How long can we live?

Billions of dollars are being spent on medical research and a lot is going to the study and analysis of the aging process.

Natural cures for aging are being found under the microscopes .

The big questions are :

Why do we age?

Is aging just part of life or do we not have to age?

Is there an alternative to aging?

Is there a difference between biological age and linear numeric age?

Our body renews all of its cells so why do we continue to age instead of being a restored in a brand new state.

Lets look at these questions within the context of natural healing and some of the latest bio med research.

Body Cell Repair and Renewal

A simple description of how our body renews itself involves our DNA, stem cells and the immune system. I am not being patronizing and if you are in need of more detail go for it and research this stuff.

There is a process for repairing cells, for cell death ( apoptosis}, and cell replacement. This complex process is still not understood by medical science.

 

What is known is that the DNA strand is our template; it contains all the information our body needed to grow from a single cell life form to maturity.

Our DNA provides and contains the information that our stem cells use to grow new cells and replace all of our body cells over time.

Somehow our body repairs and replaces our cells. Over time, it replaces all of them with new ones however the brain is still a challenge and how our body cares for its brain is still a big mystery.

So if our DNA is the template or pattern for our body why, when our cells are replaced with new ones, do we not look 24 years old again?

This is where the money is and research is going – lots of it.

Malnutrition And Dehydration

If you have checked the other posts in this site you will know that I have a focus, putting it kindly, on good nutrition and the lack of it as a cause of disease.

The following diseases are caused by malnutrition and are recognized by medical science and the medical profession as being caused by a deficit of key vitamins.

Dehydration is a significant contributing factor to disease. See the bibliography and the article on this site about proper hydration to prevent ill health.

If the cells in your body are dehydrated they will not function properly. Coffee, tea and sodas do hydrate – they cause you to lose more liquid than you take in. They are diuretics and if this is all you drink then you will become more and more dehydrated, fatigued and irritable. That’s just the start!

The diseases caused by vitamin deficits are  are :

  • Pellagra – symptoms start with fatigue and depression and can grow to dermatitis, diarrhea, psychosis, dementia and death. The cause is a deficit of the B vitamins and iron
  • Arthritis – joint pain and swelling and loss of bone mass. Leads to fine and large fractures. Cause is a deficit of vitamin C, vitamin D and calcium and magnesium. Low energy, fatigue and depression are also symptoms.
  • SAD – seasonal affective disorder or depression. Cause by a vitamin D deficit especially during the winter and spring.
  • Scurvy – the body is unable to make collagen to repair itself. Loss of teeth, joint, function and bleeding via damaged arteries and blood vessels. This can be undiagnosed at first until the symptoms become worse. It initially is fatigue, pain and lack of energy. The cause is a deficit of vitamin C which prevents the body from repairing itself and in particular the manufacture of collagen – required for body repair and cell replacement.
  • Rickets. A disease that affects children in the main. A deficit of vitamin D, vitamin B, magnesium and calcium causes fragile bones and deformation of the bones.
  • Arrhythmia – uneven heart beat. A deficit of magnesium cause muscle spasms including the heart muscles. Magnesium is used by every cell in your body and a deficit causes ill health – cramps and leg twitches are a symptom along with irregular heart beat. This causes stress on the cardiovascular system and loss of flexibility in the smooth muscle of the arteries.
  • Selenium is an important mineral. It’s necessary for many processes, A lack of selenium may cause
    • hypothyroid syndrome – not enough thyroid hormone is produced for proper metabolism
    • cell replacement requires selenium
    • reproduction – causes infertility. Farmers provide it as a supplement to stock to avoid this serious issue.
    • protection from infection – the immune systems needs this element to work effectively
    • skin problems
    • depression and fatigue.
  • Zinc is another key element needed by all cells in the body to function well and a shortage often manifests as skin problems.
  • Hypothyroidism. The thyroid gland can produce enough thyroid hormone for the body to remain healthy. Symptoms are fatigue, depression and goiter. Prolonged deficit of thyroid hormone leads to malfunction of the immune system and lack of protection against infections both viral and bacterial. This can be cured with additional iodine plus vitamin supplementation with C, B complex, D and multivitamin and mineral supplementation.  Sometimes a kick start of thyroxin is required to get you going again. See the bibliography.
  • Beriberi is a disease caused by a vitamin B-1 deficiency – thiamine deficiency. Beriberi affects the heart and circulatory system. Beriberi can cause heart failure.
  • Depression. A Canadian doctor Abram Hoffer found that a range of mental illnesses, from depression, addiction, psychosis, and bipolar and schizophrenia could be successfully treated and healed by correcting a deficit of vitamin B3 plus other B vitamins. He also used key minerals and other vitamins as part of his protocol. Clinical notes confirm this. See the bibliography.
  • Diabetes. Sugar toxicity due to excessive consumption of carbohydrates.
  • Anemia – vitamin B12 deficit

There is growing evidence that malnutrition – a deficit of key vitamins and minerals – is a cause of serious illnesses including the ones listed above which have been acknowledged by government medical authorities.

Research has discovered that the herpes virus has been found to be a factor in causing artery damage in animals and birds.

There is no doubt that when the body is malnourished it is more susceptible to infections [ both viral and bacterial] and suffers from physical damage to cells and organs and structure.

Oxidation is simply the effect of oxygen reacting with matter. In our bodies it affects all of our cells. It’s part of living however it can be reduced by taking anti-oxidants – vitamin C is a proven anti-oxidant.

The point is that how can your body successfully repair and heal existing cells, let alone make new ones, when it is malnourished and fighting disease. I put the idea to you that for a body to function well it has to be well nourished, well hydrated and disease free to properly repair cells and replace them.

There is a state I call subclinical disease. The body is malnourished [ has a deficit of key vitamins and minerals] but has not yet expressed the full symptoms of a disease for easy diagnosis.

The sufferer is always tired, grumpy and prone to coughs and colds plus has poor skin condition. Does not drink water and is therefore dehydrated and suffering from constipation, stiff joints and dry eyes. Eats lot of products containing sugar, white flour and corn fructose. Is overweight and inactive.

How can this persons body function properly to repair and replace cells. They are unwell but no doctor could diagnose them as having a specific disease.

I put the case that if you do not eat well, are dehydrated, and do not have enough essential vitamins and minerals then get ready to age more quickly than necessary and welcome disease into your life. You may get away with it up to about age 35 but it will be all downhill thereafter.

Biomed Research

One of the researchers into biological aging is a scientist David Sinclair. He has held research positions with many prestigious organizations in the medical research field including Harvard.

He has undertaken extensive research into the behavior of cells, both human cells and cells of other living organisms.

He is obsessed with the process of aging and questions whether can halted and reversed.

He has authored a very interesting book entitled : Lifespan – Why We Age – and Why We Don’t Have To, D A Sinclair Phd, M D LaPlante, Harper Collins,2019.

 

He posits the theory that aging is not inevitable, it is a disease that can be :

  • prevented
  • halted
  • reversed

He has investigated the issue of cell replacement and why the new cells show signs of aging even though they be newly made. The 64 dollar question you may say.

Why does the body use stem cells to make new replacement cells which are not as good as new ?

He and other colleagues are advancing research and knowledge into how the body creates replacement cells and are discovering the presence of many hitherto unknown enzymes and molecules which the body uses in this process.

He is puzzled about why the DNA template is not accurately and completely followed when the body makes replacement cells. It’s as if the stem cells can only see the DNA template imperfectly not unlike looking through a sheet of clear plastic which has been oxidized and scratched so that the view is somewhat vague and unclear.

He and his colleagues expanded research into enzymes named sirtuins which seem to coordinate the body’s cell repair and replacement function. The sirtuins are also used by the body to repair DNA.

For these enzymes to be happy in their work and produced in sufficient number the body needs to supply a molecule named NAD which the body manufactures from vitamin B3.

Oh ho you say not vitamin B3 again. Yes I say and so does David Sinclair.

Is this a eureka moment?

David is not so effusive but says that vitamin B3 does appear to be essential for sirtuins to be made in sufficient number and for the body to repair DNA,  repair cells and create cell replacements from stem cells.

It made him excited enough to write the book after all.

Biological Age vs Linear Numeric Age

David Sinclair refers to medical procedures that can measure your biological age. These tests give a kind of health heads up and have been around for some time. He is aged 49 and his biological health is rated at 33 years old plus or minus a few. Not bad

He tells an anecdote about how his dad hit the big 70 and started showing increasing signs of aging.

He put his dad on a regime of reduced carbs, plus NMN [ nioctinamide mononucleotide] a more refined form of B3 with a smaller molecule to enable easier metabolism by the body, and metformin to reduce his blood glucose level.

He says that after six months his father was almost as fit as a greyhound and has started a new career and traveling.

So watch this man David Sinclair and keep an eye on his research.

I like it because other medical people have also found great benefit from supplementing with B vitamins, and B3 in particular, to cure disease both of the body and the brain.

Get the book – its an OK read and not too technical. Tell your friends but you make sure you take B vitamins and extra B3 to remain healthy and maybe younger?

I am giving it a shot because it makes so much sense and vitamins are needed to remain healthy. It’s been proven by Abram Hoffer MD and others that vitamin B3 is both essential and great for mental health.

I take berberine to help manage my blood glucose level – unfortunately metformin requires a prescription.

Just extra energy would be great would it not – I’ve got used to wrinkles and gray hair!

I drink between 6 and eight glasses of water per day and it works – now that my hydration is good and my energy has improved.

Wishing you good health and joy. If this article is of interest I ask that you pass it on to others. Thanks

Jack

jack@vitaminsforyournutrition.com

Bibliography

Lifespan – Why We Age – and Why We Don’t Have To, D A Sinclair Phd, M D LaPlante, Harper Collins,2019.

orthomolecular.org – the International Society for Orthomolecular Medicine and News Service

Orthomolecular Medicine For Everyone – Megavitamin Therapeutics for Families and Physicians, A Hoffer, MD, PhD, A W Saul PhD, Basic Health Publications, 2008

The Orthomolecular Treatment Of Chronic Disease – 65 Experts on Therapeutic and Preventive Nutrition, A.W. Saul PhD editor, Basic Health Publications, 2014

Niacin The Real Story, A Hoffer, MD, PhD, A W Saul, PhD, H D Foster, PhD, Basic Health Publications, 2012

Your Body’s Many Cries For Water, F Batmangelidj, M.D., Global Health,2008

The Vitamin Cure For Depression, B.H. Jonsson, M.D., PhD, A. W. Saul PhD., Basic Health, 2012

 

Heart Disease – natural cure and prevention

 

Heart disease is one of the main causes of death in the modern world. It is a disease of malnutrition. Your body’s immune system will either repair or replace damaged cells. To undertake the cell repair or replacement function your body needs to access key nutrients to function properly and these include the essential vitamins :

– vitamin B complex and additional vitamin B3

– vitamin C – critical for your body to produce collagen and repair the walls of blood vessels.

– vitamin D

-vitamin E has been proven to help the body heal the cardiovascular system

 

Heart disease  affects people with both high and normal cholesterol.

It is a disease that can be prevented and healed with natural healing methods.

What Causes Heart Disease?

Smoking and or being over weight or obese are known causes of heart disease.

Rheumatic fever is known to damage heart muscle and valves which is why when children have sore throats they should be checked to ensure its not Rheumatic fever. Its often a disease of childhood.

Heart disease can be caused by arteries losing flexibility – the so called hardening of the arteries.

There is an untruth being upheld by big pharma and the medical associations that high cholesterol causes heart disease. This is simply not true – there is no research or science to prove such a direct causal link.

What has been found is that the conditions of atherosclerosis, narrowing of arteries due to plaque deposits, is often found together with high levels of blood cholesterol BUT it is not the cause of atherosclerosis.

The plaque deposits on the inner lining of the intima [ the inner layer of the lining of blood vessels] are the result of attempts by the immune system to repair damage to the inner lining of the artery wall.

This is a correlation not a causal relationship.

There is no direct causal relationship between high cholesterol and atherosclerosis/heart disease. There is no repeated scientific research which proves this.

What is known is that damage occurs to the inner lining of arteries and blood vessels. This causes inflammation and the immune system is triggered by the inflammatory signal to try to repair the damage.

White blood cells respond to the damage and coat the damaged are to prevent further bleeds and a protective cover is created over the damaged area. The immune system will continue to repair the damage as long as it remains inflamed signaling that healing is required. A plaque will form on the inside of the artery wall as part of this healing process.

