Lay Off the Mega-Doses of Vitamin D?

“Lay off the megadoses of Vitamin D,” screamed Lenny Bernstein, Washington Post, from the pages of the Life section of Sunday’s Greensboro News & Record.  How odd, I thought.  It was like a command being screamed at a school of swimmers floating lazily down the Niagara River on a bright Sunday afternoon.

Since Niels Finsen was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1903 for discovering UV light would treat a form of skin TB, the value of vitamin D and our relationship to the sun has been highly valued.  The discoverer of the mechanism for how UV light worked to produce vitamin D in our skin, Harry Steenbock, UW-Madison, was offered a million dollars for his patent of vitamin D in the late 1920s by Quaker Oats.  Moving forward, during World War II, the US government sued seventeen multinational companies and organizations for conspiracy (they were not afraid of mincing their words when the government still cared about its people) of price manipulation of vitamin D. It seems they had got to together and were only putting 50IU (an ineffective amount) in tablets that were being sold over the counter to treat rickets.  This forced parents to buy the prescription form to prevent and treat rickets. The lawsuit was resolved by allowing the vitamin D3 patent to go into the public domain.

The headline today was eerily familiar to a headline in Baltimore, November 25, 1964: “Excess of Vitamin D Linked to Retardation.”   This was Dr. Robert E. Cooke, a John Hopkins pediatrician, making a non-scientific statement based on his expertise. As this was at the height of the thalidomide scare, everyone was warned to not take cod liver oil, a rich source of vitamin D, as it might cause genetic defects. Dr. Cooke was good friends with Sargent and Eunice Kennedy Shriver.  Through this political influence, the newspapers pick it up and ran (like a scalded dog) with it as absolute fact.

Over fifty health conditions or diseases have been shown to be from vitamin D deficiency by clinical control trials.  There are hundreds more in the medical literature shown as a relationship between vitamin D deficiency and the ability of genes to be expressed properly. Is the weight of the evidence and the general publics’ knowledge starting to put fear into the hearts of those who wish to sustain and grow the largest segment of the economy? What is meant by the principles of operation for our institution that is to protect our health, Health and Human Services, that “markets before mandates” is number four and “value life” is number nine out of nine?  It would seem that government has adopted the position that the economy is more important than the health of the individual.  This is all to sustain and grow the largest segment of the economy, the pharmaceutical/health insurance/medical industrial complex.  At almost twenty percent of GDP, one out of every five jobs is sustained through the illness of the population. How immoral our leaders have become.

What an odd headline to see in “Life” when just recently in Canada, News Medical reported that a professor, Dr. Paul Veuglars, at the University of Alberta has found the IOM statistical analysis was wrong (I will not bore you with the multiple conflicts of interest of that IOM Food and Nutrition Board.)  He showed, when using the same data as the IOM, that the correct amount for 97.5 percent of the population was over 8,000IU of vitamin D3 per day.  This has been confirmed by a group of vitamin D scientist in the US, Grassroots Health.  Through testing of thousands of participants, they have found that the average person needs over 7,000 IU of vitamin D3 per day.  The lead in for the article was: “Increasing vitamin D intake could prevent 37,000 deaths annually.”  Extrapolating for the population of North America, this would mean that there are over 300,000 premature deaths annually.  I should add here that this megadose, 7,000 IU, represents about ten minutes in the midday summer sun with sixty percent of your skin exposed.  Who are you going to believe, the government or nature?  No colds in the summer? Why?

