• About That Small Error In Calculating How Much Vitamin D Is Needed

    Posted March 20, 2015: by Bill Sardi

    You could almost hear the vitamin D advocates sigh in disappointment just like you hear the crowd at a baseball game groan in unison when a fly ball drops two inches into foul territory with the bases loaded. That was 2011 when the Food & Nutrition Board set the Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) for vitamin D at 600 international units (IU), equal to about 4 minutes of midday sunshine/skin exposure. Many criticisms of that decision followed.

    The RDA is defined as the amount of a nutrient needed to meet the requirements of 97.5% of the population. Two leading vitamin D researchers claim the Food & Nutrition Board’s RDA of 600 IU achieves a blood concentration of 26.8 nanomoles per liter of blood rather than the optimal goal of achieving a 50.0+ nanomole/liter blood concentration, which is the goal for optimal health.

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  • VITAMIN D: Public Shouldn’t Wait For Doctors To Usher In New “Golden Era” Of Preventive Medicine

    Posted August 16, 2014: by Bill Sardi

    A noted expert on the topic of vitamin D and public health is calling for universal vitamin D blood testing and widespread dietary supplementation to augment dietary and sunshine sources of this essential nutrient.  Adoption of these practices should not wait for further definitive studies in an effort to “rescue as many patients with vitamin D-related illness as we can during the interim and not wait for further clinical trials to end.”

    These are the words of Dr. Cedric F Garland, professor, Division of Epidemiology, University of California San Diego and were posted at Medscape.com in an article entitled “Vitamin D and mortality risk: should clinical practice change? [MedScape.com Aug 13, 2014]  MedScape is a website dedicated to educating doctors.

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  • If You Love Your Bacon You Had Better Reach For Some Vitamin C

    Posted July 22, 2014: by Bill Sardi

    This report doesn’t cover new ground, just an old but forgotten topic.

    A recent 15-year study of 74,645 men and women in Sweden reveals that consumption of red meat was associated with shorter survival (-2 years) compared to adults who were not red meat eaters.  In the breakdown of the data red meat was only associated with reduced survival when processed red meat was consumed!  [American Journal Clinical Nutrition July 16, 2014]

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  • Are Vitamin C Pills Worth Taking? Don’t Ask Your Doctor!

    Posted July 13, 2014: by Bill Sardi

    According to one self-proclaimed authority, vitamin C therapy is nothing but health quackery.  [Quackwatch.com] WebMD advises physicians that supplemental vitamin C is only marginally able to reduce symptoms and duration of the common cold.  But the primary study referred to employed just 200 milligrams of vitamin C, barely enough to marginally raise blood levels of this essential vitamin.  [WebMD June 20, 2012]

    None of this negative science discouraged laboratory researchers in China however.  They inoculated mice with influenza virus and then injected 3 milligrams of vitamin C per gram of body weight.  (Laboratory rats weigh about 300-500 grams.) [University of Wisconsin]  So these animals were injected with 900-1500 mg vitamin C.

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  • How Long Can Modern Medicine Drag-On Their Drug Era Before It Begins To Prescribe Vitamin D Pills En Masse?

    Posted March 25, 2014: by Bill Sardi

    Vitamin D was discovered to cure rickets in 1922. A short time later ergocalciferol, synthetic vitamin D, was developed and is still today the only FDA-approved prescription form of vitamin D despite it being inferior to natural form cholecalciferol – vitamin D3.

    Over 90 years have passed since that discovery. The 1920 and 1930s was the era of vitamin discovery. During that time the practice of medicine gravitated away from use of crude medicines such as quinine, opium, cocaine, digitalis and nitroglycerin to synthetic molecules like procaine and barbital that garnered patent protection for pharmaceutical companies. Atabrine was among the first patentable drugs approved for many uses and is related to melfoquine used today to treat malaria.