The ideal outcome is that the artery heals underneath the protective plaque and when the inflammation disappears the plaque will also be removed, a little at a time by the body’s natural repair system, until the artery lining is once again smooth and free of both plaque and scarring. This is the optimal outcome.

However, if your body is short of the key nutrients needed by the immune system to repair damaged cells then the necessary repairs will not take place.

Tooth decay and abscesses cause a bacteria build up in the blood stream and this is known to cause heart disease by infection leading to inflammation and enlargement of the heart and arteries.

Vitamin C and vitamin B3 are proven cures for gum disease along with good dental care. Tooth and or gum abscesses are very dangerous for your heart.

Now a short detour to a well-known diseases that cause heart damage and disease.

Diseases Of Malnutrition – acknowledged by the medical profession and the government. Verified by science

  • Pellagra – symptoms start with fatigue and depression and can grow to dermatitis, diarrhea, psychosis, dementia and death. The cause is a deficit of the B vitamins and iron
  • Arthritis – joint pain and swelling and loss of bone mass. Leads to fine and large fractures. Cause is a deficit of vitamin C, vitamin D and calcium and magnesium. Low energy, fatigue and depression are also symptoms.
  • SAD – seasonal affective disorder or depression. Cause by a vitamin D deficit especially during the winter and spring.
  • Scurvy – the body is unable to make collagen to repair itself. Loss of teeth, joint, function and bleeding via damaged arteries and blood vessels. This can be undiagnosed at first until the symptoms become worse. It initially is fatigue, pain and lack of energy. The cause is a deficit of vitamin C which prevents the body from repairing itself and in particular the manufacture of collagen – required for body repair and cell replacement.
  • Rickets. A disease that affects children in the main. A deficit of vitamin D, vitamin B, magnesium and calcium causes fragile bones and deformation of the bones.
  • Arrhythmia – uneven heart beat. A deficit of magnesium cause muscle spasms including the heart muscles. Magnesium is used by every cell in your body and a deficit causes ill health – cramps and leg twitches are a symptom along with irregular heart beat. This causes stress on the cardiovascular system and loss of flexibility in the smooth muscle of the arteries.
  • Selenium is an important mineral. It’s necessary for many processes, A lack of selenium may cause
    • hypothyroid syndrome – not enough thyroid hormone is produced for proper metabolism
    • cell replacement requires selenium
    • reproduction – causes infertility. Farmers provide it as a supplement to stock to avoid this serious issue.
    • protection from infection – the immune systems needs this element to work effectively
    • skin problems
    • depression and fatigue.
  • Zinc is another key element needed by all cells in the body to function well and a shortage often manifests as skin problems.
  • Hypothyroidism. The thyroid gland can produce enough thyroid hormone for the body to remain healthy. Symptoms are fatigue, depression and goiter. Prolonged deficit of thyroid hormone leads to malfunction of the immune system and lack of protection against infections both viral and bacterial. This can be cured with additional iodine plus vitamin supplementation with C, B complex, D and multivitamin and mineral supplementation.
  • Beriberi is a disease caused by a vitamin B-1 deficiency – thiamine deficiency. Beriberi affects the heart and circulatory system. Beriberi can cause heart failure.

There is growing evidence that malnutrition – a deficit of key vitamins and minerals – is a cause of serious illnesses including the ones listed above which have been acknowledged by government medical authorities.

Research has discovered that the herpes virus has been found to be a factor in causing artery damage in animals and birds.

There is no doubt that when the body is malnourished it is more susceptible to infections [ both viral and bacterial] and suffers from physical damage to cells and organs and structure.

Oxidation is simply the effect of oxygen reacting with matter. In our bodies it affects all of our cells. Its part of living however it can be reduced by taking anti-oxidants – vitamin C is a proven anti-oxidant.

 

Vitamin C deficit

The disease scurvy is caused by a deficit of vitamin C and one of the symptoms is damage to arteries and blood vessels which results in bleeding via ruptures in the vessels.

This vitamin C deficit results in damage to the inner walls of the blood vessels. There is a deterioration in the endothelium lining of the inside artery walls and the smooth muscles of the arteries. Other blood vessels inner walls also deteriorate.

This causes inflammation in the damaged arteries and the heart muscles.

The body cannot make enough collagen to maintain the strength of the arteries and blood vessels. There is not enough vitamin C to create the collagen needed to repair the arteries and muscle tissue.

Lesions and breaks in the inner artery walls develop plus the arteries can lose the ability to flex [ artery wall hardening] and thus cope with increases in pressure due to the systolic pressure of the pumping function of the heart,

The inflammation worsens, the arteries diameter is restricted by plaque forming; in an attempt by the immune system to repair the damage, and then blood pressure begins to increase.

Many people have a deficit of vitamin C in their diet and this can be worsened when the body has to fight an infection or virus.

The immune system will use all the vitamin C it can get to fight infections and repair cells. This further depletes the supply of vitamin C in your body.

You cannot get the vitamin C your body needs from food alone, especially when your system is already depleted and is fighting inflammation and or virus and bacteria invasions.

It is necessary to take 3000 mg of vitamin C daily when in good health and to increase this when you are unwell. Your body will react if you take too much vitamin C by producing more gas[ than normal] or loose stools – this called the bowel tolerance level for vitamin C.

If you reach this point just reduce your intake of vitamin C until the effects disappear. Not just reduce but do not stop taking it altogether.

If you are sick or your immune system is repairing damage then your body will tolerate large amounts of vitamin C which it needs to fight illness or make repairs.

 

Vitamin E Natural

There is natural vitamin E [ d-alpha tocopherol and mixed natural tocopherols] and synthetic vitamin E [ dl-alpha-tocopherol].

The natural form of vitamin E is considered to be a more effective anti-oxidant and have a greater effect on the circulatory system.

Back in the 1930ies the Shute brothers, both MDs, began to successfully treat heart disease with supplementation of vitamin E.

Today this is still a recommended natural healing product to repair and recover good cardiovascular health in doses of up to 1600 Iu in divided doses over the day.

If you are on blood thinners check with your MD before taking vitamin E.

Vitamin B Complex

The B group of vitamins known as B complex are critical to maintain good health. The disease beriberi, which causes heart disease, is the result of a vitamin B deficit. Take at least one B100 capsule daily.

Dietary deficits of vitamins are not well diagnosed by the medical profession – they tend to disregard the key role of vitamins for keeping good health. The science is proven however as shown in this article.

Some people are unable to metabolise vitamin B12 and this results in anemia , fatigue and ill health.  A simple blood test will reveal if you have a deficit of B12 and this can be remedied with injections of B12 on a regular basis.

This deficit is nit uncommon in children and seniors however anyone may have this problem of not being able to metabolise vitamin B12 from their food. Even worse they may  not have sufficient food with B12 as ingredient. A disease of malnutrition.

Vitamin B3

Vitamin B3 is used by the body to manufacture an enzyme NAD which is needed by all cells for good health, repair and replacement of cells. Every cell in our body is replaced many times over our life span.

Modern genetic research has identified that NAD, made by our bodies from vitamin B3 [ in the form of either niacin or niacinamide] is very important to maintain body cell function, repair and replacement.

There is a large number of scientists and research sites studying the process of aging. One of the scientists in this field is David A. Sinclair PhD. He has written a book entitled :

Lifespan : Why We Age – and Why We Don’t Have To, DA Sinclair, PhD, Harper Collins, 2019

David Sinclair’s  and others’ research has revealed how important the B vitamins and in particular vitamin B3 for the body to maintain cell health, repair cells and make replacement cells. I recommend you read about his extraordinary research and experience in halting and reversing the aging process.

Vitamin D

A vitamin D deficiency causes arthritis, osteoarthritis, depression and other health problems. It is recommended by the government as an important supplement to maintain bone health and density.

If you are in deficit state for vitamin D, many people are due to lack of sunlight on their skin each day, then its important for your health to supplement with vitamin D.

During the winter and spring most people are in a vitamin D deficit due to lack of exposure to sunlight. Mild depression and fatigue are some of the indicators of this deficit.  Vitamin D is essential for good health.

Important Minerals For Heart Health

These important minerals are necessary for cell health in our bodies. Deficits in these minerals are common. All of them are essential for muscle health including the heart muscles and the smooth muscles of the arteries.

Magnesium – often our food is short of this key mineral.

Selenium – it is common for soil to be deficient in this mineral and we do not get enough in our food.

Zinc – the first sign of zinc deficiency is a loss of the senses of smell and taste

Calcium – it is essential to use either orotate or citrate form of calcium and to take vitamin D and C with it to ensure your body can metabolize it.

 

Nutrition – food alone is not enough

It is a fact that if you have been in situation of not having enough vitamins in your diet to be healthy then simply changing your diet will not make up the deficit.

It is physically impossible to consume enough food to source the vitamins your body needs to heal.

Supplementing your diet with vitamins B complex, B3, C, E,D plus zinc, magnesium and selenium is vital  so that your body can repair your cardiovascular system.

 

References

There are excellent published resources for you to do further research into how to use natural healing for heart disease. See the bibliography for this article to learn more about the supplements and the minerals.

I recommend this book as a good start point ;

 

It gives lots of clear and detailed information about heart disease, how to prevent it and heal it with vitamins, minerals and good nutrition.

 

Proper Hydration

Dehydration is an acknowledged cause of ill health. Go to this article on this site about proper hydration and why it is so important for good health.

 

Be kind to your heart. Nourish and care for it – its so much more than just a pump. See the findings of the Heart Math group about intelligence and intuition. here. 

Your heart needs kindness, nuturing, joy and fun.

If you find any of this information useful  please pass it on.

Wishing you good health and happiness.

Jack

jack@vitaminsforyournutrition.com

Bibliography

The Vitamin Cure For Heart Disease, H. Roberts,PhD, S.Hickey,PhD, A.W.Saul, PhD, editor, Baisc Health,2011

Lifespan: Why We Age – and Why We Don’t Have To, D.A.Sinclair,PhD.,M.D. LaPlante, Harper Collins, 2019

orthomolecular.org – the International Society for Orthomolecular Medicine and News Service

Thyroid Power 10 Steps To Total Health, R.L.Shames, M.D., K.H. Shames PhD, Harper Collins, 2005

Doctor Yourself – Natural Healing That Works, pp372-374, AW Saul, Ph.d, Basic Health Publications,2013

Orthomolecular Medicine For Everyone – Megavitamin Therapeutics for Families and Physicians, A Hoffer, MD, PhD, A W Saul PhD, Basic Health Publications , 2008

The Orthomolecular Treatment Of Chronic Disease – 65 Experts on Therapeutic and Preventive Nutrition, A.W. Saul PhD editor, Basic Health Publications, 2014

Niacin The Real Story, A Hoffer, MD,PhD, A W Saul, PhD, H D Foster,PhD, Basic Health Publications, 2012

Your Body’s Many Cries For Water, F Batmangelidj, M.D.,Global Health,2008

The Vitamin Cure For Depression, B.H. Jonsson, M.D., PhD, A. W.Saul PhD., Basic Health, 2012

Natural Healing For Alcoholism – it works

A Canadian doctor plus the founder of AA used a protocol to successfully heal people from addiction to alcohol.

This effective cure which uses non-toxic natural healing has been either suppressed or deliberately avoided by mainstream medical practitioners.

The American Psychiatric Association and physicians in general recognize their limited ability to deal adequately with alcoholism by referring sufferers to a lay support organisation, Alcoholics Anonymous [A.A.]. Unfortunately, AA has limited itself by sidestepping nutrition. …. The co-founder of AA, Bill W., was treated by Dr. Hoffer in 1958 and into the 1960s. Bill found great benefit from a nutritional approach, repeated this success among many of his friends and associates, and despite great efforts, he was unable to influence the [ medical members (doctors} of the AA board ] towards broadening its approach.”

Donald R. Davis, PhD., Austin Texas. Page ix, of The Vitamin Cure For Alcoholism

The drug companies cannot make money from it because the natural healing agents cannot be patented and sold for mega bucks; therefore this effective healing process has never been promoted or used by mainstream medicine.

If you or someone you know is ill and dependent on alcohol I urge you to read on. Note this works for other addictions also – for example smoking and sugar addiction.

 

Abram Hoffer M.D., PhD

Abram Hoffer MD was a practicing medical doctor in Canada with a specialty in psychiatry. He worked for the Saskatchewan state government at the city of Saskatoon. He worked at the hospital and due to his specialty he given the task of treating patients with diagnosed mental illnesses ranging from depression to schizophrenia and addictions.

