Nutritional deficiency is linked to chronic symptoms and illness

What stands in the gap between life and death is your immune system. The single most important thing that determines the strength of your immune system is the quality and kind of foods and beverages you consume. Every disease has a nutritional component.

Research has proven that every symptom and disease has its own pattern of nutritional inadequacies and every disease is improved by diet. It should be the physician’s responsibility to be knowledgeable concerning the symptoms that correspond with each nutritional deficiency and capable of performing various examinations, blood tests, and procedures to confirm precisely which nutritional deficiencies need to be addressed, without guesswork. The truth is, guesswork is commonly applied in today’s medical practices because physicians possess little knowledge about nutritional diagnosis and even less about nutritional prescription. The majority of physicians simply do not believe that poor or inadequate nutrition initiates disease and they minimize the crucial role of diet in reversing nutritional deficiencies. Doctors advise their patients to eat margarine instead of real butter, imitation ice cream instead of real ice cream, synthetic cheese instead of real cheese, skim-milk instead of whole milk, soy instead of real meat, and fake eggs instead of real eggs. This is nonsense parlayed by so-called health authorities. Processing removes foods nutritional value and makes it less digestible. This is why the patient’s condition remains undiagnosed and/or misdiagnosed, and their health continues to deteriorate. When doctors do make the connection, they recommend synthetic supplements or refer patients to a dietician (who is equally clueless), in addition to their pharmaceuticals, which actually make deficiency worse.

Aspirin, for example, is touted as valuable for managing a wide range of diseases, including stroke, heart disease, hardening of the arteries, headaches and even cancer. The truth is aspirin causes a greater amount of disease than it cures, and is responsible for its own unique and potentially fatal disease; Reye’s Syndrome. Aspirin is toxic, it destroys nutrients, and creates deficiencies that cause heart disease and diseases involving arteries, and can cause death. My husband has been taking heart medication and aspirin since his first heart attack at age 21. He was also taking Dilantin for epilepsy when we met 30 years ago. Those drugs destroy nutrients needed for the proper functioning of his body to process fats and sugars. Now in his 50’s, he’s taking additional medications for high triglycerides, high cholesterol and high blood pressure. Those added medications are creating even greater deficiency and I fear for his health in the future. I know it will continue to deteriorate as a result of malnutrition, even though I am feeding him organic foods and giving him whole food supplements. The drugs are erasing my efforts, and investment in time and money. I have to allow each person to have their journey, and though I wish he and my clients could make changes quickly, I understand there is a learning curve. I told him the same thing I tell my clients, "I am here to support you during this process and will guide you toward your goal as long as you continue to do the work necessary to accomplish it."

The nutritional status of each of us changes rapidly. Each year it changes significantly, every month, week, day and hour. Every meal and emotion changes your nutritional status in favor of health or disease.

In determining nutritional status it is important to realize that each person’s circumstances are different and that there are numerous variables to consider, like genetics, where they live, weather conditions, economic status, social habits, thought patterns, self care, medications, exercise, mental stress, what they eat, how they eat, when they eat, food preparation, the consumption of or exposure to toxins, blood type, stress level, amount and type of exercise, sex, and age. As we age, the pancreas makes less digestive enzymes and hydrochloric acid production decreases, so supplementation may be necessary.

Whole unprocessed foods provide nutrients, while refining and processing foods destroys them. Laboratory made, synthetic, imitation food and supplements is always grossly inferior to real food. A number of unknown cofactors work synergistically with the known vitamins. Synthetic food additives are added to fake foods, which are devoid of nutrients and destroy nutrients or impair their absorption. The same is true of vitamin and mineral supplements.

Once vitamins were identified and isolated, the chemical formulas of the individual vitamins were synthesized. The purified and/or synthetic compounds are considerably less effective than the original crude extracts made from whole foods, but it goes deeper than that. The body will do what ever it takes to survive, so the body will “borrow” from its reserves the nutrients needed to make use of the substances you put in it. The body’s intention is to put back into storage the nutrients it “borrows,” but that never happens because the “foods” you eat are devoid of nutrients. When the reserves are gone, like those stored in bones, the body succumbs to extreme deficiency and disease ensues. Usually, it takes several months or perhaps years for a deficiency of a nutrient to surface as symptoms or ailments. The exception is vitamin B5, which deficiency may occur within days.

The United States is the most disease-stricken society on earth due to their Standard American Diet and fast-paced stressful lifestyle. Both of which deplete the body of nutrients. Millions suffer from vague complaints for which no diagnosis can be determined, wavering between generalized ill health and unmistakable disease. Americans are taking billions of doses of drugs every year because they are sick and in pain. Physicians lack the skills necessary to diagnose illness caused by nutritional deficiencies and recommend nutritional solutions.

Since nutrient deficiency is the cause, it makes sense that nutrients are the cure. The nutrients in organic, whole foods with their cofactors and synergy in tact is what fuels and heals the body. Symptoms are not the problem. Symptom is the language of the body communicating to us there is a problem and it’s pointing to the problem. Symptoms tell a story. I help my clients listen to their body wisdom, intuit with it and practice embodiment (get out of their head and into their body) to be detectives.

