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How to Heal Leaky Gut Syndrome

Friday, January 31st, 2014
Leaky Gut Syndrome Bone Broth

Could healing your gut also heal your disease?

In our article “Autoimmune and Inflammatory Diseases Caused by a Leaky Gut?” we described how a leaky gut happens, what diseases it causes, and what to avoid to keep your gut healthy. “Refined flours and highly processed foods are really hard on the epithelial lining of the gut. High glycemic index foods, dairy products, and gluten are damaging. High chronic caffeine use, excessive alcohol consumption, and overuse of antibiotics are bad for the epithelial lining. All of these things weaken the bonds between the cells letting particles escape.

Autoimmune and Inflammatory Diseases Caused by a Leaky Gut?

Friday, January 31st, 2014

Intestinal Health Leaky Gut

Could a leaky gut be the source of all your disease?

Leaky gut syndrome is opening the eyes of people suffering from a wide array of conditions. Leaky gut is found in people with obesity, thyroid disorders, endocrine disorders, lupus, sarcoidosis, rheumatoid arthritis, epilepsy, adrenal fatigue, diabetes, fibromyalgia, Crohn’s disease, heart disease, ulcerative colitis, autism, and even schizophrenia along with many, many more. (more…)

Neurological Disorders and Vitamin D Part 2

Saturday, September 28th, 2013

Neurological Vitamins

Are all of your Neurological Symptoms Being Caused by an Underlying Vitamin Deficiency?

Part 2: Why Vitamin D May or May Not Be Helping You

Before you begin, you may want to read Part 1 of this series by clicking here.

I’m Already Taking Medication for my Neurological Problems.

Most neurological disorders are treated with medications that alter the amounts of different hormones that are used by the body. Your doctor may prescribe a drug that increases serotonin absorption, for example. The problem with these medications is that they don’t fix the root of the problem. Over long treatment periods, they can cause the body to make less of the already depleted hormone. Supplementing with vitamin D and carefully managing prescription medication dosages can help you to fix the underlying sleep disorder that is causing the neurological symptoms.

Immunomodulator Supplements – Normalizing the Immune System

Thursday, May 30th, 2013

Immune Response Graphic

Calm Autoimmune Responses or Strengthen a Weak Immune System.

Immunomodulator drugs are relatively new and have just about “cured” many people suffering from autoimmune diseases or compromised immune systems. Immunomodulators are unique in that they adjust to each person’s immune problems. If a person has low immunity, immunomodulators boost the immune system to an optimal level. If a person is autoimmune, or has an overactive immune system, then immunomodulators decrease the action and production of immune cells, regulating the immune system. An interesting fact about immunomodulators is that if a person with a normal immune system takes them, there is basically no effect.

Is Germ-Free Really the Way to Be?

Thursday, May 24th, 2012

You’ve probably heard that exposing your children to a certain amount of germs and illnesses is important for helping them to develop a healthy immune system. However, many people are simply too afraid to let it happen. Parents find themselves asking, “How can letting my child get sick help them?” Plus, you may wonder if this claim is even true. Is it possible to keep your kids too clean?

Until now, the “hygiene hypothesis” has been just that; a hypothesis. Medical professionals have simply “noticed” that germ-free kids grow up to have allergies, asthma, and other immunity problems. Small studies have been conducted to see if exposure to germs early in life has given some people a greater or more normalized immunity. What these smaller studies show is that the kids kept “germ-free” grew up to face adulthood sensitivities to allergic and autoimmune diseases. The most common diseases seen are hay fever, asthma, and inflammatory bowel disease.

Antibiotics, hand sanitizers, disinfectant cleaners, and other environmental exposures to chemical germ-killers could be doing us more harm than good. Certainly these things have their place, but overuse could lead to an overactive or underdeveloped immune system.

Finally, on March 22, 2012, a study was published in the Journal of Science that would show us biologically whether or not the “hygiene hypothesis” had merit. Germ-free mice were compared with mice living in a normal environment, where they would be exposed to a typical amount of germs and microbes.

