Surprising solution for Ebola virus

August 3, 2014 by  
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Vitamin C Cures Ebola” hspace=(NaturalHealth365) Whether the infectious disease branch of modern medicine is truly unaware or just does not want to admit they are completely wrong on how to cure a viral syndrome remains a debatable point. Certainly, their “find a vaccine for everything” approach to viruses is not the answer.

Even if a vaccine could be introduced into the body without associated toxins and severe side effects that was effective in decreasing the chances of contracting a given viral infection, such an approach does absolutely nothing for the individual who is already critically ill with an overwhelming viral count in the body. And it does nothing for the individuals who remained virus-free yet suffered debilitating side effects.

Can we say the obvious about vaccines?

Of course, no serious attempt has yet been made to detoxify vaccines, and no serious efforts have been made to allay the very real panoply of substantial side effects that so many vaccines can inflict. Even truly effective vaccines, of which there are not many, still do a substantial amount of harm to many individuals who would never have contracted the given infection in the first place.

The interests of the public health are never served by inflicting upon it an array of medical conditions that would never have otherwise existed in the name of preventing a given infection. To add to the concerns that so many individuals have today toward infections that they are lead to believe have no reliable treatments, Hollywood has contributed its own version of hysteria in both TV and movies with the many stories of killer epidemics that are somehow managed just in the nick of time to assure the happy ending.

In these movies, invariably, the epidemics are finally addressed with some ‘magical’ vaccine or antidote. A partial list of such movies includes Contagion, Outbreak, Quarantine, Virus, and even one called Ebola Syndrome.

The Ebola virus can be destroyed naturally – despite what you’ve been told

To date, not a single virus has been tested that is not inactivated (killed) by a large enough dose of vitamin C (ascorbic acid). Many other antioxidants have similar virucidal effects, but vitamin C appears uniquely to be of greatest potency and clinical efficacy, as its simple chemical structure allows for it to be disseminated throughout the body with little restriction.

As such, it is able to effectively address viral populations present in both the intracellular and extracellular spaces. Other antioxidants have been found to have higher ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) values – measurements which are used to quantify the antioxidant capacity of supplements (or foods). However, a virus can never be incapacitated by a potent antioxidant if the chemical structure of that antioxidant does not permit direct contact between the virus and the antioxidant.

Vitamin C is both very potent and optimally bioavailable in accessing any viral infection.

Why is vitamin C so effective in killing viruses?

A primary way in which vitamin C destroys viruses, or sets them up for destruction by the immune system, is by activating the ‘Fenton reaction’. In a nutshell, this reaction can proceed inside the virus, inside cells in which viruses are replicating, and on the surfaces of the viruses themselves.

The result of this reaction that is stimulated by the presence of vitamin C, one or more transition metal cations, and the local presence of peroxide is the immediate production of hydroxyl radicals. These radicals are the most reactive oxidizing agents ever identified. As such, they radically upregulate oxidative stress and end up destroying whatever is in their immediate environment.

The effects of vitamin C in “mopping up” after it inflicts its viral damage are further supported by its potent and multifaceted support of the immune system. There is no other substance that singularly does as much to promote increased and strong immune function as vitamin C.

Among many other effects, vitamin C directly stimulates interferon and antibody production, while effectively supercharging the functions of the white blood cells by becoming very concentrated inside those cells.

To be balanced, it is also important to note that the effects of vitamin C on chronic viral infections, such as chronic hepatitis, AIDS, or HIV-positive states are less profound, as the virus works its way into physical locations much less accessible by vitamin C than when the viral infections are acute. Nevertheless, long-term, highly-dosed protocols of vitamin C often completely control and even occasionally cure these diseases.

O.K. – let’s talk about the clinical results

The actual evidence showing what vitamin C has done and can continue to do if properly utilized is there for anyone to see and review. The ‘multi-C protocol’ will reverse and cure any viral syndrome if secondary organ damage has not already advanced too far. Even then, many cases that would seem hopeless can still show dramatic clinical responses.

Review for yourself the incredible clinical results of Frederick Klenner, MD, – who is truly the father of the clinical applications of vitamin C. Also, check out the H1N1 patient in New Zealand who was going to be taken off of life support when vitamin C finally came to the rescue. (it’s the 1st video on the page)

A few more points about Ebola need to be considered…

This is a disease that spreads most effectively among populations that have a substantially poorer nutritional status than is seen in the United States and other well-fed populations around the world. Of course, any exposure to a high enough titer of virus can allow an infection to “take hold,” even in a well-nourished individual.

Furthermore, it has been published that there are a substantial number of individuals, often healthcare workers who treated Ebola patients, who have a symptomless infection when exposed to Ebola virus. This further supports the concept just mentioned that the nutritional status of the exposed individuals is a very important consideration in determining the likelihood of the infection proceeding to severe illness or even death.

My final crucial point about all this ‘hysteria’ …

Don’t worry. If Hollywood and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) want to induce the populations of the world into a full-blown panic, so be it. You have the tools to prevent a virus like Ebola from ever setting up shop in your body.

And if your prevention should fall short, resolution and cure is a simple process, and it should occur for all but the most immune-challenged, chronically ill, and malnourished individuals among us.

About the author: Thomas E. Levy, MD, JD is a board-certified internist and cardiologist. He is also bar-certified for the practice of law. He has written extensively on the importance of eliminating toxins while bolstering antioxidant defenses in the body, with particular focus on vitamin C.

His new book entitled Death by Calcium: Proof of the toxic effects of dairy and calcium supplements is now available at amazon.com or medfoxpub.com. In this new book, for the first time, Dr. Levy has assembled extensive sections on his treatment protocols for cancer, heart disease, osteoporosis, and other chronic degenerative diseases. As well, this new book contains his detailed “Guide to the Optimal Administration of Vitamin C.” His website is PeakEnergy.com

References:

Baxter A (2000) Symptomless infection with Ebola virus. Lancet 355:2178-2179. PMID: 10881884
Levy T (2002) Curing the Incurable. Vitamin C, Infectious Diseases, and Toxins. Henderson, NV: MedFox Publishing
Klenner F (1971) Observations of the dose and administration of ascorbic acid when employed beyond the range of a vitamin in human pathology. Journal of Applied Nutrition 23:61-88
Levy T (2012) Treating influenza with vitamin C: results and mechanisms. Townsend Letter December
Klenner F (1948) Virus pneumonia and its treatment with vitamin C. Southern Medicine & Surgery February, 110:36-38, 46
Cathcart R. (1984) Vitamin C in the treatment of acquired immune deficiency syndrome. (AIDS). Medical Hypotheses 14:423-433. PMID: 6238227
Levy T (2011) Primal Panacea Henderson, NV: MedFox Publishing

Best nutrients to have in your ‘one a day’ supplement

July 13, 2014 by  
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Is Your Multivitamin Good(NaturalHealth365) Are you consuming a ‘one a day’ supplement? For many people, the taking of a multivitamin/multimineral (MM) supplement is to “cover all the bases,” trying to make sure no significant vitamin or mineral deficiencies occur among the vitamins and minerals commonly considered to be the most important.