Supplementation is no substitute for optimum nutrition.
NOTE: I cannot advise you about taking a doctor prescribed medication. You must decide for yourself if it make sense to continue consuming things that cause or contribute to deficiency, and sabotage all efforts to restore your health. It doesn't matter how nice a person he/she is, or if they are highly respected in their field. If your current doctor isn't willing to have a conversation with you about how he/she can help you restore your health without drugs, I'd find a doctor who will.

Vitamin A serves innumerable functions within human tissues. To optimally utilize dietary vitamin A it is necessary to have an optimally functioning liver. Vitamin A is essential for the maintenance of optimal immunity. Immune cells, the thymus, adrenal glands, thyroid and spleen degenerate in the event of vitamin A deficiency. Some very serious ailments are associated with prolonged vitamin A deficiency, including immune deficiency, growth retardation, osteoporosis, heart disease, atherosclerosis, emphysema, kidney disease, diabetes, numerous eye diseases, prostate disorders and arthritis. Eye diseases include, corneal ulcers, conjunctivitis, night blindness, myopia, ulcerations, macular degeneration, and night blindness.

Dietary vitamin A comes from both plant and animal sources. While plants contain beta carotene, animals eat plants, and the absorbed beta carotene is split apart by enzymes within the animals intestines to form vitamin A. The form of vitamin A called beta-carotene, in addition to other mixed carotenoids, are precursor forms, meaning the body can make vitamin A from beta-carotene. Carotenoids are plant pigments found in orange and yellow fruits and vegetables, and dark leafy greens. Unlike animal derived vitamin A, beta-carotene is water-soluble and does not accumulate in the body. Carotenoid-containing fruits and vegetables have great antioxidant value.

In addition to beta-carotene, you need lycopene, the red pigment found in tomatoes, beets and watermelon to protect against cell mutations (cancer). Other important carotenoids include alpha-carotene, found in yellow-orange and dark green vegetables and astaxanthin, a cancer-protective carotenoid found naturally in orange and red fruits and vegetables as well as dark leafy greens, wild salmon, trout, red sea bream and shrimp. Two other carotenoids, lutein and zeaxanthin, found in leafy green vegetables can protect against cataracts and macular degeneration. I suggest consuming mixed carotenoids in biocompatible fruits and vegetables; sweet potatoes, butternut squash, carrots, kale, peas, cantaloupe, dark cherries, pumpkin, red bell peppers, tomatoes, mustard greens, apricots, paprika, red pepper, winter squash, spinach, papaya, mangos, basil, peaches, and lettuce are high in vitamin A. It is useful insurance against failing to supply your body with all the antioxidant protection it needs. If you must take a product instead of getting vitamin A from plants, read labels carefully to make sure the product you’re using includes lycopene and lutein, and does not contain pre-formed vitamin A. Although vitamin A is an essential nutrient, an excessive, or chronic intake of these forms of vitamin A can be toxic, leading to hair loss, confusion, liver damage, and bone loss. Never take more than 15,000 IU of vitamin A daily and no longer than 2 months. Never take large doses of vitamin A for a prolonged period of time as it is one of the few nutrients that can cause cumulative toxicity. Always consume both animal source of vitamin A and beta carotene, plus natural vitamin E in sunflower seeds or supplement made with sunflower oil, not soy or safflower.

It is important to eliminate refined sugar, alcohol, refined vegetable oils, and margarine. Refined (hydrogenated and heated) oils destroy vitamin A both in the body and within the foods in which they are contained. Extra virgin olive oil is acceptable when used sparingly. Foods should be cooked as gently and minimally as possible to avoid destruction of vitamin A molecules. Never use a microwave.

B1 Thiamine deficiency causes a condition called polyneuritis. Thiamin is required for the normal functioning of the nerves and deficiency causes inflammation of the nerve sheaths throughout the body. Known as the morale vitamin, signs of deficiency are mood changes, depression, irritability, quarrelsome, inability to concentrate, confusion, uncertainty of memory, uncooperative, fearful of some misfortune awaiting them, feeling like life is no longer worth living and suicidal thoughts. Food sources of Thiamine include, whole grains (germ and bran), fresh organ meats and eggs. Cooking destroys Thiamin. To prevent thiamin loss while cooking add acidic substances, such as lemon juice, tomato sauce or vinegar to the cooking medium. Acids stabilize the thiamin molecule preventing heat-induce destruction. Fluorescent light negatively affects it and it is lost during storage. Thiamine is inactivated by chlorinated water (cooking in, drinking, bathing, or swimming in) causing deficiency. Thiamine is absorbed in the upper part of the small intestine; the duodenum. Duodenal ulcers, pancreatitis and giardiasis (a parasite) greatly hinder thiamine absorption and lead to deficiency. Black tea, coffee, refined sugar contain compounds which block thiamine absorption. Raw seafoods like sushi, herring, oysters and lox contain thiamine antagonist enzymes called thiaminase, which split thiamine in half. Alcohol destroys thiamine and regular consumption of alcohol (wine, beer, etc) can cause such severe deficiency that is so extreme as to result in irreparable nerve and brain damage. The function of all brain cells is thiamine dependent. Any form of liver disease or dysfunction (hepatitis, cirrhosis of the liver, Gilbert’s disease) are vulnerable to develop severe thiamine deficiency. Thiamine hydrochloride is poorly absorbed. Fat soluble thiamine is a highly absorbable, superior type.

