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Eliminate Seasonal Allergy Meds with Supplements

Friday, July 25th, 2014

Natural Allergy Relief

Treat the cause of your allergies instead of covering up symptoms with multiple allergy medications.

Regulate Your Immune System

Have you heard the phrase, “too much of a good thing”? Well your immune system is no exception. Lots of people try to boost their immune systems by revving them up with products like Echinacea and zinc. If you have allergies, then your immune system is already heightened and malfunctioning. By making your immune system “stronger” you are also strengthening the malfunction. Unless your doctor has told you that you have low immunity, then you should be careful taking these types of supplements. The key to controlling allergies is to regulate your immunity so that it doesn’t overreact to every piece of dust, pollen, or mold spore.
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Why Vitamin C Works on Colds and the Flu

Wednesday, November 21st, 2012

There is just about nothing more miserable than a bad cold or the flu. Colds can be just as hard on your body as the flu, depending on what type of viruses are invading and how much damage they are doing. The actual “flu” is caused by the virus influenza A or B. A “cold” can be caused by over 200 different viruses, which is one reason that it is very difficult to treat.

How Do Viruses and Bacteria Make Me Sick?

Viruses and bacteria can make us sick in a few different ways. Most bacteria do not harm you and can actually help your body. The bacteria that make you sick use your body to live and reproduce. They drain your body’s resources and create a lot of waste products that are toxic. These toxic wastes are produced in the form of free radicals.

Viruses invade cells, reproducing inside of them, and reprogramming them so that your own cells make more of the virus. This destroys cells and can make you very sick very fast.

How Does Vitamin C Combat Bacterial Waste?

As we mentioned before, bacteria create waste in the form of free radicals. Think of free radicals as weak, unstable molecules travelling around in your body looking for an electron to steal. They need another electron to stabilize, so they attack healthy cells and steal their electron. This causes the once healthy cell to turn into a free radical itself. This causes a chain reaction, or cascade effect, that can be very damaging and make us very sick.

Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that neutralizes free radicals by giving them the electron that they’re looking for. This does not turn the vitamin C into a free radical itself, because it is stable whether it is carrying a free radical or not. Vitamin C is considered to be a “free radical scavenger” that mops up excess free radicals and clears them from the body, preventing cellular damage and sickness.

How Does Vitamin C Protect Us From Viruses?

Viruses use our own cells against us, reprogramming our DNA to create more of the virus. A virus is essentially a parasite. It has a protein coating that protects it from being recognized by our immune systems until it has caused enough damage to finally alert our bodies to the damage that it is causing.

Vitamin C removes this protective protein while the virus is still in the bloodstream, before it gains cell entry. This allows our own immune systems to recognize the virus and attack it. Vitamin C also binds with the virus diminishing its ability to produce the chemical that it needs to reproduce. If a virus does enter a cell, it will be unable to reproduce.

How Much Vitamin C Do I Need?

The amount that you need is directly proportionate to the amount of damage, sickness or disease that is in your body. In other words, the worse you feel, the more you need. If you feel fine, the daily amount that you should get is very low. With your doctor’s consent, you can take doses of vitamin C every few hours until you hit “bowel tolerance”. If stomach upset occurs, or if you are worried about the acidity of vitamin C, use buffered vitamin C powder. You should not experience any stomach discomfort until you have consumed enough vitamin C for your condition.

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, with an emphasis on vitamin C powder in the form of buffered vitamin C. 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!

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Vitamin C Benefits Sinusitis Recovery in Several Ways

Friday, August 17th, 2012

Sinusitis is a sinus infection or inflammation of the sinus tissues. If symptoms come on suddenly, they are usually caused by allergies or a virus, like the common cold. If symptoms persist for more than eight weeks, then it is considered chronic sinusitis and treatment can become more difficult. Many people find long-term relief by taking adequate amounts of powdered, or buffered vitamin C, for several weeks. Here we will focus on the mechanisms in which vitamin C helps to prevent, relieve, and heal sinuses when sinusitis is a problem.