The germ-free mice had “exaggerated inflammation of the lungs and colon resembling asthma and colitis”. The inflammation was determined to be caused by hyperactivity in the type of T-cells linked to colitis and asthma in humans and mice. The mice living in the normal environment rarely showed hyperactivity in these immune cells.

Perhaps a more important discovery of the trials was that germ-free mice exposed to infectious agents and microbes early in life and then kept germ-free in adulthood showed normal immune systems and less disease. These tests proved the hygiene hypothesis, which states that “a lack of early childhood exposure to germs, infectious agents, parasites, and symbiotic microorganisms increases susceptibility to allergic diseases by suppressing natural development of the immune system”.

Overuse of antibiotics is a big concern to researchers because symbiotic bacteria (gut flora or probiotics) and parasites combined with infectious agents are important modulators of immune system development. Although sometimes necessary, antibiotics can interfere with microbe conditioning immune system development early in life, so their overuse in young children is considered detrimental to adult health.

“These studies show the critical importance of proper immune conditioning by microbes during the earliest periods of life,” said Richard Blumberg, MD, chief for the Brigham and Women’s Hospital Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Endoscopy. “Also now knowing a potential mechanism will allow scientists to potentially identify the microbial factors important in determining protection from allergic and autoimmune diseases later in life.”

These studies don’t necessarily mean that you should abandon hand-washing and other hygienic practices. Further research is still needed to determine the potential use of this knowledge in humans.

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 vitamin C powder in the form of sodium ascorbate. Wholesale Nutrition has provided the world with the best vitamin C and wholesale vitamins since 1970. Visit to buy high-quality discount vitamins today!

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Are Allergies Causing your Anxiety and Depression?

Wednesday, March 7th, 2012

It is generally easy to see how stress can cause our hormonal systems to become imbalanced and cause all sorts of problems. Weight gain, sleeplessness, fatigue, and lowered immunity are common among people who are “stressed out”. But did you know that people with higher stress levels almost always have allergies as well? Allergies are our immune system’s overreaction to an allergen, commonly causing itching, hives, runny or dry nose, watery or red eyes, fatigue and headache. This immune system malfunction is sometimes brought on by stress.

Current studies have shown that there are direct links between histamines, the irritants produced in an allergic reaction, and the nervous system. Histamines are chemicals that are used by the brain to transmit signals between neurons. It is only when our immune systems overreact that histamines are released in copious amounts, causing problems.

People with too much histamine in their brains experience anxiety and depression. Increased levels of histamines in the brain are also responsible for stimulating the “fight or flight” response in the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis. When it is overstimulated, it causes anxiety, which results in depression. High histamine levels are directly connected to neurological disorders, like attention deficit disorder, anxiety disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, and possibly Autism Spectrum Disorder and sensory processing disorder. Children with asthma have been found to have much higher rates of anxiety, depression, insomnia, and fearfulness than other children. This is thought to be a result of heightened histamine levels in the brain.

Antihistamine drugs are effective in blocking histamine receptors and some reduce the amount of histamine produced. However, the side effects of these drugs can be fatigue, sleepiness, or in some people, excitability, so a lot of the symptoms that should get better when histamines are reduced or blocked, don’t seem to go away. This is because, if you remember, our brains do need some histamines to transmit signals. So, by taking an antihistamine, you are risking so many signals being blocked that you experience brain fog and fatigue.

Vitamin C supplementation may be the answer for you if you are suffering from depression, anxiety, allergies, asthma, imbalanced immune system, or other neurological disorders. Vitamin C side effects are almost nonexistent. Vitamin C breaks down the actual histamine molecule, so it does not cause the side effects that medications do. This essentially balances histamine production and response so that the fight or flight response is not stimulated. This classifies vitamin C as a neuromodulator, meaning that it plays an important role in mental health. It can greatly reduce anxiety and has an antidepressant effect as well. It increases secretion of the hormone oxytocin, which is the “feel good” hormone of the brain. When there is not a sufficient amount of vitamin C in the body, behavioral abnormalities and fatigue are consistently seen.

