Mega-Dose Vitamins Therapy

Safety of Nutritional Supplements

There was not even one death caused by an dietary supplement in either 2008 or 209, according to the most recent information collected by the U.S. National Poison Data System (NPDS). The annual report of the American Association of Poison Control Centers shows zero death from multiple vitamins; zero deaths from any of the B vitamins; zero deaths from vitamins A, C, D, or E; and zero deaths from any other vitamin. Sixty poison centers provide coast-to-coast data for the NPDS, which is then reviewed by twenty-nine medical and clinical toxicologists.


Over half of the U.S. population takes daily nutritional supplements. Even if each of those people took only a single tablet daily, that makes 154,000,000 individual doses per day, for a total of over 56 billion doses annually. Since many persons take more than just one vitamin or mineral tablet, actual consumption is considerably higher, and the safety of nutritional supplements is all the more remarkable.

If nutritional supplements are allegedly so “dangerous”, as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and news media so often claim, then where are the bodies? Those who wonder if the media are biased against vitamins may consider this: how many television stations, newspapers, magazines, and medical journals have reported that no one dies from nutritional supplements? Consumers are not getting a fair picture of vitamin safety and efficacy from government-sponsored sources, particularly the National Institutes of Health. However, when they do have all the information, consumers see that vitamin supplements are far safer than drugs.

Vitamin supplementation is not the problem. It is under-nutrition and over-medication that are the problems. Vitamins are the solution.

Vitamin Controversy

“Vitamin-bashing” news media articles are typically based on studies with faulty design whose conclusions were preordained. One example is the meta-analysis, which is not new research but instead a review of existing research. It is not a clinical study, but rather a statistical look at a collection of studies. If you analyze enough failed studies, you will get a negative meta-analysis. If you exclude enough successful studies, you preordain the conclusion.

Proving Effectiveness

Low-dose vitamin studies are the ones that get negative results. Most vitamin research is low dose. You cannot test the effectiveness of high doses by giving low doses. Any time nutritional research employs inadequately low doses of vitamins – doses that hundreds of orthomolecular physicians have already reported as too small to work – vitamin therapy will be touted as “ineffective”. You can set up any study to fail. One way to ensure failure is to make a meaningless test, which is assured if you make the choice to use insufficient quantities of the substance to be investigated.

Proving Safety

One reason commonly offered to justify conducting low-dose studies is that high doses of vitamins are somehow dangerous. They are not. There are those who may not believe this next statement, but it is not a matter of belief – it is a matter of fact: there is not even one death per year from vitamin supplements. However, there are at least 106,000 deaths from drugs each year in the U.S., even when taken as prescribed. This may be a low estimate.

Eliminating Bias

It is ironic that critics of vitamins preferentially cite low-dose studies in an attempt to show lack of vitamin effectiveness, yet they cannot cite any double-blind, placebo-controlled studies of high doses that show vitamin dangers this is because vitamins are effective, and safe, at high doses. Health professionals and other interested persons are invited to personally search the literature for evidence of deaths caused by vitamin supplement s- you will not find any.

Summary

Decades ago, the mantra of the nutrition “experts” was “eat a balanced diet”. What foods were being balanced were inadequately described, but they were deemed sufficient. Extra vitamins were said to “just make expensive urine”. Vitamins can do so much more than preventing deficiency disease, which requires very low amounts. “Megadoses”, used properly, can accomplish wonders. We have defined a healthy diet, which forms a base for health, but factors such as availability and cost may prohibit achieving it. While working toward that ideal, we also must fill in the gaps with supplementation of vitamins and other nutrients. The further away one is from eating a good diet, the greater the need for supplementation, not to substitute for but to augment. Nutritional supplements are safe and effective for children.
Change your family’s dietary lifestyle and you dramatically improve your health. “That’s so simplistic!” rails our inner critic. We doubt natural therapy because it’s too simple to work and we doubt self-care because we doubt ourselves. We’ve been educated to be good consumers, and that includes becoming consumers of health-care services. We have not been educated to be self-reliant.

