Is Supplementing Beneficial?
This is a question you could ask your medical Doctor. The answer is more or less predictable. ?Eat and healthy and well balanced diet and don?t waste your money on supplements?. The answer comes from somebody who is busy serving the trillion dollar Pharmaceutical industry, who has spent very little time studying diet Remember it was the father of modern Medicine Hippocrates who said ?let food be your medicine? and ? do no harm?. Most medical training only devotes a couple of hours to nutrition. Asking a doctor this question is similar to asking a butcher if he sells fish.
The ?eat a healthy diet? philosophy is in essence spot on, but it?s 100 years out of date. In a study published in the prestigious medical journal ?The Lancet?
that appeared in early April 2019. The researchers looked at the eating habits across 195 countries. The notion was to connect poor nutrition with mortality. The conclusion was startling. They asserted that 11,000,000 people die annually across the globe because they lack in part at least, certain foods. The research leader Ashkan Afshin from the University of Washington reported that his researchers had found that overall poor diet was responsible for more deaths worldwide than any other risk factor and that included cigarette smoking!
Poor Food & Lifestyle Choices:
Overall people ate too much of the wrong kind of food. Consuming too much table salt and too little fibre led to ill health. The leading cause of death was heart disease and this was followed by differing kinds of cancers and diabetes. In 1992 the British Medical Journal (BMJ) published a landmark study that clearly showed ?a genuine decline in semen quality over the PAST 50 YEARS”. More recently two studies unveiled at ?The Scientific Congress of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM)” that took place in Denver in October 2018
made the alarming claim that US and European sperm and motility rates (means the rate the sperm can swim to fertilise the ova) have declined by as much as 6% since 2008.
Richard Sharpe, is now a professor at Edinburgh University?s ?Medical Research Council for Reproductive Health?. He blames the fall in sperm rates on the dietary and lifestyle changes that have been occurring in recent times. Let?s take a moment to ingest what this means. According to Professor Sharpe our present diet and lifestyle are reducing the sperm rate which means we are likely to decline as a species. Isn?t that a truly chilling prospect!
The Writing Has Been On The Wall For A While:
.Let?s go back a little further in time. We are beginning to see the writing has been on the wall for a while now! A landmark study in the ?Journal of the American College of Nutrition? dated 2004 followed up on the data released by the US Department of Agriculture spanning the years 1950-1999. They found that out of a group of 45 vegetables and fruit that the Vitamin C content had dropped by 50% in the 50 years covered by the data. Your Dr, is wrong when he says you will get all your nutrients from a good and balanced diet. Chronic ill health is on the rise. We need to take steps to protect ourselves. We do not get heart disease because we lack statins. Heart disease is a combination of many things namely poor nutritional choices, lack of exercise, poor lifestyle choices and excessive emotional stress.
Farming has become big business. Farmers have to make a profit or go under. This has given rise to the ?agribusinesses” with huge corporations like Cargill owning and operating giant farms. The ideal way to receive micro nutrients as vitamins and minerals has always been the same. They were present in the soil and entered the nutritional chain via photosynthesis.
The micronutrient was in the soil, it was taken up by the plant and then eaten by the human. The agribusiness embraced chemical fertiisers that encouraged yields but did not feed the earth. That meant there were fewer and fewer micronutrients for the human to ingest. They soused the crops with poisonous pesticides that killed income depleting parasites, but remained as toxins in the food chain!
So there is the problem. What is the solution? Unless we solve the problem the world of our children and grandchildren is going to be very different from the world as we know it today.
- It is imperative we improve the nutritional value of our diets.
- We need more vitamins and minerals to improve overall health.
- We need to decrease the consumption of the wrong kind of sodium.
- We need to cut back on starchy carbohydrates and sugars
The nutrients are missing for the most part in the food we buy in the supermarket so we need to enhance the quality of the food we eat. How do we do this?
