Sunday, June 14, 2009

Prevent Cavities, Cancer, Heart Disease, Obesity, and Problems of Aging

Vitamin A, vitamin C, niacin, thiamine, and vitamin D are the five and only five vitamins associated with pandemic deficiency diseases. Optimizing the doses of these five vitamins is worth the effort. Deficiency of these five vitamins is responsible for the present pandamic of cavities, osteoporosis (osteopenia), cancer, heartdisease, and obesity. Here is a good place to start:

one 10,000 IU vitamin A per week (not per day - per week)
two 100 mg tablets of thiamine per day (one in the morning and one in the afternoon)
one 250 mg time release niacin two or three times per week
six 1000 mg vitamin C tablets (three in the morning and three in the afternoon)

The safest way to get vitamin D is regular, full body sunshine. Do not tan. The tan blocks the sun's rays and reduces vitamin D formation. Get no less than 10 and no more than 30 minutes of full body sunshine as often as possible when the sun is shining. This amounts to no more than 15 and no less than 5 minutes on each side. Every square inch of the skin will produce vitamin D. Using all of it on a regular basis is a good idea. If you have very dark skin you may need significantly more time in the sun. I have been unable to find a credible scientific article measuring the vitamin D production efficiency of very dark skin and directly comparing it to the vitamin D production efficiency of light skin.

There is a better way to get vitamin B1. This is a vitamin B1 supplement that goes by the name of TTFD. TTFD is not stable to stomach acid, so ordinary tablets are not much better than ordinary thiamine. TTFD powder can be rubbed into the skin (a pain in the neck), or can be purchased as 50 mg enteric coated tablets (preferred). Just a couple of TTFD tablets per week is probably enough to get most of the benefits.

10 Comments:

At 7:12 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i am a 50 year old male. Right now I take magnesium vitamins
Iron vitamins
and vitamin d supplements

What other vitamins should I take to prevent aging and disease?

 
At 7:43 PM, Blogger Steve said...

Dear 50 year old anonymous,

You should take thiamine, vitamin C, and time-release niacin in the doses I advise above. You should get your vitamin D primarily from sunshine as advised above.

 
At 12:37 PM, Anonymous J said...

Hi,

I really hope the 1 000 mg vit D suggestion is an honest mistake.

1 000 mg (milligrams) is 1 000 000 mcg (micrograms), and the current US RDA for adults is 5 mcg or 200 IU.

Vitamin D toxicity is pretty rare, but I'm sure a gram of D would get you there. The highest potency vitamin D supplement I've seen was 5 000 IU, or 125 mcg, or 0.125 mg.

Even if you meant 1000 mcg, I still think that's pretty high. I would start with 125 mcg/d and get my blood levels measured after 30 days.

 
At 4:18 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Steve,

Thanks for such an informative site. I'm wondering if you have any thoughts on the side effects I'm having with Vitamin D and if there is anything I can do to reduce them. I have been diagnosed with low Vitamin D levels and have been supplementing with 1000-2000 IU Vitamin D daily. When I take 2000 IU a day I notice a mild reduction in appetite (which is quite pleasant since I'm trying to lose weight) and I also feel "out of it" mentally. I have trouble focusing and processing information. These side effects usually diminish at the end of the day. If I take 1000 IU the side effects are not really noticeable. At one point I took 8000 IU for 3 days in a row and had to stop because of a serious loss of appetite, feeling like something bad was about to happen to my body, and really feeling "out of it".

I also notice that Vitamin D has a very positive affect on my mood. I am no longer feeling depressed since I have started supplementing. When I started supplementing my levels were below 20 ng/ml. Vitamin D has also helped me control my appetite and has helped me lose about 30 lbs. of extra weight in 8 months.

-Dave

 
At 6:51 PM, Blogger Steve said...

J

Thanks for catching my gross error!. 1000 mg of vitamin D is probably lethal!! Happily, it is not possible to get 1000 mg tablets.

I meant 1000 IU tablets. I fixed the blog.

Thanks for catching the error.

Steve

 
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