Besides being a family practice doctor, Dr. Epperly has been certified by the Clinical Nutrition Certification Board in nutrition. The discipline of Clinical Nutrition applies principles derived from current biochemical and physiological scientific knowledge for the purpose of correcting health problems and promoting optimal health via food and nutritional supplementation. In the dual role of Medical Doctor and Clinical Nutritionist, Dr. Epperly will typically take a detailed history of the patient’s medical background including current complaints and present lifestyle. He will examine the patient’s lab reports from traditional medicine and any other medical reports. He may suggest some in-depth complementary laboratory work that might reveal heavy metal toxicity, mineral deficiencies, abnormal intestinal permeability, poor digestion, decreased liver function, Candida overload, adrenal insufficiency, fatty acid imbalances, inadequate antioxidant levels or other problems. This integrative approach allows Dr. Epperly to suggest clinical nutritional supplementation in the right dosage, that will address an individual patient’s needs. We have clinical nutritional supplements available at our office location or we personally order them for patients. Our sources have excellent reputations and have the Highest Quality Standards of purity and potency. All our supplements are hypoallergenic and have high bioavailability. Click Here to Order Metagenics Nutrition Supplements Dr. Epperly treats such complex conditions as fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, obesity, migraines, high cholesterol, PMS, arthritis, migraines, irritable bowel syndrome, insomnia, yeast overgrowth syndrome, menopause, and others. How Do You Know if You are Buying the Right Supplement? If you’re like most people, you know that choosing the right nutrition supplements can often be overwhelming and confusing. And one of the big questions is not just what supplement to take but what company brand to buy. Do I just buy the cheapest or do I buy the most expensive? It’s hard to know who is making good stuff and who isn’t. It also doesn’t help that supplements are completely unregulated by the FDA, except that supplement makers are very limited by the FDA as to putting any therapeutic claims on the label (even if there is pretty good scientific proof of efficacy). But supplement makers could literally put whatever they want in those bottles and not be held accountable. So what do you do? One guideline for supplements in the store is price. With supplements you usually, but not always, get what you pay for. So getting the cheapest brand is usually not a good idea. One thing to remember is that the most expensive supplement is the one that doesn’t work. So clearly, efficacy matters. Some companies sell products so cheaply that professional supplement companies like the ones we use can’t even buy their raw materials at that low of a price, so you have to really wonder what you are actually buying. You want to buy a supplement from a company with a good reputation, especially amongst healthcare professionals. You also want one that manufactures its own stuff. You should avoid supplements that say “Manufactured for”, or “Distributed by” because that means that the company whose brand it is did not actually make the stuff. Some other company (from anywhere in the world) made it, so can you really trust that? I wouldn’t. You also want a company that is known to have high quality manufacturing practices. One of the companies we use at AIH is Metagenics, and Metagenics manufacturing processes are so high quality, that if the FDA were to require supplement makers to adopt the same manufacturing processes that pharmaceutical makers are held to, Metagenics would not have to change anything. They already use the same manufacturing standards that drug companies use. I have personally visited and inspected one of Metagenics manufacturing and research locations in the state of Washington, and I was very pleased and impressed with what I saw. And I love that they not only manufacture very high quality supplements, but that they are also doing a lot of original research on supplements and not just relying upon the work of others or what is in the literature. They actually seem to be doing more original functional medicine research that any other major supplement maker. The last thing I really like about Metagenics is how heavily influenced they have been by the teachings of the world-renowned and brilliant nutrition scientist, Dr. Jeffery Bland, Ph.D. He is one of the most remarkable people I have ever met, and he continues to rock the medical world with his influential teaching and writing (see his latest book, “The Disease Delusion”). Metagenics supplements are available through our website and are shipped right to your door in a matter of a few days and shipping is free for orders over $50. Another major supplement maker we trust in is Orthomolecular Research. We dispense many of their supplements directly from our office, and you can also buy them online at www.PatientServices.com and use code EPP100-01 to gain access to their online ordering page. Other companies I think are good include Biotics Research, American Botanical Pharmacy, and NOW brands. These are all professional grade supplement makers and we dispense a number of their products through our office.