Category Archives: Supplements

Ascorbic Acid Vitamin C: What’s the Real Story?

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From the Orthomolecular Medicine News Service:

“Heard anything bad lately about ascorbic acid vitamin C? If you haven’t, you may have been away visiting Neptune for too long. For nearly four decades, I have seen that, like all other fashions, vitamin-bashing goes “in” and “out” of style. Lately it has (again) been open season on vitamin C, especially if taken as cheap ascorbic acid. Linus Pauling, the world’s most qualified advocate of vitamin C, urged people to take pure ascorbic acid powder or crystals.”

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Ask This Question Before Taking Statins

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From the Orthomolecular Medicine News Service:

“(OMNS Dec 3, 2013) Before taking statins, ask yourself one question. Why is it, given two people with identical environmental backgrounds, that on average one of them dies early due to cardiovascular disease? Is it because that individual has taken less statin drugs? Of course not. It is likely due to something different in their genetics, which causes differences in enzymes and levels of other proteins. This leads to differing requirements for essential vitamins and minerals.”

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Four Foods that Halve Your Prostate Cancer Risk

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From PatrickHolford.com:

“A new study from the UK’s National Cancer Research Network, combining four foods that slow down cancer cell growth, reports a 64% reduction in PSA levels, the most widely used marker for cancer cell growth. The study gave 203 men diagnosed with prostate cancer either a pill of four concentrated food extracts or a placebo to investigate their effects in prostate cancer treatment.”

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Five Principles to Reverse or Prevent Diabetes

From PatrickHolford.com:

“Two years ago I wrote that we have 300 million people with diabetes worldwide. Now, according to the IDF, that figure is 371 million and it’s increasing in every country in the world. Worryingly, half of people with diabetes don’t know they have it. My message today is for you to recognize the signs and symptoms of diabetes and to learn what diet and lifestyle changes help to prevent or reverse the disease.”

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Niacin Beats Statins: Supplements and Diet are Safer, More Effective

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From the Orthomolecular News Service:

“Statin drugs can produce serious side effects in adults. Such risk is of even more concern for the still-developing bodies of children. Statin side effects may include liver damage; elevated CPK (creatine kinase) and/or muscle pain, aches, and muscle tenderness or weakness (myalgia); drowsiness; myositis (inflammation of the muscles); rare but potentially fatal kidney failure from rhabdomyolysis (severe inflammation of muscle and muscle breakdown); memory loss; mental confusion; personality changes or irritability; headaches; difficulty sleeping, anxiety; depression; chest pain; high blood sugar and type 2 diabetes; acid regurgitation; dry mouth; digestive problems including bloating, gas, diarrhea or constipation; nausea and/or vomiting, or abdominal cramping and pain; rash; leg pain; insomnia; eye irritation; tremors; dizziness; and more.”

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NBC’s Vitamin Ignorance

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From the Orthomolecular News Service:

‘(OMNS Nov 12, 2013) I would like to apologize for NBC News. It seems that the organization that brought us Lowell Thomas, John Cameron Swayze, Chet Huntley and David Brinkley has lowered its standard of reporting. NBC’s supplement-bashing headline article, “Vitamins don’t prevent heart disease or cancer, experts find” displays an ignorance of clinical nutrition that is difficult to ignore, and, thanks to its media prominence, can’t be.’

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The Vitamin C Pee Myth

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From PatrickHolford.com:

“When you take high doses of vitamin C don’t you just excrete it? This is a question I get asked often and a recent TV programme put it to the test. The presenter, a doctor, consumed a supplement containing 450mg of vitamin C then collected his urine for 24 hours.”

Fantastic article dispelling the myth that high dose vitamin C supplementation is a waste of money. 

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Advice for Colds and Flu

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From PatrickHolford.com:

“Exposure to viruses is unavoidable, unless you live like a hermit. However, whether you succumb to a virus depends on the strength of your immune system at the time of infection.”

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Treating ADHD with Vitamin B-3 (Niacinamide)

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by Andrew W. Saul

“(OMNS Oct 30, 2013) ADHD is not caused by a drug deficiency. But it may indeed be caused by profound nutrient deficiency, more accurately termed nutrient dependency. Although all nutrients are important, the one that an ADHD child is most likely in greatest need of is vitamin B-3, niacinamide.”

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Steps to Better Health: Are You Sick of Sickness?

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by Helen Saul Case

“(OMNS Oct 19, 2013) Better health? It takes effort. You have got to want it, and then you have got to work for it. There is no one-step solution. We need to eat right, and drink plenty of water, and take our vitamins, and drink fresh, raw, vegetable juice, and exercise, and reduce stress. All of these things make your immune system stronger, and your body inhospitable to sickness. This isn’t easy. But isn’t suffering from illness harder?”

This is a fantastic article about how healthy food, vitamin supplements and vegetable juice will do more for your health than taking drugs prescribed by your doctor.

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