Friday, November 16, 2012

Surprising Vitamin-Cancer Study Results

Surprising Vitamin-Cancer Study Results

I just finished reading an article about what I'll call "vitamin hype."
Simply put, vitamin hype is when people hear of a study or read a magazine feature that touts the health benefits of a certain nutrient, and then rush right out to the pharmacy, grocery store or health food store to get some.
While it's great that people are being health-conscious, blindly loading up on supplements isn't typically the complete answer.
And even worse, many times it's the WRONG answer.
Here's why:
Desire versus deficiency
Just because a nutrient has been shown to help produce a certain health benefit (such as prevention of cancer or heart disease), it does NOT necessarily mean you need to fly out, buy supplements and start gulping.
Because if your body is not deficient in that particular nutrient to begin with, then you are wasting time and money.
Now, some people may argue, "Well, at least this way I'm making sure I'm covered."
That's a good point, but sometimes that can lead to excesses which can be dangerous, too.
You see, while excess nutrients from many supplements typically are just excreted in your urine, that is not the case with others. Many nutrients can accumulate in your body and wreak havoc with your health.
Vitamin D is a perfect example.
While Vitamin D is essential for bone health and osteoporosis prevention, too MUCH vitamin D can lead to calcifications--painful accumulations of calcium in the soft tissues around your joints--as well as increasing your risk of atherosclerosis.
Talk about a good intention blowing up in your face, huh?

All vitamins are not created equal
While vitamins are technically defined as "food substances found only in living things," they can also be created synthetically.
You probably don't want to know this, but most of the vitamins you buy at stores are actually a waste product from the processing of wood and petroleum--not a clean, pure extract from a fruit or vegetable as you may have pictured!
Sorry if I just made you gag.
But that's not even the biggest issue about natural versus synthetic vitamins.
You see, most chemists will say the molecular structure of a vitamin is the same whether it's natural (from food) or synthetic.
Plus, the synthetic form is attractive because it can be concentrated into larger doses and has a longer shelf life. Food rots--most pills do not.
Sounds good.
But they're missing one very important point...
Your body knows the difference between the two, my friend.
Here's an example:
The beta-carotene study
A famous study was done on vitamin A (beta-carotene) to examine its role in the prevention of cancer.
The researchers didn't use carrots (a natural food source of beta-carotene). Instead they used concentrated (synthetic) beta-carotene supplements for 2 reasons:
1- A carrot has many other ingredients, and after the study, the researchers would not be sure which ingredient was responsible for which results.
2- Large doses of beta-carotene could be concentrated into a convenient pill, instead of having the participants eat a pound of carrots or more every day!
The study was conducted with thousands of participants, including many doctors, taking MASSIVE amounts of beta-carotene every day for several years.
The results?
Not only did concentrated doses of beta-carotene NOT prevent cancer, but in many subjects it INCREASED the occurrence of cancer by up to 17%!
Why would that be?
Because your body knows the difference between natural and synthetic.
It processes them both differently.
Through your body's eyes
Any time you extract something out of a plant, concentrate it, and take it into your body, you create deficiencies of the other things you left behind in the plant.
Your body is designed to assimilate nutrients in their NATURAL states. So those other ingredients found in carrots (and other plants) are JUST as important as the ones that were extracted out and put into the pill.
We can't selectively pull things out and expect them to work better on their own.
In the study quoted above, the other parts of the carrots were missing from the beta-carotene pills.
Because the study's participants were missing the carrots' OTHER ingredients (like enzymes, fiber, carbohydrates, etc.), when taking these supplements, their bodies needed to tear down their own tissues to compensate for what they didn't get.
And that's not good.
And it gets worse...
Their bodies saw the unnatural, HUGE doses of beta-carotene as a poison and had to process and detoxify it (thereby stressing their livers, kidneys and other organs).
Eventually, the beta-carotene overload got to be too much for some...and sadly, cancer was the long-term result.

So what does this mean to you?
Should you never take vitamins?
Well, not necessarily...
One important thing to learn from this is that supplements CANNOT be your main or only source of nutrients.
That means that you can't exist on chips, soda, candy, burgers and fries and other junk and think that you're OK because you pop vitamins every day.
Your body doesn't work that way, as you saw in the study above.
(Note: there are many studies on other nutrients with the exact same findings)
Plus, fast food, junk and other hard to digest foods create a tremendous amount of acid wastes in your body. When your body is in an acidic state, it can't effectively absorb vitamins and nutrients, whether from foods OR supplements.
That means many of the nutrients in the food or the supplement will trickle out of you as expensive urine.

REAL is best
The more nutrients you can get from real foods in their natural state, the better nourished your body will be, which will encourage better health and a longer life.
Not only does this do wonders in the prevention of countless sicknesses and diseases (especially digestive disorders), but it's also essential if you want to maintain a normal body weight.
And just as important, it's vital to keep acid wastes to a minimum in your body. This will allow you to better utilize nutrients AND help prevent disease.
You can achieve both of these important goals by following my suggestions in the Great Taste No Pain health system.  
The Great Taste No Pain manuals show you the importance of a proper acid/alkaline balance, which will help maximize your absorption of nutrients.
They will also teach you how to pair foods and structure meals that are delicious, nutritious and minimize acid waste formation.
And for you cooks out there, the recipe book is loaded with scrumptious real food creations that will make your body say thank you and your taste buds dance. There is not one recipe in that book that is just "average." All of them are gourmet delicious.
Probiotics can help too
If you've had a poor diet for decades or even days, chances are excellent that you've got some seriously imbalanced intestinal flora in your gut.
This is also especially true of anyone who has taken antibiotics or acid reducing medications.
Your friendly flora serve several important functions--assisting in the digestion of your foods, keeping your immune system strong, encouraging regular bowel movements and...
...Enhancing nutrient absorption!
So to help make sure you're not only taking in essential nutrients (in their natural form) but are absorbing all you can, it's wise to supplement with a medical grade, multi-strain probiotic formula like Super Shield.
One of Super Shield's powerhouse strains, Lactobacillus acidophilus DDS-1, is considered the "gold star" of acidophilus--it even produces vitamins!
That's right--L. Acidophilus DDS-1 helps digest proteins and carbs, it "eats" excess cholesterol and produces B vitamins (including folic acid) as well as lactase (which helps reduce lactose intolerance).
Ask for the tests
Note that you can also ask your doctor to do a vitamin analysis on you to see if you are obviously lacking in any nutrients.
If you ARE lacking, the best initial approach is to increase your dietary intake of natural sources of those nutrients.
After that, if you're still deficient, supplementation may be necessary as suggested by your doctor.
Now know this: If your doctor tells you that vitamin analysis either cannot be done or is not necessary, find another doctor (who WILL do it) right away. That doctor has a huge knowledge gap.  The proper blood tests give you insights into your health that no other tests can ever show.

Put the power of good nutrition and strong nutrient absorption to work for you and see how great YOU can feel.
To your health,
Sherry Brescia
PS: "Life is good" for Helen!
Hi Sherry:
I have been following your plan now for three years in a fairly disciplined way.
I had to. My bowel was working sooo poorly that I could only work part time, I needed a cleaner to help with the housework, I napped every afternoon exhausted and could garden very little.
I do the eating plan, take the Super Shield probiotics every day and voila' LIFE IS GOOD.
But I have to stay disciplined! It regresses if I don't.
I take the Digestizol Max enzymes also but don't need them as much anymore.
Thanks seems too little to give to you...but THANKS!
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