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COPD Prevention and Care

Friday, February 20th, 2015
COPD vitamins and supplements

Prevent lung damage and slow down the progression of COPD with vitamins and supplements.

COPD, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, is a preventable spectrum of lung diseases, including chronic bronchitis and emphysema. Difficulty breathing, wheezing, respiratory infections, excessive mucus, low oxygen levels, and chronic coughing are the hallmarks of the disease. COPD is almost always caused by cigarette smoking, which currently accounts for 80-90% of all cases. Patients with COPD experience a decline in lung function over time, often have other conditions that go along with COPD (such as cardiovascular disease and depression), and are at an increased risk for disability and premature death. COPD is incurable, progressive, and debilitating. It is now the third leading cause of death in the United States, affecting over 30 million Americans last year.
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Tips for Recovering from Pneumonia

Thursday, February 14th, 2013

Pneumonia Recovery

Don't Suffer Through Pneumonia Recovery

If you’ve recently had pneumonia, then you are all too familiar with the aftereffects. Pneumonia is a serious condition that can take a month after the infection has cleared to get yourself back to good health. Use these tips to take care of yourself and speed your healing process.
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Leading Health Risks for Women

Thursday, August 9th, 2012

Heart Disease (25.1% of US adult female deaths 2007)

The newest studies and statistics reveal that women over the age of 40 have a staggering 32% chance of developing coronary artery disease. While most cases of heart disease are diagnosed in older women (usually in their 70’s), younger women are actually considered to be more at risk of having a fatal heart attack because they are less likely to seek treatment or recognize symptoms.

Malignant Neoplasms [Cancer] (22.1% of US adult female deaths 2007)

Lung cancer is the leading type of cancer to cause death of women in the United States. Cigarette smoking is considered to be the cause of most cases. Smoking also causes cancers of the esophagus, larynx (voice box), mouth, throat, kidney, bladder, pancreas, stomach, uterine cervix, and acute myeloid leukemia, according to the CDC.

Breast cancer is the second form of cancer responsible for the most deaths of women in the US. Mammograms can help to detect breast cancer early enough for treatment to be most effective.

Colorectal [Colon] cancer is the third leading cause of cancer deaths in American women. Screening tests can help to catch this form of cancer early enough to remove precancerous polyps before they turn into cancer.

Cerebrovascular Disease [Stroke] (6.7% of US adult female deaths 2007)

Men are more likely than women to have strokes in their early years, but women have a higher fatality rate with strokes than men. Women’s stroke risk generally becomes significant around age 45 and then increases steadily until it matches that of men’s risk by age 65. Regular exercise and healthy diet can reduce your stroke risk by as much as 80%.

Chronic Lower Respiratory Disease (5.5% of US adult female deaths 2007)

“Chronic lower respiratory disease” refers to several respiratory illnesses that occur in the lower lungs. This includes emphysema, chronic bronchitis, and chronic obstructed pulmonary disease (COPD). Over 80% of these cases were caused by smoking, either directly or from being exposed to secondhand smoke, which contains more dangerous chemicals than the smoke that is inhaled by the smoker.

Alzheimer’s Disease (4.3% of US adult female deaths 2007)

In 2011, the Alzheimer’s Association’s “2011 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures” report showed that 3.4 million out of the 5.4 million Americans with Alzheimer’s are women. It is unknown why more women than men suffer from Alzheimer’s, but studies have shown differences in presentation, development, and symptoms of the disease based on gender. Hormone replacement therapy for women has shown an increased risk for developing dementia, and low levels of thyrotropin, a thyroid hormone, has been associated with an increased risk of Alzheimer’s in women. Women suffering from depression are twice as likely to develop the disease and women unable to perform routine tasks without assistance are 3.5 times more likely to develop the disease.

About the Author: Stacy A. Pessoney is Wholesale Nutrition’s Chief Editor and Communications Research Director. She has a strong interest in helping people achieve greater brain and body health with the help of vitamins and supplements, focusing on sodium ascorbate in the form of vitamin C powder. Wholesale Nutrition has provided the world with the best vitamin C and wholesale vitamins since 1970. Visit http://www.nutri.com to buy high-quality discount vitamins today!