The Benefits of Supplementing With Vitamin C:
This is where supplementation comes into the picture. Yes, first-rate natural supplements. Not the synthetic and cheap varieties that appear on supermarket shelves. Yes, just like pharmaceutical medicines which are synthetic by definition because they have to be patented, many vitamins are synthetic too, but they don?t need to be patented. Market Research Company Zion published a report in 2016 stating that the global nutritional supplement industry was worth a colossal $132.8 billion dollars in 2016 and was forecast to grow to $220.3 billion in 2022. Not as big as the pharmaceutical dollars but pretty big anyway.
Let?s take Vitamin C. Most Vitamin C is synthetic. It?s ascorbic acid made in China. The naturally occurring Vitamin C is the same molecule as the synthetic variant. The synthetic form is derived from corn starch, corn sugar or rice starch and depends for its chemical actions on volatile acids. The lab made nutrients produce a substance called D-ascorbic acid. The naturally occurring form is L-ascorbic acid. The molecules are shaped differently. This is critically important because the enzymes in the human body only spring into action when the vitamin of the correct shape is presented. It would seem that taking the natural variety is preferable to dosing on the synthetic. Well, the natural is definitely best but it is always a lot more expensive. Always take Vitamin C derived from a natural source like rose hips or acerola cherry. Vitamin C was vital in the prevention of scurvy. Ascorbic acid derives its name from this disease which was common amongst seamen deprived of fresh fruit and vegetables on long voyages. Today very few people suffer from scurvy.
Vitamin C is a major player in offsetting the ?mother of all disease?. That?s inflammation when electron pairs are broken the sole electron goes stir crazy. It has to team up with another electron and it doesn?t matter what catastrophic damage it creates in its quest. Vitamin C is the saviour. It sacrifices its own electrons to go forward and join the unpaired particle. It is an anti-oxidant it helps restore order and halt the damage. Any anti-oxidant will fulfill the same role but Vitamin C is arguably one of the most cost-effective.
Linus Pauling, The Father of Orthomolecular Medicine
Was one of the pioneers in recommending high dose Vitamin C. He stressed this was very beneficial in many health conditions and ?not just the common cold?. His findings outraged the Medical profession, especially his claim that high intravenous doses of the Vitamin had very positive results in the treatment of cancer A NIH study refuted his claims, but others went on to find the study itself was flawed. The Mayo Clinic also ran a study and dismissed Pauling?s claim but then they used much lower treatment doses than Pauling so the two were not similar at all. Pauling?s recommendations of 2 Grams of Vitamin C daily in divided doses still stands today. Some claim that high doses of Vitamin C cause stomach upsets. Yes, this is called “Bowel Tolerance Level?. If you experience diarrhea you are taking too much. Simply cut back on the dosage and all will be well.
In conclusion, I will talk about my own experience. It might be empirical but it?s factual. In the 1970?s I met a woman called Olga who was a great follower of Adelle Davis;? an advocate of health through nutrition years before her time. Her two books ?Lets Eat Right to Get Fit?? published in 1954 and her last book ?Let?s Get Well?
published in 1965 were classics and Olga made sure I read them. Adelle Davis died in the early 1970s and Linus Pauling was doing his key research on Vitamin C that started in the 60s, so all this was known to Olga who insisted that I learn about it, too. The result was I started taking supplements and the one supplement that I have remained faithful to for the last 44 years has been daily high doses of Vitamin C. I admit a lot of it has been synthetic.
In 1999, I was diagnosed with rectal cancer. I was treated in many ways but radiotherapy was one of them. I refused chemotherapy and cut short my radiation treatment. Nonetheless, I was pronounced cancer free. No, I was told the disease was in remission. I returned for regular checkups until 2005 when I moved to Thailand. I have not seen an oncologist for the past 14 years and I am in good health. Let?s remember two things. The medical literature tells us that Chemotherapy prolongs life by 5 years in 6% of cases and the Gerson Treatment for a similar time span is 36%.” I attribute my 4 fold life-span increase to making major lifestyle changes and taking supplements. The most significant and consistent of all the supplements is Vitamin C.”