Vitamin Program For The Sick


Categories: The Analysis of Disease States: Helping the Body Recover
Sources: How And When To Be Your Own Doctor

No matter which way you look at it or how well insured you may be

against it, being sick is expensive (not to mention what it does to

one's quality of life), and by far the best thing to do is to

prevent it from happening in the first place. However, most people

do not do anything about their health until forced to by some

painful condition. If you are already sick there are a number of

supplements you can take which have the potential to shorten the

duration and severity of the illness, and hopefully prevent a

recurrence.



The sicker you are, the more supplements you will require; as health

is regained, the dosage and variety of substances can be reduced. In

chronic illness, megadoses of many nutrients are usually beneficial.

Any sick adult should begin a life extension vitamin program unless

they are highly allergic to so many things already that they can not

tolerate many kinds of vitamins as well. In addition to the life

extension program, vitamin C should be taken by the chronically ill

at a dose from 10 to 25 grams daily, depending on the severity of

the condition.



Many people want to know whether or not they should take their

regular food supplements during a fast. On a water fast most

supplements in a hard tablet form will not be broken down at all,

and often can be seen floating by in the colonic viewing tube

looking exactly like it did when you swallowed it. This waste can be

avoided by crushing or chewing (yuck) the tablets, before

swallowing. Encapsulated vitamins usually are absorbed, but if you

want to make sure, open the capsule and dump it in the back of your

mouth before swallowing with water. Powdered vitamins are well

absorbed.



On a water fast the body is much more sensitive to any substance

introduced, so as a general rule it is not a good idea to take more

than one half your regular dose of food supplements. Most fasters do

fine without any supplements. Many people get an upset stomach from

supplements on an empty stomach, and these people should not take

any during a water fast unless they develop symptoms of mineral

deficiencies (usually a pre-existing condition) such as leg cramps

and tremors, these symptoms necessitate powdered or well-chewed-up

mineral supplement. Minerals don't taste too bad to chew, just

chalky.



The same suggestions regarding dosage of supplements for a water

fast are also true for a juice fast or vegetable broth fast. On a

raw food cleansing diet the full dose of supplements should be taken

with meals.



There exists an enormous body of data about vitamins; books and

magazine articles are always touting some new product or explaining

the uses of an old one. If you want to know more about using

ordinary vitamins you'll find leads in the bibliography to guide

your reading. However, there is one "old" vitamin and a few newer

and relatively unknown life extending substances that are so useful

and important to handling illness that I would like to tell you more

about them.



Vitamin C is not a newly discovered vitamin, but was one of the

first ever identified. If you are one of those people that just hate

taking vitamins, and you were for some reason willing to take only

one, vitamin C would be your best choice. Vitamin C would be the

clear winner because it helps enormously with any infection and in

invaluable in tissue healing and rebuilding collagen. If I was going

on a long trip and didn't want to pack a lot of weight, my first

choice would be to insure three to six grams of vitamin C for daily

use when I was healthy (I'd take the optimum dose--ten grams a day--if

weight were no limitation). I'd also carry enough extra C to really

beef up my intake when dealing with an unexpected acute illness or

accident.



When traveling to far away places, exposed to a whole new batch of

organisms, frequently having difficulty finding healthy foods, going

through time zones, losing nights of sleep, it is easy to become

enervated enough to catch a local cold or flu. If I have brought

lots of extra vitamin C with me I know that my immune system will be

able to conquer just about anything--as long as I also stop eating

and can take an enema. I also like to have vitamin C as a part of my

first aid kit because if I experience a laceration, a sprain, broken

bone, or a burn, I can increase my internal intake as well as apply

it liberally directly on the damaged skin surface. Vitamin C can be

put directly in the eye in a dilute solution with distilled water

for infections and injuries, in the ear for ear infections, and in

the nose for sinus infections. If you are using the acid form of C

(ascorbic acid) and it smarts too much, make a more dilute solution,

or switch to the alkaline form of C (calcium ascorbate) which can be

used as a much more concentrated solution without a stinging

sensation. Applied directly on the skin C in solution makes a very

effective substitute for sun screen. It doesn't filter out

ultraviolet, it beefs up the skin to better deal with the insult.



I believe vitamin C can deal with a raging infection such as

pneumonia as well or better than antibiotics. But to do that, C is

going to have to be administered at the maximum dose the body can

process. This is easily discoverable by a 'bowel tolerance test'

which basically means you keep taking two or three grams of C each

hour, (preferably in the powdered, most rapidly assimilable form)

until you get a runny stool (the trots). The loose stool happens

when there is so much C entering the small intestine that it is not

all absorbed, but is instead, passed through to the large intestine.

