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Vitamin insufficiency boosts age-related diseases
Multivitamin use linked to fewer heart attacks
Recent Study Proves Supplements Do Work
Vitamins A, C and E are strongly associated with reduced colon cancer risk
long-term effect of vitamins and calcium supplements in breast cancer reduction
Multivitamin and mineral supplements improve mood, mental performance
Antioxidant supplements help arteries stay healthy
Vitamins for Good Eye Health
Scare Tactics and the Supplement Consumer
Legislation and Legal Issues
A Pill for Every Ill
A Survey
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The mainstream media is great at writing "scare" headlines and warnings about the harm that can be caused by vitamins, herbs, and other natural products.  Needless to say, considering where the bulk of their advertising revenue comes from, this should be no surprise to any of us.

You may have read some of the recent headlines about the "Vitamin E controversy", the association of multivitamins with breast cancer, or that eating more Omega-3 fatty acids (like those in fish oil) will not help folks with heart problems. (See "Scare Tactics" below.) 

These "scare tactics" are designed to make you afraid.  Most originate with the pharmaceutical industry - folks that are not interested in keeping you healthy, - cause then you won't need to buy their drugs!  

When one considers that more than 100,000 Americans die each year due to drug problems and medical errors, natural substances  (which rarely cause significant problems) begin to look like better and better solutions.

This is the first in a series of newsletters about various vitamins, minerals and herbs and the action they have in the body.  In this first newsletter in the series, we examine some some interesting scientific information about vitamins and other natural substances. 
In each subsequent newsletter, we will examine a specific vitamin, mineral or herbal nutrient along with its effect and benefit to the body.

The public needs to become more aware that the primary purpose of these negative reports and "scare tactics" is to overcome the massive migration of knowledgeable people away from damaging prescription drugs and towards healthy foods, herbs and supplements. 

Vitamin insufficiency boosts age-related diseases

In this interview, Professor Bruce Ames from the University of California, Berkeley explains why he believes that age-related diseases like heart disease, cancer, and dementia may be unintended consequences of mechanisms that  protect against vitamin/mineral shortages.

Multivitamin use linked to fewer heart attacks for women

According to a recent study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Women who take a daily multivitamin may be at a reduced risk of heart attacks.  

Recent Study Proves Supplements Do Work

Australian researchers, from the University of Western Sydney, have found that herbal preparations and omega-3s are effective treatments against an array of illnesses including osteoarthritis, heart disease and depression.

Vitamins A, C and E are strongly associated with reduced colon cancer risk.

Research published in the journal Cancer Causes Control, claims that supplementation with multivitamins, especially those containing vitamins A, C, E, and folate are linked to lower risks of colon cancer.

Study shows long-term effect of vitamins and calcium supplements in breast cancer reduction

Vitamins and calcium supplements appear to reduce the risk of breast cancer, according to findings presented at the American Association for Cancer Research 101st Annual Meeting 2010.

Multivitamin and mineral supplements improve mood, mental performance in healthy males

Research into a vitamin and mineral supplement by academics at Northumbria University shows it improves mood and mental performance while also reducing stress, mental tiredness and fatigue in healthy males.

Antioxidant supplements help arteries stay healthy in people at risk for heart disease.

Research recently reported in the journal Nutrition and Metabolism, show vitamins C and E, coenzyme Q10 and selenium produce multiple positive effects on sugar and fat metabolism, blood pressure and arterial flexibility (which allows blood to move freely through the body).

Vitamins for Good Eye Health

The eye is the primary organ for vision. To function properly, it needs a constant supply of nutrients, energy and vitamins. Vitamins typically help enhance the processes needed to maintain eye health and good eyesight. 

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Scare Tactics and the Supplement Consumer

Scare tactics are designed to make you afraid.  Most originate with the pharmaceutical industry - and come in the form of articles or studies designed to show that a particular supplement is worthless or dangerous. Often, such studies use synthetic versions or ineffective doses of the supplement being tested to guarantee the results they get the results they 

The left link below is to an article that claims multivitamin use increases the risk of breast cancer.  The right link is to an article that examines the first report and challenges its conclusion. Read both articles to get a perspective on how the industry manipulates data and conclusions.

      Multivitamin Use Causes BC              Multivitamin Use Prevents BC
Second, you may have recently read in the news that consuming more more omega-3 fatty acids (like those in fish oil) doesn't help heart patients. This is in stark contrast to the multitude of reports that have found tremendous benefits, and even in contrast to the recent introduction of a pharmaceutical fish oil product, specifically marketed to help heart patients.  Read the report in the link below. You absolutely will not believe what the researchers did to arrive at this result.

                    Flawed Study, Bad Science - Outrageous Conclusion!  

Legislation and Legal News

Everyone says, "Take your vitamins." If only they'd let us! Vitamin B6 is something of a miracle worker. The FDA bans one of the most bio-available forms of it so a drug company can monopolize it. Now even the form of B-6 we can't live without is at risk of being banned for the same reason-because a drug company wants it! 

PLEASE READ THIS AND TAKE ACTION. Tell your representatives to reign in the FDA and forbid them from making natural substances available only as drugs.  The article below contains a link so you can make your voice known.

                           Natural, Bio-available Forms of B6 in Peril! 

Another Win for Famed Attorney Jonathan Emord!   Under pressure of the court victory of the Alliance For Natural Health and fellow plaintiffs, the FDA is (for the first time) responding to numerous court decisions allowing supplement manufacturers and distributors to make qualified health claims about their products. It is now allowing reasonable "qualified health claims" for some supplements.

                                    Another Victory for Natural Health

Keep taking action folks. Your emails and letters are starting to wake up our sleeping lawmakers!!

The Myth of a Pill for Every Ill

It is tragic the mainstream press continues to ignore the concept of "drug induced nutrient depletion." Side effects of many medications are often linked to nutrients that the medications deplete. For example, beta carotene, vitamin B6, folic acid, vitamin C, vitamin D, calcium, magnesium, potassium, selenium, and zinc are depleted by the use of steroid medications. Proton pump inhibitors such as Protonix and Nexium deplete the body of beta carotene, vitamin B1 and B12, folic acid, calcium, and zinc. Cholesterol reducing drugs Lipitor, Zocor and others deplete the body of the critical enzyme CoQ-10 which is essential for heart muscle health. Clearly, nutrient depletion is a risk of medication not often taken into account when making a decision to use that prescription. And, very often medical doctors are totally unaware of nutrient depletion side effects, and tend to casually dismiss them, when in fact they can often be serious and even life threatening.  

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