Sources:

http://news.softpedia.com/news/Heart-Disease-Number-1-Cause-of-Death-in-Women-262789.shtml
http://www.cdc.gov/women/lcod/07_females_by_race.pdf
http://www.mchb.hrsa.gov/whusa11/hstat/hshi/pages/207lcd.html
http://www.everydayhealth.com/alzheimers/alzheimers-and-gender.aspx
Cancer Trends Progress Report – 2009/2010 Update, National Cancer Institute, NIH, DHHS, Bethesda, MD, April 2010, http://progressreport.cancer.gov

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Vitamin News: Vitamin D Does Not Take the Place of UVB Exposure

Saturday, May 5th, 2012

There are five different forms of vitamin D, two of which are important to humans. There are major differences in the two, vitamin D2 and vitamin D3, which you may or may not be aware of. Taking the wrong one can be more detrimental than beneficial to your health. If your milk, calcium supplement, or standard vitamin D supplement simply says “vitamin D”, then you may want to take a look at the label.

A staggering number of Americans are considered clinically vitamin D deficient while an astounding number are considered to be in the insufficient range. This includes children who are exposed to sunlight and drink milk and/or orange juice with added vitamin D almost every day. Even a lot of adults that regularly take a daily vitamin D supplement are deficient.

How can this be? Without a blood test from your doctor, you may be putting your health at a major risk, all while thinking that you are being diligent about your vitamin D intake. Supplemental vitamin D comes in two different forms; ergocalciferol (vitamin D2) and cholecalciferol (vitamin D3).

The synthetic form of vitamin D2, comes from passing plant matter and fungus through a radiation treatment. This is the vitamin D typically added to orange juice, milk, and vitamin D supplements. Vitamin D2 can be obtained from plant sources.

Vitamin D3 can be obtained (in small amounts) from animal sources, such as egg yolks and non-pasteurized full-fat milk. While both vitamin D2 and D3 must be converted by the body into active forms, vitamin D3 is converted 500% faster than D2 according to a report by the Journal of Endocrinology and Metabolism. They also report that vitamin D3 is 87% more potent in raising and maintaining vitamin D concentrations and produces 2-3 fold greater storage of vitamin D.

Once your sources of vitamin D are converted into their active forms, sunlight is necessary to transform them into cholesterol sulfate. This means that, contrary to prior medical beliefs, supplementing with vitamin D does not completely replace the need for sun exposure. In fact, recent studies on the importance of cholesterol sulfate show that without sufficient UVB sun exposure, about 30 minutes per week, the body compensates by producing LDL, or “bad” cholesterol.

Doctors and researchers are now linking heart disease, high cholesterol, arterial plaque, cancer, autism, hypertension, obesity, arthritis, Crohn’s disease, dementia, seizures, asthma, migraines, depression, inflammatory bowel disease, multiple sclerosis, and both types of diabetes to a lack of vitamin D3 in the diet and inadequate UVB exposure.

This may sound overwhelming, but when you consider that the proposed 30 minutes of UVB sunlight exposure per week requirement must happen when the UV index is above 3, then you may start to realize why diseases such as these, increase in prevalence as you move away from the equator. Most of the United States only experiences this level of sunlight intensity for about 1-2 months of the year.

These diseases and more are being linked to inadequate vitamin D levels because vitamin D is responsible for an astounding number or processes in the body. It is a neuroregulatory steroidal hormone that influences almost 3,000 different genes and has receptors in nearly every cell of your body. It produces over 200 antimicrobial peptides, including broad-spectrum antibiotics, regulates the immune system and controls chronic inflammation.

Many doctors now recommend “safe” tanning bed use for obtaining adequate vitamin D3 levels. UVA rays are harmful, but beds that only produce UVB rays can be very effective forms of treatment.

