Archive for the ‘Vitamin and Minerals’ Category

Reduced Stem Cell/Vitamin A Deficiency

Wednesday, May 10th, 2017

Lack of a Vitamin A metabolite causes a loss of important stem cells according to new research published in Cell. This metabolite known as retinoic acid is essential in the process of activating and inactivating stem cells to regenerate cells. Specialized cells in the skin, gut, or blood have a short lifespan and require steady replenishment from adult stem cells that divide continuously. In 2008 it was discovered that a group of special stem cells in the bone marrow remain dormant most of the time and only become active to fight bacteria or viruses, durinmg heavy vlood loss, or as a result of chemotherapy. When their work is done these most potent stem cells return to dormancy. Current researchers found the mechanism that activate or deactive stem cells and that is the retinoic acid , a metabolite of vitamin A, that is crucial to the activation-deactivation process.

In the mice studies they found that stem cells are lost as a reservoir when they lack retinoic acid. Feeding the mice a diet deficient in vitamin A caused a loss of stem cells. This study added to those previously that showed vitamin A deficiencies impaired the immune system.

Dr Leigh Erin Connealy’s Cancer Revolution Interview

Sunday, March 12th, 2017

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My Guest, Dr Leigh Erin Connealy. M.D. will discuss her new book: The Cancer Revolution A Groundbreaking Program to Reverse and Prevent Cancer

Every year, over 1.5 million people in the US are diagnosed with cancer. Nearly everyone has been touched by this disease—be it their own diagnosis or that of a family member or friend. When faced with the news they have cancer, people start searching for safe and effective treatments. In The Cancer Revolution: A Groundbreaking Program to Reverse and Prevent Cancer, Dr. Leigh Erin Connealy shares integrative medicine techniques, lifestyle approaches, and wellness plans for cancer patients.

Dr. Connealy suggests that it’s not enough to undergo traditional treatments alone. Drawing upon the homeopathic, nutritional, bioenergetics, regenerative, and antiaging disciplines, The Cancer Revolution offers six “Revolutionary Cancer Strategies” to provide better management of cancer, including:

        Let  Food Be Your Medicine ·       Get Moving to Get Well
        Remove Toxins to Boost Your Health ·       Reduce Stress and Reclaim Your Life
·       Harness the Power of Supplements ·       Strengthen Your Immune System with Sleep

By detoxifying, protecting, and providing nutrients to our bodies, Dr. Connealy suggests that we can all lead longer, higher quality lives—even when faced with this formidable disease. She also highlights how these practices can reduce your risk of getting cancer in the first place.

Leigh Erin Connealy, MD, attended the University of Texas School of Public Health and graduated from the University of Health Sciences Chicago Medical School. Her post-graduate training was completed at the Harbor/UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles. She is the founder and medical director of the Center for New Medicine and the Cancer Center for Healing in Irvine, California. One of the foremost integrative medical doctors in the country, she has been treating patients for nearly thirty years.

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Dr Patrick Vicker Discusses the Gerson Therapy

Sunday, December 4th, 2016


Dr. Patrick Vickers is the Director and Founder of the Northern Baja Gerson Clinic (Gerson Therapy). His mission is to provide patients with the highest quality and standard of care available in the world today for the treatment of advanced (and non-advanced) degenerative disease. His dedication and commitment to the development of advanced protocols has led to the realization of exponentially greater results in healing disease. Dr. Vickers, along with his highly trained staff, provides patients with the education, support, and resources to achieve optimal health.

Dr. Patrick was born and raised outside of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. At the age of 11 years old, after witnessing a miraculous recovery from a chiropractic adjustment, Dr. Patrick’s passion for natural medicine was born.

Dr. Patrick obtained his undergraduate degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Life University before going on to receive his doctorate in Chiropractic from New York Chiropractic College in 1997.