At that point cut back just enough that the stool is only a little

loose, not runny. At this dose, your blood stream will be as

saturated by vitamin C as you can achieve by oral ingestion.



It can make an important difference which type of vitamin C is taken

because many people are unable to tolerate the acid form of C beyond

8 or 10 grams a day, but they can achieve a therapeutic dose without

discomfort with the alkaline (buffered) vitamin C products such as

calcium ascorbate, sodium ascorbate, or magnesium-potassium

ascorbates.



Vitamin C also speeds up the healing of internal tissues and damaged

connective tissue. Damaged internal tissues might include stomach

ulcers (use the alkaline form of vitamin C only), bladder and kidney

infections (acid form usually best), arthritic disorders with damage

to joints and connective tissue (alkaline form usually best). Sports

injuries heal up a lot faster with a therapeutic dose of vitamin C.

As medicine, vitamin C should be taken at the rate of one or two

grams every two hours (depending on the severity of the condition),

spaced out to avoid unnecessary losses in the urine which happens if

it were taken ten grams at a time. If you regularly use the acid

form of vitamin C powder, which is the cheapest, be sure to use a

straw and dissolve it in water or juice so that the acid does not

dissolve the enamel on your teeth over time.



And this is as good a point as any to mention that just like

broccoli is not broccoli, a vitamin is not necessarily a vitamin.

Vitamins are made by chemical and pharmaceutical companies. To make

this confusion even more interesting, the business names that appear

on vitamin bottles are not the real manufacturers. Bronson's

Pharmaceuticals is a distributor and marketer, not a manufacturer.

The same is true of every vitamin company I know of. These companies

buy bulk product by the barrel or sack; then encapsulate, blend and

roll pills, bottle and label, advertise and make profit. The point

of all this is that some actual vitamin manufacturers produce very

high quality products and others shortcut. Vitamin distributors must

make ethical (or unethical) choices about their suppliers.



It is beyond the scope of this book to be a manual for going into

the vitamin business. However, there are big differences in how

effective vitamins with the same chemical name are and the

differences hinge on who actually brewed them up.



For example, there are at least two quality levels of vitamin C on

the market right now. The pharmaceutical grade is made by Roche or

BASF. Another form, it could be called "the bargain barrel brew," is

made in China. Top quality vitamin C is quite a bit more costly; as

I write this, the price differential is about 40 percent between the

cheap stuff and the best. This can make a big difference in bottle

price and profit. Most of the discount retail vitamin companies use

the Chinese product.



There's more than a price difference. The vitamin C from China

contains measurable levels of lead, cadmium, mercury, iron and other

toxic metals. The FDA allows this slightly contaminated product to

be sold in the US because the Recommended Daily Allowance for

vitamin C is a mere 60 milligrams per day. Taken at that level, the

toxic metals would, as the FDA sees it, do no harm. However, many

users of vitamin C take 100--200 times the RDA. The cheap form of C

would expose them to potentially toxic levels of heavy metal

poisons. The highly refined top-quality product removes impurities

to a virtually undetectable level.



I buy my C from Bronson who ethically gives me the quality stuff. I

know for a fact that the vitamin C sold by Prolongevity is also top

quality. I've had clients who bought cheaper C than Bronson's and

discovered it was not quite like Bronson's in appearance or taste.

More importantly, it did not seem to have the same therapeutic

effect.



The distributors I've mentioned so far, Bronson, NOW, Cooper,

Prolongevity and Vitamin Research Products are all knowledgeable

about differences between actual manufacturers and are ethical,

buying and reselling only high quality products. Other distributors

I believe to be reputable include Twin Labs, Schiff and Plus. I know

there are many other distributors with high ethic levels but I can

not evaluate all their product lines. And as I've mentioned earlier,

businesses come and go rather quickly, but I hope my book will be

read for decades. I do know that I would be very reluctant to buy my

vitamins at a discount department store or supermarket; when

experimenting with new suppliers I have at times been severely

disappointed.



Co-enzyme Q-10. This substance is normally manufactured in the human

body and is also found in minuscule amounts in almost every cell on

Earth. For that reason it is also called "ubiquinone." But this

vitamin has been only recently discovered, so as I write this book

Co-enzyme Q-10 is not widely known.