This is a perfectly reasonable goal, especially for the individual without the money, time, or motivation to take a wide array of more highly-dosed supplements and nutrients throughout the day. By the same token, achieving such a “lack of deficiency” should not lead you to think that a given vitamin, mineral, or other nutrient is being optimally supplemented.

Are you expecting too much from your doctor?

Sadly, many healthcare providers consider MM supplements, as well as supplementation in general, to be a complete waste of money, so don’t count on receiving clear-cut guidelines or support from your doctor or even from friends you may have in the healthcare industry. As with so many other aspects of trying to keep healthy, you are pretty much on your own, and you need to take your own best scientific look at some of the pros and cons of a given MM supplement and make your own decision as to what best serves your health.

Are all multivitamin/multimineral supplements the same?

While the similarities might be substantial, virtually all MM preparations are unique in their own right, having some ingredients others do not have, and having significant dosing differences between identical ingredients. Furthermore, there are significant variations among the “same” ingredients, such as what anion is attached to the cation (like magnesium oxide versus magnesium glycinate). But, that’s a discussion for another day.

Three nutrients to avoid in your nutritional supplement

The ‘big three’ to avoid are calcium, iron, and copper. All three of these elements strongly contribute to increased oxidative stress in the body, unless you are clearly deficient in them.

That said, no adult would ever be expected to be legitimately deficient in calcium in their non-bony tissues. A true copper deficiency is a virtual myth as well. Of the three, only iron would ever be expected to be deficient in an adult.

When such a condition has been diagnosed, iron supplementation is appropriate, but only to the point of restoring the deficiency, not beyond. For iron, this usually means the resolution of an iron deficiency anemia while addressing its source, such as excessive menstruation in young women, or gastrointestinal blood loss, as from cancer or ulcer disease, as more commonly seen in older adults.

Allow me to make myself perfectly clear.

You really do not want any MM supplement that contains any of these three elements. Of note, very many of these supplements have large amounts of calcium – which should be a strong deterrent against even taking such an MM supplement at all. A regular large dose of calcium is going to negate much, if not most, of the benefits of an MM supplement in the long run.

One rare MM supplement, called “Two-Per-Day Capsules,” has only six mg of calcium per capsule, and it contains no copper or iron. It is made by Life Extension Foundation. I have no formal or financial connection with this organization, but I do use a lot of their products personally.

What should I be looking for in a good ‘MM’ supplements?

A good MM supplement should contain vitamins A, C, D3, E, along with B vitamins, including thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, pyridoxine, folate, and B12. Of these, it is especially important to be aware of the total vitamin D3 you are taking daily. While substantial variation in individual needs exist, most adults will not need to take more than 5,000 units of D3 daily to keep their blood level tests in the 50 to 80 ng/ml range – which is what I recommend.

Each capsule of the MM supplement mentioned above has 1,000 units of D3. If you are already a consumer of a wide variety of supplements, you will also find D3 to be a common component of many of them. When such a variety is consumed, and then you take the “recommended” 5,000 units of D3 daily as a separate supplement, you could be well above the daily amount of D3 that you should be ingesting.

Have you ever tested your vitamin D level in your blood?

This is all the more reason for making sure your blood levels end up in the recommended range. Too little vitamin D3 can literally be deadly, as can too much vitamin D3 over an extended period of time. Blood testing need not be frequent once you’ve been on a good dose for a year or more, as D3 levels do not fluctuate widely from one month to the next.

However, there is no safe way to completely avoid testing at least a couple times the first year of supplementation to see that you are where you want to be. After that, many individuals can test once a year to see that the level is not unduly rising or declining.

Is there anything else I should know about my MM supplement?

If your MM supplement does not contain calcium, iron, or copper, you are “ahead of the game” already. However, you should always look for amino acid chelate forms of the minerals you ingest, such as magnesium glycinate.

This makes that component doubly beneficial, and gives you both a beneficial cation and anion. Some MM preparations are so devoid of quality minerals that it is probably better to take just a good multivitamin and separately address the minerals, or at least take a separate multimineral supplement that is predominantly composed of amino acid chelates.

Bolstering the super important components.

Even when you are avoiding severe deficiencies with a good MM supplement, don’t delude yourself into thinking that your bases are well-covered. Vitamin C needs to be dosed for most people at multi-gram amounts daily.

Magnesium needs to be taken at multi-hundred milligram amounts. Vitamin D3 has to be taken properly to achieve the correct blood levels. Vitamin K needs to be taken in adequate amounts, and it should be noted that some MM supplements contain no vitamin K.

Other important components of a MM supplement need to be increased in amount depending upon one’s underlying medical condition, such as increased thiamine and pyridoxine in neuropathies.

A final word of ‘good’ health advice.

Overall, a good MM supplement can be expected to bolster good health. However, never take a supplement that contains calcium, iron, or copper, or you might completely negate the positive benefits of the supplement and then some. Also, remember that the important components typically minimally-dosed in an MM supplement, as mentioned above, really need to be addressed separately.

About the author: Thomas E. Levy, MD, JD is a board-certified internist and cardiologist. He is also bar-certified for the practice of law. He has written extensively on the importance of eliminating toxins while bolstering antioxidant defenses in the body, with particular focus on vitamin C. His new book entitled Death by Calcium: Proof of the toxic effects of dairy and calcium supplements is now available at amazon.com or medfoxpub.com.

In this new book, for the first time, Dr. Levy has assembled extensive sections on his treatment protocols for cancer, heart disease, osteoporosis, and other chronic degenerative diseases. As well, this new book contains his extensive “Guide to the Optimal Administration of Vitamin C.” His website is PeakEnergy.com

Exposing the truth about liposomal nutrients

April 11, 2014 by  
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Truth About Liposomal Technology(NaturalHealth365) While still very new in its use in clinical medicine, liposome science began in the mid-1960s, and the following 40 years saw research into this area grow significantly. Much of the research has focused on modifying liposomes in various ways in order than they might selectively end up where a cancer is located, and their chemotherapy contents can then be selectively released in the hopes of killing the cancer while sparing the rest of the body from the toxicity of the chemotherapy.

To date, liposomes are still not being used very much in this attempt to refine cancer chemotherapy and lessen its associated toxicity.

What has become much more available over the last decade or so has been unmodified liposomes that deliver to all cells their encapsulated nutrients such as vitamin C, glutathione, B-vitamins, alpha lipoic acid, vitamin D, and other commonly supplemented vitamins or nutrients. While many people are now realizing supplemental benefits they never saw before because of the availability of orally administered liposome products, very many people are also depriving themselves of these benefits due to a lack of understanding of the science or the quality of the products they are taking.

My personal connection with liposomes

LivOn Laboratories, Inc. has been the groundbreaker in making liposome-encapsulated nutrients available to the public. I became a consultant to this company about 10 years ago, almost a year after they provided me with some product to try out. I “indulged” them by receiving the product, tossed it into the closet, and didn’t think much more about it, until I got sick a few months later.

At that time, I had absolutely no idea what a liposome was, and I had no intention of taking the time to learn.

Then the flu hit me, as hard as I had ever been hit. I had recently closed my clinic, and I no longer had the availability of the intravenous vitamin C upon which I had relied for so long.

