In this hot, dusty Africa country, the seat of government is not the same city as the seat of commerce. One lands at the city where business is conducted for the whole region. But Parliament meets in the other city. And they are 500 km (415 miles) apart.
That’s 415 miles on an unfinished road, by the way, with unpaved detours, no roadside amenities or service stations during most of the run and huge oil and cargo lorries barreling down upon you in the other of the two lanes (which you are in to pass the barely moving car in front of you).
So there is a good deal of adrenal workout on an ordinary drive.
ital just before that time and walked into a dark, empty set of corridors with heavy padlocks on white painted wrought iron gates over every office door and one open door: the Minister’s.
I won’t tell you about the unbelievable conditions we passed, nor the fact that when we ran out of gas along the way and pulled into a dilapidated and disserted gas station (whose two goats were the only living creatures we could find), nor about stopping by the desolate side of the road and having 4 or 5 men magically appear with a large jerry can and hose and begin to fill up the tank with illegal gas using an illegal and dangerous method: pouring leaking gas into the gas tank while all of them smoked and the engine was running. I won’t tell you how they gathered around us in a frightening demand for money (and more) when suddenly they recognized the NGO Facilitator as the National Beauty Queen and simple smiled to be seen with her. We got back in the car and whizzed off toward the Capital. I also won’t even begin to tell you about the toilets. You really, really do not want to know.
But when we got to the Minister’s office we found a direct, sincere, humble and decent human being, an American trained Gastroenterologist, who had never heard of Codex but listened with deep attention and growing distress as we explained both the past and present, and then added the future of Codex to the discussion. He took our materials (Nutricide, the DVD, which you can have, too, by going to (http://drrimatruthreports.com/aboutcodex/dvd.shtml) and the hard copy version of the Codex eBook, available at http://drrimatruthreports.com/aboutcodex/dvd.shtml). We explained that the eBook demonstrated the application of our International Strategy for correcting every problem raised by Codex and for protecting the health of his people. We explained, too, that we are facing a great opportunity: South Africa’s “Ottawa Beachhead” in which the 11 point guidelines for the implementation of the pro-health “Global Strategy on Diet, Physical Activity and Health” gave Codex for the first time a potential focus on Optimal Health needs to be supported and adopted at the upcoming Codex Alimentarius Commission meeting, July 3-7, 2006 (Geneva). We asked the Minister of Health to help make sure that his country’s voice was raised loud, clear and firmly in favor of these principles at this meeting.
His answer? “You have caught my attention. I will certainly read your materials but you understand that I am not able to make policy on my own. I will consult with the appropriate people and contact you!” It was a highly successful and positive meeting with a thoughtful and careful policy maker who did not brush us off and took us very seriously. Tomorrow we meet with the Codex Committee of the country to further this effort here.
But wait! There’s more to this adventure! By now it was late and there was no way that it was safe to drive the road back to the commercial center both because of the brigands we did not meet, but were much more likely to meet after dark and because of the sheer physical danger of the road at night. (Shoulders? Don’t be absurd! Road accidents, by the way, are a hugely significant cause of death here.)
But when we started out we were told that there was a very important ceremony in the Political Capital that day and that the one decent hotel in town would be filled with both the Members of Parliament and with the dignitaries gathered for the ceremony. We had clearly seen on the way to the Capital that there was nothing even vaguely resembling a hotel, let alone one that we would consider staying in.
So we left the Minister’s office very pleased for the intermediate term but very concerned for the immediate one. Nonetheless, we drove to the hotel and made inquiries. Yes, there was a double room for the General and the Doctor. Yes, there was a double room for the lovely young lady and yes, the driver and our contact could share a single bed in the last room. “NO!” was the reply from our contact so, magically, although it was unavailable just moments before, the 4th room materialized and we checked in.
During and after dinner, our lovely, capable and well-known NGO facilitator greeted Member of Parliament after Member of Parliament. She introduced us to them and we told them about the reason for our visit. In an hour or so we met a dozen Members of the Parliament of this dynamic nation and introduced them to the Codex issue. Several of them wanted to talk about it more deeply and so we did, leaving our materials with them as well. We lobbied the MP’s to think about Codex and how they could protect their people while preventing trade sanctions from the World Trade Organization while doing so. To say that they were interested is a woeful understatement.
