Kids Defense... a product with such a bold name. A product designed to give a child’s body a powerful advantage over the toxic environment they are exposed to. Eating a healthy diet and being proactive with ones health is always important, but sometimes the body needs more. Orthomolecular Medicine is a practice that involves higher doses of certain micronutrients to prevent or remedy molecular damage, prevent oxidative stress of any kind, correct deficiencies, and correct dependencies. Vitamin c is a powerful and safe antioxidant. In fact, there is no known toxic dosage and it can be safely used in higher doses. According to Doctor Thomas Levy, “ overwhelming documentation proves that in high enough doses this substance prevents and cures cancer, heart disease, infectious & degenerative disease and can neutralize and even reverse damage from virtually all toxins, venoms, and radiation”(Levy T., 2011). Vitamin c has a miraculous healing record. Look into the work of the great vitamin c pioneers such as Linus Pauling, Robert F. Cathcart, Frederick Kenner, and Thomas Levy who I referenced above.
Some people seem to suffer more with bloating and gas when first beginning vitamin c therapy. Flushing and long term use seem to arrest this effect. Unless illness occurs then it reappears only to resolve once again. Researching this occurrence I found some profound information. It appears that this gas and bloat is a strong indication of inflammation.
“Isolation of bacteria capable of decomposing ascorbic acid from intestinal contents of adults, infants and certain animals, as well as from gastric washings of achlorhydrics was described in a previous study (Kendall and Chinn '38 a). It was shown that preliminary enrichment of source material in media containing ascorbic acid is a prerequisite for success (Kendall and Chinn '38 b). Furthermore, it was pointed out that ascorbic acid decomposing organisms thus isolated are specialized " strains" of bacteria, belonging for the most part to the strongly fermenting Mucosus capsulatus and Micrococcus ovalis groups rather than to definitive " species" of bacteria. This occurrence of bacteria among the multitude of intestinal microbes capable of utilizing ascorbic acid for energy requirements in absence of the ordinary carbohydrates, focuses attention upon several unexplored problems relating to their occurrence in the alimentary tract : their origin, numbers, acclimatization, and possibility of overgrowth in the intestinal environment”(Kendall A.Ph. D., et al.,1941).
The b vitamins are usually regarded together, after all they work synergistic-ally in the body. But, what if one of the b vitamins, alone, held astonishing healing abilities? It turns out that in 1952, Abraham Hoffer, PHD, MD, proved through a double blind placebo controlled study that vitamin b3 has the ability to cure schizophrenia(Hoffer A., Walker M., 1978). This knowledge is not mainstream and anti-psychotics with severe side effects continue to be used as the first line therapy. My research has uncovered a broad range of healing benefits by this vitamin. The mind, heart, brain, and skin all can be benefited by therapeutic doses of this nutrient. Vitamin b3 as an individual nutrient has an astonishing record of profound benefits to the human body.
Breastmilk is a powerful liquid. It has shown to hold some powerful antiviral and antibacterial properties. I megadose vitamin c on a daily basis and always thought that this was supplying my breastmilk with megadoses, Unfortunately, through testing I now know that my baby needs to be supplemented vitamin c as well. This winter she developed two ear infections, strep, and the flu. The ear infections and strep I was not supplementing her with vitamin c and she was extremely sick. She developed an ear infection and when it ruptured she developed bells palsy. At that time I began supplementing her with vitamin c apart from my megadosing and breastfeeding. She began to heal extremely well and when she developed the flu it consisted of a stuffy nose and a slight fever overnight. It was not as bad with the supplementation of vitamin c.
I decided to do a little experiment to see what was up with my breastmilk. I used Quantofix vitamin c test strips. I tested out my glass of ascorbic acid first and as you can see the concentration of vitamin c appears very high. My daughters test strip from urine appeared exactly the same color after I supplemented her with 2 grams of vitamin c. I tested my milk foremilk and hindmilk together before supplementation of vitamin c. The test strip shows 100 mg/L of vitamin c. I then drank 8 grams of vitamin c. My bowel tolerance is 3 but I wanted to flush to really see how bowel tolerance and flushing impact my milk. As you can see throughout this time of bowel tolerance, flushing, and an hour after there was no change in the concentration of vitamin c in my breastmilk. Just after the 8 grams my milk appears to show a darker color but no significant change.
I have concluded that megadosing moms should also be supplementing their babies with vitamin c for optimal health. There is just too much toxicity in our world to not be supplementing vitamin c. This dosage chart needs to also apply to megadosing breastfeeders.