B2 Riboflavin The most critical function of riboflavin related to oxygen metabolism. Riboflavin accelerates the capacity of the lungs to remove oxygen from the air, aids in the transfer of oxygen into the cells and is critical for the utilization of oxygen at the cellular level. This is especially important to help protect the body from the ill effects of air pollution. Riboflavin is a tightly controlled nutrient that is firmly found within the cells. However, even a modest reduction in tissue stores results in cellular dysfunction. Extreme deficiency falls in the critical level. The system responsible for the production of cellular energy fails to function properly. Prolonged extreme deficiency may result in permanent damage to skin, nerves, and/or internal organs. Diseases such as cataracts, macular degeneration, retinal detachment, eczema, alopecia, and premature aging are likely to occur. One prominent symptom is reduction in the size of the upper lip. Deficiency is caused by poor nutrition, high sugar consumption, severe infections, surgery, birth control pills, malabsorption, lack of stomach acid, antibiotic use, diuretics, and mental stress. The need for increased supplementation is necessary as a result of malabsorption, high protein intake, faulty lipid metabolism, acute injuries, pregnancy and lactation.

Riboflavin is rarely in the food supply because it is one of the most unstable of all vitamins. The content in foods depends upon many factors including, exposure to fluorescent light, storage in plastic or glass containers, heating and processing. 90% of riboflavin is lost in commercially produced foods, including “fresh” produce. Farm fresh, unheated and unprocessed organic organ meats, organic lean muscle meats, eggs, almonds, organic whole milk, and organic whole milk cheeses offer the highest amounts. Riboflavin is more readily absorbed from meat than from dark leafy green vegetable sources. If you can’t eat beef, calf or lamb liver, get turkey or chicken livers. Cook meats in a crock-pot at low heat until done.

B3 Niacin is essential for fat metabolism, transport and digestions. It helps mobilize fat from adipose tissue, so it can be burned as energy. It prevents the build up of cholesterol within the liver and arteries, thus acts as a natural cholesterol lowering agent. Niacin is also involved in the synthesis of the protective fatty covering of nerves, the myelin sheath. Mild deficiency produces fatigue as a common symptom, in addition to mental disturbances such as depression and memory loss. Severe deficiency is associated with high cholesterol, diabetes, heart disease, dementia, hypertension, arteriosclerosis and arthritis. Diseases caused by niacin deficiency is exclusively caused by poor diet, the consequence of high sugar intake, refined grains, too much corn and/or consuming alcohol, which all destroy niacin. Pellagra is proof that man cannot live on bread alone. Without niacin, the body’s fuels (sugars, starches and fats) cannot be utilized by the cells and burned as fuel. The result is the accumulation of sugars and/or fats within the blood stream. This is the reason that niacin has been utilized as a heart drug. Pharmaceutical doses help reduce abnormally high blood levels of cholesterol and triglycerides. To correct this level of niacin deficiency supplement with niacin-rich foods, avoid refined sugars, white flour, refined corn products, white rice and alcohol.Niacin is absorbed throughout most of the small intestine. However, mental stress, alcohol and/or drug abuse, prescription drugs, social drinking, and eating processed foods all cause the depletion of this vitamin. Minimal niacin is stored in the body, so deficiency can readily occur if tissue levels are not continually replenished. Natural forms are nicotine acid and niacin amide.

Food sources rich in niacin include fresh organic muscle meats, fresh tuna, trout, salmon, halibut, liver, poultry, whole grain brown rice, eggs and cheeses. Vegetables have relatively low amounts of niacin. When niacin stores are depleted, tryptophan is readily converted into it, thus a diet rich in tryptophan (red meats, poultry, fish, rabbit, cheese, eggs, sesame seeds) may help. Small amounts of niacin are synthesized in the intestines by normal gut flora, provided you have sufficient amounts.

Diets rich in corn deplete niacin.

B5 Pantothenic Acid is the anti-stress vitamin. It is required for the synthesis of adrenal hormones, and they are responsible for the human body’s ability to cope with the normal stresses of life and the abnormal ones too. The adrenal glads produce dozens of hormones, each of which is an essential component of the stress-coping mechanism. These hormones are also involved in the maintenance of normal body functions, such as salt and water retention, blood sugar regulation, anti-inflammatory activity, calcium and magnesium metabolism, libido, and immune activation. Stress rapidly depletes tissue stores of pantothenic acid, so it is important for you to work with me on techniques to eliminate unnecessary stress (usually self created) and move through unavoidable stress to stop losing the pantothenic acid you consume. Americans have made extreme and prolonged psychological stress a way of life, but it’s not serving us. Adrenal hormones are used up by stress. People who experience prolonged stress (grieving, chronic health problems, marital discord) are usually severely deficient in both pantothenic acid and adrenal hormones. Stress combined with B5 deficiency can result in cell death within the adrenal glands, causing damage, but only if pantothenic acid deficiency exists. Damaged adrenals can’t produce adrenal hormones and fatigue is the first sign. Regular supplementation of B5 can help reverse stress-induced adrenal damage and function returns. Deficiency can cause symptoms rather rapidly, resulting in gradual weakness and/or fatigue. Severe deficiency of adrenal hormones may lead to a potentially fatal disease, known as Addison’s disease. Signs of extreme deficiency are debilitating fatigue, weakness, mental derangement, and chronic pain. Prolonged deficiency may result in the onset of degenerative disease, including arthritis, asthma, immunodeficiency, lupus, heart rhythm disturbances, hypoglycemia, and diabetes. Pantothenic acid is found in large amounts in a few foods.

