Saturday, February 25, 2012

Vitamins and Wound Healing: Accelerating Healing with Vitamin C and Niacin

There are five vitamins associated with pandemic deficiency diseases. These are vitamin A, vitamin B1, vitamin C, niacin, and vitamin D.

Vitamin A is toxic at elevated doses. The RDA is 2000 to 3000 IU. More than 10,000 IU per day is associated with side effects. Vitamin B1 concentrations in the body are rigidly controlled by transport proteins. Taking large excesses of vitamin B1 is an ineffective means of raising cellular concentrations - and therefore of influencing metabolism. Vitamin D is not really a vitamin - it is a hormone. The body needs to maintain vitamin D concentrations within a fairly narrow range. Vitamin D supplements above 1000 IU/day are associated with side effects. For lifeguards and agricultural workers outside in the sun every day, maxing out on vitamin D is natural. This leaves vitamin C and niacin. One special property of these two vitamins is that they can be safely taken across a very wide dosage range. The RDA of vitamin C is 60 mg. Many people report taking, for short periods of time, daily doses of vitamin C up to 60,000 mg (1000 times the RDA). The RDA of niacin is 20 mg. Many people report taking up to 6000 mg (300 times the RDA) for extended periods of time. Is this meaningful or useful?

After many years of experience and experimentation, I am increasingly certain that very high doses of vitamin C and niacin for just a few days are a useful means of accelerating wound healing. Thousands of people swear that taking vitamin C is useful for fighting off colds and preventing secondary infections. The cold virus damages tissue in the respiratory system. I believe the extra vitamin C accelerates wound healing, more rapidly restoring a feeling of good health. Niacin is harder to use in high doses without causing temporary discomfort. But many people also report using niacin along with vitamin C to ward off colds. Again, I believe accelerated healing of the wounds caused by the cold virus is responsible for the observed benefit. What's good for healing wounds caused by cold viruses is good for healing most wounds. I've started taking extra vitamin C and niacin to recover from every type of wound. Sore muscles after over-exercising, sprained joints, burns, lacerations, infections. If you are being treated for cancer, the treatment causes wounds. Let the treatments kill the cancer. Use extra vitamin C and niacin to heal wounded healthy tissue and immune system cells. In old age, the healing systems of the body often slow down. This is a time of life when increasing daily doses of vitamin C and niacin can be useful.

If you're suffering from any kind of wound and interested in healing as quickly as possible, there's much to gain and little to lose by trying higher doses of vitamin C and niacin for a few days.

Sunday, February 05, 2012

Vitamins A, B1, B3, C, and D Heal/Cure/Prevent Disabled Infants, Toddlers, and Children

This weekend I read about a child with fetal alcohol syndrome whose condition improved dramatically when he was paired up with a dog trained to help children with behavior disorders. The article stated that this child was irreversibly damaged in the womb and would never be normal.

How often do we have to hear this dogma from physicians who say things like this because they don't know how to help? Any literate physician/health reporter ought to be aware of the amazing capacity of the human body to heal. Especially children and the younger the better. Adults have been "cured" of almost everything. Children "grow out" of everything. The cases are well documented and can't just be shrugged off.

Millions of children diagnosed with behavioral disorders live in families that expect these kids to "grow out" of the problem. And millions of these kids, indeed, do heal and grow out of the problem. I believe millions more would grow out of these problems if parents would give vitamins and antibiotics a try. The problem with the vitamin approach for childhood behavioral problems, is that parents and extended family members expect the children to heal. So when vitamins are used, and the healing occurs, the vitamins often don't get credit. The credit usually goes to the hard work of the child, his parents and grandparents. Any why not? A hard working child, his parents and grandparents deserve the credit.

I don't care about who or what gets the credit. When a child is in trouble, there is much to gain and little to lose by giving vitamins and antibiotics a try. It's amazingly easy, and no one deserves much credit for taking such a straightforward step. Other steps need to be taken too. There is nothing as important to a family as raising strong and healthy children.

So, if there are children in your family with behavioral problems, in addition to whatever you're doing about it, here's the easy steps to put antibiotics and vitamins to work:

a tetracycline type antibiotic as prescribed by a pediatrician
regular full-body sunshine as close as possible to noon
2000 mg of vitamin C twice per day
10,000 IU vitamin A pills, once per week
250 mg time release niacin twice per week
Twice per week 50 mg tablet of enteric coated TTFD (a special thiamine supplement)
One B-50 B-complex tablet twice per week

Sunshine is the biggest pain in the neck. I lie about one minute face down, face up, and on each side (4 minutes total) at the summer solstice (UV index 9 at latitude 40) and 4 minutes on each side at winter solstice (UV index 3). This is not a child-friendly instruction. Parents should get kids outside with minimal clothing and no sunblock as often as possible. You need to watch out and keep them from burning - not such an easy task but not so difficult either.