Saturday, September 25, 2010

Prevent Osteoporosis, Osteopenia, Osteomalacia: Vitamin D, Vitamin C, Niacin, Thiamine and Vitamin A

One of my favorite sayings is, "You can't see what you're not looking for."

Our society isn't looking for vitamin deficiencies. There is an overabundance of food and nutritional supplements of every kind are readily available in pharmacies and grocery stores. Here's the prevailing logic. "There's no way my problems are caused by vitamin deficiency. If that were true, the supplement I took would have fixed me just like when I have a headache I take an aspirin and it's fixed."

Everyone accepts that it is difficult to teach children patience. Why do we expect adults to be patient, rational, and scientific?

I've been looking for signs of vitamin deficiency for several years now. Even looking for deficiencies, it took me several years to find an epidemic that is in front of my eyes everywhere. The epidemic is skeletal deterioration, or malformation, or distortion, or whatever. I couldn't see this problem because there isn't a name for it. The most common condition is a bend in the neck at the shoulders that slowly turns into a hump. The next most common condition is a shrinking and bending spinal column. Then there are twisted fingers and toes, and every other sort of skeletal distortion. Some sort of obvious distortion is evident in at least half of the senior citizen population over 75 years of age. I just don't believe that this is normal. Was this really the case 100 and more years ago?

There is every reason to believe the problem is a chronic vitamin deficiency. The key vitamins are vitamins D, thiamine, and vitamin C. I'll explain.

Here's how perfectly well we know that vitamin C and vitamin D are critical for bone health.

"In osteoporosis (the prototype being scurvy), it is easy to see that the available cartilage and osteoid are normally mineralized and the lack of bone must therefore be caused by an abnormally diminished amount of matrix... In osteomalacia (the prototype being rickets) it is just as easy, if the condition is at all advanced, to recognize that although cartilage and osteoid are present in sufficient quantities, little or no hydroxyapatite has been deposited on them."

Childhood scurvy, caused by lack of vitamin C, provides the prototype for the study of osteoporosis and childhood rickets provides the prototype for the study of osteomalacia.

Incredibly, the physician who wrote these words says, in the same article, "Radiologists whose patients are adults have little or nothing to do with either scurvy or rickets." What's the evidence?

It's what I said above. I recommended vitamin C and/or vitamin D supplements and the patients tried and didn't get better. Well - how long did they try? It takes a long time for adult bones to deform. Conversely, it is going to take a long time for adult bones to undeform.

My teeth were in poor health when I started taking vitamin D, vitamin A, and thiamine in addition to the B-complex and vitamin C I'd been taking for years. I knew from solid scientific data that my teeth would get better. What surprised me was how long it took. My teeth are still getting stronger after three years. The healing process is as stunning slow as the deterioration was in the first place.

The situation is as close to impossible as you could ask for. I take 2 to 10 gm of vitamin C every day - too much for a double blind trial (vitamin C at 2 to 10 g/day is obviously detected by the nerves in the intestinal tract). To get enough vitamin D, I lie out in the sun every sunny day. This makes me feel like an alien and I have to hide my behavior from friends, family, and colleagues. Lying is the sun is not something that can be tested with a double blind trial. So - convincing experiments can't be conducted. The final impossibility is the thiamine. Thiamine is special because transport proteins are required to get thiamine out of the intestines and into the blood, and out of the blood and into cells. If this transport system fails, the nervous system turns out to be particularly vulnerable. Most of the nervous system is dedicated to subconscious functions. One of these subconscious functions is maintain skeletal health. When thiamine supplements work, they typically solve a subconscious problem. By definition, this means you won't feel it work. It fixes something (your subconscious nervous system) that you are meant to not perceive.

There is a thiamine supplement that will freely diffuse throughout the body. The name of this supplement is TTFD. It is not stable to stomach acid and must be rubbed into the skin or taken with an enteric coating. Despite writing about TTFD for several years, there remains only a single supplier in the U.S. of this supplement. So much for the power of logic and science. The good news is that demand from the supplier is growing rapidly.

If you or friends or loved ones are seeing changes in skeletal health, there is much to gain and nothing to lose by giving the vitamins I recommend a try. If you're looking for good doses to start with, click here.

Here's a link to the quoted material here.

3 Comments:

At 8:59 AM, Blogger Serdna said...

Thanks for your blog.

I am 42 years old and I have started on fish-oil concentrate and D-3 supplement a month ago. After reading your blog I am switching the D-3 suplement (1000IU/day) to sunbath when possible. I certainly will begin supplementing vitamin C soon, and I am considering starting with niacine (I am just a little scared about the unlikely liver malfunction secondary effect) and thiamine supplements in the near future.

My question is if anyone is aware of TTFD distribution on Spain or at least near it (I am not scared of web-shopping, but I would prefer shipping from a near location), as web-search has been unsuccessful at the moment.

Best regards.

 
At 9:00 PM, Blogger Steve said...

Serdna,

Make sure you know how much vitamin D is in the fish oil concentrate. I get sun every day and have become very sensitive to vitamin D in pills and food. If you can get into the sun near naked on a regular basis, you may not need supplements and need to be extra careful if you use them.

TTFD is not stable to stomach acid. It can be rubbed on the skin but it has an unpleasant odor. It can be taken as a pill if it is enteric coated. This is a coating that resists digestion in the stomach and passes the pill into the intestines where the TTFD is adsorbed. I am aware of only one supplier of enteric coated TTFD. The name of the supplier is Westlake Laboratories.

I don't like steering readers to suppliers. I'm only doing this for TTFD because it is really hard to find without help. I have no financial interest in selling TTFD or any other vitamins and am hoping that consumers will have many choices of TTFD in the near future.

Steve

 
At 6:11 PM, Blogger Rick said...

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