Top sources include raw egg yolks, royal jelly, bee pollen, natural fats, organic liver, and fresh muscle meats. Fruits, pastas, vegetables and most beans are devoid of pantothenic acid, so vegetarians frequently develop B5 deficiency. To correct deficiency, eliminate caffeine, alcohol, refined sugars and processed grain products.

B6 Pyridoxine controls a broad spectrum of physiological processes, including enzymes synthesis, fat and carbohydrate metabolism, protein digestion and metabolism, hormone production, and neurotransmitter synthesis. B6 is required for the formation of a variety of highly specialized nervous system proteins called neurotransmitters; adrenaline, noradrenaline, serotonin, GABA, and tryptophan. B6 is a natural anti-depressant used in the treatment of chronic mental disturbances; retardation, anxiety, schizophrenia, mania, sleep disorders, and autism. Without B6, fatty aid metabolism comes to a screeching halt. The complete deficiency of essential fatty acids in association with severe B6 deficiency, can rapidly lead to life threatening diseases. B6 is responsible for the production of thousands of proteins in the human body. B6 is required for the synthesis of genetic material — DNA and RNA — and is an essential nutrient for the production of all cells. Of all B vitamins, B6 is the most critical for maintaining healthy function of the immune system. Vitamin B6 is needed for the production of antibodies as part of the immune response system. B6 is required for the synthesis of hemoglobin (a red protein responsible for transporting oxygen in the blood). Both antibodies and hemoglobin are proteins. B6 is an often overlooked aid in the treatment of illnesses, like carpal tunnel syndrome, high blood pressure, diabetes, depression, anxiety and insomnia. The heart muscle itself can become damaged in the event of B6 deficiency. B6 deficiency and joint disease are connected, and supplementation quickly remedies joint pain and swelling from arthritis. Fluid retention is due largely to B6 deficiency. Protein digestion and absorption is dependent on adequate supplies of B6. B6 is valuable in the treatment of epilepsy that occurs in infants and young children. B6 deficiency has been associated with peripheral nerve disorders such as diabetic neuropathy, sciatica paraesthesia, and carpal tunnel syndrome. Mild deficiency is often overlooked because the first symptom is lack of dream recall or no dreams at all. Mental disturbances such as short-term memory loss and/or depression may get your attention. Moderate deficiency symptoms develop into depression, anxiety, epilepsy, kidney stones, melanoma, diabetes, PMS, carpal tunnel syndrome, eczema and heart disease. Extreme deficiency results in impaired protein synthesis/digestion may contribute to the onset of asthma, migraine headaches, hives, and other allergy-induced diseases. Musculoskeletal conditions, such as fibromyalgia, back pain, neck pain, carpal tunnel and arthritis are associated with chronic, long-term B6 deficiency. B6 is involved with kidney function, abnormalities involving this system such as kidney stones, kidney infections, premenstrual edema, peripheral edema, and congestive heart failure. The brain and nervous system require B6 for the production of neurotransmitters like serotonin, acetylcholine, and norepinephrine. When tissue levels of B6 drop to critical levels, depression, anxiety, psychosis, mania, insomnia and convulsions (epilepsy) may result. Poor diet initiates the abnormality by inducing B6 deficiency. However, taking B6 alone may not solve the problem. The metabolism of B6 is controlled by thyroid hormone, so defective thyroid function can waste B6 supplementation. Only a small amount of B6 is stored in the body, and it is rapidly depleted by stress.

Food rich in B6 include poultry, fish, rice bran, brown rice, wheat bran, tuna, salmon, liver, white meat fowl, nuts, halibut, read meat, bananas, sunflower seeds and organ meets. The safest form of B6 is coenzyme type, that is pyridoxal-5-phosphate (PSP).

B6 is destroyed by aspirin, high blood pressure medicine, cortisone, laxatives, birth control pills, Dilantin, and antibiotics. Fluorescent light inactivates B6, so much of the food in the supermarket is depleted of this vitamin by the time it is consumed. Pyridoxine is water soluble, so much is lost when vegetables are boiled.

B12 is required for the synthesis of the internal and external components, and function of all nerve fibers, particularly the peripheral nerves, including the fatty coating which surrounds the nerves; myelin sheath. Thus, symptoms relative to the function of the brain, spinal cord, nerves and muscles often dominate the clinical picture of B12 deficiency. It was discovered that liver contains large amounts of B12, but it also stores a unique substance called intrinsic factor, which is an essential aid to B12 absorption. Since 1955 most complexes of all vitamins are synthesized, which contains none of this essential absorptive aid. B12 naturally contains cobalt. Cobalt deficiency in the soil shows up as B12 deficiency within animals. B12 testing is difficult to procure even by blood testing. However, blood tests are advisable with moderate to severe deficiency and should include hemoglobin, red blood cell count, MCH, MCV, MCHC, and a serum B12 level. It is only useful for individuals who take no B12 supplements. Severe deficiency — if left untreated, prolonged B12 deficiency may result in permanent damage of the peripheral nerves. In extreme cases where the absorption of B12 from foods is compromised, injections may be necessary. Extreme deficiency produces symptoms of permanent damage to the peripheral as well as spinal nerves. Intramuscular B12 shots on a daily or weekly basis are required to rapidly correct this potentially serious condition. Additional sublingual B12 (1,000 mcg daily) forms are absorbed directly from the tissues in the mouth into the bloodstream. Oral forms are typically poorly absorbed by individuals with chronic B12 deficiency. Folic acid enhances the utilization of B12. This is where I was in terms of vitamin B deficiency. All B vitamins were severely deficient, but this was extreme to 17 years of not being able to digest animal protein. I have learned first hand where a vegetarian diet will lead. The myelin sheath covering my nerves was deteriorating and every nerve in my body screamed in pain night and day. The weight of my clothes on my body was excruciating. If I'd sought a clinical diagnosis, I'm sure a doctor would have said I had MS and/or Fibromyalgia. I received B12 injections, sublingual and oral supplementation to begin the process of restoring B12 levels and repair my body, but it wasn't until my leaky gut healed and I was able to digest animal protein again that my nutritional status changed and health was truly restored. The healing process took over a decade. Thankfully, by some miracle, I have only minimal permanent nerve damage and my brain health was not permanently affected.

