My wife’s sister took her mother to lunch today. Mother-in-law remembered she was going to lunch and was dressed and waiting. My nephew went with them and his remark was how wonderful her face was starting to fill out. That is an amazing recovery for someone with a prognosis of needing to be placed in a memory care unit. The question has occurred to me; is my mother-in-law an anomaly? Maybe she was not getting Alzheimer’s but had some other form of dementia. We certainly pray a lot and I am sure that God is involved, but maybe this is more for you and the person you know with has Alzheimer’s.
Consider what Ronald Roth said in his article, Alzheirmer’s: Nutritional Causes, Treatments and Prevention; “The positive response to sulfur-raising therapy I have observed in patients suffering from Alzheimer’s disease has been inversely proportional to the progression of the disease, with sulfur levels of every patient tested having been from significantly below-normal in early stages, to totally deficient – or no longer being measurable – at late stages of the disease.” He also says that in other types of dementia, the sulfur level is not low. The question for Ronald Roth is, how much more positive would the results have been if the patients had a vitamin D3 raising therapy as well. In another post, I will discuss how vitamin D aids in control of the sodium sulfur co-transporters. In other words does vitamin D3 regulate the body’s sulfur level.
So why are you waiting? Sulfur as MSM, Vitamin D3 in enough quantity to get the serum level of 25(OH)D above 50 ng/ml, and phospholipids ( I suspect that phosphadityl choline is the best, but fish oil, krill oil, or other omega-3’s may be as effective. However, a diet of several egg yolks per day would work too as egg yolks are rich in suffer and phospholipids). These nutritional substances are very safe and should not have a negative effect so there is really no excuse but to try it. Discuss it with the doctor and go for it.
Memory improved while living well in the sun, eating egg yolks, and drinking hard water where the sulfate has not been removed – Pandemic Survivor
My mother in law is one of the sweetest women that you can imagine. At four feet eleven she is a powerhouse of joy. About seven years ago, she had a minor stroke, that caused her a day or so of being ‘lost’. She took off in her car up the interstate looking for a place to turn around until she ran out of gas. A good-samaritan found her and put her in a motel room. We got her situated in an elderly care facility some weeks later. She was doing well enough that she did not need to be in assisted living. The docs wanted to put her on an Alzheimer’s med, but my wife and her sister decided against it.
She did well until a year ago when she had a urinary tract infection and a bad reaction to the antibiotics used to treat it. It is my belief that she was not getting good nutrition and this was part of her problem. After this episode she was moved into assisted living. Late last summer we were advised that she needed to be moved to the Alzheimer’s unit because her memory was failing. That decision was delayed and we decided to start giving her sulfur supplements as MSM and a supplement that supports the phospholipids in the brain – phosphatidyl choline. And of course we were giving her vitamin D3 and multiple vitamins.
At ninety-three years old, she seems to be stabilizing very well. In any case, we have been able to keep her out of the Alzheimer’s unit. In fact she was doing so well this past fall, she borrowed her great-granddaughter’s Halloween costume, dressed as the Queen of England, and won best dressed at the party they had. And of course her great-granddaughter won the next day in the same costume at her Halloween party.
We arrived at using the sulfur through Stephnie Seneff’s paper, Could Sulfur Deficiency be a Contributing Factor in Obesity, Heart Disease, Alzheimer’s, and Chronic Fatigue.
In her paper she refered to a work by Ronald Roth, Alzheirmer’s: Nutritional Causes, Treatments and Prevention. It is amazing to look at the chart and see how far below normal that sulfur is. Sulfur is also a natural antagonist (removes if from the body) of copper and alumminum, two culprits identified as being elevated in Alzheimer’s.
I have since found a paper that says that vitamin D regulates one of the biological pathways or the sodium-sulfur cotransporter. More on that later.
Allow God to smile on you through good nutrition. – Pandemic Survivor
I had a friend recently that was having issues with his heart. It seems that he has had a life-long problem with heart arrhythmias. He recently had an episode with his heart and had a device implanted (pace maker). I had heard that he was about to have a cardioversion, where the heart is electrically ‘shocked’ back into rhythm. He is in his late seventies or about eighty years old.
I asked him about the minerals from his diet and of course he had not given it any consideration.