About the Author: Phil Le Breton is owner at Wholesale Nutrition. He has a strong interest in helping people achieve greater brain and body health with vitamins and supplements, with an emphasis on vitamin C powder. Wholesale Nutrition has provided the world with the best vitamin C and wholesale vitamins since 1970. Visit http://www.nutri.com to buy high-quality discount vitamins today!

Sources:

http://www.jlr.org/content/44/7/1268.abstract
http://jcem.endojournals.org/content/96/3/E447.abstract
http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2012/02/23/oral-vitamin-d-mistake.aspx
http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/161618.php

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Why Do I Need Vitamin C?

Friday, April 27th, 2012

Vitamin C does a lot more than help you to get over or avoid the common cold and flu. It is a potent antioxidant that is critical in helping your body to carry out many of its normal processes. Since vitamin C can only be consumed through diet or vitamins and supplements, it is necessary to consider what you could be doing to your body by failing to get enough.

Vitamin C is responsible for the function and repair of your bones, lungs, circulatory system, joints, immune system, and more. The recommended daily allowance by the government is just enough to keep a perfectly healthy person from developing a deficiency disease, such as scurvy. If you are exposed to any type of pollutant, allergen, chemical, or food additive then your daily requirement to stay healthy increases. Even stress and exercise produce free radicals that lead to oxidative stress, greatly increasing the need for vitamin C.

Free radicals are responsible for creating infection. Vitamin C, or ascorbic acid, protects cells, proteins and lipids from free radical damage. It also improves the function and life span of immune cells. This helps the body to defend itself from almost every infectious disease. It also has a dramatic effect on existing infections. An article in Life Extension Magazine reported that “studies of vitamin C supplementation in military personnel and other subjects living in close quarters have shown that pneumonia occurred a remarkable 80-100% less often in subjects taking vitamin C than in those who did not supplement with the vitamin”.

Vitamin C is also responsible for the production of collagen and elastin, which are the major components of connective tissues all over your body. All of your bones, joints, blood vessels and organs are constantly experiencing cell death and renewal. They are in constant need of collagen and elastin to repair themselves. Without enough, we experience unhealthy aging, cancers, high cholesterol, degraded neurotransmitters, improper hormone production, and a long list of inflammatory, degenerative, and infectious diseases.

Vitamin C is needed to properly produce cells, absorb calcium and iron, and prevent diseases such as cataracts, cancer, and heart disease. It also is necessary to regulate blood clotting, which prevents clotting and bleeding disorders.

Ascorbic acid is needed for dental health as well. Your gums are generally the first place that you will notice a difference if you’re not getting enough vitamin C. They are made up almost entirely of connective tissue that is stressed every time you bite down or clench your teeth. You may notice your gums most dramatically turning red, swelling, receding, or bleeding around the teeth that touch first when you gently close your jaw. This is because the gums experience the most stress in these areas. Gums that are inflamed or weak due to a lack of vitamin C are susceptible to gum disease. Gum disease starts as plaque, which recent studies have shown cannot form if proper levels of vitamin C are maintained. Even sailors in the 18th century knew that if their gums started bleeding that they were in danger of scurvy. This is still why many doctors use the health of your gums to determine if you’re on your way to cardiovascular disease, arthritis, lung dysfunction, high blood pressure, stroke, and many other health problems.

Ask your doctor about supplementing with vitamin C. If you have stomach or digestive issues, you can take a buffered form of vitamin C that is non-acidic, like sodium ascorbate vitamin C powder.

Sources:
http://www.lef.org/magazine/mag2006/oct2006_report_vitaminc_01.htm
http://altmedicine.about.com/od/healthconditionsdisease/a/gum_disease.htm

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About the Author: Phil Le Breton is owner at Wholesale Nutrition. He has a strong interest in helping people achieve greater brain and body health with vitamins and supplements, with an emphasis on vitamin C powder. Wholesale Nutrition has provided the world with the best vitamin C and wholesale vitamins since 1970. Visit http://www.nutri.com to buy high-quality discount vitamins today!