The good news is that therapeutic nutrition is cheap, simple, effective, and safe. Of course, we have been taught that anything cheap, simple, and safe cannot possibly be effective against “real” diseases. And when, by our own verified experiences, we find that megavitamin therapy is cheap and effective, we have pharmaphilic fear-mongerers trying to tell us that it can’t be safe.

Ultimately, we have to decide who we are going to listen to. Read the research for yourself and see for yourself. Everything changes the day you decide to no longer let your health-care providers treat you like a child. At first, it may not be easy to face down a domineering doctor or even to negotiate compromises with a family member. It is not easy to bring yourself to read the research, and it takes some gumption to try high-dose vitamin therapy for the first time. Until you see how well it works, that is. And then, with experience, it becomes easier. We do not need to fear illness – we need to learn what to do to avoid it and to fly out of it in one piece when it is suddenly upon us.

Who takes supplements?

Data from the second National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES II) suggest that almost 35 per cent of Americans between 18 and 74 years of age take vitamin and mineral supplements regularly. Other surveys put the figure much higher. In 1988, Americans spent approximately $2-2.5 billion on vitamin and mineral supplements. The total amount spent on foods and pill supplements for health benefits was $6 billion. Nutritional supplements are big business and marketing hype often starts where the scientific evidence ends.

Those who use supplements tend to be older, have higher income and higher education levels. However, statistics also show that those with higher nutrient intakes are more likely to take vitamin supplements. This means that, in many cases, supplements are taken most often by those who need them least.

The most popular supplements are multivitamins, vitamin C, vitamin E, B complex, calcium and magnesium. Recent media coverage of the benefits of herbs such as Echinacea, St John’s wort and Ginkgo means that these are also very popular. Women are more likely to use supplements than men, and most people who take them tend to do so because they feel that their food is of poor quality and contains toxic chemicals. Some people see supplements as health insurance and some take them for what they see as their specific benefits; for example, vitamin C for colds.

Who might need supplements?

Many people may benefit from a balanced vitamin and mineral supplement, including those who have irregular eating habits, skip meals, or eat large amounts of processed and refined foods. There are also certain groups of people who are at particular risk of nutrient deficiencies because of other lifestyle, environmental or disease factors. The following are some examples of those at risk.

Older people often have higher nutrient needs than younger ones due to lower dietary intake, reduced absorption and metabolism, and illness. Lack of appetite, loss of taste and smell, and denture problems can all contribute to a poor diet. Older people who eat alone or are depressed may also not eat enough to get all the nutrients you need from food. Those age 65 or older are likely to need to increase intake of several nutrients, particularly vitamin B6, vitamin B12 and vitamin D because of reduced absorption. They may benefit from supplements (See page 454 for more information.) There’s also evidence that a multivitamin may improve immune function and decrease the risk of infections in older people.
Premenopausal women may benefit from iron supplements as their diets are often low in this mineral and iron deficiency anemia is relatively common. However, there is evidence that too much iron can increase the risk of heart disease in those who are susceptible, and certain people should avoid iron supplements (See page 258 for more information.)

Postmenopausal women have high calcium needs (up to 1500 mg per day in those not taking hormone replacement therapy). This amount is not usually found in multivitamin supplements as it is too bulky and separate supplements may be useful (See page 197 for more information.) Higher vitamin D intake is also necessary.

It is worth considering taking extra vitamin C, vitamin E and beta carotene as several studies show that these vitamins in large doses may help protect against aging-related disorders such as cancer, heart disease, diabetes and cataracts. This may be particularly important in those who have a family history of such diseases.

Pregnant women are routinely prescribed folic acid supplements to prevent neural tube defects; and calcium, iron and zinc requirements also substantially increase.

Someone who is chronically ill has higher nutrient needs and may find vitamin and mineral supplements useful, particularly if they are taking long- term medications.