“It is just one of those things with getting older,” he said. This is of course is the attitude of people about any disease when it comes to nutrition because of the structure of our government and the medical profession. If it treats a disease, by definition as declared by Congress, it is then a drug and can only be dispensed by a medical professional.
I suggested to him that perhaps he was magnesium and potassium deficient and suggested that he may take some supplements. He decided to take a magnesium glycinate supplement and drink low sodium V-8 juice to improve his available potassium. He started the Sunday before his cardioversion that was on Wednesday.
I happened to be at the hospital when he checked in and met him at the check-in desk. He pulled me aside and described the most amazing thing that had happened to him. It seems that about four months back he had developed a blind spot in his vision. He assumed that it was just from old age and perhaps the meds he was taking for his heart. He got up to read the paper on Monday morning and to his surprise there was no blind spot. We can speculate as to why, but the mineral pathways are both electrical and biological enzymatic.
There was just one bump during the cardioversion necessary to get his heart back into rhythm. I can just imagine that during the thirty years that he has suffered if all that time it was a mineral deficiency issue. Our medical profession needs to ‘wake up’ to the requirements of nutrition and stop acting just in the cause of profit. My friend, well, he is one happy guy – Pandemic Survivor
November 4, 2011 was an anniversary for me. The date represents seven years since I started taking vitamin D3. I remember well what my doctor said when I told him I was going to start taking 10,000 IU per day of vitamin D3. “Your organs will turn to stone, or at least that is what they taught me in med school.” His practice now is the leading practice in the area for helping resolve issues around vitamin D and disease. Thank you Dr. Perini. I have not grown any new fingers, eyes, or toes. My organs have not turned to stones. My body continues to heal confirming a report from the UK from the 1930’s that said: “If you take 5,000 to 10,000 IU of D3 per day, it will take four to eight years for your body to heal.”
My body continues to heal. I have overcome a failed back surgery and avoided three additional back surgeries that would have been required. I have maintained a low blood pressure even though it has spiked many times in the past. I have not had any more trouble with heart arrhythmias. My vision has improved. My skin tone has improved. I have no more “brain fog.” (which I am sure was from the sleep apnea and oxygen deprivation) The most important thing is that I have not died from severe sleep apnea. By the way, I also have not had a cold or the flu in the last seven years. Typical for me was three to four colds per year and the flu every two years.
Even though I grew three inches taller in one year as the spacing in my vertebral disc increased from healing, this is not the most amazing healing that happened to me. The most amazing thing is that I was able to rid myself of my CPAP for sleep apnea. For those that do not know, a CPAP is an air flow device that holds your airways open while you sleep. During my sleep test (nocturnal polysomnagraphy), I would breath for thirty seconds and then stop for thirty seconds. Of course the tech stopped the test after an hour because my blood oxygen saturation had dropped below seventy percent. I was close to death. The neurologist described my condition as severe obstructive sleep apnea. He was wrong; it was severe central sleep apnea from the nerves in my neck being compressed between C3-C4 from vitamin D deficiency. I was even finding myself not breathing during the day when I was wide awake. All of those issues have been resolved. I did not die from oxygen deprivation.
I like to answer the question; ‘Have there been any side effects or toxicity from taking that much vitamin D for seven years?’ Yes – Health! I also like to answer the question; ’Who was the physician that guided you through the healing process?’ – God!
I declare November 4 a vitamin D holiday. November 4, 2004 will forever be remembered as a glad day. – Pandemic Survivor
The recent news about how beneficial that vitamin D is to the pancreas reminded me of my friend Gus. Gus is of Greek decent, a retired stone mason, and well, a real character. Gus loves the Lord. Now that he is retired, his hobby is making rounds with a doctor that specializes in pulmonary functions. As the doctor treats the patient medically, Gus prays for their recovery. Now there is a doctor that understands that life is not just a bunch of chemicals contained in an epidermis.
Gus has learned what it means to be living ‘fat’ in America. His love of pasta, biscuits, and pancakes has caused him to become slightly overweight and headed directly to type II diabetes. He was telling me about how he was researching which drug he should take to control his blood sugar. He was not happy about all of the side effects.
I suggested that he work with his doctor to try to heal his pancreas before diving into the world of drugs. He decided to maintain his serum 25(OH)D between 60 to 80 ng/ml (this took 15,000 IU of D3 per day in Gus’ case as he is a big guy), take in at least 3 to 4.5 mg per pound of body weight of magnesium as a chelated type each day and lay of the dense carbs. Staying of the carbs was the real issue. I at least convinced him to give up the biscuits and pancakes, but the pasta is another story. Gus loves his pasta.