Natural Prevention and Treatment of Acute Bronchitis

Friday, March 16th, 2012

Acute bronchitis is almost always caused by a viral infection; over 95% of the time. The bronchi in the lungs are irritated and inflamed, causing mucus secretion and airway constriction. This causes pain, trouble breathing, and coughing which can further irritate the lungs. Because acute bronchitis is almost always viral, there is little that antibiotics can do besides possibly prevent future infections. Antibiotics can also be used to treat whooping cough, another cause of acute bronchitis.

Patients suffering from bronchitis can treat symptoms and help reduce their chances of contracting bronchitis again. There are two ways to treat acute bronchitis. The first way is to treat the underlying inflammation that is causing the increase in mucus production and swelling of the airways. The second way is to inhibit the virus’s ability to replicate and invade cells. You can try to prevent bronchitis by practicing good hand-washing habits and staying away from people that have colds or the flu.

To treat the inflammation that is causing unwanted symptoms, you must strengthen the immune system. If the body’s inflammatory response is stronger than the immune system, then inflammation will persist and worsen as the virus replicates and invades. Antioxidant therapy is recommended for people who have been exposed to a virus or irritant that is causing lung dysfunction.

Antioxidants remove the damaging free radicals that are produced by the inflammatory response. If left alone, these free radicals cause oxidative stress, which by itself causes an inflammatory response. This self-feeding cycle of inflammation causing inflammation is what makes acute bronchitis so dangerous.

Omega-3 fatty acids are known for their outstanding ability to reduce inflammation. American diets are usually high in omega-6 fatty acids, which cause inflammation, and low in omega-3 fatty acids. Correcting this imbalance can give your body the ability to stop the production of inflammation causing cytokines. It also greatly reduces insulin resistance and helps the body’s cells perform more efficiently long-term. This enhances the immune response and helps to reduce symptoms.

Vitamin E is another powerful tool against lung inflammation and cell damage. It reduced the inflammatory response by about two-thirds in clinical studies. It also protects cells from damage caused by free radicals, irritants and bodily functions. It is powerful enough to bring down inflammation even in advanced diabetes patients.

Vitamin C is the ultimate anti-bronchitis weapon. It works on several levels to treat symptoms. It greatly reduces inflammation, like omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin E. It also strengthens cells, enhances the immune response, blocks histamine receptors, inhibits histamine production, blocks virus receptors on cells, and prevents viruses from creating the enzyme that they need to replicate.

Taking vitamin C in high enough dosages to produce symptom relief can be difficult if you have stomach issues or cannot handle the amount of calcium that is in your typical vitamin C supplement, calcium ascorbate. Sodium ascorbate vitamin C powder in a buffered, non-acidic form is generally used for higher dosages of vitamin C.

Speak with your doctor before starting any vitamins and supplements routine.

About the Author: Phil Le Breton is owner at Wholesale Nutrition. He has a strong interest in helping people achieve greater brain and body health with vitamins and supplements, with an emphasis on vitamin C powder. Wholesale Nutrition has provided the world with the best vitamin C and wholesale vitamins since 1970. Visit http://www.nutri.com to buy high-quality discount vitamins today!

Sources:
http://www.lef.org/protocols/respiratory/bronchitis_01.htm

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How to Maximize Your Vitamin C Benefits

Friday, February 10th, 2012

Learning how to correctly take your vitamin C can help you to increase the benefits that you get from it. Vitamin C will give you protection from scurvy at minimal levels, but won’t necessarily provide you with symptom relief or protection from major diseases unless it is taken at a high enough level. It’s hard to say what the correct “daily requirement” of vitamin C is because everyone has a different level of stress or disease in their body. Therefore, learning how to find the right dosage for your condition and your body can be greatly beneficial.