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  • Vitamin C: Myths And Reality Outside The Research Laboratory

    Posted March 23, 2014: by Bill Sardi

    If a news reporter asks the vitamin C experts at the Linus Pauling Institute today about how much vitamin C is needed to maintain health they are going to answer with the same nonsense that has polluted the minds of millions over the past 3-4 decades – only 200 milligrams a day and forget vitamin C pills, fruits and vegetables will do.

    As one reads the latest discourse from the experts (“Myths, Artifacts, And Flaws: Identifying Limitation And Opportunities In Vitamin C Research,” Nutrients Volume 5, page 5161, 2013), who certainly must know more than the rest of us, after careful examination one begins to wonder if they live in the real world or just their world filled with test tubes and lab rats where they can create their own reality.

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  • World Without Polio Impossible Because Modern Medicine Turns A Blind Eye At Nutrition

    Posted March 11, 2014: by Bill Sardi

    The world pays a steep price when its doctors turn a blind eye at nutritional medicine.

    Imagine what eradication of polio would be like if it were treated nutritionally.

    In 1988 the world set out to inoculate all the billions of people on the planet against the stomach virus known as polio.  There were an estimated 350,000 new annual cases of paralyzing polio then which has now been reduced to just a couple hundred cases with a much larger world population.  There are an estimated 10 million people walking today that would be crippled from polio if a polio vaccination program hadn’t been started. [World Health Organization]  The indigenous wild-strain of the virus was mostly eradicated in 1999 [American Journal Epidemiology 2010] leaving the vaccine derived strain as the predominant form of the virus in circulation!

    Despite such progress, total eradication of polio eludes modern medicine because it ignores nutritional medicine.

    How did modern medicine almost totally eradicate polio but at the same time doom any possibility of abolishing it?

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  • Vitamins: Enough Of “Enough Is Enough”

    Posted February 24, 2014: by Bill Sardi

    A recent editorial published in the Annals Of Internal Medicine said this about multivitamins:  “We believe that the case is closed— supplementing the diet of well-nourished adults with (most) mineral or vitamin supplements has no clear benefit and might even be harmful. These vitamins should not be used for chronic disease prevention. Enough is enough.”

    I’ve already addressed this absurd report.  There are a number of hidden catch phrases in that statement, such as “well nourished.”  Is anybody really well nourished in a processed food society that over-consumes carbohydrates and sugars and brain stimulant-laden foods?  According to the US Department of Agriculture, most Americans aren’t getting an adequate supply of essential nutrients from their diet.

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  • Shall We Slam The Door On Multivitamins Once And For All?

    Posted January 6, 2014: by Bill Sardi

    That’s what an editorial in the Annals of Internal Medicine said.  After citing flawed study after flawed study where multivitamins were found to be ineffective at reducing death rates or mental decline with advancing age, and even citing published studies to say multivitamins are harmful and even kill people, these experts from the most prestigious medical centers in the world said: “we believe the case is closed – supplementing the diet of well-nourished adults with (most) mineral or vitamin supplements has no clear benefit and might even be harmful.  These vitamins should not be used for chronic disease prevention.  Enough is enough.”

    Case closed?

    Hardly.

    The catch: “well nourished.”

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  • Checklist for a healthy digestive tract, with suggested remedies

    Posted January 5, 2014: by Bill Sardi

    Digestive tract problems are many and they may be difficult to sort out, even by well-trained doctors.

    Some individuals may simultaneously suffer from bloating due to lactose (milk) intolerance, heartburn from thick sludgy bile, indigestion from lack of stomach acid caused by Helicobacter pylori infection and also have overgrowth of yeast (Candida albicans).

    Symptoms of these maladies are often common and overlapping, making it even more difficult to determine their cause and cure. Different digestive tract maladies produce similar cross-over symptoms, such as heartburn, bloating, nausea, tummy pain, stomach fullness, etc.

    The following is a checklist of digestive tract problems, their common symptoms and online links provided for checking up on natural home remedies.

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