Go here to the website for orthomolecular medicine to read about the doctors and scientists who have proven the effectiveness of natural cures for diseases including Dr. Abram Hoffer.

He became aware of the significance of nutritional deficits on peoples health in the course of his training. He learned that a vitamin C deficit causes a serious disease named scurvy and how the pellagra disease epidemic was caused by lack of the B vitamins and in particular vitamin B3. He also read the few published papers about the use of vitamin B3 to successfully treat people suffering from the diagnosed psychiatric illnesses of depression, bipolar and schizophrenia.

He became very interested in the idea that many illnesses were the result of nutritional deficits – the lack of certain vitamins and minerals – which cause people’s neurological systems to malfunction and this manifested as mental illnesses and addictions.

The pellagra disease reached epidemic proportions in North America from the 1900s to the early 1940ies. The symptoms were dermatitis, diarrhea, dementia and then death – it was called the four Ds by the medical profession who were unable to treat it and did not know the cause.

100,000s suffered from this and over 30,000 died from it.

In the early 1940ies it was discovered that the disease was caused by a deficit of B vitamins and in particular vitamin B3.

The USA government made it compulsory for vitamin B and iron to be added to white flour. Advances in flour milling in the late 1890ies made possible the bulk production of white flour from which all nutrition had been removed with the exception of simple carbohydrate and a low level of minerals.

The mental illness symptoms of pellagra/ severe vitamin B shortage ranged from fatigue to depression to bipolar disorder to schizophrenia – delusion and psychosis.

Abram Hoffer applied his knowledge of how nutritional deficits cause disease to successfully treat people with depression, alcohol dependency and other additions, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia.

He also had great success curing the effects of Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome [PTSD].

He first helped the survivors of WW 2 prison camp atrocities recover from severe anxiety and depression that had plagued their lives since being freed from the camps. He then went on to cure other sufferers of PTSD over the course of his medical career.

 

Bill W.

“Bill Wilson is the greatest social architect of the 20th century” – Aldous Huxley

Bill W. [ William Griffith Wilson, 1895-1971] co-founded Alcoholics Anonymous. He stopped drinking alcohol but suffered from fatigue, depression and anxiety while he remained sober.

He met Dr. Abram Hoffer who told Bill about the effect of vitamin B3 in curing anxiety and depression. Bill took vitamin B3 in the form of Niacin, 3000mg per day in three divided doses after meals.

Within a few weeks Bill’s fatigue, anxiety and depression were gone and never returned as long as he supplemented daily with B3 and vitamin B complex.

Bill was amazed and went on to recommend this treatment to other alcoholics. His first attempt cured 20 out of the thirty who tried it. He went to the medical members of the board of AA to advise them of the result and to get them to recommend the treatment for all AA members.

The medical board members refused to endorse the treatment of alcohol addiction with Vitamin B3 and B complex.

Bill was disappointed but went on to make and distribute pamphlets and booklets about how to cure alcohol addiction with vitamin supplements and good nutrition. It was a process that worked for him and other alcohol dependents.

It is natural healing for alcohol addiction that works

Dependency Syndrome

It has been discovered that where a vitamin deficiency has been experienced for a very long time then larger amounts of the vitamin are needed to effect a cure and the sufferer needs to continue to take the vitamin and or mineral supplements to prevent a relapse of the illness.

This was first observed with the treatment of pellagra sufferers. Some sufferers recovered quickly with vitamin B3 supplementation whereas others needed greater amounts and needed to continue to take it to remain well.

This reflected the different needs of people and correlated to the length of time they had been short of vitamin B3. Those who suffered from pellagra for the longest period where more ill and needed greater amounts of B3 to heal and needed to take it for the rest of their days to avoid a relapse to states of fatigue, anxiety and depression or worse.

The same effect was found with sufferers of Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome [ PTSD]. They required greater amounts of vitamin B3 for a longer time to heal from anxiety and depression; and needed to take it every day to avoid relapsing into anxious and depressed states.

Ongoing supplementation maybe necessary and is recommended to avoid relapses when recovery from an illness takes months and even several years plus supplementation of up to 3000 mg of vitamin B3 per day.

The good news is that vitamin B3 is completely safe at divided doses of up to 3000 mg per day. It has been proven to work and has no toxic side effects. If anyone says this is not the case it is a lie.

Safety Of Vitamins

No one in the last twenty years has died from taking vitamins.

In contrast, every year 80,000 people die from the toxic side effects of taking medicines properly prescribed by their M.Ds.

Others die from errors in prescriptions and from pain killers that are highly addictive.

 

 

No one has ever died from an overdose of vitamins. This is data from US poison control center annual data.

See :

Doctor Yourself – Natural Healing That Works, pp372-374, AW Saul, Ph.d, Basic Health Publications,2013

“Over a twenty-eight year period, vitamin supplements have been alleged to have caused the deaths of a total of 11 people in the USA.

A new analysis of US Poison control center annual report data indicates that there have, in fact, been no deaths whatsoever from vitamins… none at all, in the 28 years since such reports have been available.

If anyone claims that someone has died from the effects of taking vitamins it is a lie.

 

Natural Cure For Acohol Dependency

The publication : The vitamin Cure For Alcoholism, A.Hoffer, M.D.,PhD, A.W. Saul PhD, Basic Health,2009

details the history, the clinical notes and the details of natural cures for addiction to alcohol.

This book is the A to Z of using natural cures for addiction, anxiety and psychoses related to alcohol and schizophrenia.

The focus is upon using vitamin and mineral supplementation in addition to improving nutrition in general.

For vitamin and mineral supplementation the focus is on the B vitamins plus supplementation with extra vitamin B3.

The publication :

The Orthomolecular Treatment Of Chronic Disease – 65 Experts on Therapeutic and Preventive Nutrition, A.W. Saul PhD editor, Basic Health Publications, 2014

This publication also gives clinical reports and protocols for effectively treating the diseases of addiction and psychosis arising from malnutrition. A deficit of B vitamins and especially B3. The same vitamin deficit that caused the pellagra disease. The symptoms of which included a range of mental ill health from fatigue to depression and at the extreme end psychosis – bipolar and schizophrenia states- and finally dementia.

The B Vitamins

Vitamin B1 – thiamine

Crucial for energy processing, the mitchondria in body cells and the nervous system function. Proven in clinical studies to improve mood and energy.

Vitamin B2 – riboflavin

Reacts with other B group vitamins to enhance sense of well-being and mitochondria function

Vitamin B3 as niacin

Proven antidepressant function and significantly lowers levels of bad cholesterol. Necessary for the body to produce the NAD enzyme for cell health and stem cell action to replace old or damaged cells. Effective anti-inflammatory for auto-immune dysfunction

Vitamin B3 as niacinamide

Same as for niacin but does not have the benefit of reducing cholesterol levels, however high cholesterol levels DO NOT cause cardio-vascular disease/atherosclerosis. People with low cholesterol levels still die from cardiovascular disease and atherosclerosis. There is no science that proves high cholesterol = heart disease. Ask for the data – there is none. Its purely a correlation wrongly pushed as a cause.

Vitamin B6

essential for the creation of dopamine, norepinephrine, serotonin, thiamine, tryptamine, taurine, histamines and GABA. A cofactor in cellular level enzyme reactions. B complex is a source.

Folic Acid

Part of the B complex nutrition regime. See sources in the bibliography for more detailed effects and use.

Vitamin B12 – cobalamin

A deficiency causes anemia and nervous system issues. Got from animal based foods. Vegans and vegetarians could be lacking. Some people are unable to get sufficient vitamin B 12 by digestion and thus suffer from anemia and mental fog/fatigue. They require injections of B12 to remain healthy – a blood test will show if this is necessary. This can affect both children and adults.

Supplementation with the B vitamin complex is a natural healing method which has been proven to be effective by the case studies of doctors who have used it.

For the use of this vitamin cure to be effective the individual needs to stop drinking alcohol. The supplementation consists of vitamin B complex plus additional vitamin B3 up to 3,000 mg per day in three divided doses after a meal.

It  is also important to supplement with vitamin C – often heavy drinkers are very low in vitamin and this deficit inhibits their recovery. Vitamin D is also used to prevent depression.

The minerals selenium, zinc, chromium and magnesium have also been included in the treatment as key healing elements.

Nutrition

A lot of alcoholics do not eat much at all let alone nutritious food.

A diet without sugar, white flour [ processed foods made from white flour], fruit juices [ high in sucrose and fructose], corn fructose will reduce the sugar toxicity quickly and can be replace with complex carbohydrates, in small amounts to reduce the craving for sugar.

Sugar in all forms is toxic to our metabolism and the drastic rise in consumption over the last 120 years is causing the epidemics of obesity and diabetes and heart disease. Not to mention behavioral issues with children and juvenile obesity and diabetes.

A ketogenic type diet, low in carbohydrates, will provide lots of good protein and greens to rebuild body health.

 

Meals alone will not provide the vitamins required to heal alcoholics and sufferers of other addictions. The supplementation of B vitamins is central to their return to health and freedom from the addiction. For vitamin B3 the intake needs to be at least 3,000 mgs per and for those with severe withdrawal or DTs it could be up to 6000 mgs per day initially to bring stability and coherence.

To read more about mega vitamin cures for disease go to the website orthomolecular.org and get the book

Orthomolecular Medicine For Everyone – Megavitamin Therapeutics for Families and Physicians, A Hoffer, MD, PhD, A W Saul PhD, Basic Health Publications , 2008.

For people who have been ill for a long time it may take longer for a recovery to occur, keep on taking the vitamins and supplements. Some may need to take them forever to prevent a relapse into the disease state.

Addiction or proper nourishment with vitamins – a few pills per meal per day. You have a choice.

If the information in this post has been useful for you or someone you know please pass it on.

See the post on this site about natural cures for depression. Go here.

Good health and natural healing.

Jack

jack@vitaminsforyournutrition.com

Bibliography

The Vitamin Cure For Alcoholism, A Hoffer, MD, PhD, A W Saul, PhD, Basic Health Publications, 2009

Doctor Yourself – Natural Healing That Works, pp372-374, AW Saul, Ph.d, Basic Health Publications,2013

Orthomolecular Medicine For Everyone – Megavitamin Therapeutics for Families and Physicians, A Hoffer, MD, PhD, A W Saul PhD, Basic Health Publications , 2008

The Orthomolecular Treatment Of Chronic Disease – 65 Experts on Therapeutic and Preventive Nutrition, A.W. Saul PhD editor, Basic Health Publications, 2014

Niacin The Real Story, A Hoffer, MD,PhD, A W Saul, PhD, H D Foster,PhD, Basic Health Publications, 2012

 

Natural Cures For Depression – cure depression without medication

 

It’s one of the plagues of the modern world – depression. Around 11% of the American population is on legally prescribed anti-depressant medication which loses its effectiveness as the brain adjusts and has nasty side effects.

There are effective natural alternatives to prescribed medications; proven to help people extract themselves from a depressed state.

Read on to learn about effective alternatives to medication which are natural cures for depression. With them you can cure depression without medication.

The focus is on nutrition and supplementing with vitamins and key trace elements. You are unwell because your brain is starved of key nutrients.

It works and vitamins are safe.

In the last 20 years there have been no verified deaths from taking vitamins. This data from the national poisons center.

S.A.D. – Seasonal Affective Disorder

This syndrome has been identified as depression during winter and spring.

The winter blues.

Our body manufactures vitamin D when our skin is exposed to sunlight for around 20/30 minutes for fair skinned people and up to one hour or longer for darker skinned people whose skin pigmentation provides both protection and resistance to the sun’s rays.

This is an optimal scenario of being in the sun in the summer between 10 am and 3pm. This will give your body the opportunity to manufacture enough vitamin D for  good bone health, good mental health plus enough to allow the cells of your body to function well including your immune system.

With modern life styles even in the summer many people do not go outdoors.

It’s the house to the car to the office to the car to home. Time outside maybe 20 minutes at most and at the start or end of the day. This a disease of modern times, lifestyle and urban living plus fear of the sun created by well-meaning scare mongers.

If you use sunblock or cover your skin with clothes and a hat then your body will not be able to make sufficient vitamin D and you will become unhealthy and sad.

Many people are in a vitamin D deficit state all year round but it is worse in the winter with less sunshine time. Note that the further from the equator you live the less sunshine you will get as you move into fall and then winter – the days are shorter and you may well go to work in the dark and certainly come home when it is dark.

