• 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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    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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  • 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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  • Raise The Alarm: Mothers-To-Be Should/Shouldn’t Take Multivitamins During Pregnancy

    Posted January 26, 2014: by Bill Sardi

    The current ongoing anti-vitamin supplement campaign being played out in the news media will go to no end to misleadingly scare the public away from vitamin pills.  This time it’s multivitamins during pregnancy.

    In what amounts to a lot of double talk, investigators and news reporters alike issue warnings and then disclaimers that make one wonder if there was anything to be alarmed about in the first place.

    The Daily Mail in the UK issues a headline report that says “Taking multivitamins can raise risk of a miscarriage,” and claims “32 per cent are more likely to lose their baby early-on if they had taken the supplements,” but end their report by saying “in the meantime, supplements should be taken in accordance with current clinical guidelines.”

    Researchers said: “We found a modest but consistent increased risk of early fetal death in multivitamin users.”  The reported increased risk was 32% but that is a relative number, not a hard number.  In reality, less than 1 in 100 were at risk for a miscarriage who took multivitamins.

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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?


    The catch: “well nourished.”

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  • Multivitamins: Often Poorly Formulated, Weakly Dosed And Unbalanced, Unfairly Slammed In Recent Analysis

    Posted December 18, 2013: by Bill Sardi

    Most multivitamins are poorly formulated, weakly dosed and unbalanced and are missing key nutrients to maintain health and there is no conceivable way they would meaningfully reduce disease-related mortality rates.  The authors of the study said: “in most cases data are insufficient to draw any conclusion.”  And ironically, if multivitamins were in fact found to reduce death rates, they would be declared drugs by the Food & Drug Administration!

    The study concedes the multivitamins under analysis didn’t even raise blood levels of vitamin E, C, selenium or zinc.  The only multivitamin data analyzed among women provided only five nutrients and authors of the report said “it could be argued there are no data on a true multivitamin for women.”

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