In a few months Gus was elated as his blood sugar had returned to normal without having to take any drugs. His doctor was amazed as well as I discovered that Gus’ sugar had been very high. What can I say, Gus is one happy guy.
There on the Islet of Langerhans, beta cells are dancing happily around in the sunshine and it’s a good day. – Pandemic Survivor
I was recently sought out by a person that had heard about my recovery and wanted to know what I had done to heal my back and have my energy return. Bobbie,(details of this person have been changed to protect her identity, but the health benefits are what really happened) an air traffic controller at a local airport had told me that after two decades of this demanding job that she did not think she could continue. She said that her trouble with fatigue was compromising the quality of her work; and the safety of persons that were in her responsible care. At age fifty with two decades of work, air traffic controllers can retire and she had decided to take this option.
We talked on several different occasions about deficiencies of nutrients and she decided to supplement. Her supplements were vitamin D, vitamin C, magnesium, boron, iodine, and a multiple vitamin. She noted that the first thing was the amount of energy that she had. She typically jogs a few miles every day and discovered that she was not tired at the end of her exercise. She was able to double the mileage that she jogged and told me that she recovered much quicker.
After a few months of this new found energy, she decided that she would return to work as an instructor. She did this for a month and has now decided to return to work. She says with the new energy that she feels comfortable about making it to the mandatory retirement age of 56 and may even make it to the age 61 exemption.
She started by supplementing at 3000 IU of D3 per day. After a month she had her serum level tested and found that her 25(OH)D was 35 ng/ml. She has decided to supplement with more vitamin D to get her serum level up above 50 ng/ml or more in range with a person in a sunny country. Bobbie loves her new found energy and is very grateful that she can return to work.
It is truly amazing that with some simple nutrients that this person was able to return to a career that she loves with the confidence that she was not compromising the quality of her work. – Pandemic Survivor
What do bone fractures, damaged jawbones, and esophageal cancer have in common? It is possible that they may be caused by the anti-osteoporosis drug, bisphosphonates. The FDA has just released a warning that you should review the usage of these drugs with you health care provider. Here is the FDA warning and information
Here is a comprehensive article on the issues at Food Consumer.
You know, this is not really news. There have always been concerns about the effectiveness of bisphospohonates. Typically the increase in bone density over a year is less than three percent. I have a friend that was taking the bisphosphonates. I suggested to her that she may want to start supplementing with vitamin D. It would not only help her bone density but would simulate her endocrine system in many ways. She talked with her health care provider and stopped taking the anti-osteoporosis drug and starting taking 5000 IU of D3 per day. After a year she reported that her bone density had increased by 23%. So you are asking is there any science to support such an increase.
Paul Stitt, (now deceased, is a champion of the Vitamin D Revolution and we honor him) Natural Ovens in Manitowoc, Wisconsin, sponsored a study for supplementing the diet of nursing home patients with 5000 IU of vitamin D per day in their bread. He could not get the study accomplished in the US because of the 2000 IU maximum and had the study done in Romania. Endocrinologist Veronica Mocanu of the University of Medicine and Pharmacy in Iasi, Romania did the work. She reported at the 2005 Experimental Biology Meeting in San Diego that the vitamin D deficient patients achieved a healthy level of vitamin D. What was also amazing is that she reported the bone density increase for their hips at 28 percent. Here is an article by Janet Raloff that is archived at Direct MS on this presentation: I find it extremely interesting that just after the report, Merck petitioned the FDA to add vitamin D to their popular osteoporosis drug, Fosamax, spring of 2006. Now we see on all the biphsophonate commercials to be sure to get enough vitamin D and calcium – huh?
Mocanu has finally had the research paper published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition in 2009. Here is the link; Long-term effects of giving nursing home residents bread fortified with 125 µg (5000 IU) vitamin D3 per daily serving
The medical profession has done us a real disservice in promoting these drugs when all that we needed was some sunshine. By taking the drug, it appears that the side effects are worse than the ‘supposed’ treatment. How many other chronic diseases are results of sun phobia?
Go talk to your health care provided now if you are taking biphosphonates! – Pandemic Survivor