Then, on to our room where we found a triangular frame hanging from the ceiling over the bed with a circle of steel suspended over the bed from which hung a very large mosquito netting which was wound up into a series of knots hanging over the center of the bed and a large table fan attached to the ceiling. Spread the netting out (which did not have fist size holes in it like the netting we encountered in Adama, Ethiopia earlier this year which we stuffed with underwear), turn on the fan because the netting blocks all movement of air which is not very forceful (making sleeping unbearable if the air does not move inside the net) and dropped off to sleep.
And then the phone (which does not work in this country) rang at 4 AM local time. It was a US product manufacturer who wanted me to be a spokesperson for his products. They are not organic. I declined and asked him not to call at 4AM again. After I hung up I realized that he must have been pretty puzzled since where he was calling from (the East Coast), it was 2 in the afternoon!)
June 14, 2006
Good news! The Minister of Energy and Mining wants to meet with us about Codex! Be ready at 8 AM because he has a meeting just after that and he can give us only 5 minutes. Right! Ready! Prepared! And frustrated: No car, no driver, nobody but the NGO facilitator and us. About 45 minutes later, a government truck drives up and we are told to get in at once! Off we go to the Minister’s office for a quick cup of coffee and a very quick discussion. Again, the kind and straightforward Minister told us that he had never heard of Codex and it was clearly not his responsibility but he would read our material carefully because when it came to a Cabinet discussion he wanted to be informed to help guide his country to health.
And then back to the hotel, gather our bags up and prepare for the drive back to the seat of commerce for a crucial meeting with the Codex Committee of this country. YES!
No! You have forgotten about the car and the driver, haven’t you? Well, we certainly did. Where were they? Who knows? Certainly not in front of the hotel waiting to drive we back to the commercial city at a reasonable pace (or at any pace, for that matter). MIA: Missing in Action.
So we waited, watching the precious minutes tick away while our crucial meeting began to evaporate. And that is exactly what happened. The bad news is that they could no longer wait for us because we started off so late that no amount of insane speed could make up for the delay (whose cause is still not known to me).
Oh, did I mention that we had air conditioning for about 12 minutes on the trip and then a ball bearing in the air conditioning unit (?) went out on us (don’t you just hate it when good bearings go bad?) and we were back to open windows with no possibility of breathing because of the dust or no possibility of surviving with the windows closed because of the heat. We vacillated back and forth between the two options for that whole long, terrifying drive. Neither option was satisfactory.
So we missed the appointment. Not to worry, though, we will meet with them tomorrow, we are told. We have asked to leave at 9:30 SHARP, SHARP, SHARP. But this is Africa. We will see what time is like tomorrow.
At any rate, we had time (AAAARRRRRRGGGGGGGGHHH!) because of the missed appointment so we went into the only store here that is believed to sell organic food. The company is South African so a good deal is imported from there. But the produce is primarily gown in this country. It is not labeled as either organic or not and when we asked the manager, she told us that pesticide and other chemicals are virtually unknown in this country. Farmers use traditional means of growing their crops and, in the main, cannot afford the chemicals. This is a country, after all, where less than 10% of the population has access to electricity, let alone spare cash to buy chemicals.
I also took a look around beyond the produce area. The meat counter had locally gown and produced meats in the same kind of packaging we are used to. It also had meat for which a premium was charged: South African meat. It was grey. It had been irradiated. The local meat was, of course, satisfyingly red.
When I explained to our companions the fact that irradiation of food creates huge free radical concentrations which are, in the absence of sufficient anti oxidants, significantly toxic to human beings and the animals which are also fed these toxic meats. Without adequate anti-oxidants (made inaccessible by the Vitamin and Mineral Guideline and the extention of it by World Health Organization to all nutrients) there is no way to neutralize these dangerous metabolic fires which will damages pancreases, brains, eyes, lungs and the immune system. I also found myself explaining that the fats in meats can be transformed by the irradiation process itself into cancer-causing compounds like benzene.