So, I took vitamin C powder until the diarrhea was continuous. And then I remembered the liposome product. The only thing that stuck in my mind was that I was told it did not have the bowel/diarrhea effect of high doses of regular vitamin C.

So, I figured that was going to be the only way to get more vitamin C “on board,” which I knew was what I needed. I took about five or six grams of the liposome product all at once in juice.

Within 45 minutes to an hour, I was having a difficult time remembering how sick I had felt, as I was starting to feel so good. I took more packets, and I overcame a bad cold/flu more rapidly than I ever had before, even with multiple infusions of 50 to 100 grams of intravenous vitamin C over several days.

I then took the most scientific approach that could be taken: I ignored it. It was only after 8 to 12 months that the same scenario, more or less, repeated itself, once again with me, and a few times with family/friends. I then decided it was time to figure out what liposomes were all about. Better late than never – right?

Which is better liposomal or IV vitamin C?

Circulating widely on the Internet these days is the concept that a small dose of liposome-encapsulated vitamin C is more effective than a larger dose of vitamin C given intravenously. This concept has come from the personal clinical observations that I have just presented.

My clinical opinion is that one gram of properly-produced and orally-ingested liposome-encapsulated vitamin C is as or more effective than 5 to 10 grams of vitamin C given intravenously, for an acute viral syndrome. When someone is ill, my advice is still to use as many forms of vitamin C as available, and dosed as highly as is feasible. I discussed this “Multi-C Protocol” in another NaturalHealth365.com article.

Is ‘homemade’ lipsome-encapsulated vitamin C good?

If the reader thinks I will say anything to help LivOn and hurt the competition, then there is not much point in reading further. If someone wants to be cynical about my intentions, that’s their right, however misguided they might be.

All I can say is that the simple ultrasonic treatment of lecithin and vitamin C does not make liposomes. I have reviewed the sophisticated testing of two different such preparations. Both of them: zero liposomes.

However, the ultrasonic treatment does results in a legitimate emulsion, which is absorbed much better than just regular vitamin C. However, that is just absorption into the blood, not enhanced uptake inside the cells, as with liposomes.

So, such a preparation can certainly help the sick patient, and probably more effectively than just regular vitamin C can help.

It is important to realize, however, that the critically ill patient who continues to worsen while taking a homemade preparation has not yet had the benefit of liposome enhanced vitamin C uptake into cells, only the self-imposed illusion/delusion of that benefit. The enhanced intracellular uptake of the vitamin C, a critical unique aspect of a good liposome supplement, never occurs with the homemade preparation.

Some other companies make real liposome preparations, some do not. I am only in a position to say that LivOn does. The clinical effects that I have witnessed over years now continue to amaze me. But, buyer beware.

Of note, a liposome preparation also does not come in a dry capsule, however, convenient this may be to take versus a thick, oily preparation.

Liposomal vitamin C ‘supercharges’ the immune system

Repeated attempts have been made to compare the impact of liposome-encapsulated nutrients, like vitamin C, with their un-encapsulated counterparts in the blood levels achieved after taking a given dose. For the properly encapsulated liposome preparation, such a comparison is completely irrelevant to what is happening inside the body.

Liposomes predominately get taken up by the lymphatic system in the gut, not the portal circulation. There is no significant “one-pass” liver metabolism that takes place with a quality liposome preparation.

On the other hand, the liposomes, especially in the case of those containing vitamin C, rapidly load up the immune cells in the lymphatics of the gut, achieving high intracellular levels of this nutrient.

Colloquially speaking, one could say this “supercharges” the immune system cells.

The amount of liposome-encapsulated vitamin C that eventually reaches the bloodstream via the thoracic duct is already lessened in amount by this immune cell loading, and what finally reaches the blood quickly gets taken up inside other cells throughout the body. Relative to un-encapsulated, regular vitamin C in the blood, little encapsulated vitamin C gets excreted via the urine.

So, a blood level of one versus the other really gives little meaningful information in comparing potential clinical impact, or in comparing how much vitamin C is actually reaching where it needs to go. When a liposome vitamin C “blood level” declines, it means it’s leaving the blood and entering cells, not being excreted by the body.

Is intravenous delivery still the ‘gold standard’?

For a long time now, intravenous “anything” has been considered the ‘gold standard’ and the optimal way to give any medicine/nutrient/mineral/vitamin to the body. This is now no longer always the case.

Liposomes that are produced in a high concentration of a tiny enough size (not an inexpensive and easy process, unfortunately), with high quality ingredients (highly refined and costly phosphatidylcholine versus just lecithin) will continue to revolutionize medicine in the years to come. However, it is best to regard quality liposome products as an additional component to your healing protocol. It needn’t replace anything, but it can augment everything.

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About the author: Thomas E. Levy, MD, JD is a board-certified internist and cardiologist. He is also bar-certified for the practice of law. He has written extensively on the importance of eliminating toxins while bolstering antioxidant defenses in the body, with particular focus on vitamin C.

His new book entitled Death by Calcium: Proof of the toxic effects of dairy and calcium supplements is now available at amazon.com or medfoxpub.com. In this new book, for the first time, Dr. Levy has assembled extensive sections on his treatment protocols for cancer, heart disease, osteoporosis, and other chronic degenerative diseases. As well, this new book contains his detailed “Guide to the Optimal Administration of Vitamin C.” His website is PeakEnergy.com

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The dangers of magnesium deficiency

April 6, 2014 by  
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Health Benefits of Magnesium(NaturalHealth365) Probably the single most important property of magnesium in the body is its ability to act as a natural biological antagonist to calcium. As most adults have excess calcium throughout their bodies, it is this reciprocal relationship between magnesium and calcium that makes most people in need of regular magnesium supplementation.

In fact, the more you have of one, the less you have of the other. When calcium levels are high in the cells and the extracellular fluids, as they are in most adults, magnesium levels are corresponding low. And, because of this unique relationship, taking regular sizeable doses of supplemental magnesium works to mobilize and excrete calcium – which is one of the healthiest effects that can result to the typical body overloaded with calcium.

The medical myth surrounding calcium

Deficiency of calcium is common in aged bone, but, in contrast to what is believed by many docs and supplement takers, there really is no such thing as a body-wide deficiency of calcium, only normalcy, which is rare, and excess, which is very common.

So what does magnesium do for us?

Just like the class of prescription drugs known as calcium channel blockers, magnesium appears to have the ability to block calcium channels. This ability to block these channels that extend across the cell membranes results in a limitation of the calcium quantity that would otherwise be taken up by the cells – effectively lowering the intracellular concentrations of calcium in the cells throughout the body.

Largely because of this effect on excess calcium inside the cells of the body, supplemental magnesium has been documented to be beneficial in asthma, eclampsia, migraines, hypertension, convulsive disorders, stroke, atherosclerosis, acute myocardial infarction, and inflammation in general.

Increased smooth muscle tone is one common denominator among these conditions, and magnesium, like a prescription calcium channel blocker, can very effectively bring down elevated blood pressures.

Do you suffer with osteoporosis? (Read this)

Because of its unique relationship to calcium, along with its ability to largely normalize calcium metabolism when present in sufficient amounts, magnesium is a very effective anti-osteoporosis agent.