For a long time [ fall and winter ] its a given that your body will not have enough sunshine exposure to make enough vitamin D for you to remain healthy.

Depression, anxiety, sadness and fatigue are all a result of a vitamin D deficit.

The natural cure for this depression is to take 400 IU of vitamin D twice per day plus two vitamin B complex – B100 – tablets per day along with vitamin C and E natural. Take also one multivitamin with trace elements to cover any shortage of trace elements.

If this does not work then keep taking it. It’s not an instant fix, because it takes time to recover and also take one 250 mg tablets of niacin, or niacinamide, five times a day. Note that when first taken vitamin B 3  as niacin causes skin flushes, this goes away with continual use after 4 to 7 days. Niacinamide form of vitamin B3 which does not cause skin flushing; however it does not have the effect of lowering blood cholesterol as does niacin [ niacin works better than statins and without the awful side effects that statins cause].

Stick with this and do it daily. Without enough exposure to the sun you need this every day to be healthy and happy.

 

Alcohol

It is proven science that alcohol has a depressive effect on the brain which is sad because many people drink lots and some them are self medicating to deal with existing states of depression, anxiety and fear.

If you have a vitamin D deficit and add alcohol to your body plus its winter then you sure are on the slope sliding down to a depressed state of mind.

All alcoholics suffer from depression and anxiety. They just don’t feel it when they are under the influence.

Take vitamin D, 400 IU twice a day, plus vitamin B complex, B100 twice per day, plus niacin or niacinamide 250 mg tablets 5 times a day. Take one multi-vitamin as well plus vitamin C – three 100mg tablets across the day.

If this does not work right away stick with it. Do it daily and keep at it – this is not an instant cure and it will take time for your body to recover. Cut back on the booze as well if you can – if not get help to do this.

Abram Hoffer M.D., PhD said about alcoholic depression :

“My friend Bill W. [was] co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous. We met in New York in 1960. Humphrey Osmond and I introduced him to the idea of mega vitamin therapy. We described the results we had seen with our schizophrenic patients, some of whom were also alcoholic. We also told him about its [vitamin B3 – niacin] many other properties. It was therapeutic for arthritis, for some cases of senility and it lowered cholesterol levels.

Bill was very curious about it and began to take niacin, 3 grams per day. Within a few weeks fatigue and depression which had plagued him for years were gone. He gave it to 30 of his friends….

Within six months he was convinced…Of the thirty 10 were free of anxiety, tension and depression in one month. Another 10 were well in two months.”

Source The Vitamin Cure For Depression, p21.

 

 

 

 

The man with alcohol issues took 3000 mgs. of niacin in divided doses three times per day. He also was advised to take B complex ( B100 one per day ) plus vitamins C ( 3000 mg per day in divided doses) , vitamin D 400 IU twice daily and vitamin E natural – 2 at 400 IU per day.

Natural nutrition works to help alleviate the effects of depression and cure it .

Abram Hoffer proved this many times in his medical practice

 

Note that niacin will cause skin flushing for the first few days but this will diminish and disappear. You can use niacinamide instead however this does not have the added benefit of reducing bad cholesterol in your blood.

Tests have shown that niacin is more effective than statins at controlling blood cholesterol levels and it has no bad side effects unlike the statins based medication.

Fatigue

Fatigue makes doing everything much harder and can segue into a state of depression. Anaemia is common for women and for men to a lesser extent.

It is  a state of having a low red blood cell count and is usually due to insufficient iron in the diet. Supplementing with iron can quickly reverse the situation and allow your body to make more red blood cells.

It is easily detected with a blood test.

There are many other causes of fatigue and  poor sleep habits are but one. Supplement with magnesium and vitamin B complex to allow your body to relax and sleep better. Poor sleep patterns can be a major cause of fatigue and depression.

 

Thyroid Deficiency – hypothyroid syndrome

This is a condition whereby your thyroid gland cannot produce enough thyroid hormone for your body to function properly and you become ill. This disease affects both men and women. The result of a thyroid deficit are :

– fatigue

– depression

– loss of interest in sexuality

– weight gain

There is a huge problem in having this condition recognized by doctors and treated. It is often diagnosed simply as fatigue or depression or worst of all a non-specific illness – this means they do not know what to do about it. It is incorrectly diagnosed as post-natal depression and is not uncommon after child birth.

There are blood tests for thyroid hormone levels in the blood but they are not always effective as a diagnostic tool and are often misinterpreted as being OK when in fact they are not and indicate a thyroid production problem.

The symptoms above are enough to signal an issue may exist with your thyroid level.

One way to cure the problem is to increase your intake of iodine as a supplement. An iodine deficit cause thyroid gland dysfunction and low levels of thyroid hormone production.

For some sufferers its necessary to supplement with either natural or artificial sources of thyroid hormone. There is an animal sourced product contained dried thyroid and various prescription versions of artificial thyroid.

I recommend you read this book if you think you have a low thyroid problem based upon the symptoms above :

 

It is written by a husband and wife team who learned the hard way, Karilee Shames suffered badly from thyroid deficit and depression after she gave birth to their second child. Through treating her to recovery they both developed their great knowledge of this disease and how to effectively treat it.

They often successfully cure people who were not taken seriously by their own doctors and went to them for help.

They transformed people’s lives with the cures. They have also found attention deficit and learning issues with children to be the result of low thyroid hormone.

If you are permanently tired and depressed, plus overweight, then you should be checked for low thyroid hormone. If you doctor does not take this seriously find one who does.

Take  iodine daily to help your thyroid to function  – iodoral seems OK. You can get iodine from natural sources for example seaweed or extracts thereof.

Treatment resistant depression may well be the result of you thyroid gland not working properly and not having enough thyroid hormone made by the gland to keep you healthy. Check out all options when faced with the illness of depression.

Also take niacin [vitamin B3] to help overcome the depression associated with low thyroid. Take 3000mg per day in divided does over the day.

Start with smaller doses and build up to the daily 3000. Take niacinamide if the flushing bothers you – it will however go away after a few days of taking niacin and niacin has the beneficial effect of reducing unhealthy cholesterol in your blood.

Click here to go to their website – thyroidpower.com

 

Allergies Cause Illness Including Depression

Allergies to food types cause ill health and depression.

Allergic reactions to sugar, gluten, milk, nuts are but a few common types of allergies.

Allergy tests may not be conclusive indicators of a food allergy and are not always reliable. The best method is to eliminate the product from your food intake for at least one week to see if you feel better.

This known as the elimination test for allergies and works well. I f are feeling better after a week without the product then eliminate it from your diet.

Removing foods that cause allergies has transformed peoples’ lives and restored their health.

Start with sugar, products made from white flour, corn fructose and work on to regain your health.

For children with ADHD the changes can be wonderful in conjunction with niacinamide supplementation.

Seriously consider allergic reaction as a cause of depression and anti-social behaviour. Sugar is definitely the place to start . One can of soda contains up to 14 spoonfuls of sugar and often caffeine and other chemicals – its poison for both children and adults alike.

Natural Treatments For Treatment of depression

Vitamins and Minerals.

In their book The Vitamin Cure For Depression, B.Johnsson, M.D., PhD and A.W. Saul, PhD, recommend taking the following nutrients to recover from depression.

They have found them to be successful in treating the disease of depression.

Vitamin B1 – thiamine
Crucial for energy processing, the mitchondria in body cells and the nervous system function. Proven to work in clinical studies to improve mood and energy.
Vitamin B2 – riboflavin
Reacts with other B group vitamins to enhance sense of well-being and mitochondria function
Vitamin B3 as niacin
Proven
antidepressant function and significantly lowers levels of bad cholesterol. Necessary for the body to produce the NAD enzyme for cell health and stem cell action to replace old or damaged cells. Effective anti-inflammatory for auto-immune dysfunction
Vitamin B3 as niacinamide
Same as for niacin but does not have the benefit of reducing bad cholesterol levels
Vitamin B6
Many functions and its participates in the metabolism of dopamine, norepinephrine, serotonin, thiamine, tryptamine, taurine, histamines and GABA. A cofactor in more than 100 enzyme reactions. Use as B complex
Folic Acid
Works synergistically as part of the B complex nutrition regime
Vitamin B12 – cobalamin
A deficiency causes anemia and nervous system issues. Found in animal based foods so vegetarians maybe deficient
Vitamin C – ascorbic acid
It is known for antioxident properties and prevents the disease of scurvy. Scurvy in a mild form causes fatigue and depression. High blood sugar levels reduce the metabolism of vitamin c – eg diabetes. People with low vitamin C levels improved energy and mood significantly with vitamin C supplementation.
Vitamin D
Dependent on sun exposure. Fall and winter deficits commonplace. Affects many body functions including mood and absorption of calcium for healthy bone mass
Magnesium Used for over 325 enzyme based actions in the body. Symptoms of a deficit are :

Depression

Fatigue

Insomnia

Stress/anxiety

Irritable/ muscle cramps/restless legs or twitching when asleep.

Zinc
The senses of taste and smell are zinc dependent. Persons with depression have been found to be low in zinc and mood improved significantly with supplementation. Also, effective with children, adolescents and adults with irritability and anger issues
Selenium
Key element for metabolic function and health. Lots of soils are short this and thus so is the food. Alcohol induced selenium deficiency.
Chromium
Important for glucose uptake by cells and brain function. Symptoms of a shortage include carbohydrate cravings and subsequent obesity.
Omega 3 fatty acids
These fats are important for proper metabolism and cell health. Proven mood enhancer if taken after being deficient .

 

Chronic Nutrient Deficiency leads to Dependency Syndrome

A person who has been deficient in a key nutrient for many years will develop a dependency syndrome whereby they require larger amounts of the nutrient on an ongoing basis to recover their health. To remain healthy they have to keep on taking the supplements after they regain their health to avoid relapses.

This was first discovered when treating people with the disease pellagra which was epidemic in the USA from 1900 up to the early 1940ies.

It was known as the four Ds disease – dermatitis, dementia, diarrhea and death.

It started with fatigue and depression plus skin issues and as it worsened psychotic episodes similar to schizophrenia developed, then loss of brain function along with severe diarrhea then death. In the 1930ies 30,000 people died from it and 100,000s suffered from the symptoms.

It was caused by a deficit of vitamin B complex and when the government made it compulsory to add vitamin B to flour in 1941 the disease began to disappear.

It was discovered that some people did not recover from pellagra unless they were given larger quantities of vitamin B and in particular vitamin B3.

They had developed what is known as a dependency on vitamin B3 and needed more to recover and to keep on taking it to remain well.

This was also found to be the situation when treating alcoholics for depression and persons suffering from post-traumatic stress syndrome. They all required vitamin B3 totaling 3000 mg per day in divided doses over the day to both recover and remain well.

So if you have had a deficit of a key nutrient for years then you may have developed a dependency and will require larger amounts on a daily basis to recover your health and keep on taking it to remain well.

Subclinical disease. This is a situation where the disease is present but is hard to diagnose. There are symptoms like fatigue and depression but the cause is not obvious or properly diagnosed.

Its likely to be a shortage of key nutrition elements or thyroid issues and or SAD – seasonal affective disorder.

Below is an excerpt from the Orthomolecular Medicine News Service dated October 7 2005

Mental Health Treatment That Works

Doctors report that mental health problems including depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, ADHD, [ attention deficit hyperactivity disorder], anti-social and learning disorders, and obsessive compulsive disorders often have a common cause : insufficient nutrients in the brain.

 

Nutritionally oriented doctors assert that the cure for these problems is to give the body the extra nutrients it needs, especially when under abnormal stress.

Orthomolecular medical researchers say the future of psychiatry is in nutrition because nutrition has such a long, safe and effective history of correcting many mental problems.

Nutrients such as the B vitamins are most successful when taken regularly, taken in relatively high doses, and taken in conjunction with vitamin C, the essential fatty acids [EFAs], and the minerals magnesium and selenium.

A summary of what has worked for many people follow below. The safety of vitamins and minerals is extraordinary, and the expense of trying them is much less than the cost of hazardous pharmaceutical drugs. These nutrients can be purchased in a discount or health store [or online]

Taking 1,000 milligrams of vitamin B3 three times a day often cures mild to moderate depression. Dramatic results are often achieved within one week of beginning this nutritional program, especially in alcoholics.

Sometimes a simple deficiency of vitamin D causes depression, 3000 IU per day from all sources can alleviate this problem.

3,000 milligrams per day or more of niacin [vitamin B3], along with the same quantity of vitamin C, taken in divided doses throughout the day can successfully treat both schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.