Together we asked ourselves how many “excess cancer deaths” do we need to calculate before we look at the biochemical information on the dangers of free radical excess whether or not Codex wants it?
Then back to the hotel for an outstanding, and inexpensive, seafood buffet dinner.
Tomorrow, the missed appointments! I hope!
In the meantime, the General is already asleep and I will finish my report to you and join him.
General Stubblebine and I landed today in Africa. Because I do not want to stimulate counter pressure, I will call this African country merely “Country #1″. We have been traveling for about 30 hours and finally got here. We are in a major regional trading center but it is not the capital of the country. In order to meet with the Minister of Health we will get in a car tomorrow and drive about 500 km (415 miles, to be exact) to meet with him . Then we turn around and drive back to the first city to meet with the First Lady and the Heads of the Codex Committee process and other decision makers. This is a country firmly committed to health and development and we hope for real committment to a pro-health alliance at Codex.
This is a great place to start: we already have some friends in this country who are part of the system. This is very hopeful. We will be discussing the “Codex Two Step”, the procedure by which any country in the world has the ability to protect themselves from the damage done by Codex in any area but, of course, they have to know what their options are.
I do not expect to have internet every day and know that this trip will be grueling. However, if you can stick with me, I’ll keep you directly posted on what’s happening for Health and Freedom in Africa, the Codex ALIMENTARIUS Commission, India and [we expect], China. Bookmark this page and check back regularly!
Codex has some new rules: the WHO Global Strategy on Diet, Physical Exercise and Health (GS) IS going to be implemented, despite the efforts of Dr. Rolf Grossklaus, pro-illness Chairman of the important Codex Committee on Nutrition and Foods for Special Dietary Uses.
This week, the South African delegate to Codex, Antoinette Booyzen, suceeded in introducing a series of principles which compell Codex to implement GS whether it wants to or not. It was a great potential victory for our side BUT if we do not get our ducks/resources/strategy in line pretty quickly, we will loose this opportunity.
We’ve got a huge up hill climb ahead of us, but with the new Codex implementation of the Global Strategy forced upon it, and shaped by South Africa’s courageous delegate to the Codex Committee on Food Labeling this week in Ottawa, the terrain just changed in our favor. Now is the time for action.
Here are 5 steps which I hope that you will take right now and tell your friends and contacts about, too. We have an unparalled opportunity. Let’s take it!
1. Raise Natural Solutions Foundation’s rank in the search engines. Put this link on all of your websites (remove the fifteen * signs in this link before you mount this link. They have been added to prevent link from becoming active in this format):
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a. Download the highly informative Codex eBook and learn how the protective International Strategy works.
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Pharmaceutical giant Wyeth is trying to make your influence disappear. You see, Wyeth has a problem: 50, 000 irate consumers who have written comments to the FDA to make it clear what they think about Wyeth throwing its weight around and using the FDA to shore up their failing market in deadly synthetic hormones by making safe, natural bio-identical ones illegal. The response was so strong that they actually amended the original Citizens Petition to try to make it seem as if they were not doing exactly what they were doing: trying to kill a natural health option to protect their market share for a group of dangerous and ineffective drugs. And, as long as they were at it, they decided that they would kill the profession of compounding pharmacy. Those are the specially trained pharmacists who custom make personalized prescriptions for patients on the order of their doctors. Instead of counting out pills into bottles, they compound exactly what a particular patients needs.
Since compounding pharmacists can create what a patient needs, not what a big company decides to market, these advanced pharmacists are your doctor’s partners in bringing safe, natural and personalized formulations to patients. Millions of women depend on their skills to provide their individualized doses of the natural female hormones which they need. Many of them used to take synthetic hormones like Wyeth’s Prempro (C), imitation progesterone mixed with Wyeth’s horse urine (honest!) from pregnant mares, Premarin (C).
For many years, the dogma of conventional medicine was that menopausal women needed to take hormones and stay on them for the rest of their lives since doing so would prevent the heart disease which so often afflicts women after the end of their reproductive years. It was also supposed to protect them from senile dementia, Alzheimer’s Disease, osteoporosis, wrinkles, dry mucosa (especially vaginal dryness) and on and on and on.