As a monotherapy, it has demonstrated the ability to increase bone density and to decrease fracture incidence. In addition, magnesium can dissolve abnormal calcium deposits outside of the bone and keep them in solution until re-utilized in normal calcium metabolism or excreted in the urine.

It has also been documented to decrease elevated intracellular levels of calcium – a very important component of all chronic degenerative diseases, including cancer. The ‘flip side,’ a magnesium deficiency, has been documented to promote abnormal calcium deposition, increase the calcium levels inside cells, initiate the pathology of osteoporosis, and even promote the growth of cancer cells.

What are the other biological effects?

Magnesium has been documented to be a important player in the regulation of insulin action in the body. It has been found to have anti-atherosclerotic effects, and some studies have indicated it plays a role in improving brain function and learning.

Its role as an essential enzymatic cofactor is enormous, as its presence is required in more than 300 different enzymatic reactions. Basically, adequate magnesium levels, within the body, will decrease the chance of dying from anything.

In large studies, magnesium has been documented to decrease all-cause mortality. This means that the effect of magnesium is so important in the body that its deficiency makes all diseased cells sicker, while its restoration improves the health of all those compromised cells.

Although a large body of work has looked at the effect of magnesium in lessening the chances of death from coronary heart disease, some of these studies have also shown, seemingly unintentionally, that it decreases the chances of death from anything.

The very powerful effects of magnesium supplementation were demonstrated exceptionally well in two such studies. Both studies looked at the effects of a continuous magnesium infusion over either a 24 or a 48-hour period, in patients with suspected or established heart attacks.

A total of 22 grams of magnesium sulfate was given in the patients treated for 48 hours. In both studies, the treated patients had a decreased all-cause mortality rate for a full 5 years following the studies.

Few, if any, other medicines, nutrients, or other beneficial agents administered for the general support of good health can be given in any dose for only a period of 1 to 2 days and have such a profoundly positive impact for such an extended period of time.

The best magnesium for human consumption

While there is much more significant information on the positive effects of magnesium supplementation, it is beyond the scope of this brief article. When supplementing any mineral like magnesium, you want to have a supplement form that supplies both a desirable anion along with the cation, in this case magnesium. While not the only good supplemental form of magnesium, my recommendation is magnesium glycinate – which also is supplementing an amino acid that is needed in abundance by the body.

Large amounts of magnesium in any oral form can cause diarrhea, and the individual needs to determine what their bowel tolerance is for the supplementation form that they take. While any amount of magnesium supplementation is good, if the bowels allow it, a desirable supplementation amount would be between 300 to 500 mg.

There is nothing wrong with taking more if you tolerate it, but having the guidance of a knowledgeable doctor would be a good idea – if you want to go higher. And, if you can only tolerate 100 mg, – then still go ahead and take that amount.

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About the author: Thomas E. Levy, MD, JD is a board-certified internist and cardiologist. He is also bar-certified for the practice of law. He has written extensively on the importance of eliminating toxins while bolstering antioxidant defenses in the body, with particular focus on vitamin C.

His new book entitled Death by Calcium: Proof of the toxic effects of dairy and calcium supplements is now available at amazon.com or medfoxpub.com. In this new book, for the first time, Dr. Levy has assembled extensive sections on his treatment protocols for cancer, heart disease, osteoporosis, and other chronic degenerative diseases. As well, this new book contains his detailed “Guide to the Optimal Administration of Vitamin C.” His website is PeakEnergy.com

References:
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=12845247

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=7908076

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Reversing disease with the ‘multi-C’ protocol

March 11, 2014 by  
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Reverse Disease with Vitamin C(NaturalHealth365) For the individuals who want to incorporate vitamin C into their daily health regimens, or who want to effectively use vitamin C to help treat diseases or toxin exposures – along with the rest of their medicines and supplements – it is important to have a good understanding of the different types of vitamin C that are available, along with how one type compares to another.

Become an educated consumer. Such individuals can then get the most out of their vitamin C therapy, as well as get the best value for the money invested. As well, it is important to know when multiple forms of vitamin C should be taken together to ramp up the clinical (healing) response.

What to consider BEFORE taking vitamin C

Although not a completely inclusive list, the most important factors to address when taking vitamin C are dose, frequency, and duration of the treatment period. Take enough of it, often enough, and for a long enough period of time, or just risk wasting your time, money, and energy.

Even though any amount of vitamin C will still be a positive intervention, don’t delude yourself into thinking that a lack of fabulous results with small amounts means you’re a “non-responder.” All diseases feature increased oxidative stress in one place or another, and supplying your body with a ongoing supply of fresh vitamin C and other antioxidants is the only direct way to counter this stress.

Understanding the value of ‘dose’ and ‘frequency’

Although it can sometimes seem like it, the ability of vitamin C to bring back infected and/or toxic patients from death’s doorstep and out of comas isn’t magic. Molecule for molecule, you need enough vitamin C to supply enough electrons to reduce targets of toxic excess oxidation.

If the immune system is old and compromised, larger amounts of vitamin C can be needed to do the job, while a healthier immune system might need less help to get on top of things. The most important corollary to taking a large enough dose is taking it often enough. The important impact of vitamin C on the immune system was discussed in my earlier NaturalHealth365 article – “Vitamin C is the ‘muscle’ of the immune system.”

Remember that very many infections, toxin exposures, and even chronic diseases can and have been very effectively managed by taking only one type of vitamin C, usually sodium ascorbate or ascorbic acid, and dosing it steadily in multi-gram doses throughout the day. Liposome-encapsulated vitamin C and intravenous vitamin C are wonderful and highly effective, but don’t feel you are out of luck if you do not have sufficient money or access to use these types of vitamin C.

However, many acute infections and many chronic degenerative diseases can require 50, 100 or even many more grams of regular vitamin C daily to get the results you want. Lypo-C and IVC can get you where you want to go much more quickly and effectively.

The synergistic effect of a multi-C protocol

In most significant chronic diseases, multiple areas of the body have increased oxidative stress and decreased stores of vitamin C and other antioxidants. Since the goal of vitamin C therapy is to neutralize as much oxidative stress and damage as possible, taking as many different types of vitamin C as possible can give the positive clinical results not seen with one, or even two types of vitamin C.

The four main arms of the ‘multi-C protocol are:

1. Liposome-encapsulated vitamin C, 1 to 5 grams orally daily (not homemade formulations)

2. Sodium ascorbate daily up to or reaching bowel tolerance (C-flush)

3. Ascorbyl palmitate, 1 to 3 grams orally daily

4. Intravenous vitamin C (sodium ascorbate or buffered ascorbic acid), 25 to 150 grams, depending on body size. Sometimes daily initially, and often several times weekly to monthly depending upon clinical circumstances

The multi-C protocol is especially effective because:

1. The liposomes put vitamin C inside (intracellular) the diseased cells and the circulating immune cells without the consumption of energy.

2. The oral sodium ascorbate continues to saturate the extracellular areas with vitamin C while neutralizing the toxic products of poor digestion, shared by everyone to a greater or lesser degree.