Speak with your doctor about supplementing with vitamin C, like sodium ascorbate, a highly absorbable form 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 to buy high-quality discount vitamins today!


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Vitamin C Benefits for Skin

Wednesday, July 20th, 2011

Vitamin C has been proven to be very beneficial for a wide variety of skin problems. Vitamin C is necessary for the body to produce collagen and elastin. It also neutralizes skin damaging free radicals that are produced when you are stressed, exposed to the sun, pollution, cigarette smoke and more. Vitamin C thickens the skin, helping it to retain moisture and a plumped, younger looking appearance.

For years, cosmetics companies have been trying to incorporate vitamin C into their wrinkle creams and serums. However, there has always been the problem of keeping the vitamin C stable enough not to oxidize while in the product or on the face. Vitamin C becomes oxidized when it is exposed to oxygen. This will make it turn yellow, orange, or brown. When it is in the oxidized form, it is actually very harmful to the skin. This is why, when you buy products that have vitamin C in them, you should always choose ones that are white or clear so that you can tell when they expire.

Studies show that products containing between 10% and 20% vitamin C are most effective. Formulations containing ferulic acid are the most stable for external use. Ferulic acid is found in plants and it gives their cell walls their rigidity. It not only adds an extra benefit for firming skin, but also works synergistically with vitamin C to keep it from oxidizing for longer.

When used with vitamin E, vitamin C and ferulic acid protect DNA from the photochemical reactions that can lead to tumors, skin discolorations, and several types of skin cancer. When used topically, they inhibit the production of pyrimidine dimers, which are the primary cause of melanomas in humans. They also help to protect cells and heal cells that have been mutated by pyrimidine dimers.

Besides inhibiting tumor formation and helping to protect the skin from the damaging effects of the sun and pollutants, vitamin C can have some cosmetic benefits as well. It increases collagen and elastin formation, which helps to thicken, protect, and heal cells. This thickening effect helps skin to retain moisture, increasing circulation and plumping up the skin’s surface. It eradicates free radicals that damage skin, causing wrinkles and discolorations. It lightens dark discolorations, such as freckles and age spots. Continued use can reverse sun damage and help you to achieve younger, smoother looking skin.

Most people are tolerant of vitamin C on their skin. However, if you have more sensitive skin, you may notice some irritation. If you experience this, use products with a lower concentration of vitamin C. You may also choose to make your own vitamin C masks, serums and moisturizers using a non-acidic, buffered form of vitamin C, like vitamin c powder. The best vitamin C in the form of a powder may have added ingredients, such as potassium, magnesium, calcium and zinc, to increase the absorption and effectiveness of the vitamin C on your skin.

To make your own vitamin C products, first dissolve the powder in water. Then, put it directly on your skin or mix it with honey, lotion or other facial products. Because vitamin C will oxidize, you should only leave it on your skin, exposed to the air, for around 20 minutes. You can leave some of the product that you make out in the open to see how long it lasts before you decide how long you can leave it on.

If you are concerned or experience a skin reaction, you should contact your physician or dermatologist for advice. If you are unable to use vitamin C externally, you may consider adding it into your vitamins and supplements routine. You can still experience the protective and beautifying benefits of vitamin C whether you use it topically or internally.

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 to buy high-quality discount vitamins today!



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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

Cardiovascular Disease
Vitamin E dosages as written and used by Drs. Evan and Wilfrid Shute are posted at

The doctors specifically treated the following with vitamin E:

Coronary thrombosis
Acute rheumatic fever
Chronic rheumatic heart disease
Thrombophlebitis and Phlebothrombosis
Thrombocytopaenic Purpura
Diabetes Mellitus
Acute and Chronic Nephritis
Hugh D. Riordan, M.D. and colleagues tell how to employ vitamin C intravenously in a free download from or

Compare with this original 1986 IV vitamin C protocol by Ewan Cameron, M.D.:

Instructions on Making an Injectable Vitamin C Solution
Written for physician and hospital use by Robert F. Cathcart III, M.D.