Vitamins B3, B6, C and the minerals magnesium and zinc frequently produce a good response in ADHD and autistic children. It is essential that these children are not fed sugar, products made from white flour and corn fructose. These products have been found to very toxic for hyperactive children with behavioural disorders.

Sodas and fruit juices and high sugar yoghurt are also toxic for these children.

Vitamins B6, folate and B12 taken together lower elevated homocystine levels in the elderly while improving mental function.

As pointed out by chemistry professor and vitamin discoverer Roger J. Williams PhD, each individual has different nutritional needs and responds differently to nutrients. Are you tired of being depressed, suffering from anxiety, paying huge prescription drug bills for unsafe prescriptions that do not solve the problem or produce undesirable side effects?

Are you tired of the piecemeal trail and error approach to finding a solution to your mental and or emotional problems? If so, adults should consider the following nutritional protocol, which will bathe your brain and nerves in natural nutrients and may well produce dramatic results.

The cost of trying the program below is less than the cost of a typical doctor’s office visit. It is safe and convenient. All of these nutrients can purchased at discounts stores [or online].

After the morning meal take :

  • A multivitamin tablet
  • 1000 milligrams of vitamin B3 [ as niacinamide or inositol hexanicotinate]
  • One B complex tablet
  • 100 mg of vitamin B6
  • 1,200 micrograms of vitamin B9 [folate or folic acid]
  • 1,000 to 2,000 IU of vitamin D ( the lower number if you get sunshine or higher if you do not ]
  • 200 mg of magnesium
  • 1,000 mg of vitamin C
  • 50 mg of zinc
  • 200 micrograms of selenium
  • 30 grams of soy protein powder and one tablespoon of lecithin granules mixed into one small glass of milk, taken along with a supplement of omega three fatty acid

After the midday meal take ::

  • 1000 mg of vitamin B3
  • 1,200 mcg of folic acid
  • 100mg of vitamin B6
  • one B complex tablet
  • 1,000 mg of vitamin C
  • 200 mg of magnesium

After the evening meal take :

  • a multivitamin tablet
  • 1000 mg of vitamin C
  • 100 mg of vitamin B6
  • 1000 mg of vitamin B3
  • one B complex tablet

All the above supplements are safe in the recommended amounts, as well as inexpensive and convenient.”

Oh its a lot of pills to take!!!

You have a choice to supplement to recover joy and your life  – or not.

Good life vs a sick shitty life.

From any perspective the drama of taking a few pills is better than living a life of depression and ill health.

 

Other Treatments Of Depression

Get some one to talk to whether it is a friend or a professional counsellor.

Be mindful or when you are thinking dark thoughts and consciously decide whether you want to continue with this thought thread. You can choose to continue or change the scenario.

There are help lines that could give you assistance.

Try to focus on being totally in the present moment. The past cannot be changed – its over. The future is unknown – if it was we would all have winning lottery tickets!

The present right now is all we have. Be there and see the good stuff that is happening – for every one item of bad news there are at least 10,000 good things happening ; happy and compassionate  happenings on this earth planet.

Exercise is great. Go walking – 10,000 steps is a good goal per day. Your body needs to move and stretch to feel well. Cycling is great if you have a safe place to do it free of traffic.

 

Alas my days of being young, fit and trim are well gone, however I either cycle or walk each day which gives me both joy and exercise.

Some people find meditation good and other find pilates or yoga to be relaxing.

Find an option that suits you for moving your body purposefully every day for a least half an hour.

 

Use natural remedies that work to recover good health

Take action to recover your sense of wellness and happiness. Start with the simple choice of taking 2 four hundred IU vitamin D3 tablets – perhaps you have SAD [ seasonal affective disorder] the winter blues and vitamin D will do the job.

Some people are short of selenium [ a commonplace deficit in soils leads to a deficiency in food ] and recover and some are seriously low in vitamin B complex and vitamin C.

If the depression continues get your thyroid checked., read Thyroid Power and contact the writers if you get no where with your own doctor – it happens.

Start on the protocol above to beat your depression.

Cut back on the alcohol also. Alcohol is a neuro-toxin and is full of sugar. Its proven to be a depressant – it makes drinkers depressed once the euphoria goes!

The one other thing you need is to be properly hydrated. If you are dehydrated you will be tired and have brain fog and be constipated.

Drink a minimum of six glasses or water per day. Two before each meal and fit in at least two others to have a chance of being properly hydrated.

If you are not properly hydrated you will not recover your health and well-being.

Go to this article about how to hydrate properly.

Wishing you good health and happiness. If this information is helpful please pass it on.

Jack

jack@vitaminsforyournutrition.com

 

Bibliography and references

The Vitamin Cure For Eye Disease, Robert G. Smith, PhD, Basic Health,2012

Doctor Yourself – Natural Healing That Works, A.W.Saul, PhD, , Basic Health, 2012

Orthomolecular Medicine For Everyone – Megavitamin Therapeutics for Families and Physicians, A Hoffer, M.D., A.W.Saul, PhD, Basic Health, 2008

Your Body’s Many Cries For Water, F Batmangelidj, M.D.,Global Health,2008

The Vitamin Cure For Depression, B.H. Jonsson, M.D., PhD, A. W.Saul PhD., Basic Health, 2012

Thyroid Power : Ten Steps To Total Health, R.L.Shames, M.D., K H Shames, R.N., PhD, Harper Collins, 2005

Orthomolecular Medicine News Service dated October 7 2005

The Journal of Orthomolecular Medicine, various articles

Niacin The Real Story, A.Hoffer, M.D., Ph.D, A.W.Saul, Ph.D, H.D.Foster, Ph.D., Basic Health, 2012

The Orthomolecular Treatment Of Chronic Disease, A.W.Saul Ph.D, editor, Basic Health, 2014

The Vitamin Cure For Alcoholism, A. Hoffer,M.D.,Ph.D, A.W.Saul, Ph.D, Basic Health, 2009

 

 

 

 

EYE Disease – prevent and treat it naturally with vitamins and nutrition

Windows to the soul

 

Eyesight problems can affect people of all ages and as we age there is a HIGHER RISK of suffering from eye disease and loss of vision.

This article will tell you the symptoms and how to treat and prevent eye disease naturally  . How to supplement with vitamins and what to eat to both prevent and treat eye diseases.

Why are eyes unhealthy ?

Smoking has a bad effect not only on lungs but eyes as well. Most smokers are chronically short of vitamin C and as a consequence suffer from higher oxidation damage to their body than non-smokers and are more prone to disease because of their body’s weakened immune system.

Poor nutrition means that the body cannot get the vitamins and minerals it needs to function well and the weakened immune system cannot prevent disease from starting nor fight it effectively.

If this condition continues for any length of time then as people age they will become progressively more unhealthy and more diseases will begin to manifest in their bodies. It’s not solely a function of aging but more one of prolonged poor nutrition. The body has been deprived of the nutrition it requires in the form of vitamins and minerals for too long and begins to malfunction in many ways including the manifestation of diseases.

Age related disease follows from a lifetime of poor nutrition and exposure to strong light damages eyes. Being outdoors and not wearing sunglasses will damage your eyes through continuous exposure to sunlight.

Sitting for hours each day in front of a computer screen continuously emitting strong light including blue light will damage your eyes over time. Wear sunglasses when outdoors in bright sunlight and use computer screen filters to reduce the effect of light ray emissions.

The retina contains the light sensitive rods and cones which capture light rays and then they are converted to electrical messages via the nervous system and sent via the optic nerve to the brain for interpretations and analysis.

These rods and cones are repaired and replaced however with aging they do recover from damage or replace themselves so efficiently. This deterioration is labeled degenerative disease of the photo receptor cells – macular degeneration and retinitis pigmentosa. The effect is a gradual loss of eyesight which worsens as the disease progresses culminating in blindness.

Eye Examinations

Get your eyes checked not just for how good your vision is but to check for signs of disease such as glaucoma and any issues that maybe present in the form of cataracts, or detachment of the retina – this can be fixed if the detachment is detected in the early stages. Cataract is the clouding of the eye lens and the scattering of light as it enters the eye. This caused by oxidation stress in the cells of the eye.

It you are in an accident and suffer from strong physical shock, for example a fall or a car accident, a fall from a bike etc. then get your eyes checked in case there is some detachment of the retina. This can be treated successfully if found in the early stages.

 

Nutrition and Supplementation For Eye Health

 

Good Food

The over consumption of simple carbohydrates causes the digestive system to overload the blood with glucose ( sugar ) which is toxic for the entire body, overloads the pancreas ( which may cease to function ), and causes damage to all cells and organs of the body including your eyes.

Simple carbohydrates are sugar, white flour, corn fructose syrup, white rice and any processed foods containing these ingredients. Do not eat this stuff because it is slowly but surely poisoning your body including your eyes. Eating this stuff is the main cause of the disease diabetes which causes severe damage to your body.

Move your nutrition away from simple carbohydrates that poison you to complex carbohydrates which are more nutritious and will stop your blood sugar from going crazy high all the time.

Complex carbs are potatoes, sweet potatoes, squash and brown rice – do not eat white rice because it’s an easy to digest simple carbohydrate and your gut converts it to glucose very quickly and overloads your blood with glucose (sugar).
People who eat lots of white rice often have eyesight deterioration. White rice is just carbohydrate and not much else.

Your poor body cannot use all this glucose and converts it ( if your pancreas is still working properly) to fat which you will accumulate over time and become not only unwell but obese unattractive.

Eat green and yellow and red vegetables to get vital nutrients to keep your body healthy.

Go on a low carb, high vegetable moderate protein diet.

You will feel better, lose weight and your body will begin to heal itself from the toxic effects of a high carb low nutrition life style.

So will your eyes heals themselves with a supply of good nutrients from your diet.

Vitamins for Healthy Eyes

If you are lacking in vital vitamins and minerals your health will deteriorate over time. Your immune system will not work properly and be unable to stop diseases from establishing themselves in your body – it’s your first line of defense against disease.

Robert G Smith, Ph.D, in his book The Vitamin Cure For Eye Disease recommends the following vitamins for your eyes :

Vitamin A 5,000 – 10,000 IU
Beta – carotene 10-20 milligrams (mg)
Thiamine – B1 50-100 mg
Riboflavin – B2 50-100 mg
Niacin – B3 50-2000 mg divided dose
Pantothenate – B5 50-100 mg
Pyridoxine – B6 50-100mg
Biotin – B7 50-100mg
Folate B9 400-1000 micro grams -mcg
Cobalamain B12 100-1000 mcg when necessary
Vitamin C 3000 to 10000 mg per day in divided doses

To bowel tolerance

Vitamin D 2000 to 10000 IU
Vitamin E 400-1,200 IU – natural mixed tocopherols
Calcium 500 to 1000 mg per day, as chelate, malate, or orotate
Magnesium 300-600 per day as chloride, chelate or malate
Iron 2-20 mg depending on need
Zinc 20-50 mg
Copper 2 mg
Selenium 50-200mcg
Lutein/Zeaxanthin 10-20 mg ( ½ cup kale,collards or spinach)
Omega 3 oils 1000 to 3000 mg ( oily fish, flax seed oil, fish oil)
Alpha Lipoic Acid 200-1000 mg
Co enzyme Q10 100-1000mg
N-acetylcysteine 100-500 mg if no containdiction –

 

Trace elements Sea salt

For the vitamin C to bowel tolerance means that if you experience flatulence ( more than normal) or loose stools reduce the quantity of vitamin C you take until it goes.

Vitamin B12 is stored in the body so supplementing once per week is OK. Its good to get a blood test for your B12 level. Some people cannot absorb it from food or supplementation – its vital for good health.

N-acetylcysteine – if you are on medication check that is does not conflict with it.

 

 


 

Robert Smith’s book contains very comprehensive references on the subject of eye disease and the treatment there of. If you have problems with your sight or know someone who does this is a great reference source for finding healing protocols and options.

Natural healing to prevent and cure eye disease.

 

Dr. Andrew Saul in his book Doctor Yourself gives recommendations for maintaining good eye health. He gives the history of a 30 year old woman who came to see him with severe lost of vision and having been told by her specialist that there was nothing he could do for her. Saul per her on a low carb diet that included lots of sprouts 3 times per day. She had everything to gain and nothing to loose so she started this diet and most importantly stuck with it.

Months passes and she stuck with her high intake of sprouts. Her eye sight began to recover and recover and then returned to 100%. Nutrition is so important for your health.