Supplements may also be beneficial for those on weight loss diets. Many people, particularly women, eat low calorie diets which are inadequate in iron, calcium and zinc.

If your diet has limited variety due to intolerance or allergy, you may benefit from a vitamin-mineral supplement.
Diseases of the liver, gallbladder, intestine and pancreas, or digestive tract surgery, may interfere with normal digestion and absorption of nutrients. Anyone with one of these conditions may be advised to supplement with vitamins and minerals.
Strict vegetarians who avoid meat and dairy products must obtain vitamin B12 from supplements. They may also benefit from extra iron, calcium and zinc.

Those who smoke may benefit from vitamin C supplements. Smoking reduces vitamin C levels and causes production of harmful free radicals.

Those who drink a large amount of alcohol may need supplements. Alcohol affects the absorption, metabolism and excretion of vitamins.

Those under physical or emotional stress may also benefit from supplements.

Vitamin C and Heart Disease

What happens when bodies don’t get enough Vitamin C?

There is too little reproduction of the reinforcement molecules called collagen which make up not only the bones, but also the skin, the organs, the walls of the arteries, most importantly. If the walls of the arteries get too little Vitamin C they develop lesions, cracks, crevices and that’s where the cholesterol goes in and leads to the build up of the deposits that eventually lead to heart attacks and strokes.

If you don’t get enough Vitamin C you will get heart disease?

Vitamin C deficiency is the single most important risk factor for developing cardiovascular heart disease, heart attacks and strokes. On top of that there are the risk factors that we know — cholesterol and bad lifestyle in general. But particularly deficiency in Vitamin C is the single most important factor that causes heart attacks and strokes.

If your body isn’t able to make those repairs in your blood vessels when they get weakened, what happens? What does it do instead?

Instead, the cholesterol is deposited in blood vessel walls in the form of cholesterol transporting vehicles, lack of protein, in particular a sticky form of these lipoproteins. They lay down inside the blood vessel walls as a repair mechanism, over and over again, and over the years the deposits develop that eventually lead to heart attacks and strokes.

Do regular people get enough Vitamin C?

Most of us get too little. Just imagine the goat, the animal is always producing about 15,000 milligrams of Vitamin C every day, so we can deduct from that, that every human being should be taking at least 1,000 milligrams a day as a minimum. People with heart disease, family history of heart disease, high risk factors, should take even more.

Say someone anticipating a heart problem takes a lot of Vitamin C, but there are already deposits in their blood vessels. How can they get rid of those?

We had a patent received that combines Vitamin C with amino acids, glycine and proline in order to achieve exactly that. Not only the prevention of the build up but also the reversal of already existing deposits. So, what we do have there is a teflon effect that protects the blood vessel walls from the further deposits, release the already existing cholesterol deposits from the blood vessel wall, thereby reversing these deposits, thereby reversing cardiovascular disease and we have the healing effect of Vitamin C in that combination. So we’re talking about a major breakthrough for human health on a global level, a natural reversal of cardiovascular disease which thus far has only been able to be accomplished with surgical procedures like angioplasty and bypass surgery.

Can you take too much? Is there a level where you should stop taking them?

With respect to Vitamin C and the other vitamins it is relatively difficult to get too much. With respect to lysine and proline, our knowledge currently stops at about 10 grams per day, so be careful going with higher recommendations with it.

Can people get enough Vitamin C from food? Could they eat enough if they wanted to?

If you want to get the Vitamin C that a goat produces every day, you would have to drink 280 glasses of orange juice. That gives you the ratio of what we are talking about. Everyone should get as much vitamins as possible with their general food and nutrition every day. But on top of that, we just understand from a science point of view that the human body just functions better if it has the optimum nutrition, particularly the cardiovascular system which is under high demand from the constant pumping function, constant pulse wave. These cells and these organs need a lot of the nutritional supplement that we recommend.

Are there certain kinds of supplements like Vitamin C that are better than others? Are there different ways to make it?

