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Vitamin C Saves Lives

Wednesday, October 19th, 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!

Vitamin C Saves Lives

Millions die each year from heart disease and stroke, and the overwhelming evidence is that vitamin C supplementation would save many lives.

Two-time Nobel Prize winner Dr. Linus Pauling estimated that the rate of heart disease would be reduced by 80 per cent if adults in the US supplemented with 2,000 to 3,000 mg of vitamin C each day. According to Dr. Pauling, “Since vitamin C deficiency is the common cause of human heart disease, vitamin C supplementation is the universal treatment for this disease.”[1] Heart disease is the number one killer in the US. For those with existing heart disease Dr. Pauling said that blockage of heart arteries could actually be reversed by supplementing with 6,000 of vitamin C and 6,000 of lysine (a common amino acid) taken in divided doses throughout the day. Vitamin C supplementation both lowers serum cholesterol levels and repairs lesions of arterial walls. 1998 Nobel Prize winner Dr. Louis J. Ignarro found that supplementing with vitamin C and vitamin E significantly reduces the risk of developing arteriosclerosis.[2]

A study examined vitamin E and vitamin C supplement use in relation to mortality risk in 11,178 persons aged 67-105 who participated in the Established Populations for Epidemiologic Studies of the Elderly over a nine year period.[3] Simultaneous use of vitamins E and C was associated with a lower risk of total mortality and coronary mortality after adjusting for alcohol use, smoking history, aspirin use, and medical conditions.

A landmark study following over 85,000 nurses over a 16-year period for a total of 1,240,000 person-years found that vitamin C supplementation significantly reduced the risk of heart disease.[4] Intake of vitamin C from foods alone was insufficient to significantly effect the rate of heart disease. High quantities of vitamin C from supplements was essential to provide the protective effects. The study adjusted for age, smoking, and a variety of other coronary risk factors.

An international team pooled data from nine prospective studies of 293,000 people that included information on intakes of vitamin E, carotenoids, and vitamin C, with a 10-year follow-up to check for major incident coronary heart disease events in people without disease when the study began. Dietary intake of antioxidant vitamins was only weakly related to a reduced coronary heart disease risk. However, subjects who took as little as 700 mg of vitamin C daily in supplement form reduced their risk of heart disease events by 25 per cent compared to those who took no supplements. [5]

Researchers in Finland measured serum vitamin C levels in 2,419 middle-aged male participants of the ongoing Kuopio Ischemic Heart Disease Risk Factor Study. Men with a history of stroke were excluded from this analysis. Participants were followed for up to 10 years; the outcome of interest was development of stroke. During the follow-up period 120 participants suffered a stroke. After controlling for potential confounders – including age, BMI, smoking, blood pressure, and serum cholesterol – the researchers found that men with a low vitamin C level in their blood were more than twice as likely as those with a higher vitamin C blood level to experience a stroke.[6]

A stroke commonly occurs when a blood clot or thrombus blocks the blood flow to parts of the brain. A thrombus may form in an artery affected by arteriosclerosis. A recent study has shown how low plasma vitamin C was associated with increased risk of stroke, especially among hypertensive and overweight men.[7]

Vitamin C is preserves the integrity of the artery walls and strengthens cardiovascular tissue. Research indicates a reduced incidence of major coronary heart disease events at high supplemental vitamin C intakes.[8] Recent studies have shown that vitamin C appears to reduce levels of C-reactive protein (CRP), a marker of inflammation, and there is a growing body of evidence that chronic inflammation is linked to an increased risk of heart disease.[9]

Most Americans fail to eat the US RDA for several vitamins and minerals. Supplements are not the problem; they are the solution. Malnutrition is the problem.

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References
[1] “A unified theory of human cardiovascular disease leading the way to the abolition of this disease as a cause for human mortality”. Rath, M., Pauling, L., J of Orthomolecular Medicine, 7: 5-15.7. [2] “Long-term combined beneficial effects of physical training and metabolic treatment on arterioscleroses in hypercholesterolemic mice”, Ignore, LJ, Publication of the National Academy of Science, Vol 101, 246-252, June 8, 2004.
[3] Am J Clin Nutr, Vol 64, No 2, p 190-6 Aug 1996.
[4] Department of Applied Biochemistry and Food Science, University of Nottingham, Loughborough Age Ageing, Jan 1988, 17 (1) p 35-41. [5] Am J of Clin Nutr, Vol 80, No. 6,1508-1520, Dec 2004.
[6] “Plasma vitamin C modifies the association between hypertension and risk of stroke”. S. Kurl, TP. Tuomaninen, JA. Laukkenen, et. al., Stroke, 2002, vol. 33, p 1568-1573.
[7] See ref [6].
[8] See ref [5].
[9] J Am Coll of Nutr, Vol. 23, No. 2, 141-147.