Andrew Saul is an expert in treating disease with proper nutrition and vitamin supplementation. Check out his website below.

Go to Andrew Saul’s website here.

The other key element for good eye health in addition to diet and vitamins is to ensure your are properly hydrated. As we age it is a fact that we begin to loose our sense of thirst and by the time you feel feel thirsty you are dehydrated.

Drink a minimum of 6 to 8 glasses of water per day. Two before breakfast, 2 before lunch, 2 before dinner.

Tea and coffee do not hydrate – they make you pee more liquid than you drank.

A dry body = dry and fatigued eyes.

 

See this article on this site about proper hydration. Go here

Be well and happy

Jack

jack@vitaminsforyournutrition.com

 

Bibliograhpy

The Vitamin Cure For Eye Disease, Robert G. Smith, PhD, Basic Health,2012

Doctor Yourself – Natural Healing That Works, A.W.Saul, PhD, , Basic Health, 2012

Orthomolecular Medicine For Everyone – Megavitamin Therapeutics for Families and Physicians, A Hoffer, M.D., A.W.Saul, PhD, Basic Health, 2008

Your Body’s Many Cries For Water, F Batmangelidj, M.D.,Global Health,208

Niacin/Vitamin B3 For Your Nutrition -the beautiful vitamin for mind and body

Vitamin B3 named Niacin is a versatile addition to your well-being – it gives you good mental health and physical health.

 

 

 

How Safe Are Vitamins?

Vitamins are very safe to use to improve your nutrition and health in conjunction with proper hydration and a good diet free of sugar and processed foods containing sugar and or white flour.

See this excerpt below.

This excerpt is from the publication :

Niacin The Real Story, A.Hoffer M.D., Ph. D, A. W> Saul Ph. D, H.D. Foster Ph.D. Basic Health, 2012,

If anyone says that vitamins are dangerous to your health and cause death it is a lie. The ONLY side effects of taking too much niacin is nausea. That’s all. Just cut back on your intake and it will go.

Over 100,000 people die every year from the effects of drugs properly prescribed by M.Ds. Vitamins do not cause deaths and illness – they give health and wellness. You will learn below how ans epidemic of a serious illness plagued the USA in the 1920ies and 1930ies until in the early 1940ies it was cured by adding vitamins to processed food – namely bread.

Humans are one of the few mammals who do not make their own vitamin C. If vitamin C was not safe and healthy then almost all the mammals on the planet would die from the vitamin C they make in their bodies. For example dogs, cats and mice make huge amounts of vitamin C each day to remain healthy.

When they are unwell they make more vitamin C than normal to regain their health.

So more about niacin – vitamin B3.

Pellagra Disease

In the early 1900s food processing tech advance rapidly. Flour mills became ever more effective at milling wheat and were able to produce large quantities of white flour from which all nutrition with the exception of carbohydrate was removed. Shortly thereafter there was an epidemic of the disease pellagra – each year 100,000s or people contracted the disease in the USA right up to the early 1940ies. In the 1920ies and 1930ies people were dying in the 1000s from pellagra.

It was a major problem and hospitals were full of people with the disease and mental health institutions. The symptoms were nasty :

– dermatitis

– diarrhea

– dementia

– death

The four Ds.

It progressed slowly. It was caused by poor nutrition and in particular a deficit of niacin or vitamin B3.

The mental symptoms were often confused with various psychiatric disorders from confused thinking, to delusions and dementia, bipolar and schizophrenia. It affected both the mind and the body very badly. Early onset symptoms are fatigue, trouble concentrating and confused thinking.

In the early 1940ies it was found that the B group of vitamins quickly cured this disease – it was a disease of malnutrition and caused by a lack of B vitamin in the milled white flour.
White flour provides only simple carbohydrate which your digestive system quickly converts to glucose in your blood. If you eat lots of processed food made with white flour you overload your blood with glucose and over work your pancreas which has to produce large quantities of insulin to cope with the glucose.

Now it is law that white flour must have vitamin B and iron added to it before it can be sold or used to make processed foods!

Even governments accept that vitamins are necessary and essential for good health. If you have a deficit of vitamin B3 or any of the B complex vitamins you will be ill – tired all the time and find life hard to cope with.

Some people develop not only a deficit of vitamin B3 but also a dependency – they must keep taking it every day to remain well. This dependency syndrome was discovered when treating pellagra sufferers who had been deprived of adequate vitamin B3 for many years. It took them longer to recover from pellagra and they quickly became ill again when they stopped supplementing with B3.

This was found to be the effect for people with post-traumatic stress syndrome and various mental illnesses from depression, addiction, Alzheimer, dementia and schizophrenia and bipolar diseases.

These people with the dependency syndrome needed larger amounts of B3 to recover and had to keep on taking it to remain well. The great news is that this is a very safe vitamin to take and unlike prescription medicines it works to heal and there are no side effects.

Forms of Vitamin B3

There is just plain niacin or vitamin B3. This has one effect only which is to cause flushing or the skin. Some people do not like this but it soon goes away after three to four days of using it. This is a small effect, it is harmless and not that it is niacin that very effectively causes your body to manage cholesterol levels so that you have good levels of good cholesterol and lower levels of bad cholesterol.

There is slow release niacin or called no flush niacin which releases more slowly into the body and the flushing is less or does not occur. This form of niacin is great for cholesterol management. Both plain niacin and slow release niacin are very effective and proven cholesterol managers – they are great for you heart and circulatory system.

There is another form of niacin called niacinamide. This has no flushing effect whatsoever but it does have the cholesterol managing effect of the niacin form of vitamin B3. It does have the effect of reducing the effects of depression, anxiety and other mental illnesses. This is the best form of B3 to take for good mental health.

For cardiovascular health go for plain old niacin and start with small does to minimize the flushing and stick at it for a few days until it stops with regular use of the niacin.

Tests have shown that niacin is far superior to statins for controlling cholesterol levels and has no side effects. The side effects of statins are awful – read about them online.

It is safe to take 250 mg doses of niacin five to six times per day. For people who are unwell then up to 3000 mg per day in divided doses over the day has been very effective.

For children with severe behavioral problems up to 3000 mg per day in divided doses has been used successfully – see below.

Positive Effect on Cholesterol and Cardiovascular Disease

Niacin or slow release niacin has been proven to reduce levels of the bad cholesterol and enhance levels of the good cholesterol. It is far more effective than any of the prescribed drugs on the market. The manufacturers of drugs do not want you to know this and spread lies and untruths about the effectiveness of niacin for treating cardiovascular diseases – they want you to buy their drugs and are ruthless about alternatives. The FDA is staffed by drug manufacturing employees and spread propaganda against natural remedies that work and even better have no harmful side effects.

Check the harmful side effects of legally prescribed drugs – they are serious and damaging to good health.

If you have cholesterol problems and or a heart condition then take niacin or no flush niacin. It will initially make you flush if you take ordinary niacin but this will pass within a few days if you take it every day which is recommended. Start with small doses divided across the day until you are taking 5 divided doses of 250 mg per day and or up to a total of 3000mg per day.

Keep doing this and keep to it for the rest of your days. Don’t give up on your health. Read more of the references for this article and in particular Niacin The Real Story – it’s easy to read and tells the truth. Plus it’s full of good references. Your heart also needs magnesium, potassium, manganese, chromium and vitamins D C and B complex.

Nutrient Recommended Dose

Vitamin A : 5000 to 10000 iu per day

Beta-carotine : 10-20 milligrams (mg)

Thiamine – B1 : 50-100 mg

Riboflavin – B2 : 50-100 mg

Niacin – B3 : 400-2000 mg, divided doses, can replace with niacinamide to prevent flushing

Pantothenate – B5 : 50 – 100 mg

Pyridoxine – B6 : 50 – 100 micrograms ( mcg )

Biotin – B7 : 50 – 100 micrograms (mcg)

Folate – B9 : 400 – 800 mcg

Cobalamin – B12 : 10 – 100 mcg

Vitamin C : 2000 – 10000 mg divided doses across day to bowel tolerance

Vitamin D : 2000 to 10000 IU divided doses across day and or direct sunlight for ½ hour per day summer. Other seasons longer.

Vitamin E : 400-1200 IU natural mixed tocopherols, including gamatocopherol

Vitamin – K1 : 1000 mcg ( phylloquinone or phytonadione) when diet is inadequate

Vitamin – K2 : 1-15 mg of MK4 9 menquinone –4 or menatetranone ) or 100mcg of MK-7

Calcium : 200 – 600mg per day ( 1.5 tp 3 mg per pound body weight ) of citrate or chelate type or cut to 50% if your diet includes it.

Magnesium : 200-600 mg ( 1.5 to 3 mg per pound body weight per day) or 50% less if your diet includes it

Iron : 0-20 mg, according to need and blood test

Zinc : 20-50 mg

Copper : 2 mg, taken with 50 mg of zinc

Manganese : 1-10 mg

Selenium : 50 – 200 mcg

Iodine : 150 – 400 mcg

Omega 3 oils : 1,000 – 3000 mg ( 1-2 teaspoons flax seed oil , 1-3 tablespoons flax meal, 1-2 tablespoons fish oil)

Alpha lipoic acid : 100-500 mg

N-acetyl-cysteine : 100-500 mg divided doses

Co enzyme Q10 : 100-200 mg

Trace elements sources : Sea salt or multivitamin tablets

 

Plus you need to be totally well hydrated to heal – drink a minimum of 6 to 8 glasses of water per day. See here for an article about how to be properly  hydrated. Cut down your coffee – it’s a diuretic and has dehydrating effect. If you start drinking more water plus lots of coffee you spent too much time tracking to the bathroom. Cut the coffee to one or two per day and hydrate with just water. This will help your body to heal more quickly – it’s really important for your health.

Diet will also help your heart heal. Don’t eat processed foods made from white flour and containing sugar or corn fructose. Cut down other sources of sugar consumption – as you age you body will not cope well with lots of refined carbohydrates and in particular white flour and sugar.

Simple carbohydrates, such as sugar and processed food made from white flour, go almost straight into your blood stream as glucose, overloads your blood with glucose and the pancreas as it tries to make enough insulin to deal with the toxic glucose levels in the blood.

 

It leads not only to heart issues but diabetes as well. High levels of glucose in your blood are toxic for your body. This is referred to as metabolic syndrome – you will feel tired and often hungry and there will be big highs and lows of glucose levels in your blood. Your pancreas will be stressed daily by you body’s demand for insulin to deal with the overload of glucose in your blood.

 

Positive Effect On Anxiety and Depression

One of the side effects of being deficient in one or more vitamins is fatigue and difficulty with concentration, thinking and focusing on daily tasks. For mental health it is claimed that it is better to take niacinamide in addition to niacin. See The Vitamin Cure For Chronic Fatigue – J E Prousky, M. Sc., N.D., Basic Health,2010. Page 78.

Supplementation with vitamin C, vitamin D, vitamin E and B complex plus additional niacin or niacinamide has been found to be very beneficial for someone with anxiety and or depression. Up to 2000 or 3000 mg of vitamin B3 daily – either niacin or niacinamide has had good results.

A vitamin B12 deficiency should also be checked where there is ongoing fatigue and depression. It’s a simple blood test. Some people have trouble getting sufficient vitamin B12 via their digestive system and may need to have it by injection each month. This is a serious deficiency when it occurs. It causes fatigue, depression and confused thinking.

Stick with it and do not give up taking it. For some results will come quickly while others need to take it for a least a year or longer. It will work. It you have a dependency ( you have been chronically deprived of B complex vitamins for many years) you will need to keep on taking it all your life to remain in good health.

Positive Effect on Nervous System Diseases

The body uses niacin or niacinamide to make a molecule called NAD which is then converted by the body into vital amino acids and enzymes used by all cells in your body.

A deficit of NAD has been found to cause dysfunction of all kinds in cells and organs including the brain and nervous system.

Neurological diseases develop. Migraine headaches, Multiple sclerosis.and Parkinsons disease. High doses of niacin have been found helpful.

Positive effect on Attention Deficit Disorders

Vitamin B3 in the form of niacinamide has been used to rescue children from mental disorders that include depression, hyperactive behavior, confused thinking and anxiety, reckless behavior and a lack of empathy for others.

It has been proven effective to reduce the effect of the disorders mentioned above and with continued use recovery is achieved. The addition of a nutrient to the child’s diet is very effective.

If its so good why isn’t everyone using it? Modern medicine is totally focused on prescription drugs – that where the money is. High value patented drugs. There is a concerted opposition to cheap and effective natural remedies that work and do not have nasty side effects like Ritalin does.