Generally what we do is recommend the natural forms of these vitamins. For example, Vitamin E. There are studies of it that show that the natural forms of Vitamin E are more effective, biologically more beneficial for the body. To make sure that we use all the vitamins in the highest quality and that’s the general recommendation, that people should really look where they get their vitamins from.

We need a balanced program that contains a variety of nutritious supplements, in particular vitamins, amino acids, certain minerals, trace elements, and then we will find that we can lower the doses dramatically.

How big a problem is heart disease in the United States, or in the world?

It’s the number one killer in the United States. It’s the number one killer in all industrialized countries. Roughly, one billion people living today will die from cardiovascular disease.

Is it a deficiency of Vitamin C that causes the problem and if so does a person only have to meet the recommended daily allowance. Or if not do you need more than the recommended daily allowance?

The recommended daily allowance of 60 milligrams per day of Vitamin C is ridiculous. It is enough to prevent scurvy but it is not enough to protect the arteries from developing the crevices and the leaks that lead to cholesterol deposits and to heart attacks and strokes.

What is the role of Vitamin C in combination with other antioxidants? Is Vitamin C working alone enough to prevent heart disease?

Vitamin C is the first barrier in the line of antioxidant defense, molecules. And it works together with Vitamin E and beta carotene in protecting the body. But besides the Vitamin C antioxidant connection, Vitamin C’s the most important role with respect to cardiovascular health is the stimulation of the collagen molecule production, the reinforcement molecules. So, Vitamin C equals stability of the blood vessel wall, and that’s the clue for preventing heart attacks and strokes.

Can people who are 40-50 year old and who have never taken any vitamins their whole life long, can they help themselves now by starting to take vitamins at this age?

Everyone around us is following their program–people with existing heart conditions, of course they should be the first ones. The recommendation we have has actually two legs. One is a preventive one for you and me for 200 million Americans, and one is a therapeutic one as an add on to conventional therapy for 50 million Americans who have already developed cardiovascular conditions.

Does it take different lengths of time for the different components of the different kinds of antioxidants to take effect in your body? Might some start working right away and might it take a build up of others to go until the cells become healthy?

What we know is that a body that has been depleted of vitamins needs a certain time until the cells are saturated with the essential nutrients. So the answer is yes, you need to take about one to two weeks the nutritional supplements until for example, your angina pectoris decreases, or until you can see your irregular heartbeat become more regular, or until your blood pressure starts to drop.

Shingles

It is a very painful condition where a virus infects usually just one nerve and causes a painful rash on the skin supplied by that nerve. The rash often becomes infected, and sometimes after healing, a deep pain called post herpetic neuralgia, persists. The virus is closely related to the chickenpox virus, and it is best for older people, especially if frail or with reduced immunity, to avoid children with chickenpox.

• It is essential to see your doctor as soon as possible. Antiviral treatment can make a huge reduction in suffering. It is most beneficial if started within 72 hours of the onset of the pain, which can often precede the rash.
• Pain relief and antibiotics for secondary infections.
• Drugs which may help reduce the pain of post herpetic neuralgia include tricyclic antidepressants, tegretol, lignocaine patch, and sometimes even morphine-like drugs may be required if the pain is very severe.

See your doctor as fast as you can to start antiviral therapy. If it is a weekend, go to the emergency doctor because this is an emergency.

Nutritional supplements

• Vitamin C in very high doses can also damage viruses, and as soon as the diagnosis is made start 2-4 grams of vitamin C, 3 times a day (or until diarrhea develops). If there is a facility near you which can give it, ask for some intravenous vitamin C, 30-40 grams twice weekly for 2 weeks.
• Good nutrition: multivitamin – multimineral supplements and omega 3 fish oils may aid healing and could possibly reduce the risk of post herpetic neuralgia.

Prostate enlargement

The prostate gland surrounds the urethra, which in males is the tube taking urine from the bladder. With increasing age, the prostate gland can swell, restricting and then finally blocking the flow of urine.

