Archive for the ‘Vitamin and Minerals’ Category

Can vitamin A assist in cancer prevention?

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

logo1267406_mdResearch published recently in the International Journal of Oncology concluded that a derivative of vitamin A known as retinoic acid that is found in carrots and sweet potatoes helps pre-cancer cells revert back to normal cells. The researchers exposed four types of breast cells to different concernatrations of retinoic acid including normal, precancerous, cancerous, and fully aggressive cancer cells. They noted that precancer cells began to look like normal cells in shape but also changed their genetic signatyure back to normal. There were 443 genes in the precancer cells that were either up or down regulated on their way to becoming cancerous and that changed back to normal. The researcher said “we were able to see this effect of retinoic acid because we were looking at four distinct stages of breast cancer. However, the cells that were fully cancerous did not respond to the retinoic acid suggesting that there may be a small window of opportunity for the compound to help in preventing cancer progression. In addition, they found that only one concentration of the retinoic acid (about one micro Molar) produced the anti-cancer effect. They found that lower doses produced no change and higher doses produced a smaller effect. Further research is planned.


Can a High Level of Vitamin B12 Indicate a Risk of Cancer?

Wednesday, November 27th, 2013

logo1267406_mdA new study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute concluded that vitamin B12 is essential for maintaining healthy bodily functions but higher than normal levels of 200 to 600 pmol/L may indicate the person is at -risk of developing certain cancers. Previous studies have also seen this association.,

To evaluate this association, the researchers reviewed 333,667 patients from the Medical registry in Denmark  between 1998 and 2010./ These patients did not have cancer but had been referred for vitamin B12 testing. Patients with a diagnoses of cancer before the testing and those receiving Vitamin B12 therapy were excluded. They found that the risk of cancer increased with higher vitamin B 12 levels especially for those with levels above 800pmol/L. After 5 years of follow-up the risk of hematological and alcohol and smoking-related cancers remained high for those with levels above 800pmol/L/ Researchers concluded “high plasma vitamin B12 levels increased the risk of subsequently diagnosed cancer. mostly within the first year of follow up. ” They also believe that high vitamin B12 levels in food do not usually increase vitamin B12 levels significantly and instead, high vitamin B12 levels may result from some unknown malignant process.

Interview with Dr Edward Kondrot on Eye Health now Available

Sunday, November 10th, 2013

DR Kondrot

Dr Edward Kondrot is founder of Healing The Eye and Wellness Center and also author of three beast selling books. More information was presented earlier on this site and can be found at:




Longest Lung Cancer Survivor Used Vitamin B17 (laetrile) and Other Natural Interventions

Wednesday, September 18th, 2013


Below you will find the video presentation  from the 41st annual convention of the Cancer Control Society a couple weeks ago in which I discuss the natural interventions used when diagnosed with lung cancer 39 years ago. These included such interventions as laetrile, pancreatic enzymes, therapeutic doses of vitamin and minerals, herbs, a vegan type diet, prayer, meditation, affirmations, visualization, serving others, and other holistic interventions. I also discussed the ways I have remain cancer free and healthy over the past 37 years since recovery from cancer, and the value of a holistic approach.


Is Excessive Vitamin E Intake a Health Concern?

Wednesday, April 24th, 2013

logo1267406_mdA new study published in the Journal of Lipid Research concluded that biological mechanisms exist to routinely eliminate excessive levels of vitamin E in the body that make it almost impossible to take a harmful amount.  An expert from the linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University says no level of vitamin E in the diet of from any normal us of supplementation should be a concern and another international expert said ” I believe that past studies which have alleged adverse consequences from vitamin E have misinterpreted the data.” Taking too much vitamin  E is not the real concern.” “A much more important issue is that more than 90% or people in the united /States have inadequate levels of vitamin E in their diets.”

In their review of how vitamin E is metabolized the researchers found that two major systems in the liver work to control the level of vitamin E in the body and routinely excrete excessive amounts. Very high levels of vitamin E supplements will double the tissue levels which are not harmful according to the article. The researcher said “Toxic levels of vitamin E in the body simply do not occur. Unlike some other fat soluble vitamins such as Vitamin A and D, it’s not possible for toxic levels of vitamin E to accumulate in the liver and other tissues.”

Vitamin E found in oils, meat and some other fo0ds  is often consumed in inadequate dietary levels and is an antioxidant needed for proper functioning of many organs, nerves, and muscles. and can reduce blood clotting.  Other roles include protecting polyunsaturated fatty acids from oxidizing,  may help protect other essential lipids, and may have value in many degenerative diseases.

(It is of interest that I used high doses of vitamin E as part of my treatment regime for lung cancer 38 years ago to help reduce the toxic effects of therapeutic does of vitamin A and was a concern to me at the time because both were fat soluble vitamins.)


Can Vitamin D Levels affect the Risk of Premenopausal Breast Cancer?

