I recently started seeing a homeopathic medicine practitioner. On my first visit, she prescribed faerie dust a homeopathic remedy and ordered lots of blood work.
The results? While not technically deficient in anything, my levels of some micro-nutrients (in this case, iron, zinc, vitamin D, and vitamin B12) came in a bit on the low side of the ranges. While I would prefer to get all my nutrients through real food, I agreed to go along with a supplementation plan. Our bodies do not readily absorb the form of iron found in many typical OTC iron supplements (which may explain why my levels were low, despite the fact that I take a multi with “100%” of the RDA of iron).
My doctor initially recommended an iron supplement consisting of fractionated liver bits, but moved on to plan B upon remembering that I’m vegetarian. What was plan B, you ask? An atrociously expensive — but supposedly effective — liquid iron supplement. At the recommended adult dose of 2 teaspoons, twice a day, it costs $1.76/day. Hmm, now that I’m looking at the numbers, maybe it’s not quite as pricey as I thought, but still not cheap.
They package this magic iron elixir in a bottle that is impossible to pour from without dribbling liquid down the bottle and/or all over the counter. To make matters worse, the top is a bit tricksy. So, the other evening, I shake it (as instructed), only to find that the lid was not on tightly. Expensive liquid iron supplement splashed all over the kitchen floor. Distress and desperation! I decided the quantity on the floor was close to my 2 teaspoon dose, and I proceeded to clean up the mess.