~ March 2006 - The Best Nutritional Defense

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  • Dietary Supplements Attacked by the Media

    By William Faloon

    The media has launched an assault against healthy lifestyles and some popular dietary supplements. The public has been thrust into a state of confusion by these frenzied media reports that contradict long-established scientific principles.

    The outrage over these biased reports was not limited to Life Extension members. The front page of the Wall Street Journal carried a scathing report about how the Federal Government issued misleading press releases that gave the media the green light to discredit alternative approaches to disease treatment. According to the Wall Street Journal:
    “Design problems in all the trials means the results don’t really answer the questions they were supposed to address. And a flawed communications effort led to widespread misinterpretation of the results by the news media and the public.”
    What you are about to read might at first seem unbelievable. Please remember, however, that the studies we describe were conducted by mainstream doctors who know virtually nothing about natural ways to prevent and treat disease.

    As you will also find out, many of the doctors who designed and authored these flawed studies received financial compensation from the very pharmaceutical companies that stood to gain the most by deriding low-cost natural approaches to disease prevention.

    Read more . . .
  • Vitamin D - Cancer Prevention and Other New Uses

    By Russell Martin, March 2006

    The past year has produced stunning research findings concerning vitamin D’s potential role in preventing and perhaps even treating cancer.

    Scientists are examining the use of vitamin D to reduce the risk of no fewer than 17 different types of cancer, ranging from colon, breast, and prostate cancers to ovarian, esophageal, renal, and bladder cancers. Moreover, researchers believe vitamin D may even improve treatment outcomes in people already diagnosed with cancer. A recent review article estimated that 50,000-70,000 Americans die prematurely from cancer each year due to insufficient intake of vitamin D.1

    Emerging research suggests that vitamin D also has applications in promoting bone strength, as well as in mitigating autoimmune conditions such as multiple sclerosis, type I diabetes, and rheumatoid arthritis. Other potential benefits include promoting dental and skin health, and helping to prevent stroke, metabolic syndrome, and musculoskeletal pain.

    New research indicates that vitamin D acts through several mechanisms to help fight cancer. Studies suggest that the active form of vitamin D may help to promote cell differentiation and support apoptosis (programmed cell death), as well as help to prevent metastases and angiogenesis.2 Vitamin D’s role in supporting calcium absorption may also contribute to its ability to fight cancer, since calcium has been shown to decrease proliferation and induce differentiation in epithelial cells.

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  • Preparing for the Avian Flu

    Jonathan Campbell, Health Consultant, Natural Therapies for Chronic Illness & Health Maintenance

    Various U.S. and U.N. agencies and the Council on Foreign Relations are spreading the word that the Avian Influenza, if it breaks out this fall or winter, could be as severe as the worldwide Spanish Influenza epidemic of 1918, and they are predicting hundreds of millions of deaths worldwide.

    This influenza, currently isolated in China, is a hemorrhagic illness. It kills half of its victims by rapidly depleting ascorbate (vitamin C) stores in the body, inducing scurvy and collapse of the arterial blood supply, causing internal hemorrhaging of the lungs and sinus cavities.

    Most people today have barely enough vitamin C in their bodies (typically 60 mg per day) to prevent scurvy under normal living conditions, and are not prepared for this kind of illness. (Vitamin C deficiency is the root cause of many infant and childhood deaths worldwide, and it is the root cause of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome - SIDS.)

    The way to prepare yourself and protect your family from this influenza is not a vaccine or anti-viral drug. If vaccines and/or anti-viral drugs are offered to you, please refuse them. These actually reduce your immunity; vaccines contain many toxic components, such as aluminum and mercury, and anti-viral drugs interfere with critical body processes. Historical evidence of vaccinations has shown that they actually increase the chances of becoming severely ill. The best way to prepare for influenza is by enhancing your immune system and increasing the amount of vitamin C in your body.

    The amounts of vitamin C suggested below are perfectly safe. This nutrient is actually produced in the bodies of most animals, in enormous quantities. Only humans, monkeys, and a few other animals must consume it to get enough of it, and most humans get about one-thirtieth (1/30) of the amount they really need. It is necessary for dozens of body processes, such as the building of collagen and the making of antibodies, white blood cells, and neurotransmitters.

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  • Restoring Drug Induced Nutritional Deficiencies

    By Frederic Vagnini, MD, and Barry Fox, PhD
    (Authors of The Side Effects Bible: the Dietary Solution to Unwanted Side Effects of Common Medications)

    While pharmaceuticals have life saving benefits, many of these medications can have serious side effects, ranging from cardiac arrest to suicide.

    Millions of Americans suffer from an almost completely ignored epidemic of drug-induced nutrient depletion that can cause grave health problems. Perhaps 30% of pharmaceutical side effects are the direct result of these drug-induced nutrient deficiencies. In other words, a drug “robs” you of one or more nutrients or other helpful substances, and this lack of nutrients causes additional side effects. In a sense, the drug acts as an “anti-vitamin pill,” taking away the substances you need for good health. Thus, nutrient depletion caused by the drugs -- rather than the drugs themselves -- is often directly responsible for many of the side effects associated with pharmaceuticals.

    Among the most common drugs linked to nutrient depletion are oral contraceptives, cholesterol-lowering statins, and antibiotics. These and many other over-the-counter and prescription medications can interfere with your body’s ability to digest, absorb, synthesize, or make use of certain nutrients, leading to nutrient deficiency-related “side effects.”

    The only solution to averting drug-induced nutritional deficiencies is to replace the depleted nutrients through nutritional supplements, dietary sources, or both. In this article, we examine some commonly prescribed drugs and the vitamins, minerals, and other substances they are most likely to deplete.

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  • Featured Product: Vitamin D3 5000 IU - Vitamin D has long provided significant support for healthy bone density. Over the past year, however, scientists have validated the critical role that vitamin D plays in regulating cell division and differentiation.

    These new findings link a deficiency of vitamin D to a host of common age-related maladies. As a result of this new research and startling evidence of widespread vitamin D deficiency, prominent nutritional scientists are calling on Americans to increase their vitamin D intake to 1000 IU per day and higher. The current RDA, however, is only 400 IU.

    Vitamin D3 is synthesized in the body from sunlight. However, the winter season, weather conditions, and sunblocks inhibit the body's ability to produce optimal levels of vitamin D. All of these factors point to the value of taking a daily supplement to ensure optimal vitamin D intake.

    Vitmain D3 is also available in 1000 IU capsules.

    For those who need to take very high doses of vitamin D3 and are under a physician's supervision, Life Extension now makes available a 5000 IU vitamin D3 supplement.

    Supplement Facts

    Serving Size: 1 tablets

    Servings Per Container: 60

    Amount Per Serving

    * Vitamin D3 (as cholecalciferol) - 5000 IU

    Other ingredients: dicalcium phosphate, magnesium stearate, silica. Contains corn. This product contains NO milk, egg, fish, peanuts, crustacean shellfish, soybeans, tree nuts, wheat, yeast, gluten, or rice. Contains NO artificial sweeteners, flavors, colors, or preservatives.

    Dosage and Use: Take one capsule daily with a fat containing, low fiber meal, or as recommended by a healthcare practitioner.

    Caution: To be taken under a physician's supervision. Monthly blood tests are suggested when taking this 5000 IU vitamin D supplement to guard against a very low risk of kidney toxicity or hypercalcemia (excess calcium in the blood). Do not use if taking digoxin or any cardiac glycoside. Use of thiazides and high dose vitamin D may cause hypercalcemia. Hypercalcemia can result in calcification of soft tissues such as kidney, blood vessels, heart, and lungs.
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