The medical literature and lay media have given much attention to the potential harm caused by combining dietary supplements with prescription drugs. But there has been far less concern about the risk of nutrient depletions caused by commonly used pharmaceuticals, and even less attention given to ways these depletions might be prevented or reversed through judicious supplementation.
The table below is the second in our series on nutrient depletions. It identifies depletions caused by widely used oral contraceptives, hormone replacement regimens, and antibiotics. The tables are adapted from Laboratory Evaluations in Molecular Medicine: Nutrients, Toxicants and Cell Regulators, by J. Alexander Bralley, PhD, and Richard S. Lord, PhD, Institute for Advances in Molecular Medicine, 2001. Holistic Primary Care is grateful to Drs. Bralley and Lord, and to Metametrix Clinical Laboratory for providing this information.