Usually doctors recommend surgery; either removal of the prostate gland by prostatectomy or they shave a larger track through the prostate for the urine to go. There are number of drugs which can relax the bladder neck muscles and improve the flow and others, such as finasteride (Proscar) which can block the hormone dihydro testosterone (DTH) which is what causes the gland to swell.

What you can do – Don’t allow the bladder to overfill as this can sometimes result in a complete blockage. Make sure that the bladder empties completely. Physical activity such as walking 2-3 hours per week can reduce the symptoms by 25%.

Nutritional supplements

Saw palmetto is a Chinese herb which suppresses swelling of the prostate improving symptoms in an unexplained yet effect way. Lycopene is found in pink fruits, especially cooked tomatoes. When concentrated in the prostate gland it can reduce BHP.

Pregnancy

While pregnancy is not a disease, and is the most natural thing in the world, the suggestions ensure that everything is optimal, making both the pregnancy and delivery easier, and can in fact create a healthier and more intelligent baby. What happens to the mother during pregnancy can affect the baby for the rest of its life.

Doctors can

• Regularly check the mother’s weight and blood pressure, and the baby’s progress.
• Prescribe 5mg of folic acid daily to reduce the incidence of spinal and brain defects such as spina bifida and hydrocephalus.
• If the mother’s iron levels are low, or if she becomes anemic she should take iron tablets.

What the mother can do

BEFORE becoming pregnant. Because the spine and brain develop very early in the fetus – before the mother knows she is pregnant – many mothers at that time will not be taking protective folic acid. The only safe way to protect your baby is to be taking a supplement containing folic acid ALL THE TIME when conception is possible. So as soon as the baby is conceived, the nerve tissues will have plenty of folic acid.

What the mother eats will supply both her own and also her baby’s needs. She generously gives to her baby before herself, so she must eat a good healthy diet with plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables, avoiding toxins and preservatives as much as possible and eating organic food, to provide a better outcome for her developing baby.

She should avoid chemicals and drugs, both ingested and on the skin, as much as possible, because again these find their way into the baby. If possible use preservative free skin care products, without parabens and sodium laurel sulphate. Avoid dental work which may stir up mercury in the mouth, because babies are very sensitive to mercury. Because fish can have a high mercury content, even though fish oils can have major benefits, health authorities now recommend that pregnant women eat less than one fish meal per week.

Regular exercise, such as walking, is important, as is have a good night’s sleep and often a nap during the day.

Nutritional supplements

Supplementation seems so obvious that it is hard to understand why many in the medical profession ignore this idea. Perhaps it is because most supplements have such poor contents and so give little benefit. Some supplements may contain potentially damaging impurities with no guarantee of their contents. Examples of these include mercury in fish oils, and lead, which is frequently found in cheaper calcium supplements. However there are supplements made to pharmaceutical levels which provide all the nutrients the body requires. Pregnancy is not a time to take any risks. So give your baby and yourself the best supplements you can.

• A good multivitamin/multimineral ensures that mother and baby have all the nutrients and minerals required to function, grow and develop perfectly. Make sure that it contains at least 5mg folic acid. Also make sure that the supplement contains beta carotene not vitamin A because vitamin A can build up in the baby and cause toxic effects.
• Omega 3 fish oils, 1-2 grams daily, are very important for good brain function and development in the fetus. Studies have shown that mothers who eat plenty of fish or fish oils during pregnancy have babies with higher IQs. Omega 3 oils also improve the tissue elasticity which can be a great help during childbirth. However, since eating fish can expose the baby to high mercury levels, use quality fish oil supplement which guarantee that they are mercury free and are made to pharmaceutical standards.
• Calcium and magnesium, 800-1,000mg/day. Magnesium has a very calming effect and helps with sleep. This dosage provides mother and baby with enough calcium to maintain and develop bones. Magnesium can also help with nerve function and reduce night cramps.
• Extra fiber in the diet can help prevent or reduce the risk of developing piles (haemorrhoids).