Nutritional intervention can improve health, energy and disease resistance in almost everyone.
Though vitamins can be extremely valuable, with a poor diet you can outeat any well designed supplement and neutralize many of the possible benefits. Don’t wash down your vitamin pills with a doughnut and large Coke and expect all to be well. Won’t work.
Numerous Merits of Nutritional Supplements
There are now about 20,000 peer reviewed scientific studies showing the merits of nutritional supplements. Books by myself, Alan Gaby, Michael Murray, Mel Werbach, Sheldon Hendler and others have highlighted the solid scientific platform for the use of nutritional intervention.
These vitamins, minerals, amino acids, fatty acids, food extracts, and herbs have been shown to do everything from prevent to reverse various diseases. One study from the National Defense Council Foundation estimated that providing nutritional supplements to military personnel would save the federal government $6.3 billion per year in health care costs.
Another study conducted by Pracon, a think tank in Reston, Virginia, estimated that providing modest doses of antioxidant nutritional supplements for the American public would save over $8.7 billion annually in unnecessary health care costs from heart disease, cancer, and cataracts. Another study published in the Western Medical Journal, May of 1997 showed that a conservative $20 billion in hospital costs could be saved annually by providing pregnant women with supplements including folacin and older adults with supplements including vitamin E. A professor of business at Northwestern University, Dr. Dranove, has estimate that every dollar invested in vitamin E supplements would save $50 in heart treatments later on.
Nutrition Supplements for Cancer Patients
There are literally hundreds of good studies supporting the use of nutrition supplements for cancer patients who are being medically treated. For instance, a double blind randomized trial reported in the Journal of Urology involving patients with bladder cancer found that high doses of vitamins E, C, A, B-6 and zinc cut the tumor recurrence rate in half when compared to similar patients taking a “one per day type supplement”. Another study reported in Anticancer Research found that high dose nutrients in conjunction with chemo and radiation provided a substantial improvement in quantity of life and chances for a complete remission in patients with small cell lung cancer. Eight popular flowers that can heal.
A study reported in the Journal of Orthomolecular Medicine which followed 129 cancer patients over the course of 11 years found that patients who received nutrition supplementation in conjunction with their medical care had a 1200% improvement in quantity of life over those just receiving medical care. In the scientific data and my extensive experience it is very appropriate to summarize that “A well nourished cancer patient can better manage and beat the disease.” In general, nutrition supplements are essential, but may not be sufficient, in the treatment and prevention of most diseases in America.
The scientific evidence is overwhelming that nutrition supplements can become the most profound breakthrough for health advancement since the fortification of foods with iodine, vitamin D, and niacin, which were able to eradicate the common and blatant malnutritive diseases of goiter, rickets and pellagra.
Quality Issues With Supplements
But the issue of supplements gets more complicated when we examine the need for the proper design of nutrition products. My extensive experience in the supplement industry has shown me that many nutrition products are designed by the accountant. That is, the marketing people decide what the public wants and how much they will pay for it. Then the accountant decides how much and in what form of that nutrient the company can afford to put into that product and still make a profit. Personally, I would not use the cheapest parachute, car brakes, or vitamin supplements. Your life is worth more than that.
For instance, while niacin at high doses can lower serum cholesterol, you do not want to take time release niacin, which can damage the liver. You want to take niacinamide and crystalline niacin. A recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association showed that selenium supplements can lower the incidence of many forms of cancer by up to 60%. But don’t take just any old form of selenium. L-selenomethionine is effective and safe, while sodium selenite can be toxic. There is good evidence that organic germanium GE-132 can bolster immune functions to help people with chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, and other immune suppressive disorders.
The Importance of Quality Control
Yet many vitamin companies sell the cheaper form of inorganic germanium, which can cause kidney damage. And many companies add in negligible amounts of nutrients merely as “window dressing” just to be able to say that it is in the product, such as putting in 5 milligrams of CoQ or 25 micrograms of selenium when 2 to 8 times that amount is necessary for maximum benefits. Kind of like having one life raft on the Titanic. In one independent analysis of 54 different gingko biloba products, 45 of them, or 83% had no gingko at all. Look for a line of nutrition products that are:
1) manufactured by a facility that is FDA licensed and/or GMP (good manufacturing practices) certified to assure quality control and hygienic standards
2) that uses no chemical solvents in the tableting process
3) that understands the importance of bioavailability such as using Krebs cycle intermediates
4) that uses an aqueous coating rather than shellac on the tablet
5) that has clinical nutritionists and not the accountants designing the products.
6) a company that you can be associated with for a lifetime
The Importance of Bioavailability
To give you an idea of how important bioavailability is, there was a period in my life not long ago when I was experiencing exercise induced tachycardia, or fluttering of the heart when I played basketball or ran. I first tried various nutrients that might have solved the problem, including magnesium and calcium for proper muscle contraction. Didn’t help. Then I tried a different form of calcium and magnesium from a different company. The problem cleared up. I needed electrolytes, including sodium, potassium, calcium and magnesium, but not all forms of calcium and magnesium supplements are equally bioavailable. If you think that buying better vitamins is expensive, then wait until you see your 20% co-pay on a major hospital bill.
While vitamin supplements are much safer than drugs, if you buy your supplements without an understanding of effective dosages, ratios, bioavailability, and potency then you are playing “Wheel of Fortune” with your health. Someday, you might regret it.
Since nutrition supplements have become an essential component for people who want the best of health, the only question then becomes: “How do I find a product that will provide me with the integrity, professionalism, and value that I need.”
Don’t count on Medicare to take care of you when you get sick. Never mind the financial woes of these overdrawn accounts, we need to prevent health problems before they get out of control. And don’t count on your doctor to cure you. Never mind the limitations of allopathic medicine, actually no one can cure you, including yourself.
If we think of “cure” in the classical sense of being treated for a disease and then not having that disease again, there is no such thing. If you lost 30 pounds so that you could go to your high school class reunion and then decided: “Now I can go back to the way that I used to eat.” The weight will come back on. Same goes for diabetes, heart disease, cancer, arthritis, and nearly every imaginable disease. If we return to the lifestyle that brought about the disease, then the disease will return. There are no permanent cures, only a lifetime of healthy maintenance.
You may not have heart disease. Or do you? Are your arteries occluded by 5% or 90%? As what happens with half of all people who suffer a heart attack, will your first symptom of heart disease be a fatal heart attack? One out 3 Americans will develop cancer in their lifetime, but experts tell us that everyone develops an average of 6 cancers per lifetime. If your system is well nourished and able to defend itself, then the cancer is eliminated. Even if you are cancer free right now, according to researchers at the University of California Berkeley, you are experiencing 1000 to 10,000 DNA hits, or cancer provoking situations, per cell per day. Are you experiencing a cancer-causing situation right now? And if it does grow, will you recognize it too late? Stop slamming your thumb in the desk drawer. Start today with a program of lifestyle changes, proper attitude and nutritional supplementation to give yourself every possible advantage.
Even if disease won’t be a part of your future, the energy, lifestyle and well being that comes with good health is the greatest gift that you can give to yourself and your loved ones. Remember, the reward for nutritional intervention is being able to enjoy the benefits of good health everyday in many ways.
You either make time for wellness or you will be forced to make time for illness.
It’s my hope that you will make the right choices and begin a path towards wellness, vitality and longevity.