutritional advisors, we all need services and products. So make sure to do your due diligence upfront. Reliable providers want their customers to be informed. Once you develop a knowledge base it gets easier. But in the beginning, look for the distinctions.
  • Be flexible. As you explore your nutritional options, be willing to learn and change. Do the best you know at any given point. Be willing to experiment and try different or new products. Then pause and evaluate your outcomes. Adjust and make changes as needed. Proceed and then reevaluate. Make changes and proceed. Over time your nutritional program becomes more and more suited to you.
  • Watch out for medical claims. By law, nutritional companies cannot make disease claims (with very few exceptions). If products are promoted to cure, treat or prevent disease, these are disease-treatment claims and they are illegal and unlikely to be true. I do not trust any company who either does not understand the law or is willing to ignore it. This is a red flag for me.
  • Nutritional supplements are regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Good companies willingly follow FDA Good Manufacturing Practices and provide truthful information. But there are many companies that operate illegally until caught. There are many ways products can be subpar and/or adulterated. You should vet the companies that get your business.
  • Transparency and certifications. This is an important emerging trend. Being transparent means that companies share their distinctions with their customers. One important component of this is third party certifications. These might include non-GMO, organic, vegan, kosher, sustainable and so on. Certifications can help you make distinctions. Certifications help companies prove that they are committed to various standards.

Using these principles will help you be more successful as you develop your nutritional program. The best program is the one that works for you. That is your process of adventure and discovery. 

If you have benefited from my articles, then you should follow me on We cover these and more important topics related to the science of nutrition. Every month I record and publish numerous podcasts where we explore nutritional topics in depth with the best experts in natural health. You can listen to the interviews and read the articles anytime, 24/7, using any web browser. We even have our own app for iPhone and iPad just for listening. It has been my pleasure to write for you and I wish you all the best success.

Steve Lankford

Steve studied and practiced natural health and healing for three years way back in the early 1970s. In 1976, he and his wife Debbie opened Family Nutrition Center, a health food store in Green Bay. Family Nutrition Center is located at 850-A Lombardi Ave. in Green Bay. Family Nutrition Center can help you discover a nutritional program that works. For more information, visit or call 920-432-6886.

Steve is also the host of, dedicated to nutrition and your good health. The mission of the podcast is to explore the science of good nutrition and good health, and to share that with listeners and customers.

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