I quote directly from A Hoffer, M.D., where he talks about his clinical experience with treating children :

‘ I have seen well over 2,000 children under the age of fourteen since 1955. The result of orthomolecular treatment in which vitamin B3 is the main constituent has been very good, without the need to use any medication. In the early days I did on occasion use very small doses of anti-depressants for children who were bed wetters.

Later I would simply eliminate the foods they were allergic to. Most of the children recovered. Recovery depended more on the cooperation of their parents, who were able to persuade even recalcitrant children that they should take their vitamins. More recently I have seen former child patients who brought their children in.

Here are a few examples to illustrate results. One of the first was Mary ( not her real name ) who at age 7 was diagnosed as mentally retarded. This a too harsh reality for modern parents, and to please them, psychiatry adopted other equally erroneous names such as the ADD series of diagnoses.

Mary’s mother was a schizophrenic. Mary could not learn, she was developing behavioral problems and she was being readied for classes for the retarded.

I was asked to see her by a friend. At that time I had little experience in treating children. I could not see anything wrong with her and had to accept her parent’s observations. I started Mary on niacinamide.

!000 mg after each of her three meals.

Two years later she was no better. Not knowing what else to do, I suggested patience and that they should continue with the supplementation. She recovered in the third year.

Mary completed university on the Dean’s list, became a music teacher, married, raise her family and has since retired. A small amount of vitamin turned her life around.

In 1960 a doctor phoned me, very worried about his 12 year old son, who was schizophrenic. His psychiatrist had advised him that he would never recover, and to lock him up and forget about him. Following my advice he obtained niacin, but the psychiatrist refused to give it to him, stating they had tried it, it had never worked, and it would fry his brain. All lies.

So his father began to visit him every day, and while they were walking about the grounds of the hospital, he fed his son jam sandwiches containing niacin. About 12 weeks later his son said: ” Daddy I want to go home”.

He later became a doctor and worked in Professor Linus Pauling’s laboratory.”

Professor Linus is the only person to win 2 Nobel prizes one of which was for his research into the healing power of vitamin C over bacteria and viruses, including the common cold. Yes if you take enough vitamin C you can cure colds and the flu. It s a lie if anyone says differently and there are lots who do! You need to take at least 3000 gms of vitamin in divided doses over a day for this to work. It the flu is bad take up to 6000 mg per day in divided doses.

 

Positive Effect On Bipolar and Schizophrenia Disease

niacinimide has been used in doses of 2000 to 3000 mg per day, in divided doses over the course of the day, to successfully reverse the psychoses of bipolar and schizophrenia.

In 1952 Abram Hoffer, co-author of Niacin the Real Story, completed his psychiatry training and proved with a clinical study that vitamin B3 could cure schizophrenia.

These results have been replicated by doctors and established as an effective cure for schizophrenia and bipolar disorders.

The mainstream medical professional and the drug companies disagree and tranquilize sufferers into passive states or restrain them in hospitals. They make more money selling drugs and care and do not wish to cure but continue to earn high income for drugs and care that do not work. They do make money from vitamin cures.

Positive Effect On Stress Related Illnesses including PTSD

Survivors from Japanese prisoner of war camps during World War Two were found to have suffered severe malnutrition and severe emotional stress for many years until they were freed. They were carefully nursed to gain weight and even though they got back their body weight they continued to suffer from high rate of physical and mental illnesses. They aged prematurely and many died in their 50ies.

Abram Hoffer unknowingly met one of the survivors in the course of his medical practice work and advised him that the people he was caring for would respond well to niacin supplementation. This person was told by A Hoffer that initially use of niacin would cause flushing. This person chose to take it himself before he gave it to the people he was caring for so that he would feel the flush and explain what it was like.

Unknown to Hoffer the man to who he told to give niacin to the people he was caring for was a survivor of a Japanese prisoner of war camp. This man took niacin for six weeks and for the first time since his imprisonment during the war felt well and happy. He had suffered from poor physical and mental health – post-traumatic stress syndrome ( PTSD ) since W.W.2.

He then referred 20 other veterans to A Hoffer M.D. He treated them all with niacin supplementation and they ALL recovered from the PTSD they had been suffering from for many years.

It is highly beneficial for anyone who has experience high or extreme stress to take vitamin B3 to heal from the shock of the event. This includes trauma of any kind from the loss of a loved one to work related trauma to war veterans. Most persons with PTSD are given tranquilizers and anti-depressants of other drugs. All these do is suppress the symptoms and dull the lives of the sufferers.

It you know anyone with the PTSD syndrome get them to try niacin – 2,000 to 3,000 mg daily and ongoing to relieve the stress and anxiety they suffer from. It works and has no side effects apart from the initial flushing which will disappear after about three days of using the niacin. They will get their lives back.

On February 22, 2012, the city I live in was hit by a severe earthquake. Many houses and commercial buildings were destroyed and badly damaged. 387 people died in the quake and many in the days after from injury and heart attacks. The earthquake after shocks continued for another 11 months, some quite severe and casing further damage to property.

The stress on the citizens was huge. People were in shock from the initial quake and then had to endure aftershock quakes on a daily basis – not knowing if it was going to be another big one or not.

Sleep deprivation was wide spread from the earthquakes at night. Many people had developed PTSD. Including myself. I wish I had known about the beneficial effects of vitamin B3 at the time.

I have used it now to help recover from the syndrome and I have my life back to normal.

When people have suffered from PTSD for a long time they will have to keep taking niacin to stop going back into a PTSD state. It is completely safe for prolonged use and has no negative side effects unlike legally prescribed drugs .

Positive Effect On Aging Disease

There is an emerging view among leading genetic scientists that aging is a disease caused by dysfunction in the body due to a deficit of key vitamins and minerals.

Niacin is needed for the body to make the NAD molecule which is needed by every cell in the body to function properly, repair and die when it is time to replace it with a new cell.

This is a key process to remain in good health and for your body to function well.

Positive Effect on Diabetes Disease

A combination of the supplements vitamins C, D, E, B complex and B3 has been found to help people with type 1 and type 2 diabetes. It maintains their overall health whilst dealing with a disease.

See the article on this site about managing diabetes with good nutrition including vitamins

Positive Effect on Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

The symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome have a lot in common with post-traumatic stress syndrome.

Some sufferers of chronic fatigue have benefited from taking the core vitamins C, D,E,Bcomplex but also extra vitamin B3 in doses of between 2000 and 3000 mg per day in divided doses over the course of the day. Plus trace elements.

This is a miserable and debilitating syndrome which can be alleviated with vitamin nutrition.

Positive Effect On Alcoholism and Other Addictions.

Recovering alcoholics have been successfully supplemented with vitamin B complex and additional vitamin B3. It has the effect of reducing their anxiety and depression and their need for alcohol.

Often alcoholics are have a huge deficit of all vitamins and B12 injections are needed to restore them to health.

It is an illness for which the sufferer must seek help themselves – they cannot be coerced or talked into seeking help.

 

Positive Effect on Arthritis

See the article on this website about arthritis

Positive Effect on Down Syndrome Children

Vitamin B3 supplementation along with the other key vitamins has been used to increase the cognitive power and abilities of children born with down syndrome. Dr. H Turkel improved the well- being and cognitive processes of children born with down syndrome and his results were confirmed by tests undertaken by McLeod some 60 years later.

For further reading :

Medical Amelioration of Downs Syndrome incorporating the orthomolecular approach. Dr. H. Turkel, Journal Orthomolecular Psych 4 ( 1975) : 102-115

Medical Treatment of Down Syndrome and genetic diseases, Dr. H. Turkel, Southfield, MI :Ubotica, 4th rev ed., 1985

Down Syndrome and Vitamin Therapy, K. McLeod, Kemanso Publishing, 2003

Positive Effect On AlzheimerDisease

People diagnosed with the early onset of Alzheimer have been successfully treated with vitamin B3 to halt the progression of the disease and in some instances remove all symptoms. It is important that the patient is properly hydrated – dehydration causes mental confusion – and is also supplemented with vitamins C, D, E and B complex plus magnesium and zinc – all on a daily basis. B3 supplementation is up to 3000mg per day in divided doses over the day.

Vitamin B3 is a must have for your daily nutrition and extra should be taken for treating diseases. It has been shown to be especially good for mental health, cardiovascular health, diabetes help and arthritis.

 

Be healthy and well. Help others to heal and recover their lives.

I encourage you to read more about this vitamin B 3 and start with the book below and then others in the bibliography.

 

 

Bibliography

Medical Amelioration of Downs Syndrome incorporating the orthomolecular approach. Dr. H. Turkel, Journal Orthomolecular Psych 4 ( 1975) : 102-115

Medical Treatment of Down Syndrome and genetic diseases, Dr. H. Turkel, Southfield, MI :Ubotica, 4th rev ed., 1985

Down Syndrome and Vitamin Therapy, K. McLeod, Kemanso Publishing, 2003

The Vitamin Cure For Chronic Fatigue – J E Prousky, M. Sc., N.D., Basic Health,2010. Page 78.

Niacin The Real Story, A.Hoffer M.D., Ph. D, A. W> Saul Ph. D, H.D. Foster Ph.D. Basic Health, 2012,

 

Your Body’s Many Cries For Water, F. Batmanghelidj M.D., GHS Inc, 1992

Orthomolecular Medicine For Everyone, A Hoffer M.D. Ph.D, A.W. Saul PH.D. Basic Health, 2008

“The Vitamin Cure For Arthritis”, Robert Smith PhD &Todd; Penberthy PhD ,2015,Basic Health Publications,

The Vitamin Cure For Diabetes, Ian E Brighthope, M.D., Basic Health Publications,2012,

The Orthomolecular Treatment of Chronic Disease, Ed A.W. Saul PhD., Basic Health, 2014

 

Diabetes – vitamins and nutrition

Diabetes type 1 and 2 sufferers can benefit from making changes to their nutrition and supplementing it with vitamins and minerals to improve health and well-being.

 

 

What is diabetes?

The body breaks down food into glucose which is used to fuel all cells in the body. The glucose enters the blood stream

and the body produces insulin in the pancreas. The insulin is transported into the blood stream where it facilitates the movement of glucose to the muscle, fat, and liver cells. The hormone insulin acts with the assistance of other metabolic actions to open up the cell membrane so that glucose molecules enter the cell. The cell uses the glucose to produce energy.

In a diabetic state the glucose builds up in the blood because the body cannot use the glucose and body cells are starved for energy. The pancreas either produces a small amount or no insulin or the cells do not respond to the insulin that is produced.

The glucose remains in the blood. Symptoms are :

– fatigue

– sugar craving

– psychological changes

– weight loss

– very thirsty

– hungry all the time

– weight loss

– wounds do not heal.

High blood glucose levels are toxic to the body and it’s organs.

People with type 1 diabetes are totally dependent on insulin injections to live. People with type 2 diabetes are not totally dependent on insulin initially and the disease can be controlled with oral medication but unfortunately this leads to type 1 and the need for daily insulin injections in the long term.

The following people are at higher risk of developing diabetes :

– overweight or obese

– smokers

– metabolic syndrome – high intake of sugar and processed food containing large amounts of sugar and white flour. A high carbohydrate diet. The body is overloaded with carbohydrates and experiences a continuous high level of blood sugar. There is a grouping of factors called the deadly 4 :

* high blood pressure

* insulin resistance

*excess body fat

*plus high cholesterol

 

 

– inactive. Do not walk or undertake any exercise.

This diabetes 2 may not be diagnosed for many years. It is sub clinical and only is diagnosed when it reaches a serious level. and the symptoms can no longer be ignored by the sufferer.

Many illnesses can exist at subclinical level and are not diagnosed until the disease advances to a point where the effects or symptoms are too serious to ignore.

Hypoglycemia is a warning sign that you are heading down the path to diabetes. It is a sudden drop in the level of sugar/glucose  in your blood.  Easily digestible simple carbohydrates like sugar and white flour are quickly digested and cause a spike upwards in the glucose level in your blood. This glucose then is used and the level in your blood goes down low very suddenly.

Eat complex and slowly digested carbs to avoid big highs and lows  in glucose .

 

Early signs and symptoms of diabetic hypoglycemia include:
  • Shakiness.
  • Dizziness.
  • Sweating.
  • Hunger.
  • Irritability or moodiness.
  • Anxiety or nervousness.
  • Headache.

 

 

Life style changes can delay or even prevent the development of serious illnesses.