In general, bowel tolerance of ascorbic acid is proportionate to the toxicity of your disease. In other words, you won’t eliminate excess vitamin C until it’s out of things to correct in your body. Therefore, a daily dose when you’re healthy can range anywhere from 1 to 20 grams per day, depending on the condition and need of your body. One study showed that people with influenza (the flu) or mononucleosis (mono), could take up to 200 grams of vitamin C daily without stomach discomfort or diarrhea. In fact, for severe illnesses such as these, marked improvement was not shown until the dosage of ascorbic acid reached near the bowel tolerance level. The reason that you may not feel better when taking smaller doses of vitamin C is that it is quickly destroyed by injured tissues, disease, and stress. Think of it as trying to wash mud off of your arm with only a few drops of water. It may get smeared around, but the mud is still there. Only with larger and larger amounts of water would you be able to clean off the mud.

Vitamin C works by scavenging free radicals produced by stress, infection, inflammation, germs, bacteria, illness and disease. Not only do diseases and injuries cause damaging free radicals to form, they also lead to the formation of other diseases. Almost every disease is caused by and/or produces free radicals. Infection, heart disease, cancer, burns, trauma, aging, allergies, and autoimmune diseases are all included.

Taking vitamin C daily can vastly reduce your chances of developing a giant list of health conditions. Vitamin C is very sensitive to stress and is generally the first vitamin to be depleted by it. Without enough vitamin C in your system daily, stress can take its toll on your immune system very quickly. Vitamin C is known to bring balance to an overactive or weakened immune system. It does the same for your stress response, helping to control anxiety, overproduction of cortisol (stress hormone), and inflammation.

Many people don’t realize that vitamin C is required by our bodies daily to maintain cartilage, bones and teeth. It is also necessary for producing collagen, absorbing iron, and controlling cholesterol levels. Our bodies go from growing and developing to breaking down and aging. Our cells and connective tissues, even bone, are always regenerating. If enough vitamin C isn’t available for the production of collagen and elastin, our bodies will improvise by using hard, inflexible cholesterol plaques to repair tiny tears and injuries. This is how arteries harden, joints become more prone to damage, and wrinkles form.

Talk with your doctor about supplementing with the best vitamin C, sodium ascorbate vitamin C powder. This highly absorbable, non-acidic form of vitamin C is the most economical and easiest way to get your perfect daily dose of vitamin C.

About the Author: Phil Le Breton is owner at Wholesale Nutrition. He has a strong interest in helping people achieve greater brain and body health with vitamins and supplements, with an emphasis on vitamin C powder. Wholesale Nutrition has provided the world with the best vitamin C and wholesale vitamins since 1970. Visit http://www.nutri.com to buy high-quality discount vitamins today!

Sources:
http://www.mall-net.com/cathcart/faces.html
http://www.cforyourself.com/Overview/Primer/What_C_Does/why_take_c.html
http://www.webmd.com/diet/guide/the-benefits-of-vitamin-c?page=3

How Doctors Use (Or Should Use) Vitamin Therapy

Monday, July 18th, 2011

Here at Wholesale Nutrition, we highly value valid research related to vitamins and supplements. We are continually impressed with the reports from Orthomolecular Medicine News Service and would like to share some of their content with you from time to time. We hope you find it as fascinating as we do!

(OMNS October 21, 2010) Numerous letters to the Orthomolecular Medicine News Service come from readers wanting to know exactly how to use nutritional therapy for a specific disease. Since we cannot answer such emails personally, we wanted to provide some highly useful resources for our readers’ benefit.

We suggest that you print these documents out and take them to your doctor.

Multiple Sclerosis
The vitamin-based treatment plan of Frederick Robert Klenner, M.D. is a free download at http://www.townsendletter.com/Klenner/KlennerProtocol_forMS.pdf

Cardiovascular Disease
Vitamin E dosages as written and used by Drs. Evan and Wilfrid Shute are posted at http://www.doctoryourself.com/shute_protocol.html

The doctors specifically treated the following with vitamin E:

