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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Good News About Vitamins

That TV Doctor Lisa Masterson would just love you to believe her propaganda force fed to medical students and reinforced by mainstream media that all you need for good nutrition is a healthy diet. I wonder if she ever looked in to nutrient depletion caused by the drugs she prescribes and explains to her patients that they just don't need to take supplements to counter these losses.

You've also heard much of the same diatribes on ABC News with Diane Sawyer.

Registered Dietitians feed you the same pablum, but of course all this is spoon fed to them via Big Ag and USDA.

In today's world of corporate agriculture and its impact on food, especially considering the long distance things are sent to market, little in the way of nutrients are left by the time you get it home and prepared.

Worse are the frozen dinners used by a very high percentage of women, especially younger age groups, as reported in Nutrition Business Journal.

It does pay to eat organic and to use supplements, especially if you are dealing with disease and chronic health problems.
Orthomolecular Medicine News Service, May 25, 2010

Vitamin E Research Ignored by Major News Media Coast-to-Coast Censorship
If you think Medline and Wikipedia are biased, take a look through your newspapers and magazines. For example, have you noticed how the news media are quick to publish negative allegations about vitamin E, but slow to present the positive side?

Here's a check to see if this is so: Have you seen any articles on the effectiveness of vitamin E therapy reported in your daily newspaper?

* Increasing vitamin E prevents COPD [Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, emphysema, chronic bronchitis] (Agler AH et al. Randomized vitamin E supplementation and risk of chronic lung disease (CLD) in the Women's Health Study. American Thoracic Society 2010 International Conference, May 18, 2010.) Summary at

* 800 IU vitamin E per day is a successful treatment for fatty liver disease. (Sanyal AJ, Chalasani N, Kowdley KV et al. Pioglitazone, vitamin E, or placebo for nonalcoholic steatohepatitis. N Engl J Med. 2010 May 6;362(18):1675-85.)

* Alzheimer's patients who take 2,000 IU of vitamin E per day live longer. (Pavlik VN, Doody RS, Rountree SD, Darby EJ. Vitamin E use is associated with improved survival in an Alzheimer's disease cohort. Dement Geriatr Cogn Disord. 2009;28(6):536-40.) Summary at

See also: Grundman M. Vitamin E and Alzheimer disease: the basis for additional clinical trials. Am J Clin Nutr. 2000 Feb;71(2):630S-636S. Free access to full text at )

* Taking 300 IU vitamin E per day reduces lung cancer by 61%. (Mahabir S, Schendel K, Dong YQ et al. Dietary alpha-, beta-, gamma- and delta-tocopherols in lung cancer risk. Int J Cancer. 2008 Sep 1;123(5):1173-80.)

* 400 to 800 IU of vitamin E daily reduces risk of heart attack by 77%. (Stephens NG et al. Randomized controlled trial of vitamin E in patients with coronary artery disease: Cambridge Heart Antioxidant Study (CHAOS). Lancet, March 23, 1996; 347:781-786.)

* 400 IU of Vitamin E per day reduces epileptic seizures in children by more than 60%. (Ogunmekan AO, Hwang PA. A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, clinical trial of D-alpha-tocopheryl acetate [vitamin E], as add-on therapy, for epilepsy in children. Epilepsia. 1989 Jan-Feb; 30(1):84-9.)

Such effective quantities of vitamin E positively cannot be obtained from diet alone. 400 IU is over 25 times the adult US RDA for vitamin E. Is that a lot, or is the government recommendation too low?

Have you seen any article in any major newspaper or magazine pushing to raise the RDA?

This might be a good time for them to do so: they need the readership. The New York Times is over a billion dollars in debt. (1) Newsweek, having lost $40 million in just the last two years, is now for sale. (2) This could explain why they are so anti-supplement (and pro-pharmaceutical), since they appear to depend on drug advertising money to try to keep afloat.

The Orthomolecular Medicine News Service takes no advertising from anybody and is free of charge. It is not in debt, and it is not for sale. OMNS will continue to announce and advocate vitamin therapy, because it works.

If you would like to join in, please consider writing a pro-vitamin letter to the editor of your local newspaper or favorite magazine. OMNS would welcome a copy of your correspondence.

For More Information:

These doctors say, Raise the RDA now:

Specifically in regard to vitamin E:

For vitamin C:

For vitamin D:




Nutritional Medicine is Orthomolecular Medicine
Orthomolecular medicine uses safe, effective nutritional therapy to fight illness. For more information: The peer-reviewed Orthomolecular Medicine News Service is a non-profit and non-commercial informational resource.

And if this isn't enough a new report shows 
Anti-aging supplements better sooner
GAINESVILLE, Fla., May 25 (UPI) -- U.S. researchers suggest a study in rats indicates anti-aging supplements may be better taken sooner rather than later.
Researchers at the University of Florida's Institute on Aging in Gainesville say a neutraceutical -- a pharmaceutical product that has nutritional properties -- taken before very old age may benefit muscles.
Senior author Christiaan Leeuwenburgh and colleagues measured grip strength in rats fed for six weeks with a mixture of co-enzyme Q10, creatine and ginseng commercially available and marketed for relieving chronic fatigue and preventing muscle aging. The rats were middle-aged -- 21 months old, equivalent to humans ages 50-65, and late-middle-aged -- 29 months old in rats, equivalent to humans ages 65-80.
The study in rats, published in the journal PLoS One, finds supplementation was linked to a muscle improvement of 12 percent in middle-aged rats. However, supplementation brought no improvement in the older group of rats.
"I think it is important for people to focus on good nutrition, but for those of advanced age who are running out of energy and not moving much, we're trying to find a supplement mixture that can help improve their quality of life," Leeuwenburgh says in a statement.

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