Last night, at a church concert with orchestra and choir and over seven hundred in attendance, there was not a single cough to be heard during the long pauses between movements.  Has the public finally caught on and taking “megadoses” of vitamin D to boost immunity?  How could it be on a cold March evening during a long-cold-wet spell that no one seemed to have a cold or congestion?  Will our News & Record and Washington Post staff be able to sleep at night with the shame of knowing that they have assisted in over 300,000 premature deaths annually?  It will be interesting to see how many are saved by the security of a health insurance barrel, otherwise known as Obamacare, when Niagara Falls looms large. – Pandemic Survivor
References:
News Medical: http://www.news-medical.net/news/20141127/Canadas-current-vitamin-D-intake-recommendations-need-to-be-re-evaluated-Study.aspx
Fifty-two health problems treated or prevented by vitamin D with list of control trials: http://www.vitamindwiki.com/Proof+that+Vitamin+D+Works
Spokane Daily Chronicle  November 1964: http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=8ltYAAAAIBAJ&sjid=lvcDAAAAIBAJ&pg=3428,6604726&dq=vitamin+d&hl=en   and https://pandemicsurvivor.com/2012/07/31/excess-vitamin-d-linked-to-retardation-november-25-1964/
Vitamin D- A Conflict of Science  https://pandemicsurvivor.com/2015/01/31/vitamin-d-a-conflict-of-science/
Vitamin D for Profit 1923-1946:  https://pandemicsurvivor.com/2010/12/09/vitamin-d-for-profits-1923-to-1946/
IOM Got it Wrong, Grassroots Health, January 2015:  http://archive.constantcontact.com/fs187/1102722411090/archive/1119836531780.html
Secretary Michael Leavitt, Principles HHS: http://archive.hhs.gov/secretary/
Conflict of Interest at National Academy of Science, December 2010: https://pandemicsurvivor.com/2010/12/08/conflict-of-interest-at-national-academy-of-science/
Nobel Prize: http://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/medicine/laureates/1903/finsen-bio.html

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Lies, Damned Lies, and Medical Science

We get so caught up in the advancement of science that we take everything that our doctor says he can do for us at face value. However, there is a large disconnect between medical science and the practice of medicine. We move with herd mentality toward collective thinking about how we are to survive our ills. The media promotes medical treatments because it is the life blood of their organizations from advertising.

An article by the same name as the title to this post was published in The Atlantic, November, 2010.  This article is in depth of what goes on between researchers and doctors in medical practice. You may not want to read the article because of the uncertainty that it may bring to you. However, if you are taking three prescription drugs or more, then you should read.

Lies, Damned Lies, and Medical Science

“Much of what medical researchers conclude in their studies is misleading, exaggerated, or flat-out wrong. So why are doctors—to a striking extent—still drawing upon misinformation in their everyday practice? Dr. John Ioannidis has spent his career challenging his peers by exposing their bad science.”

David H. Freedman; The Atlantic, Oct. 4, 2010

What is worse is that the science gets skewed for economic advantages. You may recall the misleading paper that I commented on in May about asthma. Vitamin D3 Significantly Reduces Asthma Flare-Ups The author makes the conclusion that there is no advantage in taking vitamin D for asthma. Buried in his data is the fact that persons in the vitamin D group had a forty percent reduction in flare-ups.

“One should respect public opinion insofar as is necessary to avoid starvation and keep out of prison, but anything that goes beyond this is voluntary submission to an unnecessary tyranny.”  – Bertrand Russell from Brainy Quote

I believe the state of medicine, because it is the largest economic sector, has now reached this condition described by William J. Federer – “The COUNTRY is controlled by LAWS> LAWS are controlled by POLITICIANS> POLITICIANS are controlled by VOTERS> VOTERS are controlled by PUBLIC OPINION> PUBLIC OPINION is controlled by the MEDIA (News, Hollywood, Internet…) & EDUCATION so, whoever controls MEDIA & EDUCATION, controls the COUNTRY.”

This leaves us in this condition described by this quote from Suzanne Collins, Morningjay – “But collective thinking is usually short-lived. We’re fickle, stupid beings with poor memories and a great gift for self-destruction.”

Scientists want you to believe that the science is too complicated for the average person to understand so that the masses can be lead to a collective thinking for economic advantage. This is usually done through the use of manipulating statistics. However, there are methods in statistics that cannot be easily manipulated without outright lying about the data. This is done through the use of averages.

Consider Francis Galton   The good and bad of Francis Galton is his foundation of correlations and statistics and his belief in eugenics. Consider this story in his discovery of the use of statistics from Wikipedia.

“Variance and standard deviation

Core to any statistical analysis is the concept that measurements vary: they have both a central tendency, or mean, and a spread around this central value, or variance. In the late 1860s, Galton conceived of a measure to quantify normal variation: the standard deviation.