Coronary thrombosis
Acute rheumatic fever
Chronic rheumatic heart disease
Angina
Hypertension
Thrombophlebitis and Phlebothrombosis
Thrombocytopaenic Purpura
Diabetes Mellitus
Acute and Chronic Nephritis
Burns
Cancer
Hugh D. Riordan, M.D. and colleagues tell how to employ vitamin C intravenously in a free download from http://www.doctoryourself.com/RiordanIVC.pdf or http://www.riordanclinic.org/research/vitaminc/protocol.shtml

Compare with this original 1986 IV vitamin C protocol by Ewan Cameron, M.D.: http://www.doctoryourself.com/cameron.html

Instructions on Making an Injectable Vitamin C Solution
Written for physician and hospital use by Robert F. Cathcart III, M.D. http://www.doctoryourself.com/vitciv.html

At http://www.doctoryourself.com/titration.html Dr. Cathcart provides specific dosage ranges for treating these illnesses:

Mild cold
Severe cold
Influenza
Coxsackievirus
Mononucleosis
Viral pneumonia
Hay fever
Asthma
Environmental and food allergy
Burns
Injury
Surgical recovery
Anxiety
Cancer
Ankylosing spondylitis
Reiter’s syndrome
Acute anterior uveitis
Rheumatoid arthritis
Bacterial infections
Infectious hepatitis
Candidiasis
Clinical Guide to the Use of Vitamin C
The full text of this book by Lendon H. Smith, M.D. is posted at http://www.seanet.com/~alexs/ascorbate/198x/smith-lh-clinical_guide_1988.htm

Writes Dr. Smith: “I have used Dr. Klenner’s methods on hundreds of patients. He is right. It helps almost every condition and situation, and my failures were due to inadequate amounts.”

The book discusses, in varying detail, megavitamin treatment of the following illnesses:

Virus Pneumonia
Poliomyelitis
Hepatitis
Herpes Simplex & Zoster
Chicken Pox
Measles
Mumps
Mononucleosis
Diphtheria
Dysentery
Pancreatitis
Scarlet fever
Rheumatic fever
Tuberculosis
Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever
Tetanus
Arthritis
High cholesterol
Ruptured intervertebral discs
Corneal ulcers
Diabetes
Glaucoma
Schizophrenia
Burns
Heat stroke
Radiation burns
Surgery
Heavy Metal (including Lead) Poisoning
Other Poisonings
Venomous bites
Allergies
Poison Oak or Ivy
Myasthenia Gravis
Experienced physicians have used massive amounts of vitamin C and other nutrients in treating an astonishing and nearly unbelievable variety of conditions. “Many physicians refuse to employ Vitamin C in the amounts suggested,” writes Dr. Klenner, “simply because it is counter to their fixed ideas of what is reasonable. There is no doubt that physicians are being brainwashed with the current journal advertising. I have never seen a patient that Vitamin C would not benefit.”

Dr. Klenner was board certified in diseases of the chest. The Shutes, in obstetrics. Dr. Cathcart, in orthopedic surgery. Dr. Smith, in pediatrics. Dr. Riordan, in psychiatry. Dr. Cameron, in surgery.

What you will learn from the documents above may be a good start, but it is only a start. We recommend that you read extensively and then discuss these physicians’ experiences with your doctor before making any health decision.

For Further Reading:

A searchable free archive of hundreds of full-text nutrition therapy papers is available at http://orthomolecular.org/library/jom/