3. The ascorbyl palmitate gets the normally water-soluble vitamin C into fat-soluble areas.

4. The intravenous vitamin C gets temporarily astronomical blood concentrations of vitamin C throughout the body.

What is the difference between lypo-C and IVC?

Circulating on the internet and on multiple health blogs is the idea that vitamin C properly encapsulated in liposomes is 5 to 10 times more potent than the same amount of vitamin C given intravenously. This concept originated with my personal observations when I first started evaluating the clinical effects of liposome-encapsulated vitamin C about 10 years ago.

I had taken many IVC infusions between 50 and 100 grams in the past when I was ill, and I observed on more than one occasion that 5 grams of lypo C had clearly as good or even greater an impact on the acute symptoms of cold or flu than 50 grams of vitamin C given intravenously. This confused me greatly until I finally decided it was time to learn something about liposomes and how they work.

It appears that the arming of the immune cells with high concentrations of vitamin C along with the lack of energy consumption in getting an intracellular delivery of vitamin C are very big edges over larger intravenous infusions of unencapsulated vitamin C, at least for acute viral syndromes.

Additional factors come into play, however, when treating chronic infections and chronic degenerative diseases, like Lyme, cancer, and coronary heart disease. While I feel that access to quality lypo-C is the best option if only one option is available, I strongly recommend motivated individuals take as many types of vitamin C that they can if they are not getting satisfactory results with just one form.

However, as is reflected on the multi-C protocol, using both lypo-C orally and vitamin C intravenously, along with regular vitamin C and ascorbyl palmitate, can have what appears to be a synergistic effect over just upping the dose of one form to as high as possible for as long as possible.

Always remember vitamin C, regardless of the diagnosis.

Except for diseases of the kidney where doses must be scaled down, vitamin C in all its types and at the highest of doses can offer you an enormously useful way to avoid the hospital and the chronic ingestion of a host of prescription drugs. Never forget, however, that you ultimately have to take responsibility for your own health.

No matter what the medical/scientific assertion or the recommended therapy, you can find a seemingly well-qualified “expert” who says it is worthless while another expert says it is the greatest thing since sliced bread. However, there can only be one scientific truth, and you have to be the one to decide who to believe and who to dismiss.

If you are a regular NaturalHealth365 reader, you probably have already reclaimed a great deal of the responsibility for your health from mainstream medicine. Be a partner with your doctor in deciding what you should do and what you should take. Good luck in your continued quest for optimal health.

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About the author: Thomas E. Levy, MD, JD is a board-certified internist and cardiologist. He is also bar-certified for the practice of law. He has written extensively on the importance of eliminating toxins while bolstering antioxidant defenses in the body, with particular focus on vitamin C.

His new book entitled Death by Calcium: Proof of the toxic effects of dairy and calcium supplements is now available at amazon.com or medfoxpub.com. In this new book, for the first time, Dr. Levy has assembled extensive sections on his treatment protocols for cancer, heart disease, osteoporosis, and other chronic degenerative diseases. As well, this new book contains his detailed “Guide to the Optimal Administration of Vitamin C.” His website is PeakEnergy.com

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Vitamin C is the ‘muscle’ of the immune system

February 21, 2014 by  
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Vitamin C Improves Immunity(NaturalHealth365) A very large body of work, much of it taking place over a half-century ago, has clearly established that the vigorous dosing and administration of vitamin C can cure most acute infections, viral or otherwise, and promptly neutralize most toxin exposures – including many life-threatening health issues.

Behind the scenes, vitamin C is more than ‘just’ an antioxidant. Why mainstream medicine refuses to embrace the life-saving abilities of vitamin C remains unclear. But, the validity of the scientific data is absolutely inescapable.

The inescapable truth about avoiding disease

One fact that all doctors and all lay persons agree on is that a strong immune system is key to recovering from an infection, neutralizing and eliminating a toxin, and bringing diseased cells back to a state of good health. There also is no dispute that a competent immune system is the best way to keep a disease from developing and taking hold in the first place.

Therefore, anything that clearly strengthens the immune system and improves its ability to achieve these goals should logically be embraced as well by both the caregiver and the patient.

Vitamin C and the immune system

In addition to its role as the premier antioxidant circulating throughout the body, the scientific literature has clearly established vitamin C to directly promote and stimulate a number of very important functions of the immune system. These functions include the following:

1. Enhanced antibody production (B-lymphocytes, humoral immunity)
2. Enhanced interferon production
3. Enhanced phagocytic (scavenger cell) function
4. Enhanced T-lymphocyte function (cell-mediated immunity)
5. Enhanced B-lymphocyte and T-lymphocyte proliferation6. Enhanced natural killer cell activity (very important anti-cancer function)
6. Enhanced prostaglandin formation
7. Enhanced nitric oxide production by phagocytes

Why is vitamin C the key to powerful immunity?

Red blood cells have roughly the same concentration of vitamin C as the surrounding plasma. Heart cells and kidney cells, which are very metabolically active cells, have about 13-fold more vitamin C than the plasma, an impressive concentration difference. This is certainly consistent with the continual need for electrons in such active cells.

Phagocytic white blood cells (granulocytes) have 25-fold more vitamin C than the plasma. Since these cells need an abundance of energy to consume and digest pathogens and cellular “debris,” this concentration of vitamin C makes a lot of sense as well.

The king of the vitamin C concentrators, however, is the circulating monocyte, which becomes known as a macrophage, another cell with phagocytic functions, when it settles into the tissues. This cell has more than an 80-fold increased concentration of vitamin C inside it relative to the plasma. Few, if any, other examples of a circulating nutrient/vitamin being so selectively concentrated in a given cell type exist.

How vitamin C acts as a ‘lifesaver’

Whenever inflammation develops, oxidative stress is increased, and vitamin C stores of the inflamed areas are acutely depleted to absent. The first cells that the immune system mobilizes to areas of acute inflammation are the monocytes.

As a hypothetical possibility, then, it would appear that this early, initial function of the immune system is to compensate for the inflamed area depleted of vitamin C with a vitamin C ‘delivery system’: the monocyte. This concept also meshes quite well with the fact that many other immune cells have significantly increased concentrations of vitamin C as well.

Always include vitamin C in whatever “wellness program” you choose to follow.

There are many things you can do and/or consume to help you achieve the health and wellness you seek. However, you should never be completely comfortable that your health program cannot be improved upon.

Donation of electrons at the molecular level, which is the ultimate positive impact of any therapeutic protocol, is the antioxidant effect. You always want more electron donation and less electron depletion (oxidation). Vitamin C, while not the only good antioxidant you can supplement, performs this electron donation/flow better than anything else available, and it still remains very affordable, in spite of repeated attempts to make it more expensive and market it as a “vitamin C complex” or “natural” vitamin C.

Vitamin C is truly ‘designed by nature’ – as most animals synthesize this essential nutrient as needed. Humans, unfortunately, lost this ability, but we still need to cope as best we can for our daily antioxidant needs.

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About the author: Thomas E. Levy, MD, JD is a board-certified internist and cardiologist. He is also bar-certified for the practice of law. He has written extensively on the importance of eliminating toxins while bolstering antioxidant defenses in the body, with particular focus on vitamin C. His new book entitled Death by Calcium: Proof of the toxic effects of dairy and calcium supplements is now available at amazon.com or medfoxpub.com.