Wednesday, January 30th, 2013

logo1267406_mdA new study published online in advance of the print edition of Cancer Causes and Control concluded that low serum vitamin D levels in the months preceding a diagnosis may predict a high risk of premenopausal breast cancer.

From a prospective study of the blood levels of 1,200 healthy women researchers found that women whose serum vitamin D level was low during the three month period before diagnosis had approximately three times the risk of breast cancer as women in the group of  the highest level of vitamin D.

The study utilized 9 million blood serum samples frozen by the Department of Defense Serum Repository for routine disease surveillance. Samples from 1,200 pre-diagnosed women were thawed and analyzed by the researchers. These samples included 600 women who later developed breast cancer and 600 women who remained healthy.The researcher said “Based upon these data, further investigation of the role of vitamin D in reducing incidence of premenopausal breast cancer , particularly during the late stage of its development, is warranted. “

Interviews with Dr Jacob Teitelbaum (Fibromalgia, CFS, Alzheimers) and Kristin Mallon (Midwifery) Now Available for Listening.

Sunday, September 30th, 2012

Guests on the show yesterday were Dr. Jacob Teitelbaum (left) and Kristin mallon (right).

Dr Teitelbaum is one of the leading authorities on fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome and has written best selling books, appeared on major radio and television programs and spoken internationally. More information is available at:

Kristin Mallon is a certified nurse midwife with a masters in nursing and is in private practice in northern new Jersey and is a published author and breastfeeding counselor. More information is available at:

Enjoy the interview below:

Can Vitamin E Reduce Liver Cancer Risk?

Friday, July 27th, 2012

A new study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute concluded that high consumption of vitamin E  from diet or supplements may lower the risk of liver cancer. Although we rarely hear about liver cancer, it is the third most common cause of cancer mortality in the world and a large percentage of these occurs in developing countries.

Data was analyzed from 132,737 people in China who were enrolled in the Shanghai Women’s Health Study from 1997 to 2000, or the Shanghai Men’s Health Study from 2002 to 2006.

In-person interviews to gather data on dietary habits were conducted using validated food-frequency questionaires.  Questions were included on how often participants ate some of the most commonly consumed Shanghai foods and whether or not they took vitamin supplements. Liver cancer risk was then determined between those with high and low vitamin E intake.

There were 267 liver cancer patients (118 women and 149 men) diagnosed between 2 years after study enrollment and an average of 10.9 years for women and 5.5 years for men. Researchers found that vitamin E intake from both food and supplements were associated with a lower risk of liver cancer. The researchers said ” We found a clear, inverse dose-response relationship between vitamin E intake and liver cancer risk.” “Overall, the take home message is that the high intake of vitamin E either from diet or supplements was related to lower risk of liver cancer in middle -aged or older people from China.”  Conversely, those who had the highest intake of vitamin C intake from supplements who had a family history of liver disease or self-reported liver disease were more likely to develop liver cancer.

Can Vitamin D Shrink Fibroid Tumors?

Friday, March 9th, 2012

A new study published online in the journal Biology of Reproduction concluded that treatment with vitamin D reduced the size of fibroids in laboratory rats predisposed to the benign tumor.

Vitamin D was tested on a strain of rats genetically predisposed to developing fibroids. Twelve rats with fibroids were divided into two groups. One group received vitamin D and the other did not. In the study group vitamin D was  delivered continuously for three weeks  through a small pump planted under the skin.  The amount of vitamin D received each day was equivalent to a human dose of about 1,400 international units. This dose is more than the recommended dose for teens and adults age 70 and under of 600 units daily but under the dose of 4,000 units that is considered safe for children over age 9, adults, and for pregnant and breastfeeding women.

After three weeks both the study and control groups were  studied. Fibroids in the untreated group (controls) increased in size whereas the fibroids in the study group given vitamin D had shrunk dramatically. The uterine fibroids of the treated group receiving vitamin D were on average, 75 percent smaller than in the control group. The researchers concluded “Additional research is needed to confirm vitamin D as a potential treatment for women with uterine fibroids.”

Type 2 Diabetes Risk May be Reduced by Adequate Levels of Vitamin D

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011


A new study from Germany to be published in the scientific journal Diabetes Care concluded that the Vitamin D status of individuals is inversely related to type 2 diabetes risk and the association may be partially related to sub-clinical inflammation. Thus, those with a good level of vitamin D have a lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes compared to those with lower levels. The researchers used a cohort design in which 416 cases of type 2 diabetes and 1,267 controls without the disease were selected from a population of 7,936 middle-aged people in a population based group in the Cooperative Health Research in the Region of Augsburg (KORA) study. The study evaluated chronic disease especially cardiovascular disease and diabetes by assessing the influence of environmental factors, behavior and genes on human health. Some factors studied iwere lifestyle factors including smoking, diet, and exercise, environmental factors included air pollution and noise, and genetics.
Researchers found a significant inverse association between serum 25-OHD and the incidence of type 2 diabetes after adjusting for diabetes risk factors and season. More research is planned.