Changes can reduce the negative symptoms and effects of existing illness.

Reduce blood pressure and fat in and around your belly to lower the risk of diabetes and if already a sufferer then still do so to allow your body to deal better with a current diabetes illness. Stop eating sugar and food made from white flour and with sugar added. Cakes, pizza, bread, pancakes and sodas all are sources of sugar and simple carbohydrates which will over load your body with glucose. They will be processed into fat and kill you. It is a slow and unpleasant death.

There is now growing research into food allergies as a cause of illness. This is certainly the case for some people who are allergic to gluten a protein found in wheat, oats and rye. It causes an allergic reaction whereby the body produces cells which attack the body – autoimmune disease.

It has been found to damage the pancreas and the digestive track in folks allergic to gluten. Another good reason to significantly reduce or stop eating foods that contain gluten from wheat and other grains.

Change you lifestyle in the context of what you eat. Some people are allergic to dairy and do not realize it.

A surefire way to check for foods that impact you negatively is selective fasting for those foods. Don’t eat them for a week and see if you feel better. Get allergy tests as well. You health will improve significantly when you no longer eat the food you are allergic to and your inflammation problems will decrease.

Get out of your safe place where you tell yourself it’s OK to be obese. Face reality and do a body mass check – get real and heal.

 

BMI – Body Mass Indicator – Your Reality Check

 

At my age I am never going to have a flat stomach again however my BMI is a really important indicator of my health status now and ongoing.

Go here to calculate your BMI

What does your BMI mean

Underweight = <18.5

  • This result means that you may be underweight. Being underweight can be
    associated with a range of health issues. If you’re concerned about your
    weight, we recommend discussing your result with your MD, practice
    nurse or dietitian.

Normal weight = 18.5–24.9

  • This result means that you are a healthy body weight which is generally good for your health. Keep up the great work!

Overweight = 25–29.9

  • This result means that you may be overweight. Carrying extra weight is
    associated with a range of health concerns, including being at an
    increased risk of heart disease. If you’re concerned about your weight,
    we recommend discussing your result with your MD, practice nurse
    or dietitian.

Obesity = BMI of 30 or greater

  • This result means that you may be obese. Obesity is associated with a range
    of health concerns, including being at an increased risk of heart
    disease. If you’re concerned about your weight, we recommend
    discussing your result with your GP, practice nurse or dietitian.

Although BMI is not a perfect measure, it is generally agreed to be the most
useful and valid for adults (18 years and over). However, there are
limitations. For instance:

  • It is less accurate as an indicator of overweight in adults with higher than normal levels of lean
    body tissue (muscle mass). This is because muscle weighs more than fat
    and the BMI does not take this into consideration. For super fit, ripped and large muscles.
  • It is less accurate as an indicator of overweight in ethnic groups with smaller body stature (i.e. Asian ethnic groups).

Along with BMI, measuring your waist circumference can help you to determine
whether you are carrying excess weight around your middle and your risk
of heart disease and type 2 diabetes.

Because children are still growing, the BMI calculator should not be used for children. If you’re under 18 years of age, seek advice from your MD about what a healthy weight is.

This your heads up for the kind of changes to make your lifestyle – especially what you eat. Face reality and if you are overweight or obese change your nutrition to significantly improve your health and avoid the segue from type 2 to type 1 diabetes.

Cures

Type 1 Diabetes

There is no cure as yet for type 1 diabetes. The treatment consists of managing the glucose level in the blood so it remains at a consistent level and insulin injections make possible the transfer of glucose from the blood to where it is needed in the body cells.

A key part of the management program is nutrition. A nutrition regime that will not overload the digestive system with sugar and simple carbohydrates.

Help manage your symptoms by consuming slow release carbohydrates or complex carbohydrates which digest slowly, release glucose slowly and do not cause huge spikes in the blood’s glucose level or big dips or lows.

High blood sugar levels are toxic and this is the factor that damages the bodies of type 1 diabetics.

The one big thing that can be done is to eat well and avoid processed foods containing white flour and sugar. Eat slow release/complex carbs. For example brown
rice ( not white rice) , root vegetables such as potatoes, yams and buckwheat. Quinoa is a good one. There is lots of good information about slow release complex carbohydrates on the net.

Pizza is not one of them but for a treat you could make one using a non flour base – there’re recipes out there.

So nutrition is key to living with type 1 and making your body as healthy as possible to minimize the effects on your body.

See the sections below about supplementation with vitamins and more about nutrition. For your life’s sake lose weight, eat well to minimize glucose spikes and reduce the effects of toxicity to your body from high blood glucose levels. Avoid sugar and processed food containing sugar and or white flour.

I like chocolate and the problem is sugar. There are low sugar and naturally sweetened ( non sugar but natural sweeteners – do not take artificial sweeteners because they have very toxic side effects) chocolate out there.

Type 2 Diabetes

For type two diabetes sufferers there is still a chance to heal or at the very least reduce the intake of medication for glucose processing in your body. The focus is totally on improving your health with good nutrition and supplementation with vitamins.

Avoid sugar and products containing sugar and or white flour. Most fruit juices contain added sugar and all sodas do so.

These products overload you body with sugar and your pancreas cannot supply enough effective insulin, your blood level of glucose spikes, a blood glucose overload state occurs and this is toxic for your body. You are poisoning yourself with excessive glucose from your nutrition.

You will become more ill and end up totally dependent on insulin injections to remain alive however your body will deteriorate and further loss of function will occur. Eyesight, blood circulation and organ malfunction will be the result. Cardiovascular disease will set in.

This does not need to happen. Change your nutrition, lose wight to the right BMI for your height and supplement with vitamins and minerals. People with type two diabetes have regained their health, and either greatly reduced their medicine intake or got their blood sugar under control to the point that they no longer need medication.

How Safe Are Vitamins?

Vitamins are very safe to use to improve your nutrition and health in conjunction with proper hydration and a good diet free of sugar and processed foods containing sugar and or white flour.

See this excerpt below.

This excerpt is from the publication :

Niacin The Real Story, A.Hoffer M.D., Ph. D, A. W> Saul Ph. D, H.D. Foster Ph.D. Basic Health, 2012

If anyone says that vitamins are dangerous to your health and cause death it is a lie.

Over 100,000 people die every year from the effects of drugs properly prescribed by M.Ds. Vitamins do not cause deaths and illness – they give health and wellness. You will learn below how ans epdiemic of a seroius illness plagued the USA in the 1920ies and 1930ies until in the early 1940ies it was cured by adding vitamins to processed foods – namely bread.

Humans are one of the few mammals who do not make their own vitamin C. It vitamin C was not safe and healthy then almost all the mammals on the planet would die from the vitamin C they make in their bodies. Mice make huge amounts of vitamin C to remain healthy.

 

Supplements To Improve Nutrition

Dr. Ian Brighthope M.D. has a long medical career and much experience in treating and helping people with the diabetes disease. He has written about his experience in a great publication :

The Vitamin Cure For Diabetes, Ian E Brighthope, M.D., Basic Health Publications,2012

 

 

This is must read for anyone suffering from the disease of diabetes and who wishes to improve their health and cope well with the disease.

He recommends a nutrition based approach in conjunction with traditional insulin and other medicines prescribed to control the symptoms of diabetes. I quote a section of his book, page 57 :

Supplements confer huge benefits to the present and long-term health of people suffering from diabetes and the other conditions mentioned above. Attempts to correct these deficiencies and imbalances with diet alone is at best unscientific and at worst gross medical negligence. It is about time that doctors were properly trained in Nutritional Medicine before they are ever unleashed onto the public.”

Below is a list of his recommendations.

Vitamin C – ascorbate acid Diabetes creates an increased need for ascorbate that cannot be met by diet alone. Most people with diabetes do not get sufficient vitamin c. Take 2000mg per day in divided doses over the day.
B Complex vitamins Take two B complex tablets per day
Vitamin D Take a least one 400iu tablet per day. 2 tablets is good for people who do not get enough exposure to sunlight. Up to 1000 iu per day for folk over 50
Vitamin E Natural For the heart and circulatory system which is place under huge stress by diabetes. Between 1000 and 3000iu per day. If taking blood thinners such as aspirin or warfarin check with your MD. Take at least 400iu per day.

 

Minerals and Trace Elements Can be found in multivitamin tablets or separately
Chromium – trace element Minute amounts in micro grams. For adults 500 mcg daily
Magnesium For proper nerve and muscle function

400 mg per day.

Zinc Take on empty stomach. Up to 60 mg per day.
Vanadium Needed in small amounts up to 10 mcg per day
Potassium Up to 3000 mg per day. Reduces blood pressure. Start with 400mg per day and reduce if nausea occurs.
Calcium 400 mg per day as a chelate form.
Manganese 5 to 15 mg per day
Selenium Up to 20 mg per day

 

Other Nutrients
Omega 3 oils Fish oils
Inositol 500mg twice daily
Carnitine 500 mg twice daily
Alpha lipoic acid 600 mg per day
Evening primrose oil 1000g per day. For men helps overcome impotence – a diabetes side effect.

 

Herbal Medicines
D -Purslane
Garlic
Curcumin from Turmeric
Cinnamon
Gymnema Sylvestra
Panax Ginseng
Taurine

 

Note that Ian Brighthope practised medicine for many years and helped restore the health of a large number of diabetes sufferers by using both pharmaceutical medicines plus good nutrition advice including vitamins. The AMA – the Australian Medical Association – took exception to his  healing protocols and censured him for not caring for his patients in accordance with accepted practice.

He appealed against this finding to the Supreme Court which quashed the AMA censure finding it to be without any factual basis. The AMA was ordered to pay Dr. Brighthope’s costs incurred in defending his professional skills and knowledge plus his healing protocols for his diabetes patients.

This is just one example of the lengths the medical establishment will go to in order to suppress natural healing processes that work. Each time you hear or read anti-vitamin propaganda check the source carefully – it is based on opinion rather than fact or science and is churned out by persons funded by the pharmaceutical industry. Why? Because vitamins cannot be patented or sold for mega profits. Its about money folks not healing.

Linus Pauling, the winner of two Nobel Prizes [ the only person ever to do so], was noted scientist who became aware of the healing power of vitamins. He reviewed  studies that purported to show that vitamins had no healing effect. He found serious errors in both the process and the analysis of the results of these studies – he proved either the technique or the statistical analyses to be flawed and thus in error.

He openly challenged the findings based on either errors in process/ techniques or errors in interpretation of the data findings – errors in analysis of the statistics obtained from the research.

The researchers either chose to ignore their errors or in the case of a few accepted they were mistaken and accepted correction as recommended by Linus Pauling. I highly recommend his book entitled “How To Live Longer and Feel Better”. See the bibliography for full details and also go to the website http://www.orthomolecular.org/

The website orthomolecular.org is thwe main main site for othomolecular medicine and contains a wealth of information about healing protocols and the use of vitamins. It is proven science that vitamin deficiencies cause ill-health and this can be fixed through vitamin intake. You can take charge of your health using natural healing that works and has none of the awful side-effects of pharmaceuticals.

The other main recommendation is having a good diet free or sugar and white flour and diary with the exception of yoghurt.

Losing weight to get to your BMI.

Exercise by walking every day. The goal is 10,000 steps per day.

The other really critical factor is being properly hydrated. Drink a minimum of 6 to 8 glasses of water per day. Two before breakfast, one mid morning, two before lunch, one mid afternoon and two before dinner.

See this article about proper hydration.

Tea and coffee make you pee more liquid than you drink – you will become more and more dehydrated. Sodas are toxic due to high sugar content and or artifical sweeteners.

 

Improve your overall health through good nutrition, exercise and hydration .

 

cheers

Jack

jack@vitaminsforyournutrition.com

 

Bibliography

The Vitamin Cure For Diabetes, Ian E Brighthope, M.D., Basic Health Publications,2012

Niacin The Real Story, A Hoffer M.D., A Saul Ph.D,H Foster Ph.D, Basic Health, 2012

Vitamin C The Real Story, S Hickey Ph.D, A. Saul Ph.D, Basic Health,2008

Your Body’s Many Cries For Water – You’re Not Sick; You’re Thirsty, F. Batmanghelidj, M.D.GHS Inc, 1992

Orthomolecular Medicine For Everyone. A Hoffer,M.D., A.W.Saul Ph.D, Health Basics, 2008

Journal Of Orthomolecular Medicine, various publications

How To Live Longer and Feel Better, Linus Pauling,Oregon State University Press, 2006