While a student at New York Chiropractic College(NYCC), Dr. Patrick befriended Charlotte Gerson, the last living daughter of Dr. Max Gerson, M.D. who Nobel Peace Prize Winner, Dr. Albert Schweitzer called, ” One of the most eminent geniuses in medical history. “

Dr. Gerson, murdered in 1959, remains the most censured doctor in the history of medicine as he was reversing virtually every degenerative disease known to man, including TERMINAL cancer.

Upon graduating from NYCC in 1997, Dr. Patrick went on to study the Gerson Therapy directly under Charlotte Gerson at her home in San Diego, California. While living with Charlotte, Dr. Patrick spent several months going through Dr. Gerson’s handwritten files of all his active patients from 1910-1959; files that Charlotte has kept in her home to this day. Included in those files were hundreds of handwritten letters from Nobel Peace Prize Winner, Dr. Albert Schweitzer, to Dr. Max Gerson. Schweitzer and Gerson were best friends after Gerson cured Schweitzer’s wife, Helena, of terminal tuberculosis when she had just 3 months to live.

Gerson also cured Schweitzer, himself, of severely advanced diabetes, in SIX weeks, eight years before Schweitzer won the Nobel Prize.

After several months of studying Dr. Gerson’s files, and several more months interning at the Gerson Clinic, Dr. Patrick opened chiropractic and Gerson clinics in Peru, Guatemala and Mexico before returning to the United States, in 2008, to open up this non-profit organization dedicated to educating the public on the Gerson Therapy.

Since that time, Dr. Patrick has been traveling around the world lecturing at international embassies, Latin American medical schools and other miscellaneous venues. More information at:

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Can Chemical Exposure Affect Your Vitamin D Level?

Friday, September 23rd, 2016


Recent research published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism concluded that exposure to bisphenol A (BPA) and other endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDC’s) may reduce levels of vitamin D in the bloodstream. EDC’s are chemicals that interfere with hormones in the body and can have adverse health effects.

The review included over 1,300 studies that found links between chemical exposure and health problems including infertility, obesity, diabetes, neurological problems and hormone-related cancers. In the study 4.667 adults previously in a national survey between 2005 and 2010 in which participants provided blood samples so their vitamin D level could be measured, and urine samples to evaluate EDC exposure or specifically substances left behind after the body metabolized BPA and phthalates. Results showed that people exposed to larger amounts of phthalates were more likely to have low levels of vitamin D in the bloodstream that subjects who were exposed to smaller amounts of EDC’s and this was stronger in women., The researchers also found an association between exposure to higher levels of BPA and reduced vitamin D levels in women but the relationship was not statistically significant in men. Researchers acknowledged that more research was needed. EDC’s are found in everyday products and throughout the environment and vitamin D levels have been implicated in outcomes of numerous conditions such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and cancer.

Prostate Cancer, Inflammation, and Vitamin D.

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014


A new study published in the journal Prostate concluded that inflammation may be the link between Vitamin D and prostate cancer. Specifically the study demonstrated that the gene GDF-15, known to be upregulated by Vitamin D, is missing in samples of human prostate cancer driven by inflammation.  The researchers wanted to determine what genes Vitamin D is turning off in prostate cancer because it was known that puting vitamin D on prostate cancer cells inhibits their growth but has not been declared an anticancer agent.

The researchers said ” We thought there might be high levels of GDF-15 in normal tissue and low in prostate cancer, but we found that in a large cohort of human prostate tissue samples, expression of GDF-15 did not track with either normal or cancerous prostate tissue.” They then discovered that GDF-15 was uniformly low in samples of prostate tissue containing inflammation.  They said “Inflammation is thought to drive many cancers including prostate, gastric and colon. Therefore, GDF-15 may be a good thing in keeping prostate tissue healthy–it suppresses inflammation, which is a bad actor potentially driving prostate cancer.” They also found that the gene GDF-15 supresses inflammation by inhibiting another target, NFkB that has been shown to promiote inflammation and contribute to tumor formation in previous studies. Research is ongoing.

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

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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.)