Allergies

Sinusitis caused by allergies can be relieved from taking small doses of vitamin C throughout the day. This is generally around 500 mg every 4-6 hours. Over-the-counter allergy medications work in one of two ways. When your immune system comes in contact with an allergen, it produces histamines. The histamines attach to receptors that cause itching, swelling, mucus production, and other allergic reactions. Allergy medications either stop the histamines from forming (antihistamines) or they block the receptors for the histamines that have formed. Vitamin C does both of these things while regulating the immune system so that it does not overreact to allergens in the first place.

Viruses

Sinusitis is most commonly caused by the common cold or other virus that enters the body. Contrary to what some people believe vitamin C does not kill viruses or prevent the common cold. What it can do is strengthen your immune system before you come into contact with a virus so that your body can more easily combat it. Vitamin C gives each cell a defense against viruses so that they are less likely to be invaded and infected by the virus. If a virus enters a cell, it can replicate. Vitamin C keeps the virus from entering most cells, and it also prevents the enzyme needed for viral replication from forming. Therefore, taking vitamin C at the first signs of a cold or illness and continuing to take it throughout the course of the virus, can keep symptoms to a minimum until the virus is eliminated.

Stress

Studies show that people under stress have more reactive immune systems causing more severe symptoms in the presence of viral invaders and allergens. When we’re under stress, our bodies create lots of free radicals, or waste products that form when atoms lose and electron and become unstable. These free atoms attach to different things around your body and “steal” electrons from healthy cells. Vitamin C is an antioxidant that eliminates these free radicals and strengthens the immune system so that we have a more appropriate response to stressors in our lives.

Tissues

The tissues of the sinuses are also greatly benefitted by vitamin C. Vitamin C is necessary for our bodies to make collagen and elastin, which is needed to heal damaged tissues. Vitamin C helps the immune system to deliver the collagen and elastin to the places where it is needed. It also reduces swelling and mucus production, which in turn relieves congestion.

All of these combined actions makes vitamin C a wonderful option when it comes to treating sinusitis, whatever the cause. Speak with your doctor before starting any vitamins and supplements routine. Using vitamin C powder is an economical way to take several dosages throughout the day until you are healed. Choose a vitamin C powder that is buffered so that there is little or no acidity to upset your stomach or aggravate stomach and intestinal issues. Vitamin C powder is a natural and effective treatment for sinusitis.

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://www.vitamincfoundation.org/

http://lpi.oregonstate.edu/

http://www.livestrong.com/article/265379-what-are-the-benefits-of-vitamin-c-for-sinuses/

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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 http://www.nutri.com to buy high-quality discount vitamins today!

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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

Part 2: Natural Relief for Neuralgia

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012

In “Part 1” of this series, we discussed the different types of neuralgia pain that you may be experiencing. Here we will go over some root causes of neuralgic pain and help you to learn how to naturally treat them. Of course, a proper diagnosis may be necessary, because serious infections, tumors, deformities in bone or artery structures, or trauma to the nerve could be serious underlying causes that need to be treated by a doctor. As always, speak with your doctor and review all current medications and conditions before starting a vitamins and supplements routine to treat your neuralgia.

All of the underlying causes of neuralgia are not understood by the medical community. Here we will discuss the most widely accepted causes and possible natural treatments of your neuralgic pain.

Chemical Imbalance: In the case of chemical imbalance, a trigger, such as alcohol, caffeine, monosodium glutamate (MSG) exposure, even barometric pressure changes, sets off a release of neuropeptides that aggravate and inflame nerves. The nerves then send pain messages to the brain, which in turn, releases more neuropeptides. This continuous cycle is called a positive feedback loop, and is one of the reasons that neurologic pain can become excruciating. Triggers differ from person to person, so keeping a pain diary, which tracks your daily habits, can help you to determine what triggers you have. Common triggers include dyes, stress, aged cheeses, sulfites, nitrates, allergies, and illness. Some people even report certain sounds triggering migraine or neuralgia attacks. Muscle spasms and the build-up of lactic acid in the muscles can chemically trigger a positive feedback loop. Lowered serotonin levels are thought to trigger a release of neuropeptides as well, which is why your doctor may recommend antidepressant medications for preventing migraines or neuralgic pain.