In this new book, for the first time, Dr. Levy has assembled extensive sections on his treatment protocols for cancer, heart disease, osteoporosis, and other chronic degenerative diseases. As well, this new book contains his extensive “Guide to the Optimal Administration of Vitamin C.” His website is PeakEnergy.com

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Osteoporosis is much more than calcium deficiency

January 1, 2014 by  
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Osteoporosis Alert(NaturalHealth365) A great deal of misinformation has been propagated for a very long time regarding the nature and proper treatment of osteoporosis. While osteoporotic bone is certainly very deficient in calcium, the administration of calcium does not resolve or improve this disease, not even a little.

Osteoporosis is a focal scurvy of the bones, and a restoration of an appropriate balance of antioxidants, lead by vitamin C, is essential to the reversal of this disease and the subsequent growth of new, healthy bone. Appropriate mineral intake is also essential for the optimal function of these antioxidants in the bone.

How does a deficiency of antioxidants damage bone structure?

Where antioxidants are severely deficient, there is always increased oxidative stress. And just as a fire might oxidize and burn the ignited wood, the increased oxidative stress in osteoporotic bones decomposes it and “burns” it over time as well.

Chemically, both the wood and the bones become oxidized. To say that osteoporotic bone is a condition of calcium deficiency is really no different than saying that the remaining ash from burned wood is a condition of smoke deficiency.

And just as there is no way to restore the normal structure of burned wood with the smoke that came out of it, there is also no way to restore osteoporosis to normal bone with the calcium that emanated from it.

All diseases result from deficiencies of antioxidant nutrients in different tissue to different degrees.

There has not yet been identified a single disease where increased oxidative stress is not present in the affected tissues or organs, either extracellularly, intracellularly, or both. When any symptom of any disease is present, increased oxidative stress is present somewhere, ultimately manifesting as that symptom.

Resolving this increased oxidative stress, however, is not as simple as taking more antioxidants in the diet or through supplementation. The reasons that the increased oxidative stress is present must be eliminated or severely curtailed, while balancing hormones and ingesting a wide range of antioxidants nutrients with enough biochemical variation that all tissues and cell types are affected.

Vitamin C just ends up being especially important because its small size and biochemical nature allows it to reach so many cells by itself, along with its unique ability to regenerate (reduce) so many other important antioxidants after they have donated their electrons and become oxidized.

The deceptive nature of conventional bone density tests

Calcium will make a bone density test in an osteoporotic patient improve a little bit. On its face, improving the bone density test numbers would seem to be a good thing. However, this is not the case if it is solely (or primarily) calcium administration that caused this result.

Just as a fresh coat of white paint might make a rotten fence look good, it does nothing for the structural integrity of the fence and that’s the same with osteoporosis.

Calcium can improve the bone density test outcome in a cosmetic fashion, but it does not decrease the chances of fracture, which is the purported goal of any effective osteoporosis therapy. It is only when a bone density test improves without calcium administration that one can conclude truly healthy bone has regenerated and reincorporated some new calcium appropriately in the process.

Is there any evidence that osteoporosis is ‘focal scurvy’?

By itself, the supplementation of vitamin C in osteoporosis has been documented to both increase bone density (improving the bone density test results with structurally sound bone), while lowering the chances of an osteoporotic fracture. This is further supported by the substantial research data confirming that vitamin C is vital for the formation and cross-linking of collagen in the bone, the formation of non-collagen bone matrix proteins, the differentiation of stem cells into bone cells, and the regulation of the cells forming cartilage and collagen in the bone.

It is when this healthy structural matrix is first present that ensuing calcification is reflective of normal bone strength and integrity. Effective treatment of osteoporosis (and other chronic degenerative diseases) is straightforward but involves much more than popping a pill or two.

As is discussed in much greater detail in my new book, Death by Calcium, a comprehensive approach to minimize oxidative stress in the bone (and elsewhere) is essential. At least six factors are critical, involving the ability to:

1. Minimize new toxin exposure (dental sources especially important)
2. Eradicate old infections
3. Eliminate old toxins
4. Correct critical hormone deficiencies
5. Optimize antioxidant levels
6. Appropriately utilize prescription medicine, especially calcium channel blockers when possible

The primary supplements recommended include:

1. Vitamin C in regular, liposome-encapsulated, and fat-soluble forms
2. Lysine and proline
3. Vitamin D3
4. Vitamin K2
5. Magnesium glycinate
6. Omega-3 fatty acids
7. Mixed tocopherols
8. Beta carotene
9. Complete B complex

Many, many other quality supplements/nutrients with antioxidant capacity at the cellular level are available. Depending on the size of your pocketbook and the degree of your motivation, you can also take a number of these as well.

There is no one perfect “one size fits all” approach for everyone, and there are multiple approaches that can end up achieving the same goal.

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New study says high fat diet is healthy

November 29, 2013 by  
Filed under Food News

High Fat Diet News(NaturalHealth365) Sanity is finally ruling nutrition, at least in Sweden. Few subjects, in medicine, find less agreement than the topics of nutrition and optimal diet. Nobody disputes that a good diet properly digested is critical for regaining and maintaining good health. However, what comprises that good diet remains deeply controversial today.

However, a glimmer of dietary sanity might finally be arriving, at least from a Swedish perspective.

High-fat, low-carb is the healthiest dietary regimen for most people.

A two-year study by the Swedish Council on Health Technology Assessment reviewed 16,000 studies published through May 31, 2013. Very significantly, the committee found that, “Butter, olive oil, heavy cream, and bacon are not harmful foods. Quite the opposite. Fat is the best thing for those who want to lose weight. And there are no connections between a high fat intake and cardiovascular disease.”

While this might make a lot of docs derisively snort while their obedient patients look confused, it must be clearly asserted that this committee is absolutely correct in this bold assertion. As a result of this study, Sweden has become the first Western nation to adopt guidelines that support a high-fat, low-carb diet for its population.

In point of fact, much of Sweden follows such a diet already, and only about 14% of its population can be classified as obese, while about 33% are obese in the United States.

Editor’s Note: We might also have to consider the quality of the food sold in the United States – as a major contributor to degenerative diseases. GMOs, chemicals and factory-farming techniques are responsible for the poor quality food that most Americans are eating. When it comes to animal foods – always look for ‘pasture-raised’, ‘grass-fed’ and ‘non-GMO’ (organic) food items.

Sugar (carbs) cause fat gain. Fat does not cause fat gain!

It is no secret to those docs and scientists familiar with the medical literature that the steady rise in sugar and carbohydrates has fueled the steady rise in atherosclerosis, and this rise is the primary reason for the abnormalities in blood fats (cholesterol, lipids) that are known to feed the growth of obstructive coronary artery plaques over time.

It is also the high-carb, low-fat diet that continues to feed the epidemic of diabetes in the United States. Conversely, a high fat content in the diet has no relationship to weight gain per se, even though simplistic logic might indicate otherwise.

Fats also make weight loss (or maintenance) easier.

