• Researchers Achieve Cancer-Killing Effect With Oral-Dose Vitamin C

    Posted January 15, 2010: by Bill Sardi

    In an overlooked study first published in 2008, for the first time, using a special liposomal form of oral-dose vitamin C, researchers in Britain demonstrated it is possible to achieve cancer-killing blood concentrations of this vitamin without undesirable side effects.

    Heretofore, National Institutes of Health Researchers claimed the maximal concentration of vitamin C that can be achieved following oral intake is not sufficient to produce a cancer-killing effect. Now British researchers demonstrate they were able to achieve blood concentrations of vitamin C that were twice what was incorrectly reported to be maximal, and in the range of what is known to be selectively toxic to tumor cells, yet not harmful to healthy cells.

    Studies with various forms of cancer show a 30%-to-50% cancer cell-killing effect at the same blood concentration of vitamin C achieved in this study. For comparison, anti-cancer drugs are approved by the FDA if they achieve 50% tumor shrinkage.

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  • Did 1918 Spanish Flu Deaths Result From Aspirin-Induced Scurvy (Vitamin C Deficiency)?

    Posted October 12, 2009: by Bill Sardi

    The Daytona Beach News Journal cites the death of a 15-year-old New Smyrna Beach high school student, a confirmed swine-flu victim. The report says: “This student struggled with medical conditions his entire life. He was at higher risk for medical complications.” [Daytona Beach News Journal, October 8, 2009]

    A Texas 8th-grader was diagnosed with the flu on Wednesday at the doctor’s office and denied the anti-viral drug Tamiflu because she wasn’t “high risk.” Her mother was advised to continue monitoring her daughter whose condition worsened with “crackling sounds in her lungs.” She was finally hospitalized on Saturday. This otherwise healthy child succumbed to the flu by Sunday morning. [WFAA-TV 11 news Sept 30, 2009]

    The CDC also just released a report showing a striking mortality rate among pregnant women. Among 100 pregnant women hospitalized due to influenza infection, 28 died. This is an unprecedented 28% mortality rate! [Washington Post October 2, 2009] There is no way to confirm this alarming report since it is not cited in a published report that can be examined. A CDC transcript only says “28 pregnant women have died.” (Scare tactic by the CDC?) A published report does show 6 of 45 pregnant women infected with the pandemic H1N1 virus infection died during the period from April 15 to June 16, 2009. [Lancet 374; 451—57, 2009] However, no data is provided that vaccination prevented the women who survived from a fatal consequence.

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  • Vitamin C Deficiency Still Prevalent In US Population

    Posted August 15, 2009: by Bill Sardi

    Few Americans Achieve Optimal Vitamin C Levels Despite Food Fortification and Programs Aimed At Increasing Fruit And Vegetable Intake

    The latest data on the status of vitamin C deficiency in the US population has just been published, and while it shows a significant reduction in the percentage of Americans who are truly deficient, particularly among low-income and ethnic groups, still ~7% of the US population exhibit signs of overt deficiency (called scurvy), an embarrassing fact for a country that has abundant food supply, fortifies foods and takes vitamin supplements.

    Strikingly, the study found that a significantly lower percentage of African and Hispanic Americans exhibit vitamin C deficiency compared to White Americans.

    The most arresting fact is that the spectrum of vitamin C deficiency/adequacy appears to follow along the same lines as the rates of disease and mortality in the population. Smokers and low-income groups who typically exhibit low blood serum concentrations of vitamin C also have the highest rates of disease and mortality.

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  • Which is it: more or less vitamin D?

    Posted November 12, 2016: by Bill Sardi

    When an iconic source of information in modern medicine, The New England Journal of Medicine, publishes a report saying Americans don’t need more vitamin D, contrary to many other published reports, how is the public to sort out this scientific debate?

    According to the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) report only 6% of Americans are vitamin D deficient.  The NEJM claims too much vitamin D can lead to a slew of health problem that includes constipation, abnormal heart rhythm and kidney stones.  [New England Journal Medicine Nov 10, 2016]

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  • The Common Form Of Nutrients In Vitamin & Mineral Supplements May Still Leave Your Body Undernourished.

    Posted November 29, 2015: by Bill Sardi

    According to the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) nutritional deficiencies are rampant in over-fed/undernourished America.  Just a sampling from the USDA list of essential nutrients that are not consumed in sufficient amounts by a percentage of the population includes vitamin E (86.4%), folic acid (40.3%), magnesium (57%), potassium (92.4%), vitamin C (42%), zinc (29.2%).  [Knowledge of Health]

    The Recommended Daily Allowance for essential nutrients is generally too low and the above figures don’t even approach the massive nutrient shortages in the population at large.

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  • NO STUDY: TAKING TOO MANY VITAMINS MAY INCREASE CANCER RISK

    Posted April 23, 2015: by Bill Sardi

    News headlines say a new study reveals high-dose vitamins, in particular folic acid, may increase the risk for cancer.  [ABC News April 20, 2015; Science Daily April 20, 2015] But wait. There was no new study.  It was just Tim Byers, an MD at the University of Colorado Cancer Center mouthing off once again against vitamin supplements in a forum at the American Association for Cancer Research.  [Colorado Cancer Blogs]

    Dr. Byers has been on this vendetta against dietary supplements for some time now.  [Journal National Cancer Institute May 16, 2012]

    Dr. Byers fails to note the many contrary studies, including the largest analysis among nearly 50,000 individuals that concluded there was no significant increase or decrease in the risk for cancer as blood levels of folic acid rose. [Lancet March 23, 2013]  Even 40 milligrams/day of folic acid over a period of 3.2 year did not produce an increased risk for cancer. [Journal American Medical Assn. Sept 12, 2007]

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  • 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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  • Lack Of Vitamin A May Be Overlooked Root Of Tinnitus And Hearing Loss

    Posted May 21, 2014: by Bill Sardi

    Nutritional supplementation may play a preventive, therapeutic or even regenerative role when hearing loss occurs. Frequently doctors are remiss in making nutritional recommendations. It is now a common practice for physicians to address every disease as if it were a drug deficiency in the face of published reports showing nutritional imbalances are at the root of most chronic diseases.

    For example, confronted with a case of sudden unexplained loss of hearing, physicians impulsively inject steroids that have been shown to work no better than an inactive placebo. [Archives Otolaryngology Head & Neck Surgery June 2007] Yet there are valid nutritional approaches to emergent cases of hearing loss, as explained below.

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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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