Vessel Dilation and Constriction: In addition to inflammation of nerve tissues, medications or other triggers can cause blood vessel dilation. Rapid dilation or constriction causes nerves in the face and head to send pain messages to the brain, which in turn causes a rapid rebound effect, causing extreme pain. Think about how an ice cream headache or brain freeze occurs. Cold substances come into contact with the roof of your mouth, causing a quick constriction of the blood vessels there. This sends a pain signal to the brain, neuropeptides are released, and the vessels of the face quickly dilate. This causes extreme pain, usually near the forehead and/or sinuses. Although a brain freeze usually only lasts a few seconds, it is the same vascular mechanism that causes migraines and neuralgic pain.

Many people are interested in preventing neuralgia attacks naturally, instead of taking drugs with unwanted side effects. The most commonly prescribed migraine and neuralgia preventative is a seizure medication and has side effects such as birth defects, loss of short term memory, hair loss, fatigue, and other “cognitive-related dysfunctions”. In fact, the studies of these types of drugs only shows around a 30% reduction in attacks and almost 30% of users report unwanted or debilitating cognitive-related dysfunction.

Studies on the use of B vitamins to treat migraine and neuralgia pain, length and frequency showed around a 50% improvement for participants. Balanced B vitamin levels reduced homocysteine levels, markers for inflammation in the body, by 39%. Vitamin C, or sodium ascorbate, flushes chemicals out of the body while strengthening nerve fibers and blood vessel walls. Eliminating trigger foods and allergies from your diet combined with the appropriate vitamin levels for your body could help you to resolve the underlying issues that are contributing to your pain.

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!

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Sources:

http://www.emedicinehealth.com/trigeminal_neuralgia_facial_nerve_pain/article_em.htm

Solving the Migraine Mystery


http://www.nativeremedies.com/ailment/natural-neuralgia-treatments.html
http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/trigeminal-neuralgia/DS00446

Part 1: Natural Relief for Neuralgia

Monday, December 26th, 2011

Neuralgia is pain in a nerve, or group of nerves, without stimulation of the pain receptors. Since most pain medications affect only pain receptors, they have little or no affect on neuralgic pain.

Normally, pain receptors must be excited to cause pain. However, with neuralgia, the nerve itself malfunctions. It becomes sensitive and begins to create tiny signals between the fibers of the nerve. Getting to the root of the problem by treating the nerve sensitivity and other underlying causes of neuralgia can be very beneficial. First we will discuss the types of neuralgia that are most commonly suffered, their possible causes, and then their natural treatments.

1) Atypical trigeminal neuralgia sufferers have a constant migraine-like headache combined with pain in the teeth, ears, sinuses, temples, jaw, cheeks, and/or around the eyes. Pain can also shoot to the back of the scalp and neck. This condition is sometimes called an “atypical” migraine. It occurs due to vascular compression of the trigeminal nerve, which can happen if the teeth or sinuses have a viral or bacterial infection, or trauma. It is characterized by an electric-type shock or sharp stabbing pain.

2) Glossopharyngeal neuralgia is characterized by the same type of pain, but more central in the head. Glossopharyngeal pain attacks the back of the tongue, throat, inside of the nostrils, and/or parts of the ears. The glossopharyngeal nerve controls the muscles of the throat and sends messages from the tongue, throat and tonsils to the brain. This condition can occur if an artery is abnormally positioned and compresses the nerve where it exits the brain stem. Sometimes this pain is caused by a brain or neck tumor.

