Saturday, June 20, 2009

Prevent Cavities and Anorexia with Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Niacin, and Thiamine

Ample sunshine and modest doses of thiamine, vitamin C, and niacin prevent cavities and anorexia. Read more here and here. When attacked by a cold or flu virus, extra vitamin D, vitamin C, and niacin can dramatically reduce the duration and severity of the illness.
If you are looking for good doses to start with, click here.

These four vitamins are the only four associated with a named pandemic deficiency disease. Vitamin C prevents scurvy. Vitamin D prevents rickets. Niacin prevents pellegra, and thiamine prevents beri-beri. As a result, there are recommended daily allowances for all four of these vitamins and all four are added to the food supply.

I have studied the safety and effectiveness of vitamin supplements for the past 15 years. Like any other pill, the effectiveness of vitamin supplements increases with increasing dose, and so does the risk of side effects. Physicians monitor side effects caused by vitamin supplements, and have developed upper limit daily doses for each of vitamin C, vitamin D, niacin, and thiamine. The upper limit represent the dosage that 95% of the population can take daily without side effects.

I believe that the reason for the gap between the RDA's and the UL's is that the UL's are difficult to reach by just eating food. If the RDA's were set logically (for manufactured drugs, the doses recommended by your doctor are typically the maximum doses 95% of the population can take without side effects), everyone would be required to take pills every day from birth to death. This strikes people as unnatural because it is unnatural.

The pandemic deficiency of vitamin D is particularly tragic. I'm not sure why vitamin D is even classified as a vitamin. The UL's are easily exceeded without side effects and without pills. All you need to do is get out in the sun - a highly natural activity. Modern living with clothing, electric lighting at night, indoor work during the day, air conditioning, and sunblock is depriving everyone of natural exposure to the sun. This is one deficiency that is simple enough to fix.

My physicians want me to use double-blind, placebo-controlled trials to prove that getting sunshine and taking the UL's of vitamin C, niacin, and thiamine every day instead of the RDA's will prevent cavities and anorexia. This can't be done. How can a double-blind trial be conducted on sunshine? The UL's of vitamin C and niacin have immediately perceived effects. I would know if I was getting the tablets vs. the placebo which would break the blind. The final point is that those receiving the placebo would be getting variable doses of these vitamins from their diet. Physicians never run double-blind drug trials that include low doses of the drug in the placebo. Even for drugs, the effectiveness of the first milligram is much greater than the effectiveness of the last milligram (e.g. a two milligram dose is twice as effective as a one milligram dose while it is difficult to detect a difference in effectiveness between a 20 mg dose and a 21 mg dose).

In the 1930's and 1940's, the decision was made to set recommended doses for vitamin C, niacin, and thiamine that can be readily obtained from food. What else was to be done? Is it really practical to recommend that everyone take vitamin pills every day? Oddly enough, it is the pharma industry that has proven that it is, in fact, practical to take pills every day and they are working hard to see to it that an ever growing percentage of the population takes drugs every day from an ever-younger age.

Someday doctors will, like personal trainers, be paid to prevent medical procedures and drug prescriptions instead of to prescribe medical procedures and drug prescriptions. In the meantime, you'll need to set your own vitamin doses. There is much to gain and little to lose by getting into the sun and taking supplements of vitamin C, niacin, and thiamine.

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.