It is that time of year when viral infections ravage the populations in the form of colds and the flu. Disease states worsen and are manifest as heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. More pharmaceuticals are prescribed to relieve illness and the side effects are extremely destructive as this is the third leading cause of death. Young and old people alike die at higher rates from the reduction in the total state of health. Winter, an evil time of year, calls for renewal and the hope of spring. And the effects of reduced health are the pain alarms going off all over the body, in particular the central nervous system as characterized by back spasms. Longing for the warmth of the sun, a state of blue sadness envelops us.
Ah, but then the sun rises higher in the sky and we once again reach a state of hope as renewal is just around the corner. What are we to do as we wait? Celebrate life and enjoy the understanding that this sadness of winter is not necessary. It truly is a matter of nutrition and getting the essentials from the sun that are available in abundance in the summertime. So two things happen that impact the quality of life. First at latitudes further away from the equator, we lose the exposure to ultraviolet light as the angle of the sun declines during winter. Second, we do not have access to a large of abundance of fresh unprocessed foods. Not enough ultraviolet light and we do not make enough vitamin D, the hormone that is the master of our biological systems through the connection with the sun. Processing foods for food safety destroy the enzymes necessary for biological thriving. All of the minerals necessary for the body electric normally consumed in fresh foods are lost in the water of the cook pot. And worse, potable water safety has driven us to systems that take all of the minerals out of our drinking water.
As you know if you read this blog regularly, I have recovered from a number of very serious diseases that were stealing my life. This by the consumption of supplements because we are not getting the require essentials for life through our modern systems of living. So here is what I personally take to sustain my biological systems. But before I state those, I would like to say that the less pharmaceutical products that you take, the better chance of survival you have. When you take more pharmaceuticals to offset the side effects of what you have already been prescribed, be extremely careful as you heading done a path of complexity that our medical professionals struggle to solve. There have not been any double blind placebo controlled studies that describes what happens when you are taking more than two things in combination. The more pharmaceuticals you take the more complex it gets. The average number of prescriptions for people over sixty five that are on Medicare/Medicaid has sky rocketed to fifteen. The complexity of this many things combined is beyond the scope of most physicians. Nutrition is just the opposite of this as variety is critical to obtain the essentials for life.
Consider that I weigh two hundred thirty pounds and am now six feet two inches in height – adjust according to your weight:
Vitamin D3 -10,000 IU per day from all sources. As this hormone is added to many different products and you make it from the sun, it is necessary adjust what you require as a supplement of just vitamin D3. It is not how much you take that is important, it is what level of 25(OH)D3 is in your system. This is the amount of vitamin D to keep my results between 60 ng/ml – 80 ng/ml. Brand type is important because all brands do not replenish your systems the same. The only way that you know is through testing.
Vitamin A – 5,000 IU per day – Vitamin A from fish liver oil.
Vitamin C – 4000 mg per day
Vitamin B – whatever is in my multiple vitamins plus a 100 B-complex per day.
Multiple Vitamin – Here I make sure that it has the trace elements that are necessary. This includes the essentials of manganese, molybdenum, and silicon. I depend on this tablet to contain my required vitamin E.
Magnesium – 800 mg per day as a chelate, ie. – malate, glycinate, etc.
Calcium – 800 mg per day
Sulfur – Triple strength glucosamine, chondrotin, and MSM – like Osteo – Biflex or Schiff’s brand. Here I want to be sure that it has hyaluronic acid. This is usually two caplets per day.
Or – 4000 mg MSM Methalsufonylmethane
Or – One fourth to one half teaspoon of Epson Salt (magnesium sulfate, pharmaceutical quality) in my morning beverage.
If you do not want to practice variety in your sulfur consumptions, then stick to the triple strength products. I also eat a lot of garlic, onions, and eggs – all very rich in sulfur.
Iodine – 12.5mg Iodine/Iodide
Potassium – I try to use as much potassium salt as a substitute for sodium salt as possible. If I feel any cramping – I will drink twelve ounces of low sodium V-8 juice which gives you about 1000 mg of potassium. In general, your salt consumption should be about five grams of potassium and five grams of sodium each day. If one is higher than the other, then try to make the potassium consumption higher than the sodium through diet choices. Typical American diet is about 1.5 grams of potassium and 7 grams of sodium.
Fish Oil for omega-3 fat
Five hours per week of exercise at the gym. This is essential for nutrient flow along with spinal decompression using an inversion table.
I take no prescription pharmaceuticals. The medical professionals say that you cannot grow new cartilage. I disagree. The above nutrients and lots of exercise that allows the flow of replenishing fluids to cartilage have given healthy cartilage. Spacing in my spine has increased enough to clear all of the nerve roots to relieve pain. The one place that the cartilage had completely disappeared has not grown new cartilage. All other joints are now healthy. None of the above supplementation would be necessary if I ate lots of raw foods and drink natural mineral rich water and lived in the sun.
Faith and Hope brings the very spark of life – Love! – Pandemic Survivor