Remembering to forget that hormones are tiny molecules which act at ultra low concentrations on every single cell of the body and that they are highly structurally specific (so a single atom’s difference could mean the difference between safe and wildly dangerous), doctors pushed with all their might for women to take structurally altered synthetic hormones made by companies like Wyeth. The fashion — or perhaps the rage — as to get women on the synthetic versions and either dismiss or skip any mention of the natural alternatives which some doctors prescribed for women. These natural hormones were prescribed by a small number of doctors who understood the importance of using molecules which are identical to those that nature makes inside the body. Patients appear to experience fewer side effects from taking them and, critically important, fewer deadly problems like cancer.
But natural molecules cannot be patented so they are quite cheap. And natural molecules therefore do not generate the revenue to create fancy advertisements and expensive medical courses and glossy brochures, and expensive dinners for doctors and desk toys and calendars and pens and attractive drug reps and trips and…. and…. and …. In fact, even compounded for each patient, they are still considerably cheaper than synthetic hormones.
And then the 2002 shock that sent millions of reeling women looking for a doctor who knew how to prescribe natural hormones: a huge 15 year National Institute of Health study involving 168,000 + women called “The Women’s Health Initiative”, designed to establish the protective impact of Wyeth’s synthetic hormones Premarin (c) and Prempro (c) was shut down nearly 3 years early because these synthetic chemicals, either alone or together, increased women’s risks for heart attacks, breast and uterine cancers, senile dementia and other deadly diseases. Nearly as bad, the supposed protection against these and other catastrophic conditions was just not there.
Wyeth’s market share of the “Premarin Family” of drugs plummeted by more than 60%.
After letting the dust settle a bit, Wyeth decided to fight: On October 5, 2005 they entered a Citizens Petition to compel the FDA to put compounding pharmacists into the dust bin of history (despite the fact that the Supreme Court has ruled that the FDA has no jurisdiction over this profession) AND ban the molecules that compete with their deadly drugs: estrogen and progesterone. The original 6 month comment period was set to expire on April 4, 2006. When health freedom activists asked people to register their opinion with the FDA, the outpouring was so great that the FDA server, we understand, was overwhelmed. For that reason or for some other reason, the comment period was extended by 30 days until May 4, 2005.
More than 50,000 comments have been registered with the FDA. If you have already written a comment in support of your right to make your own health decisions and do what you and your doctor believe is best for you, thank you.
If, on the other hand, you have not yet done so, now, now, NOW is the time. Simply click here (http://www.democracyinaction.org/dia/organizationsORG/healthfreedomusa/campaign.jsp?campaign_KEY=3356) to let the FDA know that your health freedom is important to you!
Wyeth’s amended Citizens Petition attempts to put a very different spin on what it trying to do. But, regardless of the PR dance, killing the competition and calling it “consumer protection” strikes me as corrupt as disease mongering by making up diseases and selling dangerous compounds that consume precious resources and expose people to iatrogenic (doctor caused) side effects up to and including preventable death.
Here is what Andy Komuves, R.Ph.of the International Association of Compounding Pharmacists has to say about Wyeth’s Citizens Petition and amendment:
Wyeth Backtracks; But Second Verse Same as the First
On Tuesday, Wyeth issued a press release announcing that it recently filed supplemental comments on its petition. The new Wyeth comments attempt to reframe the BHRT issue and to create the impression that those opposing the petition are merely confused about Wyeth’s intentions.
Wyeth is feeling the heat. We’ll stop nothing short of complete victory, but we’re encouraged today that we’ve got Wyeth’s PR team on its heels. They’re trying to revise history and say that their petition isn’t what we say it is: an attempt to rob women of access to bioidentical hormones.
According to news service Reuters, Wyeth filed supplemental comments with FDA this month and issued a press release to respond to some of the “misunderstandings,” as Wyeth calls them, about its citizen petition. You can read the Reuters article here.