Bibliographies of the published writings of orthomolecular doctors are posted at
Robert F. Cathcart, M.D.: http://www.doctoryourself.com/biblio_cathcart.html
Emanuel Cheraskin, M.D., D.M.D.: http://www.doctoryourself.com/biblio_cheraskin.html
Benjamin Feingold, M.D.: http://www.doctoryourself.com/biblio_feingold.html
Max Gerson, M.D.: http://www.doctoryourself.com/bib_gerson.html
Abram Hoffer, M.D., Ph.D.: http://www.doctoryourself.com/biblio_hoffer.html
Hans Nieper, M.D.: http://www.doctoryourself.com/biblio_nieper.html
William J. McCormick, M.D.: http://www.doctoryourself.com/biblio_mccormick.html
William Kaufman, M.D., Ph.D.: http://www.doctoryourself.com/biblio_kaufman.html
Humphry Osmond, M.D.: http://www.doctoryourself.com/biblio_osmond.html
Linus Pauling, Ph.D.: http://www.doctoryourself.com/biblio_pauling_ortho.html
Carl C. Pfeiffer, M.D., Ph.D.: http://www.doctoryourself.com/biblio_pfeiffer_ed.html
Hugh D. Riordan, M.D.: http://www.doctoryourself.com/biblio_riordan.html
Evan Shute, M.D. and Wilfrid Shute, M.D.: http://www.doctoryourself.com/biblio_shute.html
Lendon H. Smith, M.D.: http://www.doctoryourself.com/biblio_lsmith.html
Roger J. Williams, Ph.D.: http://www.doctoryourself.com/biblio_williams.html

To locate a nutritionally-minded physician: http://orthomolecular.org/resources/omns/v06n09.shtml

Nutritional Medicine is Orthomolecular Medicine

Orthomolecular medicine uses safe, effective nutritional therapy to fight illness. For more information: http://www.orthomolecular.org

The peer-reviewed Orthomolecular Medicine News Service is a non-profit and non-commercial informational resource.

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Ian Brighthope, M.D. (Australia)
Ralph K. Campbell, M.D. (USA)
Carolyn Dean, M.D., N.D. (Canada)
Damien Downing, M.D. (United Kingdom)
Michael Ellis, M.D. (Australia)
Michael Gonzalez, D.Sc., Ph.D. (Puerto Rico)
Steve Hickey, Ph.D. (United Kingdom)
James A. Jackson, Ph.D. (USA)
Bo H. Jonsson, M.D., Ph.D. (Sweden)
Thomas Levy, M.D., J.D. (USA)
Jorge R. Miranda-Massari, Pharm.D. (Puerto Rico)
Erik Paterson, M.D. (Canada)
Gert E. Shuitemaker, Ph.D. (Netherlands)

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Health Benefits of Quitting Smoking

Saturday, November 27th, 2010

Becoming a nonsmoker can be a triumph for your health. Smoking is linked to cancer, heart disease, stroke, many lung diseases, and osteoporosis. Being a smoker can significantly shorten your life. Not only does it cause many health problems, but it can make physical activity arduous or impossible. Deciding to take charge of your life and conquer addiction is a brave decision to make and can give you the power, mentally and physically, to live a longer and happier life.

It can be motivating to see how your body recovers as you get used to being a nonsmoker. Within only twenty minutes, your body begins to benefit. After fifteen years, your body could be repaired completely, putting you in the same risk categories as someone who has never smoked. Use this list of health benefits as a constant reminder of what you are doing for your body by quitting smoking.

After 20 minutes of not smoking, your pulse rate, blood pressure, and body temperature returns to normal.

After 8 hours, your blood oxygen level returns to normal and you will notice that your thinking is clearer and your circulation is improving. Carbon monoxide levels are returned to normal helping you to feel more awake.

After 24 hours of not smoking, your chances of having a heart attack are already significantly decreased.

When you haven’t smoked for 48 hours, your damaged nerves start to repair themselves. You may notice that your sense of smell and taste is returning at this point.

After 2 weeks and continuing throughout the first year of being a nonsmoker, your circulation will dramatically improve. Your lung function will increase by almost 50%, making physical activity easier and more alluring. Allergies, congestion, and immunity difficulties are alleviated or significantly improved. The cilia in the lungs, which has been paralyzed by the harmful chemicals they’ve been exposed to, will come back to life and start to clear your lungs of built up mucus and tar.

After 1 year, your lungs will have begun to heal. Overall energy and ability to maintain metabolism has returned. Your risk of heart disease is now half that of what it was a year ago.