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Getting Vitamin C with Stomach Ulcers

Friday, October 14th, 2011

Most people with stomach ulcers have to avoid certain foods that cause them pain or discomfort. This generally includes spicy foods and foods with a high acid content. Unfortunately, this eliminates many of the fruits and vegetables from the diet that are high in vitamin C. Many people complain that vitamin C supplements, like chewable vitamin C tablets, are too acidic and aggravate their stomach discomforts.

The problem now is that most doctors are recommending a diet high in vitamin C for people with irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn’s disease, peptic ulcers, and ulcerative colitis. You can avoid the discomfort of acidic foods and vitamin supplements by using the best vitamin C on the market, vitamin C powder. Vitamin C powder is a buffered form of vitamin C called “sodium ascorbate”. It is easily absorbed and used by the body and is almost completely acid-free.

There are many good reasons why doctors and gastroenterologist recommend higher doses of vitamin C to their patients suffering from gastrointestinal conditions. Most stomach ulcers are caused by a bacterium called Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori). In a study done by the Journal of the American College of Nutrition showed that patients with H. pylori infections had low levels of vitamin C. While they couldn’t say if the low levels of vitamin C were caused by the infection or if the infection took hold because of vitamin C deficiencies, other studies have found that vitamin C supplementation may help to prevent or reduce the effects of these infections.

Vitamin C is essential in creating, repairing, and maintaining connective tissues, like the epithelial tissues in the stomach lining. It is a vital part of collagen and elastin production. Collagen and elastin are constantly needed for repairing our cells. Epithelial cells, like in the stomach lining, are constantly breaking down and needing to be rebuilt. Without enough vitamin C in the diet of someone suffering from stomach ulcers, these repairs cannot take place and damage will continue to occur.

Supplementing with sodium ascorbate is a great way to ensure that your stomach lining is healing as quickly as possible. Other benefits include a strengthening of the immune system, reducing your chances of developing more ulcers. Stress has been identified as a trigger for ulcers to develop and using vitamin c powder as a supplement is a great way to regulate the production of stress hormones.

Talk with your doctor about incorporating vitamin C supplements into your treatment plan. A combination of antibiotics and stomach acid inhibitors or neutralizers will likely still be necessary. However, you can shorten your healing time and reduce your chances of recurring infections by adding vitamin C to your treatment plan.

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.mindbodyhealth.com/roexepithelial.htm
http://www.drweil.com/drw/u/id/QAA352656
http://www.livestrong.com/article/82221-foods-can-eaten-stomach-ulcer/
http://www.dynamicchiropractic.com/mpacms/dc/article.php?id=45382

INTRAVENOUS VITAMIN C AS CANCER THERAPY

Thursday, July 21st, 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 Apr 14, 2011) Scientists have long studied the effects of mega-doses of vitamin C to treat a wide variety of illnesses and diseases. Research documents vitamin C as one of the best antiviral agents available. Vitamin C has been shown to neutralize and eliminate a wide range of toxins, and to enhance host resistance, greatly augmenting the immune system’s ability to neutralize bacterial and fungal infections. Most importantly, there is extensive published research demonstrating vitamin C’s anti-cancer properties. (1)

In the 1970s, Hugh D. Riordan, M.D. and colleagues began studying the underlying causes of cancer and ways to treat cancer in a non-toxic fashion. From this research came the Riordan Intravenous Vitamin C Protocol for Cancer. (2) This protocol is widely recognized in the integrative and orthomolecular medicine community and is commonly used as an effective adjunct to conventional oncologic therapy.

Oncologist Victor Marcial, M.D., has experience using it. He says: “We studied patients with advanced cancer (stage 4). 40 patients received 40,000-75,000 mg intravenously several times a week. . . In addition, they received a diet and other supplements. The initial tumor response rate was achieved in 75% of patients, defined as a 50% reduction or more in tumor size. . . As a radiation oncologist, I also give radiation therapy. Vitamin C has two effects. It increases the beneficial effects of radiation and chemotherapy and decreases the adverse effects. But this is not a subtle effect, is not 15-20%, it’s a dramatic effect. Once you start using IV vitamin C, the effect is so dramatic that it is difficult to go back to not using it.” (3)

In 2009 and 2010, Riordan IV-C and Cancer Symposiums brought together medical professionals, researchers and IV-C practitioners from the United States and abroad. The latest advancements in intravenous vitamin C cancer therapy were presented in detail, recorded on video, and are now available for free access at http://www.riordanclinic.org/education/symposium/2009.shtml (twelve lectures) and http://www.riordanclinic.org/education/symposium/2010.shtml (nine lectures)

OMNS readers are urged to have their physicians (especially oncologists) watch these important presentations.

