Saturday, January 22, 2011

The Hypertension/Osteoporosis Epidemic: Prevent it with Vitamins A, C, D, Niacin, Thiamine, and Antibiotics

We are living in the midst of an epidemic of hypertension and osteoporosis. Odds are, the two conditions have a shared cause. How else can one account for the astounding prevalance of these two conditions amongst American adults. The prevalance is close to one out of three adults.

It's easy to blame genes, and genes seem to be a reason most people are willing to accept. For scientists, however, genes aren't a very compelling explanation for a chronic conditions shared by so many. The cause of this epidemic almost has to be environmental.

Here's a strategy for attacking chronic health problems including hypertension and osteoporosis:

1) Kill any bacteria that may be hiding in your body and causing nearly undetectable mischief. The treatment of choice is the tetracycline class of antibiotics (there are lots of choices for your physician).

2) Boost the immune system with vitamin A, thiamine (preferably enteric-coated TTFD), niacin, vitamin C, and sunshine (or vitamin D supplements as long as you won't freak out if you have to switch to sunshine later because of discomforts caused by the pills)

3) Accelerate healing with massive doses of vitamin C and niacin (only if there is healing to be done and you are willing to learn about the discomforts massive doses of vitamin C and niacin can cause)

Steps one and two are fantastically easy. Get a low dose tetracycline family antibiotic prescription and take it for 3 to 6 months (as recommended for tick born diseases like lyme disease). Take just one or two 10,000 IU vitamin A supplements per week, 2000 to 4000 mg/day of vitamin C (in divided doses throughout the day), 50 mg/day of enteric coated TTFD (thiamine), 250 mg time release niacin one or twice per week, and mid day sunshine most sunny days.

Step three is only meant to be a temporary measure - typically several days - never more than several weeks straight. It's accomplished by taking enough vitamin C and niacin to cause discomfort and then backing off. Alternatively, you can just take alot (like 10,000 mg/day of vitamin C and 500 mg/day of time release niacin), not have any discomfort (if you're lucky) and then stop after a few days or a few weeks at most.

So - while the doctors deliberate and test and test and test, there's much to gain and almost nothing to lost by giving vitamins and antibiotics a try.

Healing a Sprained Wrist: Vitamin C, Niacin, and Wound Healing

My daughter sprained her wrist badly resulting in a trip to the emergency room for x-rays. She left with a splint and instructions to return to see an orthopedist and then for follow-up x-rays in two weeks. She got the standard medical advice: rest, ice, compression, and elevation. No medication or supplements other than anelgesics for the pain and inflamation.

I treated my daughter as follows:

4 g vitamin C every four hours until the vitamin C caused more discomfort than she was willing to deal with (her choice) She actually took 12, 16, or 20 g/day for a week

250 mg time release niacin every 6 hours until the onset of discomfort. She actually took 500 to 750 mg/day for 4 or 5 days

2 cal/mag/zinc tablets twice per day

2 chondroitin/glucosamine tablets twice per day

1 B-50 B-complex per day for a week

Two, 10,000 IU vitamin A tablets over the course of the week

One 10 minute session daily using a UVB lamp to produce plenty of vitamin D in her skin plus extra sunshine whenever possible

She healed up fantastically. She removed the splint after 72 hours of this treatment, and never sought follow-up treatment. Further x-rays proved unnecessary.

I found this incident frustrating. I do not know how to make best use of the supplements available in the grocery store to help with wound healing. There are no instructions on the labels or on-line. I'm not telling anyone that I think what I decided for my daughter is some kind of optimized treatment. I'm just doing the best I can.

What is everyone else doing - mainstream and alternative medical communities combined. No committee of healthcare providers could seriously come to the conclusion that supplements are of no use for healing a sprained wrist. These substances are in every supermarket for a reason. Vitamin C catalyzes the synthesis of collegen. Vitamin D and vitamin A build bones from calcium, magnesium, and zine. Chondroitin and glucosamine are vital building blocks of cartilage. All healthcare providers need to start using these supplements to support wound healing and they need to track the results so that our society can arrive at some best practices. All parents should be able to confindently use supplements to treat their children's wounds.

In the meantime, if you're wounded or caring for someone who is wounded, there is much to gain and little to lose by giving supplements a try. If you try, please leave a comment so readers can see what you did and learn from your experience.