At Dr. Cathcart provides specific dosage ranges for treating these illnesses:

Mild cold
Severe cold
Viral pneumonia
Hay fever
Environmental and food allergy
Surgical recovery
Ankylosing spondylitis
Reiter’s syndrome
Acute anterior uveitis
Rheumatoid arthritis
Bacterial infections
Infectious hepatitis
Clinical Guide to the Use of Vitamin C
The full text of this book by Lendon H. Smith, M.D. is posted at

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
Herpes Simplex & Zoster
Chicken Pox
Scarlet fever
Rheumatic fever
Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever
High cholesterol
Ruptured intervertebral discs
Corneal ulcers
Heat stroke
Radiation burns
Heavy Metal (including Lead) Poisoning
Other Poisonings
Venomous bites
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

Bibliographies of the published writings of orthomolecular doctors are posted at
Robert F. Cathcart, M.D.:
Emanuel Cheraskin, M.D., D.M.D.:
Benjamin Feingold, M.D.:
Max Gerson, M.D.:
Abram Hoffer, M.D., Ph.D.:
Hans Nieper, M.D.:
William J. McCormick, M.D.:
William Kaufman, M.D., Ph.D.:
Humphry Osmond, M.D.:
Linus Pauling, Ph.D.:
Carl C. Pfeiffer, M.D., Ph.D.:
Hugh D. Riordan, M.D.:
Evan Shute, M.D. and Wilfrid Shute, M.D.:
Lendon H. Smith, M.D.:
Roger J. Williams, Ph.D.:

To locate a nutritionally-minded physician:

Nutritional Medicine is Orthomolecular Medicine

Orthomolecular medicine uses safe, effective nutritional therapy to fight illness. For more information:

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Will Vitamin C Make Psoriasis Worse?

Friday, November 12th, 2010

Psoriasis is a genetic condition that is triggered by inflammation in the body, stress, vitamin deficiencies, autoimmune disorders, sensitivities to foods, and other environmental triggers. Psoriasis is not contagious, but there is no cure and is a lifelong condition. Treating psoriasis can be a process of trial and error, pairing lifestyle and diet changes with prescription and over the counter medications, vitamins and supplements.

There have been mixed reviews about whether or not vitamin C can trigger a psoriasis outbreak, or actually make it better. If you’re researching psoriasis treatment, you’ve probably come across sites that say vitamin C can worsen symptoms, and others that say to make sure you get plenty of vitamin C in your diet. Hopefully we can clear up some of the misinformation out there and help you to understand how vitamin C can or hurt when you’re treating your psoriasis.

First, we’ll discuss how vitamin C got this bad reputation for making symptoms worse. Psoriasis is essentially a malfunction of the immune system. T cells are triggered by different substances, foods, or vitamin deficiencies and cause inflammation paired with an overproduction of cells on the skin. They can also trigger arthritis in some people. Foods containing vitamin C, such as citrus fruits and tomatoes, are also high in acids that can worsen symptoms in some people. Additionally, most vitamin C supplements are not buffered and very acidic, which can also cause flare ups. Other foods that have a high acid content and can also cause inflammation are coffee, red meat, and dairy products. You can cut out acidic foods and add them back into your diet, one at a time, to see which ones you may be sensitive to.

It is the acid in vitamin C rich foods and supplements that have led many people to believe that vitamin C can worsen psoriasis. However, vitamin C itself has many benefits for treating not only the symptoms and severity of psoriasis, but the underlying causes of it as well.

Start treatment at the root cause of psoriasis; immune system malfunction. Vitamin C helps to calm the immune system by helping it respond appropriately to disease. When a disease, like psoriasis, is present, cells are essentially “misinformed” about their function and role in the body. They produce a cascade of free radicals that heighten the awareness of the immune system, basically aggravating it.