Galton was a keen observer. In 1906, visiting a livestock fair, he stumbled upon an intriguing contest. An ox was on display, and the villagers were invited to guess the animal’s weight after it was slaughtered and dressed. Nearly 800 participated, but not one person hit the exact mark: 1,198 pounds. Galton stated that “the middlemost estimate expresses the vox populi, every other estimate being condemned as too low or too high by a majority of the voters”, and calculated this value (in modern terminology, the median) as 1,207 pounds. To his surprise, this was within 0.8% of the weight measured by the judges. Soon afterwards, he acknowledged that the mean of the guesses, at 1,197 pounds, was even more accurate.”

As you can see from the above observation, averages are very powerful. Later, this understanding of averages was assimilated by Elis Ott into analysis of the means, ANOM, as a statistical method for solving the problem of determining interactions. Medical science now depends on analysis of the variance and very seldom looks at interactions during drug trials because of the complexity of the math.

What are we to do when visiting the doctor? If you have an acute illness, know that he US has the best medical facilities in the world. If you have chronic disease or other chronic health condition, then be very careful in listening to your doctor about what drugs to take. Research it thoroughly. Talk with specialist in holistic medicine, remember what your grandparents used to do, and weigh all of this in combination with your own best thinking.

We are driven by our fear of illness, however, the best way to treat fear are to heed the words of Martin Luther King, Jr. “Normal fear protects us; abnormal fear paralyses us. Normal fear motivates us to improve our individual and collective welfare; abnormal fear constantly poisons and distorts our inner lives. Our problem is not to be rid of fear but, rather to harness and master it.”

You are what you believe and what you put into your body, and the environment you maintain: “Just like a single cell, the character of our lives is determined not by our genes but by our responses to environmental signals.”  – Bruce Lipton “Biology of Belief”

Always seek love, joy, and peace first as you harness your fear. – Pandemic Survivor

As an aside, have you seen the news on the water problems in Toledo? It appears that I was right on in my post of cyanobacteria. Microcystins in the water created by the ‘bloom’ from these bacteria is creating havoc in the water supply. Microcystins are peptides, protein mimics, that can cause any number of neurological diseases and other diseases. Summer Fun in the Sun and Water

Many Diseases, One Cause, One Cure –The Sun

“Fillet of a fenny snake,
In the cauldron boil and bake.
Eye of newt and toe of frog,
Wool of bat and tongue of dog,
Adder’s fork and blind-worm’s sting,
Lizard’s leg and owlet’s wing,
For a charm of powerful trouble,
Like a hell-broth boil and bubble.”
Macbeth, Shakespeare

Does this sound like your typical medical researcher toiling away at work in the laboratory? It may as well be as far as the average person is concerned. When scientists start talking about chemical and biological mechanisms or how a particular drug affects disease, I am sure this is what it sounds like. This is really unfair to the researchers for it is the spin of medical marketing that cause our heads to ‘explode’ with too much misunderstood information. Hypocrisy and deception was of course the major theme in Shakespeare’s play, Macbeth.

It is fact that the medical establishment wishes you to view holistic medicine in this manner, a witch’s brew. How many news articles have you seen in the popular press since this past December have been placed simply to discredit the use of vitamin and mineral supplements? In particular vitamin D; it is the steroid/vitamin that results from our exposure to the sun. This is the thing that is the most alarming to the medical profession. That one source can heal, treat, cure, prevent, and diagnose a disease without it being called a drug that can be exploited economically.

And just how far has the medical establishment taken the bashing of supplements and food to treat disease? They have gone as far as passing a law that says nothing but drugs can be used for purposes of healing, treating, curing, and preventing disease. I find this extremely amazing as this one law totally ties the hands of doctors in their toolbox of treatment. It was however agreed to because the other option was to allow the FDA to treat everything as a drug. This would take away our freedom of access. Dr. X, would you please write me a script for turnip greens…..

Let’s take the sun as the one thing that is responsible for many diseases if it is taken away. Without the sun, the water cycle and clean fresh air would not exist. There would be no food sources as photosynthesis would end. You would only have fungi to stay alive. If you completely took it away and everything that it gives us, you would be dead in a very short period of time. So let’s take away some degree of the sun and see what happens. You get a host of chronic disease that is used by the medical establishment and government to support a large economic sector.