Dietary B12 is found exclusively in foods of animal origin, including organ meat, lean red muscular meats, poultry, fish, eggs and milk products. Plant sources, like seaweed and freshwater algae (the only plant sources) are far less efficient than animal sources. Meats should be derived from organically raised animals free of hormones, pesticides, and other toxic substances. Avoid pork.

Cook meat on lowest temperature and no more than medium or medium rare, otherwise you will inactivate the most biologically active component; intrinsic factor. Alcohol destroys B12 as well as its absorption. Eliminate refined sugar from the diet.

Type A’s are more susceptible to pernicious anemia because they have difficulty absorbing B12 from foods. Type AB’s have a tendency toward pernicious anemia, although not as great as type A’s. The reason for this deficiency is that the body’s use of B12 requires high levels of stomach acid and the presence of intrinsic factor, a chemical produced by the lining of the stomach that is responsible for B12 assimilation. Type A’s and AB’s have lower levels of intrinsic factor than other blood types, and they don’t produce as much stomach acid. For this reason, Type A’s and AB’s who suffer from pernicious anemia respond best when given vitamin B12 injections. This eliminates the digestive process to assimilate this vital nutrient, making it available to the body in a more highly concentrated form. I had to have IV B12 for several months, then sublingual and now I take a food source of B12 (Royal Jelly). I take my vitamin B supplement with minerals when I consume my animal protein meal and take hydrochloric acid. It makes sense to consume supplements with foods highest in those nutrients, because the cofactors present in the food to utilize those nutrients are present, creating a higher probability for synergy. Type O and B tend not to suffer from anemia because they have high acid content in their stomachs and sufficient levels of intrinsic factor. But if they do, it’s very likely because they are not making enough hydrochloric acid. This is especially true if they have acid reflux, GERD, heartburn or other similar digestive complaints.

Folic Acid is involved either directly or indirectly in virtually every chemical reaction occurring within the body because it controls the very basis of human existence; cellular growth and regeneration. There is no life without folic acid. Considering that 90% of teenagers are consuming less than the RDA of folic acid in their diets and the fact that many teenagers maintain habits that cause the destruction of folic acid, and it is easy to comprehend why this deficiency is so widespread in adults. Folic acid can be utilized for arthritis, cancer (particularly pre-cancerous lesions of the oral mucosa, lungs, intestines and uterine cervix), alcoholism, anemia, anxiety, depression, pyorrhea, PMS, gout, IBS, Crohn’s, ulcerative colitis, heart disease, macular degeneration, cataracts, and atherosclerosis. The ability of folic acid to reverse arterial disease in the elderly is worth mentioning. 90% of subjects exhibited improved circulation, plus there was an unexpected improvement in vision attributed to the localized increase of circulation within the blood vessels of the eyes; tiny capillaries that feed the retina.

Top sources of folic acid include organ meats, yeast, chicken, rice bran, dark green leafy vegetables, lean beef, veal, eggs, and whole grains. Organically grown foods contain a greater concentration of foliates than those grown by commercial farming methods. Consume the juices of the meat which is where the folic acid is found.

Tissue levels of folic acid may be dangerously low and made more deficient by agents that deplete and/or destroy folic acid; alcohol (as little as one glass of wine per day), cigarette smoke, chewing tobacco, stress, antibiotics, aspirin, marijuana and drugs. Pesticides and herbicides destroy folic acid, as do fumigants used to spray fresh produce. Folic acid is highly sensitive to light and fluorescent light may lead to a dramatic reduction of folate levels. Cooking destroys this vitamin and 95% can be lost during preparation. Avoid alcohol, refined sugars, white rice, caffeine, and white flour.

Biotin, also known as vitamin H, is a part of the B complex group of vitamins. Biotin is a critical component of several human enzymes systems that control such essential functions as protein synthesis, fatty acid synthesis/metabolism, white blood cell activity, and sugar metabolism. Biotin deficiency creates defects in three major areas; the dermatological (hair and skin), neuromuscular (nerves and muscles), and immunological systems. Biotin is effective for hair loss, since hair consists largely of protein and essential fatty acids. Biotin deficiency is also associated with elevated levels of LDL cholesterol, inflammation, paralysis, heart problems including heart palpitations, and general depression. Biotin is heavily involved in carbohydrate metabolism, so it is effective in lowering excessively high blood sugar counts, as seen in diabetics. In some diabetics, biotin was so effective in normalizing blood sugar levels that the need for insulin was eliminated.

