Orthomolecular Medicine News Service, January 30, 2007
(OMNS Jan 30 2007) Vitamin supplementation fights disease. Although
medical research has repeatedly shown this, such has not always
been the case in the news media. Recently, however, the popular
press is picking up more of the good news: Nutritional therapy is
cheaper, safer, and often more effective than pharmaceutical drugs.
Niacin Fights Cardiovascular Disease
The New York Times just reported(1) that inexpensive vitamin B-3,
niacin, "can increase HDL as much as 35 percent when taken
in high doses, usually about 2,000 milligrams per day. It also lowers
LDL, . . . (and) triglycerides as much as 50 percent." The
Times quoted Steven E. Nissen, M.D., president of the American College
of Cardiology, as saying: "Niacin is really it. Nothing else
available is that effective."
Niacin was first used to successfully lower serum cholesterol in
1955.(2) Since then, placebo-controlled studies have confirmed that
niacin prevents second heart attacks, and niacin also reduced strokes.
One study showed that after 15 years, men taking niacin had an 11
percent lower death rate. Although a warm "flush" is a
common side effect of niacin, the vitamin is safer than any drug.
Vitamin D Prevents Multiple Sclerosis,
The Associated Press reports(3) that "An abundance of vitamin
D seems to help prevent multiple sclerosis, according to a study
in more than 7 million people that offers some of the strongest
evidence yet of the power of the 'sunshine vitamin¹ against
Multiple sclerosis is known to be more common among those persons
living in northern latitudes. But, says Harvard School of Public
Health¹s Dr. Alberto Ascherio, "This is the first large
prospective study where blood levels are measured . . . (providing)
much stronger evidence."(4,5)
AP adds that "Other studies have linked high levels of vitamin
D in the blood to lower risks of a variety of cancers."
Vitamin E Extends Lifespan
People who have vitamin E in their bodies live longer, according
to a 19-year study of 29,092 men. National Cancer Institute researchers
concluded that "Higher circulating concentrations of alpha-tocopherol
(vitamin E) within the normal range are associated with significantly
lower total and cause-specific mortality in older male smokers."(6) Vitamin E was found to reduce death from all causes, including
cancer and cardiovascular disease.
Vitamin C Prevents Stomach Cancer
"(O)ne of the largest prospective analyses of the association
of plasma and dietary vitamin C levels with gastric cancer risk
ever performed on Western European populations"(7) indicates
that having more vitamin C in your blood plasma reduces your risk
of stomach cancer.
And best of all, vitamins are safe. There is not even one death
per year from vitamin supplementation. (American Journal of Emergency
Medicine, Vol. 22, No. 5, September 2004. http://www.aapcc.org/Annual%20Reports/03report/Annual%20Report%202003.pdf
Nutritional Medicine is also known as Orthomolecular Medicine
Linus Pauling defined orthomolecular medicine as "the treatment
of disease by the provision of the optimum molecular environment,
especially the optimum concentrations of substances normally present
in the human body." Orthomolecular medicine uses safe, effective
nutritional therapy to fight illness. For more information: http://www.orthomolecular.org
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Harold D. Foster, Ph.D.
Bradford Weeks, M.D.
Carolyn Dean, M.D., N.D.
Erik Paterson, M.D.
Thomas Levy, M.D., J.D.
Steve Hickey, Ph.D.
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- Mason M. An old cholesterol remedy is new again. NY Times, January
23, 2007. http://www.nytimes.com/2007/01/23/health/23consume.html?_r=1&oref=slogin
- Altschul R, Hoffer A & Stephen JD: Influence of nicotinic
acid on serum cholesterol in man. Arch Biochem Biophys 54:558-559,
- 'Sunshine vitamin' protects against MS: Huge study suggests
vitamin D reduces risk of debilitating disease. The Associated
Press, Dec 19, 2006.
- Munger KL, Levin LI, Hollis BW, Howard NS, Ascherio A. Serum
25-hydroxyvitamin D levels and risk of multiple sclerosis. JAMA.
2006 Dec 20;296(23):2832-8.
- Munger KL, Zhang SM, O'Reilly E, Hernan MA, Olek MJ, Willett
WC, Ascherio A. Vitamin D intake and incidence of multiple sclerosis.
Neurology. 2004 Jan 13;62(1):60-5.
- Wright ME, Lawson KA, Weinstein SJ, Pietinen P, Taylor PR, Virtamo
J, Albanes D. Higher baseline serum concentrations of vitamin
E are associated with lower total and cause-specific mortality
in the Alpha-Tocopherol, Beta-Carotene Cancer Prevention Study.
Am J Clin Nutr. 2006 Nov;84(5):1200-7.
- Jenab M, Riboli E, Ferrari P, et al. Plasma and dietary vitamin
C levels and risk of gastric cancer in the European Prospective
Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition (EPIC-EURGAST). Carcinogenesis.