This is exactly what happened in the 1960’s as a prominent pediatrician, Dr. Cook, friend of the Kennedy’s, made the public declaration that vitamin D would cause birth defects. People were scared out of the sun, especially pregnant women. The use of cod liver oil as a supplement was held in an extremely negative view by medicine. Where was the science in this art? Then there was the large campaign by the medical professionals to keep us out of the sun because we might get skin cancer. RUN, IN FEAR of cancer! Of course, there is now an extremely close correlation between the use of sunscreen and the incident of melanoma. Also, other cancers have either staid the same as far as mortality or increased even with all of our efforts in the hundreds of billions of dollars spent on cancer research. There are now at least a hundred diseases that can be traced to the lack of vitamin D or our connection to the sun. Dr. X, would please write me a script for the sun………

Do you have someone in your family or a friend that makes their income from the medical/medical insurance industry? An entrenched “protection racket” used for apparent safety that under any other circumstance would be aggressively prosecuted. “Double, double toil and trouble, Fire burns, cauldron bubbles.” – Pandemic Survivor

One Disease, One Cause, One Cure

“Double, double toil and trouble,
Fire burn, and cauldron bubble.” – Macbeth, Shakespeare

As I have read about diseases and medical cures, I have been fascinated by the approach to problem solving. I know that these are words you don’t normally hear in medical practice – ‘problem solving.’ It is typically about the disease, the cause, and the cure. It is also amazing to me to read research papers that will end with the statement about more needed research. I always ask the question; more research about what? Biological mechanisms for creating a new drug or the multiple factors that are the cause and cure of a disease?

Typically medicine has tried to identify a specific cause of malady with a specific cure. This makes it nice and neat for both patient and doctor. However, I do now believe after reading for several decades that there is no disease that has a single factor as a cause. The only exception to this is acute disease like infections or a broken leg. If the disease is chronic in nature or occurs over time, then multiple factors always come into play. Could it be possible that an acute disease has multiple factors? I do believe this the case with the common cold and other mild infections and perhaps that broken leg as well. This may also extend to significant infections where ninety percent of the victims die like the Ebola virus. The reason that I can say this is that ten percent of the infected lived, which means that other factors have come into play other than the Ebola virus. Has anyone really asked what these factors are? Could it just be that the survivors have better nutrition with stronger immune systems? What are the nutrients that have contributed to the better immune systems?

The claim in the last hundred years is that medicine has transformed into a science instead of an art. This is a flat out fabrication. Science has come into play in a limited fashion. Science has not been applied to medicine the way it has to say manufacturing or space travel. In both of these endeavors, all factors of significant importance are always considered. Unlike medicine, there are no laws preventing problem solving of significant factors. In medicine, the most significant factors of nutrition cannot be used to treat, cure, diagnose, or prevent a disease. I find this most fascinating in the limiting or hand tying of our doctors and researchers. Of course there are some limitations of factors in manufacturing like environmental laws to protect future generations. What is being protected in medicine by limiting significant nutritional factors? I was startled at California’s attempt to make it a felony for a doctor to use nutrition to treat a disease. I guess the answer is to follow the money without empathy for the ill and dying.

Also medicine has not used all of the tools that are available to them. A great example of this is the statistical methods that are used for problem solving or troubleshooting an illness. Techniques of identifying multiple factor statistical probabilistic predications were developed for the military in the 1950’s. The techniques were them applied to manufacturing in the 1960’s. The techniques then matured in the 1970’s and 80’s. For example, are there control charts in hospitals tracking cases of MRSA to be sure that prevention methods have remained stable in hospital operations?

If it is not one disease, one cause, and one cure it seems that the solutions are too difficult to communicated to all of the decision makers. Decision makers in medicine are you the patient, the doctor, the institutional managers, the medical education community, the medical research community, the insurance institutions, and government institutions. This much complexity, prevents the swift solutions for common causes and special causes or assignable causes of illness. I am sure that W. Edward Deming and Walter A. Shewart are ‘rolling in the grave.’ The last couple of decades have seen the development of chaos theory. How long before this new science is applied to medicine with its repetitive predicative perception of nature? Or, will chaos as an artistic pursuit in medical decision making continue? – Pandemic Survivor