This nutrient is in eggs, but raw egg whites contain a substance which destroys the naturally occurring bacteria in egg yolks, as well as that stored in the tissues. Don’t eat raw eggs. However, high heat destroys B vitamins. So, I cook only the whites at a very low temperature to get the maximum nutrition from organic eggs. Other sources include organ meats, legumes, and nuts. Vegetables, fruits, and grains contain little to no biotin. Biotin is synthesized by bowel bacteria.

Biotin negatively affects Candida, and biotin production by beneficial bacteria is just one part of how they were designed to prevent yeast in its intended form from mutating into its pathogenic or fungal form by growing hyphae, which are the long, branching filamentous structures or mycelia of a fungus which allows it to dig into the intestines. Antibiotics, which destroy bowel bacteria, may induce a biotin deficiency state.

A high percentage of Candida sufferers exhibit a minor to severe deficiency of biotin. The Department of Pediatrics at the University of Iowa, conducted one research study in which participants who were lacking in biotin contracted a scaly redness in the skin caused by dilatation and congestion of the capillaries. The samples of these skin lesions began to grow the Candida albicans fungus. In another study at the Department of Microbiology, Faculty of Medicine, at the University of Tokyo, when regular yeast were subjected to a biotin deficiency, the yeast turned pathogenic therefore changing into its fungal stage. Biotin is responsible for metabolizing carbohydrates, so it makes sense that since Candida lives on carbohydrates, it would interfere with you metabolizing them so it can. This explains why weakened immunity and a feeling of low energy that is associated with biotin deficiency is also a symptom of Candida yeast overgrowth.

Biotin negatively affects Candida, and biotin production by beneficial bacteria is just one part of how they were designed to prevent yeast in its intended form from mutating into its pathogenic or invasive fungal form by growing hyphae, which are the long, branching filamentous structures or mycelia of a fungus which allows it to dig into the intestines. Antibiotics, which destroy bowel bacteria, may induce a biotin deficiency state.

If you heal your leaky gut and reestablish the beneficial bacteria in your intestines, and these bacteria will produce a sufficient amount and proper ratio of the B vitamins as long as you feed the beneficial bacterial the correct foods. However, your body can’t wait for all of that to happen, so special attention needs to be on consuming biotin rich foods a supplement of biotin is recommended.

There has been some confusion about the relationship biotin has with candida for years. Some research studies say it promotes the growth of fungal candida, while others say it inhibits it. The thing is both are correct. What makes the difference is the form Candida is in.

Biotin is required by a variety of yeasts, fungi and bacteria for cell growth and fatty acid metabolism. Candida is able to use many nutrients to grow and spread throughout the body, but you can’t starve candida. Depriving Candida of anything it needs to live triggers Candida to mutate from its normal beneficial yeast form to its pathogenic filamentus fungal form.

Beneficial bacteria make several substances, including biotin, for controlling Candida yeast, as without biotin, candida converts to its fungal form and spreads. However, once Candida mutates into an invasive fungal form, it uses biotin as fuel for its. Obviously, there are other factors involved in the growth and spread of candida, and trying to put that all down to the presence or absence of biotin doesn’t stand up to the science.

In my experience, I have yet to see any impact of supplementing biotin or not, in terms of restoring fungal Candida to its proper form, function and station in the GI tract. What matters most is restoring immunity. The body will take care of Candida when it receives what it needs to heal. Biotin deficiency is more common than most people think, but if biotin is needed by the body, then supplementing with it makes sense.

As with all B vitamins, obviously the best way to obtain biotin is to have the intestinal bacteria to produce enough biotin to meet the body’s needs, but that can’t happen until intestinal wall integrity and beneficial bacteria populations are restored. However, if a person has contracted a systemic Candida infection, they are more likely to have a lack of beneficial flora in the intestines; therefore it’s much less likely that enough of any of the B vitamins are being produced to meet the normal needs.

Taking a B complex supplement is not a good idea because they are synthetic and the formula is an extremely abnormal balance of the various B vitamins in these supplements. For the “Recommended Daily Allowance” percentage, each B vitamin should contain 100%; so the label should read 100% RDA for all eight B vitamins. If one particular B vitamin contains 1500% of the RDA and another one contains only 50%, then you can see how quickly one could become deficient in the B vitamin containing the lesser amount. In other words, this imbalance of the RDA’s could cause an imbalance of the normal ratio of B vitamins in the human body therefore creating deficiencies of certain vitamins. I never take just one B vitamin. They need to be in proportion the way nature designed. There are cofactors required for the body to utilize them. They need to be taken with animal protein because hydrochloride in the stomach makes them bioavailable.

Vitamin C Unfortunately, it isn’t easy to get the required vitamin C by eating nutritional whole food sources. Commercial orange juice is thought to be an excellent source of vitamin C, but it contains little or no naturally occurring vitamin C. Vitamin C is destroyed by cooking, pasteurization, storage and the addition of synthetic chemicals. Less than 5% of the daily caloric intake for Americans comes from fresh uncooked foods. Unless citrus is tree ripened and eaten directly from the tree, it has no vitamin C. Most commercially grown grapefruits, oranges and tangerines are picked green and ripened in large warehouses using a ripening agent called bromine gas, which is noxious. In contrast, sunlight is a nontoxic ripening agent that activates the synthesis of vitamin C within the fruit. Gas ripening is widely practiced by commercial producers of produce. Only locally grown and/or organic produce can be trusted.

