FOOD SUPPLEMENTS: THEIR EFFECTS ON THE BODY
(c) Copyright 1998, 2001, 2002, 2003 by George M Lucich
P.O. Box 424, Glenns Ferry, ID 83623
1. Linoleic acid found in polyunsaturated vegetable oils and diets high in omega-6 fatty acids reported to suppress immune response. Elimination of partially hydrogenated oils, fats,
fried food, and certain polyunsaturated cooking oils from diet is recommended.
2. Zinc, copper, and manganese may create free radicals if taken with ascorbic acid. However, from reference 16, "The inactivation of the virus occurs only in the presence of free
oxygen, as well as ascorbate, and is blocked by scavengers of free radicals.....Also the rate of inactivation is increased by even very small concentrations of copper ions. These facts
indicate that ascorbic acid reduces the oxygen molecules to an odd-electron molecule (free radical), probably hydrogen superoxide, HO2 then attacks the nucleic acid of the virus."
Another report claimed there may be an anti cancer effect from the oxidation of copper by ascorbic acid. From later reports it seems that cancer cells collect antioxidants for self protection but are destroyed by vitamin C which has now become an oxidant in the presence of synthetic vitamin K3, a potent oxidant. Once the battle has started it appears that the cancer cells self destruct. (Science News: 6-16-2001)
3. Dosage greater than 10000 IU per day of vitamin A during the first 7 weeks after conception
caused birth defects. Women who are at risk of becoming pregnant should keep their supplemental vitamin A intake below 5000 I.U. or better yet, take carotenes. (27) 100,000 IU per day can be tolerated by adults with no serious side effects but children who ingest 50,000 IU per day do show toxicity. (25)
4. This from a medical journal on oral contraceptives: "Levels of pyridoxine, folic acid, and most other B vitamins as well as ascorbic acid, calcium, manganese, and zinc, are decreased, while vitamin A levels are increased. These changes have no known clinical significance and women taking oral contraceptives do not need vitamin supplements." How about mineral supplements? Are they saying, "What we don't know won't hurt you?"
5. There are nine essential amino acids that cannot be synthesized by the body, and must be present in the food that is ingested. They are threonine, valine, methionine, lysine, histidine,
phenylalanine, tryptophan, isoleucine and leucine.
6. Antioxidants intercept free radicals before they damage cells. The mechanism for this as reported by T.G. Truscott of Keele University in England may explain the results of studies
which show that beta carotene increases cancer in smokers. First vitamin E restores free radicals to their harmless state but in the process vitamin E becomes damaged. Beta Carotene then restores the vitamin E to its original state but in the process it too is damaged.
Vitamin C then repairs the carotene radical and being water-soluble the vitamin C free radical is washed out of the body. Since smoking destroys vitamin C most smokers would not have enough of this vitamin to protect them from the carotene radical.
7. On cholesterol, a report from the Netherlands claims that in people 85 years and older the risk of dying during a 10-year study fell by 15 percent for each additional 39 mg/dl increase in
their cholesterol. Cholesterol readings ranged from less than 200 mg/dl (for 24%), 200 to 250 (48%) to over 250 for the remainder of the group. (Science News:10-25-97)
A new study has shown that the C-reactive protein level, which is a measure of inflammation, is a stronger predictor of cardiovascular events than the LDL cholesterol level.
"C-Reactive Protein And LDL Cholesterol For Predicting Cardiovascular Events". (Paul M Ridker, MD, et al, Center for Cardiovascular Disease Prevention and the Divisions of Preventive Medicine and Cardiology)
900 Commonwealth Ave. East, Boston, MA 02215
New Engl Journal of Med, Vol. 347, No. 20 11-14-2002
8. Patients wearing copper bracelets absorbed 13 milligrams of copper per month. Absorption through the skin is more efficient than dietary absorption of copper and could explain their reduced arthritic pain. (20) Blood copper level should be monitored.
9. Acetaminophen is hazardous to your liver and may be habit forming. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) are often prescribed to relieve the pain from osteoarthritis. These include ibuprofen, fenoprofen, indocin and others. One side effect of NSAIDS is that they destroy cartilage and bone. "Acetabular Bone Destruction Related To Non-Steroidal
N.M. Newman and R.S.M. Ling: The Lancet, July 6, 1985 Princess Elizabeth Orthopaedic Hospital, Exter, Devon
"Drug-Induced Arthropathy and Necrosis of the Femoral Head," L. Solomon, Johannesburg, South Africa, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Johannesburg Hospital and University of the
Witwatersrand, The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, Vol. 55 B, NO. 2, May 1973
10. Always consult a competent physician before using any of the nutrients listed herein.
For a list of those specializing in use of nutritional supplements and new therapies write:
23121 Verdugo Dr., Suite 204, Laguna Hills, CA 92653
(714) 583-7666 or search for ACAM on WWW and then use
area code to find one in your area. email email@example.com
To keep up with the latest science, subscribe to Science News Magazine 1-800-552-4412.
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W.H. Freeman and Co., San Fran., CA 1976
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and other Heart Savers
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* These references are highly recommended. Others are of value also.
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You are advised to consult a knowledgeable physician before using any of the nutrients listed herein. See note 10 for information on obtaining a list of this rare breed of medical doctors.