Increased fat intake in the diet also naturally suppresses the pangs of hunger. Carbs, on the other hand, fuel spikes in blood sugar. These spikes then cause insulin surges, which keeps the eater hungry for even more carbs.

In other words, carbs promote abnormal glucose metabolism with all its side effects while further stimulating hunger and promoting chronic overeating.

Calories are important, but they are not the primary consideration.

There is no doubt that a significant restriction of your calorie intake can be an effective way to lose weight. As the old saying goes, if you want to lose weight, “Eat less.” However, if you restrict the wrong foods, you will also compromise your health in the process.

Many important nutrients are fat soluble, and while minimizing this aspect of the diet might contribute to weight loss, it will also result in a chronic malnutrition. Sick, obese individuals, many with diabetes, keep our health care system humming. Don’t just assume that every healthcare practitioner you encounter really has your best health as the main priority.

The scientific data supporting the benefits of a high-fat, low-carb are enormous, not minimal. If your doc does not know this, he/she should. It’s hidden in plain view.

A high-fat, low carb diet also ends up satisfying the rules of proper food combining much more often than a high-carb diet, even without trying. Carbs with meat and high protein just destroy good digestion. A great diet poorly digested presents an enormous amount of toxicity to the body on a chronic basis.

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About the author: Thomas E. Levy, MD, JD is a board-certified internist and cardiologist. He is also bar-certified for the practice of law. He has written extensively on the importance of eliminating toxins while bolstering antioxidant defenses in the body, with particular focus on vitamin C. His upcoming new book will be released in a month, entitled Death by Calcium. His website is PeakEnergy.com

References:
Levy, T. (2001) Optimal Nutrition for Optimal Health. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill Publishing
http://healthimpactnews.com/2013/sweden-becomes-first-western-nation-to-reject-low-fat-diet-dogma-in-favor-of-low-carb-high-fat-nutrition/

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Eliminate lead toxicity by consuming vitamin C

November 19, 2013 by  
Filed under Vitamin C Benefits

Heavy Metal Alert(NaturalHealth365) Lead is one of the most toxic heavy metals known to man. Most health-seekers today realize that toxins are at the root of many (if not all) diseases and toxic heavy metals are among the worst of toxins.

As with any other toxin, a three-pronged approach is best for long-term health management with heavy metals: avoid the toxin, and/or neutralize the toxin once assimilated, and/or eliminate the toxin from the system. Generally, all three prongs come into play when optimally managing toxin exposures – especially for heavy metals like lead.

Let’s be clear – lead is toxic in any amount

Toxic exposure to lead is one of the oldest known environmental (and work) hazards. There is no amount of lead in the body known to be completely harmless.

In other words, lead, in any amount, is always toxic. This is an important distinction since some metals that are toxic at higher levels actually have clearly beneficial effects at lower levels. Such metals (safe, at lower levels) include iron, copper, manganese, zinc, and calcium – all commonly supplemented substances.

Lead toxicity interferes with multiple bodily functions

Lead primarily affects the central nervous system, the liver, the kidneys, and the capacity to synthesize hemoglobin. Generally, lead poisoning is a chronic condition, as the circumstances needed to cause an acute toxicity usually need large occupational exposures. Everybody has a body burden of lead contributing to ongoing increased oxidative stress in affected tissues and organs.

In addition, all environment exposures to lead are further aggravated by the fact that lead is not biodegradable and continues to accumulate. In humans, about 90% of lead content is stored in the bone, serving as a source of low-grade chronic release of the lead throughout the body as bone is broken down and re-synthesized over time.

Everybody has some degree of lead toxicity

Because of its near-ubiquitous environmental presence, being exposed to lead is unavoidable. However, it is important to be aware of its underlying toxicity at any level, and excess exposures need to be identified and removed.

In children with nonspecific nervous system problems and difficulty learning, blood lead levels should be tested to make sure that lead toxicity is not an inordinate part of the problem. If your current healthcare provider seems ‘uninterested’ in helping you – it’s time to get another doctor.

Dealing with lead toxicity is not complicated, but it must become a lifestyle

The less lead you have in your body, the better. As well, the more the lead-related oxidative stress is neutralized and reversed, the better. Generally, the approach to lead toxicity, like many other toxins, is to prevent, neutralize, and mobilize.

Very high levels of lead will generally require a properly administered protocol of prescription chelation agents, monitored by a qualified healthcare practitioner, at least at the start. Lesser elevations can be managed in a less urgent fashion.

A broad base of antioxidant supplementation, led by vitamins C, E, B1, B6, as well as flavonoids and alpha lipoic acid, not only helps to neutralize the oxidative damage inflicted by lead, it also helps to mobilize and excrete this toxic metal. With as little as 1,000 mg of vitamin C – supplemented daily – you can cause a significant decrease in blood lead levels. In animal studies, vitamin C has also been shown to be effective in removing lead from the central nervous system. Talk to your healthcare provider (today) and find a vitamin C protocol that works best for you.

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About the author: Thomas E. Levy, MD, JD is a board-certified internist and cardiologist. He is also bar-certified for the practice of law. He has written extensively on the importance of eliminating toxins while bolstering antioxidant defenses in the body, with particular focus on vitamin C. His upcoming new book will be released in December 2013 entitled, Death by Calcium. His website is PeakEnergy.com

References:
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8605855http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/107387
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=23414525
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10204833
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23118587

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Undiagnosed scurvy causes widespread disease

October 29, 2013 by  
Filed under Vitamin C Benefits

Scurvy Disease Alert(NaturalHealth365) Scurvy, as traditionally defined, is uncommon. The traditional definition of scurvy encompasses the changes that occur in the body when there is a severe and widespread deficiency of vitamin C. Such a state is characterized by generalized and pronounced weakness, anemia, and a generalized breakdown of the integrity of the connective tissue throughout the body, resulting in easy bleeding of the gums and into the soft tissues.

Death often occurs from hemorrhage or infection. In today’s world, even the poorest of diets contains enough vitamin C to prevent this flagrant expression of scurvy. Many packaged foods have enough vitamin C as a preservative to keep classical scurvy at bay.

And, when rare cases of such scurvy do occur, they are seldom correctly diagnosed and treated before resulting in death from malnutrition or infection.

Scurvy can come in many degrees

The original definition of scurvy came from the large number of sailors who died after being on long sea voyages while consuming diets that turned out to have little or no vitamin C in them. This extreme version of scurvy is still the only version that most physicians know about even today. As long as someone is ingesting enough vitamin C to avoid dying from a full-blown case of scurvy, as noted above, most doctors consider neither scurvy nor any degree of vitamin C deficiency to exist.

Not surprising to the logical mind, however, there are many levels of vitamin C deficiency that fall short of producing classical scurvy. Minimal deficiencies cause little definable disease, while moderate and advanced deficiencies of vitamin C cause a wide spectrum of diseases and conditions that still are not recognized as being secondary solely to those deficiencies. We are in the midst of a chronic, substantial, yet still unappreciated epidemic of truly enormous proportions.

’Focal scurvy’ determines your disease state

It has long been felt that a vitamin C deficiency in one area or tissue of the body means there is a comparable vitamin C deficiency everywhere else. Nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, it can reasonably be asserted that all forms of organ disease are really manifestations of a substantial vitamin C deficiency – just in that organ. The rest of the body is typically low in vitamin C as well, but not as low as in the diseased organ.