Americans are exposed to a wide range of anti-vitamin C agents that inactivate or destroy this nutrient by a process known as oxidation. Oxidative agents include, coffee, sulfites, nitrates, cortisone, antibiotics, aspirin, pain killers, Indocin, Motrin, Voltaire, or Clinoril, radiation treatments, antihistamines, smoke from burning wood, carbon monoxide, chemotherapeutic agents, glue vapors, x-rays, refined sugar, radioactive dyes, cleansers and degreasers, black tea, MSG, food dyes (synthetic), birth control pills, cigarette, pipe, cigar smoke and chewing tobacco, pesticides, smoked foods, natural gas, inorganic iron, exhaust fumes, paint vapors, and microwaves.

We live in a toxic world, and toxins from the air, water and food all destroy vitamin C. This is particularly true for those who consume deep fried foods and sugary snack foods. Mild deficiency symptoms are often vague. With moderate deficiency, collagen production is adversely affected, leading to skin aging and cellulite production. Extreme deficiency will cause damage to critical organs unless your deficiency is corrected quickly. Frequent dosage is necessary to maintain high blood levels. Prolonged vitamin C deficiency may result in degenerative changes within a number of tissues, including joints, spine, spleen, thymus, lymph glands, liver, adrenals, ovaries, heart, arteries, veins, testes, and thyroid gland. Vitamin C deficiency may occur within white blood cells, which leads to a significant reduction in their microbial killing power. A lack of vitamin C also causes a reduction in interferon syntheses, and this chemical is the body’s most crucial anti-vital compound. While scurvy is uncommon today, low-level vitamin C deficiency affects millions of Americans. You are at higher risk for deficiency if you:
take anticoagulants, cortisone, are/were a drug addict
live in a nursing home
work in a tanning salon
work as a gas station attendant
work as a beautician
work in or near a chemical or nuclear plant
work with nuclear waste disposal
work as a miner
truck drivers and heavy equipment operators
oil and gas refinery employees
work in a synthetic fiber and/or carpet plant
work as a farmer using toxic chemicals
work as a dry cleaner
are a pressman
work in a water/sewage treatment plant
work as a roofer or road/asphalt/tar crew
work in a plastic factory
install ceramic tile or carpet
work as an airline mechanic, airport ground crew or pilot due to jet fuel fumes
rubber/tire manufacturing plant employees
better plant employees
furniture refinisher

The dietary habits, as well as the environments Americans live in, expose them to a number of substances which destroy vitamin C, but high stress causes vitamin C to become rapidly consumed within the body and also is excreted through the urine. Without vitamin C the body can’t produce enough adrenaline, adrenal steroids, neurotransmitters, and similar substances which maintain normal cellular functions. Fatigue forces you to consume “uppers”; sugar, coffee, tea, cigarette, alcohol, and even drugs in an attempt to achieve a quick remedy for tiredness caused by vitamin C deficiency. The morning begins with a cup fo coffee and a sweet roll - a zero vitamin C breakfast that depletes vitamin C. Thus, you start your day with a negative C balance — a nutritionally disastrous circumstance. To make matters worse, you take several smoke breaks throughout the day or are exposed to second hand cigarette smoke. A migraine develops so you take aspirin, followed by more coffee and sugar. What little vitamin C may have been in the tissues is thoroughly decimated by noon. Lunch is filled with nitrate treated meat and deep fried food which oxidizes vitamin C. Sinus congestion from the onset of a cold is remedied by antihistamines, which destroys vitamin C. This scenario continues into the next day, week, month, year. No-one should be surprised if this person suddenly dies of a heart attack, suffers a stroke or some other severe disease, or develops cancer at a young age. Just as vitamin C is destroyed by these dangerous habits, other crucial anti-stress and anti-cancer nutrients are depleted; vitamin A, beta carotene, vitamin E, B vitamins, selenium, magnesium and calcium.

A typical American menu: Commercial cereal sweetened with sugar, skim milk and orange juice for breakfast. Perhaps eggs and bacon (nitrates). Lunch is a luncheon meat sub or burger with fries. Snack is a soda and potato chips. Dinner is a well done steak, mashed potatoes, bread with margarine, salad (iceberg lettuce, tomato, dressing), dessert and coffee with sugar or artificial sweetener. Total vitamin C content is maybe 27 mg, if that. The coffee steals 5 mg, sugar takes 20 mg, food additives steal 10 mg, inorganic iron in flour products robs 20 mg and exhaust fumes from driving to and from work steals 20 mg. = -48 mg. You get the idea.

Avoid all substances and exposures that destroy vitamin C. Avoid refined sugar, coffee, alcohol, stop smoking or avoid exposure to tobacco smoke. If you are trying to quit smoking, take higher doses of vitamin C than recommended throughout the day. Instead of reaching for another cigarette or cup of coffee, take a food sourced vitamin C supplement.

Vitamin D is not a vitamin, but a hormone your body makes. when the sun’s rays strike the skin, they provoke they synthesis of the hormone D from cholesterol, which is located in large quantities within the skin’s cells. Once synthesized, it is absorbed into the blood or may remain within the skin. Thirty minutes of sun exposure per day may supply an individual’s hormone D needs. However, a deep dark tan will diminish hormone D production, since excess sun damages skin cells which produce this nutrient.