3) Occipital neuralgia is sometimes called C2 neuralgia, cervicogenic headache, or Arnold’s neuralgia. This pain in the occipital nerve affects the back of the head, upper neck and behind the eyes. This condition stems from the top of the spinal column, where the upper cervical spinal cord nerves and trigeminal nerve converge. The spinal cord nerves send sensory signals up to the brain while the trigeminal nerve sends signals down from the face and eyes, and head.

Malfunctions in the muscles, soft tissues, bony structures, or vascular structures in the neck can lead to nerve sensitivity and misfirings. Because the nerve cluster here sends signals in opposite directions, you can have misfire crossover, creating a positive feedback loop that is very hard to treat. A positive feedback loop is a series of signals that activate each other. For example, muscle spasms or vessel dilation press on the occipital nerve at the base of the skull, sending pain signals to the brain. The trigeminal nerve is activated to send signals to the brain that pain in the face and head is present. The sensitivity of the nerves can cause them to send their signals down or up the wrong nerve in the wrong direction, causing more severe pain and even stroke-like symptoms, such as memory loss, confusion, and amnesia.

In Part 2: Natural Relief for Neuralgia, we will discuss how to get to the root causes of these types of pain using natural techniques, vitamins and supplements. While not everything is completely understood by the medical community about neuralgia, we can still work with what we do know. Sometimes something as simple as taking the best vitamin C, like sodium ascorbate or vitamin C powder, daily can help to strengthen nerve fibers, reduce overall inflammation, remove culprit toxins, and boost the immunity needed to combat triggers.

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!

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Treating Sinus Congestion Naturally

Thursday, December 15th, 2011

Treating sinus and nasal congestion naturally is a good option for those who either can’t take the medications used to treat congestion, or for those who are simply looking for a more natural approach to healing. There are many things you can do at home to get relief. An all-natural approach that involves a combination of vitamins, supplements and home remedies can help you to keep your sinuses clear and avoid the doctor’s office this winter.

Sinus Irrigation

Sinus irrigation is used to flush out excess mucus and irritants. It also is a means of moistening the sinus membranes. It is a quick and easy way of delivering healing ingredients directly into the sinus cavity. A “neti pot” is used to irrigate the sinuses. If you’ve never done it, it may seem intimidating, but don’t worry. Just follow the directions that come in the package of the neti pot. Most will also come with a salt mixture to add to the water. This gives the water a slightly acidic pH, which acts as an anti-bacterial agent. Boil the water and sterilize the neti pot. Don’t skip this step! When the water is warm, you’ll be ready to irrigate. Make sure that your head is leaned over 90 degrees to keep the water from running into your mouth. Alternate sides and then blow the excess out.

Essential Oils

Essential oils can be used in a diffused form or as an inhalant to help relieve congestion and pain. You can add 1 teaspoon eucalyptus oil and/or tea tree oil to boiling water, reduce the heat, and then breathe in the vapors. Some people add essential oils to their humidifiers, but you should only do this if your humidifier is designed for oils. Otherwise, oils can possibly damage the machine.

Eucalyptus oil and tea tree oil are both safe to use directly on the skin in small amounts. You may like to put a drop on your upper lip to enjoy the sinus clearing fumes. You can also add 5 drops of each or 10 drops of either to your sinus irrigation mixture. These particular oils thin mucus and promote drainage. They also help to heal and calm delicate, inflamed tissues. Eucalyptus and tea tree oil are both anti-microbial and anti-bacterial, so they may help to clear or prevent infection in the sinuses.

Vitamins and Supplements

Many symptoms can be controlled by taking vitamins and supplements. If you start getting congested, remember “A B & C”. Vitamin A is a powerful antioxidant that helps protect you from the free radicals that cause infection in your sinuses. Vitamin B12 is great for treating the lethargy and lack of energy that are caused by sinus infection, sinus pressure, headache, and reduced oxygen levels associated with congested sinus cavities. Vitamin C is also helpful for increasing energy levels. It boosts your immune system so that it can more efficiently take care of the problem. Vitamin C also reduces inflammation, has an antihistamine quality, blocks histamines that are present, and protects the delicate lining of the sinuses from damage.