Six months after it filed its initial comments, Wyeth finds itself up against about 50,000 people mostly patients and physicians who are upset with what the company is doing. So it’s no surprise that Wyeth feels compelled to re-frame its position.
They’ve just put lipstick on a pig. It’s a kindler, gentler attack on pharmacy compounding. Wyeth’s PR team drafted some platitudes about the value of compounding to adorn its supplemental filing, but the underlying legal theory is no less restrictive and harmful to patients than the original petition.
And its motives definitely haven’t changed. Wyeth is still seeking a political solution to a business problem to remove from the market an alternative to its flagging products.
If you haven’t written to FDA to oppose Wyeth’s comments or if your patients or their physicians haven’t either it’s not too late. Make sure there’s no misunderstanding at FDA: Wyeth’s petition will harm patients and must be rejected. … Tell the FDA to protect patient health, not Wyeth’s wealth.
Health freedom is not good for big pharma but it is good for you. Please send this blog to everyone you know and urge them to send a comment to the FDA urging them to protect their right to make natural health choices for themselves.
Thanks for your activism,
Rima E. Laibow, MD
Natural Solutions Foundation
Recently the Wall Street Journal published the most outrageous print attack yet on your health and mine. This ordinarily respected newspaper chose to tout highly questionable science to tell us that vitamins pose dangers to our health and chances of survival. BALDERDASH
I hope that the article that follows will spur you to take vitamins and minerals to protect your health and well being. Please be aware that the level of under nutrition which follows from bad science like this and treating vitamins and minerals as dangers the way the Codex Vitamin and Mineral Guideline does, is the best way I know of to insure that you will develop otherwise preventable serious diseases, get sick and stay that way. The propaganda machine is working hard to convince you that nutrients are somehow bad for you. This is part of the effort to soften you up to accept a “harmonized” approach to Codex. That way, when you can’t get effective nutrients you won’t miss them because the big lie (“Nutrients are dangerous since they cause changes in the human body”) has become the way most people have been trained to view things. Those who lament their loss will be marginalized by mass media propaganda pieces like the one in the Wall Street Journal. Never mind that they are based on bad (or no) science. They are part of a magnificently orchestrated campaign to make optimal nutrition (which I believe requires nutrient supplementation in a toxic world) a non-option for you and your family.
Just as I was sitting down to write a response to this poppycock, I received an email which contained an excellent summary of why this is bad science and very, very poor public policy. This article was written by Jean Carper and forwarded to me by Elwood Richard, a long time supporter of health and health freedom.
I include the complete article here: it is well worth reading and sharing with your friends and those in your circle of influence.
Special Report : The media strikes again
A report in the Wall Street Journal unfairly attacks vitamins as doing more harm than good, adding more fuel to the vitamin wars and getting many facts wrong. Here’s the real truth.
Vitamin opponents’ efforts to steer you away from supplements have taken a frightening new direction. Attacks on vitamins are escalating from allegations of merely “useless” to “extremely dangerous.” This alarming message is central to “The Case Against Vitamins,” in the Wall Street Journal, March 20, 2006. The subhead sets the tone: “Recent studies show that many vitamins not only don’t help. They may actually cause harm.”
Should you throw away your vitamins? No. In assembling its “case,” to scare people away from vitamins, the WSJ said much that is not scientifically accepted and left much unsaid. It cites carefully selected and sometimes outdated studies without proper perspective; misses or omits studies that contradict the premise, and fails to give a fair analysis by respected vitamin experts, choosing instead, sources of lesser expertise, credibility and credentials. Whether the bias is careless or reflects a mindset friendly to extensive pharmaceutical advertising, is impossible to tell.
Here’s how the Wall Street Journal got it completely wrong about vitamins E, A and C, on which they based the major part of their “case.”
Vitamin E in Wonderland
You might suspect the fix is in when the first person quoted by the WSJ is cardiologist Edgar R. Miller, author of one of the most criticized and denounced studies ever done on vitamin E. Eminent vitamin E researchers called his analysis, claiming common doses of vitamin E boosted death rates 4% to 6%, a case study in the misuse of statistics with laughable conclusions. If it were true, this absurd conclusion means taking vitamin E is more deadly than smoking, points out Jeffrey Blumberg, chief of antioxidant research at Tufts University. Dr. Blumberg and other vitamin E luminaries were so appalled, they signed a full page ad that ran in the New York Times, the Washington Post and USA Today, denouncing Miller’s assertions that vitamin E was unsafe.