References:

(1) Free access to full text papers at http://www.riordanclinic.org/research/journal-articles.shtml and also http://orthomolecular.org/library/jom/

(2) Download the Riordan protocol free of charge at http://www.doctoryourself.com/RiordanIVC.pdf or http://www.riordanclinic.org/research/vitaminc/protocol.shtml

(3) Presentation at the Medical Sciences Campus, University of Puerto Rico, April 12, 2010.

Also of Interest:

Video clip: Is Vitamin C Better than Chemo for Cancer? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZxveVAMir4o&feature=related or http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KfJLpPs1gTQ&NR=1

YouTube access to Riordan IV-C Symposium Videos. http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=riordan+ivc+symposium&aq=f

If your hospital or doctors say that they cannot obtain injectable vitamin C: http://www.orthomed.com/civprep.htm or http://www.doctoryourself.com/vitciv.html

If your hospital or doctor says that the hospital will not allow IV vitamin C: http://www.doctoryourself.com/strategies.html

If your hospital or doctor says that IV C is illegal: http://www.doctoryourself.com/VC.NZ.Sept.2010.pdf

En Español:

1) Video de los comentarios del Dr. Victor Marcial: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JbOXgG998fI

2) Presentan primera gu¡a ortomolecular para el manejo del c ncer: http://www.wapa.tv/noticias.php?nid=20100428195518

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)
W. Todd Penberthy, Ph.D. (USA)
Gert E. Shuitemaker, Ph.D. (Netherlands)
Jagan Nathan Vamanan, M.D. (India)

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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

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.

Editorial Review Board:

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)

Andrew W. Saul, Ph.D. (USA), Editor and contact person. Email: [email protected]

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Vitamin C Therapy for Coronary Artery Disease

Tuesday, July 5th, 2011

As the leading cause for death in the United States for men and women, coronary artery disease is a big concern for its citizens. It is usually caused by atherosclerosis, or plaque build-up in the arteries. As the spaces in the arteries narrow, blood flow to the heart is significantly reduced and can actually stop. Symptoms are usually described by patients as chest pain, shortness of breath, fatigue, or as chest constriction associated with increased activity or stress levels. Atherosclerosis leads to coronary artery disease, or heart disease, and can result in stroke, heart attack, heart failure, or death.

You may be wondering why heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. It can generally be linked to things like smoking and drinking, which significantly increase inflammation and decrease vitamin stores in the body. Diabetics, people with kidney disease, and people who live sedentary lifestyles are also at a very high risk for developing heart disease.

If you are at high risk or have been diagnosed with heart disease by your doctor, you will need to follow treatment programs very closely. Abruptly stopping medications used to treat high cholesterol (statin drugs), high blood pressure, blood thinners, or diuretics can cause a heart attack or make symptoms worse.

Coronary arteries take on a lot of stress, stretching and compressing a large amount of blood every second to keep blood flowing into and out of the heart. If there are insufficient vitamin levels in the body, these arteries lose elasticity and become cracked, brittle and damaged. Calcium is attracted to these cracks and deposits itself in them, leaving arteries hard and fragile.

The body tries to repair the damaged arteries by producing extra cholesterol to smooth over these hard patches. High cholesterol is often a warning that heart disease has already started to develop. Preventing further damage to the arteries is the best way to control the outcome of this process.

Because coronary arteries take on a heavy workload, there will always be a process of breaking down and building up going on. If you were perfectly healthy, the lesions and stress points in your arteries would be healed with collagen and elastin, not calcium and cholesterol. Collagen and elastin create a flexible, soft, healthy artery wall, while calcium and cholesterol produce hard, brittle patches that attract more calcium and plaque.

Vitamin C is necessary for the production of collagen and elastin. People who are deficient often end up with coronary artery disease, high cholesterol, osteoporosis, and other diseases that are caused by an insufficient supply of collagen and elastin in the body. These inflammatory diseases cause the body to quickly be depleted of vitamin stores. When combined with a poor diet, lack of exercise, smoking or drinking, it can be almost impossible to produce collagen and elastin.

Taking vitamin C to repair damage in your arteries, control inflammation, and stop further damage from occurring is a great way to help you beat the odds. It is important to speak with your physician before starting a vitamins and supplements routine, because taking higher doses of certain vitamins can alter the effects of the medications that your doctor prescribes. Taking a highly absorbable, non-acidic form of the best vitamin C, like vitamin c powder, can help you to take the doses that are necessary to get your body back in balance. Work with your doctor when treating the root cause of your coronary artery disease and you could be on your way to healing and preventing more damage.

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.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0004449/
http://www.the-natural-path.com/vitamin-c-therapy.html