Q-10 is essential to the functioning of the mitochondria, that part

of the cell that produces energy. With less Q-10 in heart cells, for

example, the heart has less energy and pumps less. The same is true

of the immune system cells, the liver cells, every cell. As we age

the body is able to make less and less Q-10, contributing to the

loss of energy frequently experienced with age, as well as the

diminished effectiveness of the immune system, and a shortened life

span.



Q-10 was first used for its ability to revitalize heart cells. It

was a prescription medicine in Japan. But unlike other drugs used to

stimulate the heart, at any reasonable dose Q-10 has no harmful side

effects. It also tends to give people the extra pick up they are

trying to get out of a cup of coffee. But Q-10 does so by improving

the function of every cell in the body, not by whipping exhausted

adrenals like caffeine does. Q-10 is becoming very popular with

athletes who measure their overall cellular output against known

standards.



Besides acting as a general tonic, when fed to lab animals,

Co-Enzyme Q-10 makes them live 33 to 45 percent longer!



DMAE is another extremely valuable vitamin-like substance that is

not widely known. It is a basic building material that the body uses

to make acetylcholine, the most generalized neurotransmitter in the

body. Small quantities of DMAE are found in fish, but the body

usually makes it in a multi-stage synthesis that starts with the

amino acid choline, arrives at DMAE at about step number three and

ends up finally with acetylcholine.



The body's nerves are wrapped in fatty tissue that should be

saturated with acetylcholine. Every time a nerve impulse is

transmitted from one nerve cell to the next, a molecule of

acetylcholine is consumed. Thus acetylcholine has to be constantly

replaced. As the body ages, levels of acetylcholine surrounding the

nerves drop and in consequence, the nerves begin to deteriorate.

DMAE is rapidly and easily converted into acetylcholine and helps

maintain acetylcholine levels in older people at a youthful level.



When laboratory rats are fed DMAE they solve mazes more rapidly,

remember better, live about 40 percent longer than rats not fed DMAE

and most interestingly, when autopsied, their nervous systems

resemble those of a young rat, without any evidence of the usual

deterioration of aging. Human nervous systems also deteriorate with

age, especially those of people suffering from senility. It is

highly probable that DMAE will do the same thing to us. DMAE also

smoothes out mood swings in humans and seems to help my husband,

Steve, when he has a big writing project. He can keep working

without getting 'writers block', fogged out, or rollercoastering.



DMAE is a little hard to find. Prolongevity and VRP sell it in

powder form. Since the FDA doesn't know any MDR and since the

product is not capped up, the bottle of powder sagely states that

one-quarter teaspoonful contains 333 milligrams. Get the hint? DMAE

tastes a little like sour salt and one-quarter teaspoonful dissolves

readily in water every morning before breakfast, or anytime for that

matter. DMAE is also very inexpensive considering what it does. A

year's supply costs about $20.



Lecithin is a highly tonic and inexpensive food supplement that is

underutilized by many people even though it is easily obtainable in

healthfood stores. It is an emulsifier, breaking fats down into

small separate particles, keeping blood cholesterol emulsified to

prevent arterial deposits. Taken persistently, lecithin partially

and slowly eliminates existing cholesterol deposits from the

circulatory system.



In our cholesterol-frightened society lecithin should be a far more

popular supplement than it currently is. It is easy to take either

as a food in the granular form or when encapsulated. Lecithin

granules have very little flavor and can be added to a home-made

vinegar and oil salad dressing, where they emulsify the oil and make

it blend with the vinegar, thickening the mixture and causing it to

stick to the salad better. Lecithin can also be put in a fruits

smoothie. A scant tablespoon a day is sufficient. Try to buy the

kind of lecithin that has the highest phosphatidyl choline content

because this substance is the second benefit of taking lecithin.

Phosphatidyl choline is another precursor used by the body to build

acetylcholine and helps maintain the nervous system.



Algae. Spirulina or sun dried chlorella are also great food

supplements. Both make many people feel energized, pepped-up. It is

possible to fast on either product and still maintain sufficient

energy levels to take of minimal work responsibilities. Algae

reduces appetite and as a dietary supplement can assist in weight

loss. It contains large amounts of highly-assimilable protein due to

it's high chlorophyll content, as well as a large amount of beta

carotene. It also assists in detoxification of the lymphatic system.

It can be purchased as tablets or powder. Take a heaping teaspoon

daily, or at least six tablets.





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