Dr. Blumberg also teamed up with 12 other international authorities to refute that vitamin E is unsafe at doses under 1600 IU a day, in the April, 2005 issue of the prestigious American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
Among those condeming Miller’s conclusions are world-renowned antioxidant and vitamin E researchers, Lester Packer PhD, University of Southern California, and Maret Traber, PhD, Oregon State University and authority on vitamin E toxicity for the National Academy of Sciences. NIH’s head of alternative and complementary medicine also told me he didn’t believe the study.
Miller’s study, in fact, was exposed as bogus soon after it came out, its credibility destroyed by a major NIH study that found NO serious adverse effects, let alone death, in 40,000 women who took 600 IU of vitamin E every other day for ten years! If vitamin E was harmful or deadly, it surely would have shown up in this largest, longest vitamin E test ever done. Such a massive clinical trial overwhelmingly trumps previous studies like Miller’s, and is irrefutable testimony to the utter safety of vitamin E at common doses, says Dr. Traber.
More remarkable, contrary to Miller’s false predictions of death from vitamin E, the NIH study revealed it as an astonishing lifesaver. “It’s the most exciting findings about vitamin E in 10 years!” said Dr. Traber.
The truth is heart deaths dropped 24% in women who took vitamin E. And it gets better. In women 65 and over, prime targets of heart attacks, vitamin E slashed death rates an incredible 49%–nearly in half!, the NIH study showed. This means taking vitamin E might save over 200,000 women a year from heart disease deaths, figures Dr. Traber.
Imagine. If a drug did that, it would be heralded as a miracle cure; doctors would wildly prescribe it, and its stock would soar, says Traber. But without huge drug money behind it, vitamin E is unfairly trashed as dangerous by the press and blacklisted by doctors, all to the detriment of people who could benefit greatly from it.
The Vitamin A Tales:
After repeating the widely-published hazards of high doses of beta carotene for current smokers, the WSJ “Case Against Vitamins,” takes on vitamin A as cause of hip fractures, citing a 2002 Harvard nurses’ study, that “associated” high vitamin A from foods, multivitamins and supplements, with a 48% higher risk for hip fractures. It is naive to use this study to slam supplements, since the greatest vitamin A threat came from consuming too much liver, not supplements. Nor was vitamin A a fracture hazard to women on estrogen, suggesting more complex factors than vitamin A.
Nor is the Harvard indictment of vitamin A the last word on the issue. Much research contradicts it. A 2004 large-scale, 9.5-year study of 34,703 postmenopausal women by the University of Minnesota, cleared vitamin A, in both supplements and food, of promoting fractures. Specifically researchers made clear there was “no evidence” that women who took the highest doses of vitamin A supplements were most apt to break a hip. (Lim LS, Osteoporos Int, 2004 Jul;15(7):552-9)
Most important, better-designed studies overshadow and refute the 4-year-old Harvard study that the WSJ relied on to build its anti-vitamin A case, and even suggest the opposite: that higher vitamin A, surprisingly, may also be tied to fewer fractures.
The difference comes from the way the study is designed. More current sophisticated research compares an individual’s actual blood level of vitamin A with his or her bone density and fracture history. The Harvard study simply asked women what foods they ate, then estimated their vitamin A intake based on food-nutrient tables, and compared this with the number of fractures in the women. Obviously, this is a crude and unreliable measure of vitamin A status, compared with actual blood tests.
In several studies using blood tests, the vitamin A threat disappears or is turned upside down. At least, three recent studies that sampled blood for vitamin A content, either find no bone-hazard from vitamin A–or a LOWER risk of fractures.