In the presence of chemicals or foods that you may be sensitive to, the immune system attacks with more vigor than is necessary, causing an autoimmune response. The immune system attacks the skin and joints causing inflammation, a quick production of extra cells, pain, arthritis, and severe itching. Vitamin C flushes free radicals from the body and in turn, keeps the immune system from overreacting or attacking the wrong parts of your body.

Vitamin C also treats inflammation, controls the production of histamines that cause itching, and blocks histamine receptors, improving much of the discomfort that is experienced when psoriasis flares up. Talk with your doctor when you use vitamins and supplements to treat psoriasis. You can purchase discount vitamins online to decrease the cost of long-term supplementation. To avoid the acid that is present in most vitamin C products, choose a buffered form of the best vitamin C, like a high quality best vitamin C, so that you don’t inadvertently cause symptoms to worsen.

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 to buy high-quality, low-cost wholesale vitamins today!

Treating Eczema with Vitamins

Thursday, December 31st, 2009

Eczema is an autoimmune response to an irritant or lowered immunity. You may notice that eczema will break out if you get too hot, use harsh detergent, bathe too often or not often enough, or if you have an allergic reaction to something. It will also show before or during an illness. Eczema is a hereditary disease that most often affects the inside of the elbows, the neck, behind the knees and around the buttocks.

Drugs that suppress the immune system are normally prescribed for eczema. The side effects, including susceptibility to skin cancer, fungal and bacterial infections, have motivated many people to search for a more natural cure for their eczema. Many people get relief from topical prescription steroid and immune-suppressive drugs, but then find that their skin is weakened and more prone to breakouts.

Vitamins, nutrients and enzymes from fruits and vegetables are needed to prevent eczema breakouts. They are mainly effective because they help the cells to use essential fatty acids, such as Omega 3’s, and they keep the immune system functioning correctly. Patients with eczema are often deficient in essential fatty acids, and therefore can’t produce the right amount of collagen to heal their cells. It is generally recommended that eczema sufferers supplement or eat a diet rich in omega 3 fatty acids and vitamin C, which is necessary for the production of collagen.

Vitamin C and E prevent free radicals from forming and are the biggest antioxidant protectors of the skin cells. They strengthen the immune system and keep it functioning correctly. Vitamin C has a calming effect on the immune response, which helps to control autoimmune disorders like eczema.

Autoimmune responses happen when the immune system attacks healthy cells that it was meant to protect. Essentially, it suddenly overreacts to a mild irritant and causes inflammation that leads to a host of problematic symptoms. Vitamin C also controls inflammation and allergic reactions that lead to eczema breakouts.

CoQ10 is effective in some patients. As we age, our levels of CoQ10 are diminished. Adults taking statin medications to control cholesterol are at an increased risk of being CoQ10 deficient. If you are taking statin medications, you’ve probably noticed an increase in stubborn eczema breakouts and other autoimmune problems.

CoQ10 is a powerful antioxidant that controls the amount of oxygen that moves into and out of our cells. This action ensures that the right amounts of vitamin C and E are delivered to the cells that are in need of repair and protection. CoQ10 has shown great promise in treating a plethora of skin conditions, including stage I and stage II melanoma.

When taking vitamins and supplements, it is important to take absorbable forms as directed. Some are water soluble and must be taken with water. The best vitamin C is sold in the form of vitamin C powder and must be mixed with water. Vitamin E is a fat soluble vitamin and should be taken with food containing fats.

A diet high in antioxidants and additional supplementation is often recommended for eczema sufferers because their vitamin C and other antioxidant levels are more quickly depleted due to their unusually high level of free radical production. Have your vitamin and mineral blood serum levels checked by your health care professional before you Buy vitamins and begin supplementation.

About the Author: Phil Le Breton, the owner at Wholesale Nutrition, has a strong interest in helping people achieve greater brain and body health with vitamins and supplements. Wholesale Nutrition has the best vitamin C powder on the market (C-Salts). Visit to buy vitamins or buy supplements of the highest quality.