Make sure that you discuss any vitamins and supplements that you may be taking with your doctor to make sure that they will not interact with any of your current conditions or medications. Sinus drainage often causes an upset stomach, so make sure that you take a buffered form of vitamin C sodium ascorbate. Vitamin C powder is the best vitamin C because it is economical, quickly absorbed, and can be purchased in a non-irritating, non-acidic buffered form.

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.livestrong.com/article/347297-vitamins-for-sinus-problems-energy/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nasal_irrigation

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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 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

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Part 2: Vitamins and Supplements for Crohn’s Disease

Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

In Part 1 of the series “Vitamins and Supplements for Crohn’s Disease”, we discussed how Crohn’s can affect any part of the digestive tract, including the sinuses and vocal cords. We talked about how yeast is linked with Crohn’s patients and how this fungus can create too many free radicals for the weakened or over reactive immune system to handle. Cells can’t oxygenate properly in this environment, so fatigue and other dangerous, harmful symptoms develop.

Treatment for this disease involves following a specific diet and taking the right vitamins and supplements to ensure proper nutrition and the promotion of healing. Because the digestive tract becomes thicker with this disease, nutrients often go unabsorbed. It is also common for nutrients to be missing in the strict diet that many sufferers must follow to stay healthy. Additionally, because it is an autoimmune disorder, it is important to maintain the health of the immune system through proper supplementation.

Under the care of your physician, you can find a vitamins and supplements routine that helps you. Many people start with probiotics to control yeast and promote a healthy gut. Then, your physician may recommend taking digestive enzymes to help break up food, making nutrients easier to absorb and lessening the workload on the intestines. There are also herbal remedies that help to ease digestion or calm the intestinal tract, that also help control nausea and inflammation. Keep in mind that many of these have not been fully tested.

There are some vitamins that have been specifically proven to help with Crohn’s Disease. Omega 3 fatty acids have been proven to reduce inflammation, as well as the frequency and severity of attacks. People with Crohn’s will almost always test low for levels of these fatty acids. Supplementing helps to balance the ratio of omega 3 and omega 6 acids in the gut. Imbalances interrupt cellular signaling of the phospholipids of the body’s cells. This interruption is what causes a lot of the inflammation seen in Crohn’s patients.

Because absorption is low, B vitamins and iron are almost always deficient as well. When B vitamins are low, the absorption of iron ceases. Anemia (low iron) can not only cause fatigue, but can cause many other symptoms to worsen. B vitamins can become imbalanced and cause other symptoms, so a B complex vitamin is almost always recommended. B vitamins can be difficult to absorb or break down, so you may want to us sublingual or liquid forms. Your doctor may prescribe a liquid form of iron to take with your B vitamins.

Vitamin C may be the most helpful vitamin that you can take for Crohn’s Disease. Unfortunately, many people believe that all vitamin C is acidic and think that they should avoid it because of the stomach and intestinal distress that it can cause. The truth is that vitamin C can be purchased in a buffered, non-acidic, powdered form that is highly absorbable, and free of irritating excipients.

Supplementing with the best vitamin C, buffered vitamin C powder, can help you to heal your gut and control the free radicals produced by yeast and inflammation. Vitamin C flushes the body of aggravating, damaging toxins that hinder cell respiration and cause fatigue and attacks. Vitamin C also helps most other vitamins to be absorbed. It also boosts immunity while calming the immune system to help you avoid the overreaction that causes many attacks.

As always, have your vitamins and supplements routine monitored by your physician and remember to pay attention to how your body reacts as you take them.

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http://crohns-helpnow.com/tag/free-radicals
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