After 5 years, your body will still be recovering from being a smoker. Your risk of lung cancer is now cut in half. Your chances of having a stroke will now start declining over the next 10 years until it reaches half of what it would be if you had never smoked. Your risk of cancer of the esophagus, throat, mouth, bladder, kidney, colon, pancreas, and cervix is greatly reduced.

From 10 to 15 years of being a nonsmoker, precancerous cells produced by smoking can be replaced with healthy cells. The risk of death due to smoking related cancers and diseases is reduced to that of a non-smoker.

You can escalate your rate of recovery by taking a daily multivitamin, getting some exercise, and adding plenty of fiber and vitamin C into your daily diet. You can purchase discount vitamins online to reduce the cost of your recovery. The best vitamin C for repairing lung tissues, fighting off cancerous cells, and cleansing your body of harmful chemicals and free radicals is a high quality, buffered vitamin C powder. Taking care of your body in this way can greatly increase your chances of avoiding disease and a shortened life.

About the Author: Phil Le Breton is owner at Wholesale Nutrition. He has a strong interest in helping people achieve greater brain and body health with vitamins and supplements. Wholesale Nutrition has provided the world with discount vitamins and the best vitamin C since 1970. Visit http://www.nutri.com to buy high-quality, low-cost wholesale vitamins today!

Part 2: The Weather Asthma Connection

Friday, September 24th, 2010

In Part 1 of this series, we discussed the connection between the weather and lung related conditions. Now that you’re aware of the risks, you can adjust your vitamins and supplements routine to help prevent asthma attacks, lung collapse, sleep apnea and allergy attacks around the time of a storm. Work with your health care professional to be sure that you know what to do in case of an emergency. Always talk with your doctor before starting a new vitamins and supplements routine.

Studies show that vitamin C intake helps to protect the lungs, especially when it is combined with magnesium. In the case of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a progressive disease in which the airways of the lungs are narrowed and damaged, lung deterioration is dramatically slowed in individuals that have a high daily intake of vitamin C. COPD, chronic bronchitis, and emphysema are all caused by breathing in noxious particles, which can come from air pollution or cigarette smoke. Almost 90% of cases of these conditions are caused by smoking cigarettes. If you smoke, you should be aware that almost all smokers will develop fatal COPD, which gets progressively worse over time. Many smokers’ lives are claimed by heart disease, cancer, or diabetes before they develop COPD.

Almost all lung complications, including asthma, lung collapse, allergy attacks, and the conditions listed above are caused by inflammation. Inflammation can be the root source for many diseases. If it is controlled, many life-threatening events can be avoided. When your body senses an intruder, a germ, a chemical, an injury, or an invader, it immediately produces extra arachidonic acid. This is the cause of many inflammation related diseases when the body’s health is compromised and is unable to effectively process the extra arachidonic acid. Chronic inflammation leads to scarring and tissue damage in the lungs, both of which are often irreversible.

Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that breaks down arachidonic acid and turns it into a harmless substance that the body can process. Vitamin C is known as one of the most powerful anti inflammatory substances known to man. It helps improve lung function and decrease damage in several ways.

First, it clears out free radicals and chemicals that trigger an inflammatory response in the body. It also acts as an anti-histamine and blocks histamine receptors, greatly reducing the frequency and severity of allergic reactions that can lead to inflammation of the lungs. Supplementing with vitamin C daily can improve lung function by reducing the sensitivity of the lungs to allergens and chemicals. Inflammation is kept down, arachidonic acid is controlled, and scarring is minimized. The body also needs vitamin C to produce collagen and elastin, which are needed to repair tiny tears and damage caused by lung diseases. Without enough vitamin C, the body uses cholesterol to patch up tiny tears. This produces a hard, inflexible patch that can rupture and cause diseases to progress more quickly.

Studies show that while vitamin C is very helpful, it can also be irritating to inflamed tissues because of its high acid content. This is why further studies have shown that using a buffered vitamin C powder produces better results. It is recommended that you use the best vitamin C in a buffered powder form to control inflammation and reduce the severity of asthma and other lung problems. You can purchase discount vitamins online to reduce the cost of long-term supplementation.

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