Focal scurvy in the lens of the eye produces a cataract. Focal scurvy in the lining of the heart arteries produces atherosclerosis. Focal scurvy in the bones produces osteoporosis. Focal scurvy in different areas of the brain produces Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s disease.

Excess oxidative stress produces all disease, and vitamin C deficiency is at the root of all excess oxidative stress. Other antioxidants play important roles, but they can never completely compensate for a severe, focal (or widespread) deficiency of vitamin C.

Surely this does not mean that taking large amounts of vitamin C takes care of everything – does it?

Of course not. Vitamin C only tends to get severely depleted in one or more areas of the body when a chronic and substantial toxin exposure is being encountered on a regular basis, oftentimes ‘24/7’ – when the source of toxicity is inside the body in the form of a chronic, unaddressed infection. What disease or condition develops depends on the biochemical properties of the toxin, the amounts produced, and the ability of the body to excrete it rather than accumulate it.

As discussed in earlier articles, root canal-treated teeth and other chronic nearby foci of infection like abscessed tonsils (often not suspected on examination) can result in vitamin C deficiencies that directly lead to potentially lethal diseases like, coronary atherosclerosis and cancers of the head and neck. Supplementing vitamin C is always of benefit, but significant foci of chronic infection are not negated completely by any degree of supplementation.

How do I know if I have one or more forms of focal scurvy?

Wherever you have disease, you have increased oxidative stress and you have some degree of focal scurvy in the affected area. How well and how completely you can treat such a condition depends largely on the mindset of your healthcare practitioner. Even at the point in time that you might feel completely well, you need to have careful monitoring of a number of routine blood tests to see that chronic derangements of some parts of your metabolism are still not resulting from the disease process.

Naturally, this requires a doctor aware of such interactions and willing to monitor them while managing your care.

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About the author: Thomas E. Levy, MD, JD is a board-certified internist and cardiologist. He is also bar-certified for the practice of law. He has written extensively on the importance of eliminating toxins while bolstering antioxidant defenses in the body, with particular focus on vitamin C. His upcoming new book will be released in a month, entitled Death by Calcium. His website is PeakEnergy.com

References:
http://www.acamnet.org/site/c.ltJWJ4MPIwE/b.5457489/k.60DF/Welcome_to_PhysicianLink__18005323688_/apps/kb/cs/contactsearch.asp
http://orthomolecular.org/resources/pract.shtml
http://www.acimconnect.com/Resources/FindaHealthProfessional.aspx
Levy, T. (2011) Primal Panacea Henderson, NV: MedFox Publishing
http://www.medfoxpub.com/medicalnews/product/S-PRP/Primal-Panacea/Discovered-Natures-intended-cure-all/

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The effective prevention and treatment of radiation exposure

October 14, 2013 by  
Filed under Vitamin C Benefits

Effective Radiation Treatment(NaturalHealth365) The toxicity of radiation exposure is nothing more than increased oxidative stress in the exposed area. Regardless of the type of radiation exposure, the damage inflicted in the exposed areas of the body is always caused by increases in oxidative stress.

Massive radiation exposures, as inside the core of a nuclear reactor, can kill quickly as the rapid rise in oxidative stress in and around the cells ultimately causes them to stop functioning or simply to rupture. This is why focused radiation can be used as an effective cancer therapy – for some individuals.

Medically-induced radiation ‘therapy’ massively upregulates the oxidative stress of cancer cells and they rupture or just stop replicating (along with some exposed normal cells).

Intense antioxidant therapy effectively treats most radiation exposure.

Really, the only radiation exposures that are not effectively treated by antioxidants, such as vitamin C, are those resulting in too much tissue damage too rapidly. Every medical condition has a point of no return, where even the most appropriate therapy does no discernible good because organism shutdown and death are imminent.

This is case for all forms of life, including plants.

C’mon, Dr. Levy! Is there anything that he thinks is not treatable with vitamin C?

This is a valid question that I know some inquisitive readers will ask. The truth of the matter is that all known medical conditions, regardless of what initiated them, result from variable degrees of increased oxidative stress in different tissues and parts of the body. And while I would never advise someone to rely solely on vitamin C for the treatment of many different diseases, it would be absolutely foolish not to take advantage of the many benefits it offers while taking other recommended and effective therapies.

Except in the rarest of circumstances, such as the induction of a rapid detoxification, vitamin C and other antioxidants will reliably lessen, and occasionally eliminate, the associated symptoms and gradual tissue degeneration seen in nearly all diseases.

Is this just speculation? Or, has vitamin C been shown to have this effect on radiation exposure?

The Fukushima nuclear accident in Japan certainly heightened the fear of radiation exposure throughout the world, and rightfully so. Single limited radiation exposures are easily treated by antioxidant-based protocols. Ongoing, high-dose radiation exposures that do not dissipate cannot be expected to relent to any therapy.

Dr. Atsuo Yanagisawa of Japan showed that even moderately-dosed vitamin C was able to prevent the Cancer Risk Score, associated with the release of free DNA from radiation-damaged cells, from increasing during an extended treatment period on four workers who went directly into the damaged plant to effect repairs.

A single 25-gram infusion of vitamin C was given, and daily oral supplementation was then continued, including 2 grams of liposome-encapsulated vitamin C, 600 mg of alpha lipoic acid, 400 micrograms of selenium, 400 IU of vitamin E, and a multivitamin complex. This is not astronomical dosing by any measure.

A sizeable body of research has also shown that vitamin C, with or without other antioxidants, has been able to block and/or reverse the damage inflicted by radiation exposure in the test tube, in test animals, and in patients receiving radiation therapy, as for cancer.

Prevention is better (easier) than reversal – every time.

Unless (or until??) nuclear accidents become more common, the main concerns most individuals will have toward potential radiation toxicity will come from radiotherapy for a disease such as cancer, or from any of a variety of radiation-generating tests (mammography, X-rays, airport screening).

It is always good to get as much vitamin C on board as possible before such encounters, as it is always easier to prevent damage than to repair it after it has occurred. Like with any other medical condition being treated with vitamin C, it is always best to err on the high side in dosing, whether the intent is to prevent or to repair.

Individuals who chronically dose vitamin C and antioxidants will always have better antioxidant reserves in their bodies, and less vigorous acute supplementation will be required in the situations noted above for such persons.

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About the author: Thomas E. Levy, MD, JD is a board-certified internist and cardiologist. He is also bar-certified for the practice of law. He has written extensively on the importance of eliminating toxins while bolstering antioxidant defenses in the body, with particular focus on vitamin C. His upcoming new book will be released in a few months, entitled, Death by Calcium: The Toxic Supplement.

For more information about Dr. Levy – visit: PeakEnergy.com

References:
http://thearrowsoftruth.com/fukushima-jcit-working-group-shows-vitamin-c-stops-radiation-damage/
Levy, T. (2002) Curing the Incurable. Vitamin C, Infectious Diseases, and Toxins Henderson, NV: MedFox Publishing (pages 271 to 278)
http://www.medfoxpub.com/medicalnews/store.html

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