Every so often a controversy erupts in the media that questions the need to take vitamins. Critics say taking vitamins is just a way of creating expensive urine. Recently I saw a doctor on television “say that most vitamins are useless”. Tell that to the researchers at Hyper Health who developed a a 30 thousand page, evidence based database on nutrients with supporting clinical studies. Talk to the professionals at Life Extension Foundation, the worlds’ largest research organization on natural medicine. LEF continually publishes groundbreaking studies on vitamins, minerals, herbs and food and other natural treatments. Need more proof? Read the 869 page book “Prescription for Nutritional Healing” on drug-free remedies..
By the time the public hears about a significant benefit from a particular nutrient the news as circulated for five years or longer in the natural health newsletters and industry publications. Sometimes the research goes back even further. For example, in 1946 a doctor, Arthur Alexander Knapp, published a paper call “The Eye as a guide to latent nutritional deficiencies.” He outlined his observations and treatments of navy personnel in the South Pacific. Dr. Knapp found that treating patients with severe myopia (near sightedness) with vitamin D and calcium stopped or retarded the progression of myopia in 50% of the cases, with 30% experiencing improvement in their vision. Using a before and after plaster cast Dr. Knapp proved that supplementation with vitamin D and calcium actually changed the shape of the eye. He also found that vitamin D and calcium treatments improved conditions related to retinitis pigmentosa, an abnormal pigmentation of the retina that can cause blindness.
Everyone treated with vitamin D and calcium had an improvement. Dr. Knapp speculated that cataracts could be a symptom of poor diet, along with vitamin D and calcium deficiency. Many researchers report that vitamin D deficiency among the general population is epidemic. This can have serious health results, since low D levels can impact the health of different organs, shorten life spans and has been associated with 22 different forms of cancer, coupled with a host of other diseases and illnesses.
Most doctors and pharmacist say it is not necessary for a daily probiotic supplement when taking oral antibiotics, which depletes both good and bad bacteria. Eighty percent of all antibiotics are used in the meat industry to prevent infections in the animals. This high usage of antibiotics in the meat industry along with other anti-bacterial products has created the perfect storm for bacteria to become more resistant to antibiotic treatment. Nutritionist and naturopathic doctors argue that our immunity is based on the health of digestive tract. Antibiotics can disrupt the bacterial balance in our the digestive tract..
Probiotics helps to produce beneficial bacteria in the digestive tract for proper digestion, strengthening of the immune system and fighting off disease-causing bacteria. and viruses. if you are planning to enter the hospital probiotics can help toughen the immune system against MRSA, a powerful bacteria commonly found in hospitals. The University of Washington determined that use of lactobacillus cultures can promote faster recovery from diarrhea by secreting their own antibiotics to dangerous pathogens. Maintaining the right balance of probiotic yeast can often help fight off candida infections and inflammatory conditions of the vaginal tissues.
Researchers at the University Medical Center in Ultrecht in the Netherlands studied 55 children with juvenile arthritis and found that a child’s vitamin K status had long term implications on bone health. Higher levels of vitamin K can benefit these children. This study adds to the growing body of evidence that bone mineral content and mass is directly related to healthy levels of vitamin K2. 325 women with no sign of osteoporosis benefited by taking vitamin K2 supplements during a three year study period that boosted their bone mineral content.
Coenzxyme Q10 commonly referred to as CoQ10, was first isolated in 1957 and put into use by the Japanese in the mid-1960’s for treatment of congestive heart failure. It was also the Japanese who created the technology necessary to produce Q10 in major quantities. Q10 is a major antioxidant that is referred as a ubiquinone because of its existence in all living organisms. In 1978 PhD chemist Peter Mitchell received the Nobel Prize for his studies on Q10’s ability to transfer energy to the cells. Dr. Stephen T. Sinatra’s book “The Coenzyme Q10 Phenomenon” details how Q10 benefits the heart, protects against periodontal disease, diabetes, skin damage, male infertility and cancer, to name a few. In addition to Dr. Sinatra’s book hundreds of clinical studies and citations have been published.
In spite of the benefits of vitamins, minerals, herbs and even foods, there can still be interactions with your prescription meds. Discuss any nutrient use with your doctor to ensure there is no conflict with your medications.
Douglas Sewell is CEO of Detroit-based Painexx Corp., makers of the world’s most powerful topical pain reliever. Ringmaster Rubbing Oil. www.ringmasternow.com