British researchers at the University of Sheffield, scrutinized the blood of some 1200 women over age 75, searching for evidence that vitamin A induced fractures. No such thing. Women with the highest blood levels of vitamin A were 15% LESS apt to suffer a fracture of any bone, including the hip, than those with the lowest blood vitamin A. Women taking multivitamins (including vitamin A) or vitamin-A-dense cod liver oil were even better off–24% less apt to break a bone. (Barker ME, J Bone Miner Res.2005 Jun;20 (6):913-20.
At New York’s Columbia University, a similar 22-year long study of 2799 American women ages 50 to 74, found that fracture risk nearly doubled in women with both the lowest and highest blood concentrations of vitamin A, adding more confusion and controversy to the debate. (Opotowsky AR, Am J Med 2004 Aug 1;117(3): 169-74)
In a side note, a recent Italian study showed that women with osteoporosis had lower blood levels of vitamin A, as well as vitamin C and E, suggesting lower antioxidant defenses against free radical damage may be involved in bone destruction and accelerated aging. (Maggio D.,J clin Endocrinol Metab 2003 Apr;88(4):1523-7).
Bottom Line: The issue of vitamin A and bones is unsettled and highly debatable. The evidence is conflicting and confusing. The WSJ’s black and white “Case Against Vitamins,” gave no indication of this. It presented vitamin A as a bone-hazard, case closed, hyping a fear of vitamin A among readers, when that is not an accepted scientific finding by any stretch. The jury is still out, and it could go several ways.
Vitamin C as Villain? Amazing
“Like other vitamin studies, research into vitamin C has been disappointing,” recites the WSJ’s Case Against Vitamins” saying it might not prevent colds or fight cancer, as Nobel prize-winner Linus Pauling promised it would 30 years ago. To press the point further, the WSJ article resurrects studies, asserting vitamin C can promote cancer and even death.
On the contrary, a new Japanese study says taking 500 mg of vitamin C daily cut odds of getting three or more colds over 5 years by 66%.
But that’s of small consequence compared with dazzling new research identifying vitamin C as a promising new cancer drug. Excitement over the anticancer properties of vitamin C is dramatically escalating, rather than diminishing, among top-drawer scientists. It’s hard to fathom how the Wall Street Journal missed this fact, since a quick search turns up dozens of studies of vitamin C’s remarkable abilities to stop cancer.
Far from encouraging cancer growth, as the Wall Street Journal’s outdated information asserted, vitamin C selectively targets and kills cancer cells, leaving normal cells unharmed, says groundbreaking research by Mark Levine, MD at the National Institutes of Health. High doses of vitamin C rapidly killed 100% of human lymphoma cells, reports Levine, as well as 9 other cancer cells, including breast, ovarian, lung, kidney and colon.
Moreover, Levine notes that some doctors already give high- dose intravenous vitamin C to help stop cancer. The evidence for increased survival and safety is so impressive, even in advanced late-stage cancer, that Levine has called for a “re-evaluation of vitamin C as cancer therapy.”
Levine explains that for years researchers missed Pauling’s point and failed to understand precisely how vitamin C destroys cancer cells and why very high doses are needed. In original studies, Pauling administered 10,000 milligrams of vitamin C a day intravenously to terminal cancer patients for about 10 days, and then high oral doses of C afterward. Those on vitamin C improved and survived longer. When Mayo Clinic researchers set out to verify Pauling’s findings, they gave high oral doses, not intravenous doses, and concluded it didn’t work. However, it is impossible, Levine notes, to raise vitamin C blood levels to cancer-lethal doses orally. The vitamin C vanishes too quickly. Doses deadly to cancer cells can be achieved only intravenously by jacking up blood levels of vitamin C 25 times higher than oral doses do.
For example, doctors at the University of Kansas gave two women with stage 3 ovarian carcinoma 60,000 mg of vitamin C intravenously twice a week, as well as conventional chemotherapy. Their tumors vanished and they showed no signs of cancer 3 1/2 years later. The doctors are now conducting a randomized test of high vitamin C (and other antioxidants) along with chemotherapy in women newly diagnosed with ovarian cancer.
More amazing: Dr. Levine and NIH colleagues personally documented three cases of advanced cancer in which vitamin C shrank tumors, dramatically increasing survival.
