How many times have you heard people say that vitamin supplementation is redundant because any person who is eating a good diet should be getting enough vitamins and minerals? This is probably why despite its relatively low cost, there are still many of us who don’t bother to take daily vitamins.
It’s one of the vitamin myths, says Prof. Andrew Saul who was here recently for the 2nd International Anti-Aging and Integrative Medicine Conference. Prof. Saul, touted by Psychology Today as one of the seven natural health pioneers, is popular as The Mega Vitamin Man (his Facebook identity) and author, coauthor, and editor of around 25 books.
Prof. Saul himself said that he had, at some point, taken 130,000-mg daily doses of vitamin C, along with megadoses of other vitamins and minerals like vitamin E, magnesium, vitamin B-complex, and others. Backed by medical research and facts, Prof. Saul advocates for vitamin supplementation to address illnesses and aging problems, and to maintain general health.
“The only true medicine is taking care of your body before it breaks.” This means eating a diet of unprocessed, all-natural, fresh food; avoiding synthetic, processed food (including excessive meat and alcohol); getting enough sunshine and exercise; drinking clean, mineral spring water; breathing in fresh, clean air; and supplementing the diet with vitamins and minerals.
Prof. Saul’s presentation all throughout was supported by scientific evidence published in the most reputable medical journals. “Those who say that vitamin supplementation is expensive and a waste of money are obviously not reading the journals,” he said, referring to the amount of research conducted on the matter. He recognizes, however, that insome places there is still some form of institutional resistance to giving high doses of vitamins like vitamin C, E, beta-carotene, etc. This is a difficult hurdle that needs to be overcome, especially since vitamin therapy is a relatively cheap treatment or supplementation option.
If there is only one vitamin to supplement with, let it be vitamin C. According to Prof. Saul, vitamin C could help resolve all forms of inflammation in the body. As a matter of fact, many or most of our illnesses are caused by infections, which usually begin in the mouth. A diet of fresh, raw food like salads, fruits, sprouted greens like wheatgrass, and raw milk, is high in vitamin C.
Prof. Saul revealed that, as far as illnesses are concerned, vitamin C may be used to help relieve arthritis, both rheumatoid and osteo-arthritis, influenza, diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, and even cancer. He also said that for many years, we’ve had the results of many medical studies that support these claims–as far back as the early to mid-1900s—but millions of people over the years have just not been told to take vitamin C.
In one example, a study conducted by the University of Pennsylvania Medical School just last year (2017) showed that high vitamin C intake decreased the risk of type 2 diabetes in people, even in those who are ingesting a lot of nitrates, a known cause of insulin resistance and even cancer. Another study presented medical evidence that appropriate doses of vitamin E and C decreased the risk of Alzheimer’s disease by 80% in people of retirement age. And as early as 1975, we’ve had around 15 published papers showing that taking high doses of vitamin C could reduce the pressure inside the eyes of glaucoma patients. All amazing discoveries, and yet no one is talking about them.
The “largely marginalized” vitamin
Another vitamin that works like magic would be E. The International Journal of Cancer published in 2011 the results of a study showing that natural vitamin E is effective against existing prostate tumors. The same journal published another study earlier in 2008 showing medical proof that dosing with 300 IU of natural vitamin E daily could reduce the risk of lung cancer by 61%.
These are all astounding, though unpopular, pronouncements. Vitamin E, quite apparently, is another wonder supplement. For the elderly, it has been shown to reduce mortality by 24% in persons 71 years and older. It helps atherosclerosis, too, by decreasing the risk of heart attacks by 77% for a regular dose of 400-800 IU. For those with macular degeneration, natural D-alpha vitamin E (taken together with other supplements) has been shown to help with the disease. Prof. Saul mentioned other diseases that may benefit from high doses of vitamin E, based on “fairly new references”: emphysema, COPD, fatty liver, and ALS (as prophylaxis).
It is important to note at this point that many of the results were achieved as part of a treatment plan, which means that doctors may have given other forms of vitamins and placed the patients on specific diets. The specifics may be obtained from the published journals themselves–a good place to start would be PubMed. You could also visit Prof. Andrew Saul’s website at www.doctoryourself.com and get access to a wealth of information on natural healing.
In the words of Prof. Saul himself, as far as vitamin therapy is concerned, you need to see it to believe it. It may seem hard to accept that a simple regimen as vitamin supplementation could reverse the aging process, speed up healing, maintain good health, and prolong life, yet medical studies from reputable institutions have come out with facts in support of vitamin therapy.
For many health problems, nutritional deficiency may be one of the root causes. Prof. Saul had mentioned the popular quote, “When in doubt, use nutrition first.” In modern medicine, he says, nutrition is often used last. The reason for this is best left unsaid. And having said that, it probably wouldn’t hurt to follow the advice of the experts on natural healing: eat well and take your vitamins. It’s really very simple.
TEXT AND PHOTOS BY IME MORALES
© 2018 IME MORALES ALL RIGHTS RESERVED
Diwali is the Hindu festival of lights that is celebrated like New Year. In the Philippines, there are certain groups that organize events to remember the significance of this day. I have been attending the annual celebrations of one such group, the Brahma Kumaris in Quezon City. Yesterday, October 21, I found myself in Lotus Center, one of my most favorite places on earth.
The manifestation of light in our lives is made of experiences and feelings that are positive. But having light means darkness always comes after, as it is the universal principle of dualism. To embrace light means to accept the darkness. Here acceptance may mean shifting one’s understanding of it, and/or preparing for its arrival.
Having darkness makes us appreciate light more. Having darkness means there is an opportunity to rest and recharge. Darkness is necessary to create harmony, the right balance. The principle of yin and yang is ever present–in each day, in each life, in all Universes.
This was the blessing I received. We were made to write down our action plan, in a word, to ensure that our lives are always filled with light. I vowed to meditate every day, especially when it is darkest.
Happy Diwali to one and all! May your hearts and your lives be filled with light, balanced with the necessary darkness.
TEXT AND PHOTOS BY IME MORALES
© 2017 IME MORALES ALL RIGHTS RESERVED
Poster layout courtesy of Mel Aguinaldo.
This is my favorite so far. But because there can only be 8 items in one listicle, I am currently writing Part 2 of Spirituality in the City. A friend inspired and encouraged me to include more sacred spaces because we all need to find sanctuaries in this noisy place. Here is Part 1.
Now this is what it’s all about. YYN started as a tai chi blog but has evolved to include entries about mind+body+soul wellness. I pitched this and got the go signal to write about tai chi. It’s one of my advocacies, and definitely an important part of my existence. When you do tai chi seriously, you reap these benefits.
Again another assigned topic, but practical. When things are not going your way, there are solutions. Find the article here.