Ideally, hormone D should be included in the diet. Food sources include, whole milk, yogurt, cheese, butter, liver, fatty fish - sardines, mackerel, herring, salmon, tuna, halibut, fish liver oils and whole eggs), even if you get adequate amounts of sunlight. Eating fish is preferable to taking cod liver oil, because the oil may become rancid with time. Purchase smaller bottles of cod liver oil and don’t use oil that has been open and unused for a while. There are no vegetable sources of “vitamin” D or cholesterol, so vegetarians are at high risk of developing diseases caused by deficiency. People eating a low cholesterol diet and/or taking cholesterol lowering drugs are at very high risk of developing cancer, diabetes, dementia, lupus, adrenal insufficiency, immune deficiency, prostatitis, visual problems and heart disease. Hormone D stimulates the absorption and metabolism of calcium, so it is important in the prevention of osteoporosis. It is calcium which stimulates the firing of nerves and modulates the contraction of muscle contractions, notably the heart muscle. Calcium is necessary for strong teeth, cell growth, and blood clotting. Cholesterol is essential for a variety of normal physiological functions and making compounds needed by the body, including estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, aldosterone, vitamin K, and cortisone. Avoid supplements containing D2 (ergocalciferol) because it is highly toxic. Cholecalciferol is essentially the same as the one produced within the skin.

Vitamin E is one of the body’s most crucial antioxidants, acting to neutralize a variety of toxins before they can cause damage to cell membranes. It readily dissolves into the fatty layer of cell membranes and acts to protect the membranes from potentially damaging compounds. Once cell membranes are damaged, the cells usually die or become unable to function properly. There seems to be no limit to the utility of this substance in the prevention and treatment of disease. It protects the digestive tract against cancer-causing chemicals. It reverses the damage on the lungs and other tissues induced by toxic chemicals such as carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide and petroleum chemical fumes, It protects the skin from the suns rays. It helps prevent eye damage from aging, excessive sunlight, and toxic chemical exposure. Individuals who regularly take supplemental vitamin E, which has 8 parts or it won’t work, are significantly less likely to develop cataracts than those who take no supplements. It prevents arterial and heart tissue damage due to aging or toxic chemical ingestion. It halts breast tissue damage from the ingestion of toxic fats (polyunsaturated fats; deep-fried oils) and helps reverse fibrocystic breast disease. It blocks the growth of certain tumors, notably melanoma. It increases blood flow to the internal organs, prevents slugging of the blood, and enhances the heart’s pumping ability. It increases virility by boosting sperm count and enhancing the fertilization process. It prevents cellular membrane damage from dietary toxins such as alcohol, tobacco smoke and polyunsaturated fats. It helps prevent bleeding disorders, such as placental hemorrhaging, menorrhagia (heavy menses), and nose bleeds, by normalizing blood clotting.

Vitamin E is fat-soluble, and that’s why it is primarily in fatty foods. A secondary source is dark green leafy vegetables. Food sources include, almonds, sunflower seeds, hazelnuts, avocados, salmon, spinach, organ meats, beef, lamb. Synthetic vitamin E may be less expensive, but it is also far less effective.

Destroyers of vitamin E include radiation from medical x-rays, radon contamination personal computers, television and video games, and radioactive dials from toys and/or watches containing radium dyes. Nitrated meats (ham, bacon, salami, and bologna) are significant vitamin E destroyers. Deep fried oils, margarine, and hydrogenated oils all destroy vitaminE. Inorganic iron, which is found in all white flour produces, oxidizes vitamin E.

Severe deficiency increases the risks for heart disease, hardening of the arteries, lupus, Parkinson’s disease, anemia, infertility, and immune deficiency.

I eat a hand full of organic raw or sprouted, nuts, sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds daily. Increase your consumption of dark green leafy vegetables. Eat nuts and pumpkin seeds daily. Also, I take a full spectrum naturally rich, stabilized to prevent oxidation, vitamin E source daily of crude fortified pumpkinseed oil. I add it to salads. It is ideal, because it contains no soy, which most commercial vitamin E is derived.

Vitamin K is essential for our survival. We could not exist without it! Vitamin K stimulates the synthesis of blood-clotting factors in the liver. Those who eat low-fat diets can develop internal bleeding and thinning of the blood. Severe vitamin K deficiency is potentially life-threatening, although rare, because the human body has the ability to synthesize enough vitamin K in the liver to keep blood clotting normalized. Vitamin K is also produced by certain naturally occurring intestinal organism, if you have them. Bacterial synthesis is such an important source that a disruption of the gut micro biome readily leads to a deficiency. The use of drugs such as antibiotics and cortisone are a primary cause of vitamin K deficiency.

Food sources include, alfalfa meal, spinach, Brussel sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, kale, liver, lean meats.

Mild deficiency increased your consumption of dark green leafy vegetables and foods containing vitamin K. Severe deficiency. See doctor immediately.

Taking aspirin, cholesterol-lowering medicines, blood thinners and antibiotics destroy vitamin K. I take a vitamin K supplement with vitamin E to help conserve and regenerate vitamin K. Vitamin C and bioflavonoid supplements help keep arterial tissues strong and prevent bleeding. Avoid meats that may contain antibiotic residues. I also take a high quality, refrigerated (viable) and specially encapsulated to be delivered in the intestines — probiotic daily.