• A 49-year-old man diagnosed with terminal bladder cancer in 1996 declined chemotherapy in favor of high-dose vitamin C infusions. Nine years later he is alive and cancer-free.
• A 66-year-old woman with an aggressive lymphoma and a “dismal prognosis” in 1995, also rejected chemotherapy, but had radiation, and intravenous high-dose vitamin C. She, too is alive 10 years later.
• A 51-year-old woman with kidney cancer that had spread to her lungs, opted for alternative therapy, including high-dose intravenous vitamin C given twice weekly for 10 months. Two months later, scans showed the tumors were gone. Her cancer remained in remission for four years. A smoker, she died of lung cancer that did not respond to the same therapy.
The Wall Street Journal is correct in saying that many doctors oppose use of antioxidants, including vitamin C, during chemotherapy, fearing interference with treatment. But experts point out the idea is only “theoretical,” and has no evidence to justify it. The WSJ assertion that antioxidants may “promote some cancer and interfere with treatments,” is without scientific merit. The one study that tested the theory found no difference in outcome–and certainly no worsening from antioxidants.
The latest evidence from the top experts at the National Institutes of Health not only rebuts the fictitious danger of vitamins to cancer patients, but shows that antioxidants, notably vitamin C, have the power to shrink cancer, produce remissions and dramatically extend life of even advanced cancer patients. Although it is still unclear how effective lower doses of vitamin C may be in preventing or fighting cancer, it is implausible that they could be harmful, considering that massive doses are not and, in fact, are so beneficial.
Should we hold our collective breath for the WSJ to do a major story on the ascent of vitamin C as a potentially powerful, inexpensive and incredibly safe cancer “drug?” Imagine the impact of that on pharmaceutical profits.
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In the US we have a precious (and much attacked) law called DSHEA (the Dietary Supplements Health and Education Act passed in 1994) which holds that nutrients are foods and, as such, can have no upper limits set upon them. Codex holds the opposit: the Vitamin and Mineral Guideline says that nutrients should have upper limits assessed by Risk Assessment, a technique designed to determine just how high a toxic dose can be before it produces changes in your body and then set limits 100 lower than that.
The World Health Organization (WHO) recently produced a Workshop document to help [sic] Codex with the application of Risk Assessment to nutrients. This document defines an
as ANY change in ANYTHING that can be measured in a human (a biomarker). So any change, whether positive or negative, which is brought about by a nutrient is an adverse event under Codex!
What to do? Several things.
First, inform yourself. Make sure you watch “Nutricide: the DVD” and tell your friends about it or arrange a public showing in your church, club or school. Download a copy of the highly informative Codex e-Book which was presented to decision makers in Africa last month. It contains a wealth of information on the solution to the Vitamin and Mineral Guideline and an in-depth essay on nutritional medicine you need.
Second, take action. Sign the Citizens Petition and join the thousands of others who are challenging the US Government’s Codex policy. Then “Ride the Freedom Mouse” to let Congress know that your health and health freedom is really important to you.
Oh, yes, one more action step: send a letter to the FDA and one to Congress to prevent Wyeth from smashing the competition that natural molecules offer to toxic synthetic hormones. You see, pharmaceutical giant Wyeth (which makes Premarin and Prempro) is attempting to pressure the FDA to ban its competitors, Bio-Identical Hormones. Premarin (synthetic estrogen made from pregnant mares urine) and Prempro (the synthetic estrogen plus synthetic progesterone called “progestin”) are so toxic that a National Institutes of Health drug trial using these two hormones which involved 168,000 menopausal women was halted early (2002) to protect women from the increased risks of heart disease, breast cancer, blood clots, blindness and strokes which they carry with them although they have no clinical benefit whatsoever.
Millions of women got the message and switched to safe, natural hormones which do protect them but don’t carry the risks of the synthetic hormones. Now, four years later, Wyeth has hijacked the Citizens Petition process to work its corporate magic: wave a wand and take away safe, inexpensive options leaving only dangerous, expensive drugs.
Hmmm. Sounds a lot like Codex to me.
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Yours in health and freedom,
PS: More on Africa to follow. I’ve been really, really swamped!