This fall has brought on some very dry weather. As forest fires rage here in the Great Smoky Mountains so do skin conditions. Oftentimes if skin issues are related to detoxification or allergens, vitamin c therapy alone will resolve it. But those that use high doses of vitamin c regularly and experience skin ailments are looking for a way to ease their discomfort.
Borage oil contains high concentrations of a fatty acid known as (GLA) gamma-linolenic acid. Some of us do not convert linoleic acid into GLA adequatey due to either nutritional deficiencies or genetic dependencies. There are only a few really great sources known for their GLA content: Borage oil, black currant, and evening primrose oil.
The Institute of Gerontology at the University of Erlangen-Nürnberg found that "the consumption of borage oil induced a statistically significant improvement of cutaneous barrier function in the elderly people, as reflected in a mean decrease of 10.8% in the transepidermal water loss. Thirty-four percent of the people noted itch before borage oil consumption and 0% afterwards"(Brosche T., 2000). Borage oil supplementation and topic use can improve the health of the skin for those that suffer from skin disorders.
Borage oil does not just promote healthy skin, it improves the health of the entire body. Here is a list of things that this supplement is beneficial for:
Borage oil lowers inflammation in the body making it an excellent supplement for prevention against inflammatory diseases. Gamma-linolenic acid converts to prostaglandins, protecting the body from inflammation and reducing pain. Tannins within borage oil protects the brain from oxidative stress and improves cognitive performance and memory.
Adding this powerful supplement into ones diet along with vitamin c to bowel tolerance is a great idea. Especially those that suffer from inflammatory, behavioral, and skin disorders. When shopping for borage oil it is always best to look for organic options.
Brosche T., (2000). Effect of borage oil consumption on fatty acid metabolism, transepidermal water loss and skin parameters in elderly people. University of Erlangen-Nürnberg.
Nürnberg, Germany: Pubmed.
I have been playing around with different recipes for a a year now and have finally found one my kids love! They ate so many of these last night that I had to hide them just so they wouldn't flush.
Here's what you need:
2 Cups of water or 2 cups of juice
2 Packs of powdered drink mix(2 teaspoons)
6 Tablespoons of gelatin
8 Teaspoons of ascorbic acid
2 Teaspoons of sodium bicarb
Pour a little of the water into a separate cup with 8 teaspoons of ascorbic acid and 2 teaspoons of sodium bicarb. Let that fizz.
Heat up the rest of the jwater and mix in 2 packets of a powder flavored beverage. The water does not need come to a boil. Add in 6 tablespoons of gelatin and mix until fully dissolved. Remove from heat and once cooled down enough, add the vitamin c. Mix until well blended. Pour into glass dish and stick in the fridge. Cut into 32 squares that are 1 gram of vitamin c each. Enjoy!
Metabolic Syndrome X (MSX) is a constellation of 5 risk factors that greatly increase one's chances of developing
Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. It is not a disease per se, but is rather an indication of a worsening
metabolic environment that paves the way for disease. It is highly important for the student of nutrition or dietetics to
understand this condition since 68,000,000 American's have this condition per the 2006 NHANES III study; roughly
32 % of the population. (2) Those at greatest risk are those over 55 who are sedentary and obese. Smokers and
heavy drinkers are also at greater risk. However, the NHANES study also noted that teens can have this syndrome so it
is certainly not limited to the elderly and middle ages. Also, perhaps more alarmingly, the study noted a 34% increase
in prevalence from 1990-2006 in women ages 20-39. It was much less common in this age group before 1990 and the
increase in prevalence tracks with the increase in obesity rates that the study also notes from that time period.
Infertility is estimated to affect 1 in 6 couples. The desire to bring new life into the world is a great one and the
inability to do so can be discouraging. Couples seek out cause and resolution with infertility. There are many
causes of infertility such as estrogen dominance, deficiencies, and toxicity. The human body is designed to
reproduce and create life. The most important thing a person experiencing infertility must do is evaluate their
lifestyle. A delicate life cannot grow healthily within a sub-optimal environment, which means a mother must nourish and cleanse her body before she carries a child.
I used to think of candida as a predator, stealing all the good in my body for itself. When I first started reading about candida overgrowth and how to overcome it, I was overwhelmed by the tortuous diet that would be required. The point of the candida diet is to starve it to death. So I began by consuming only vegetables, meat, fat, almonds, and brown rice. Weight dropped off of my body like I was shedding my winter coat. I don’t recall ever feeling better in the year I was on the candida diet, in fact I felt worse. With many hospital visits and late night google searches something was still missing. On this diet I may have been starving the candida to death but the problem was, I was also starving myself.
I have often wondered why it is I lose my ability to taste when I come down with a cold or the flu. It is actually very
interesting how our senses can be affected by our environment. Acute anosmia is what it is called when
we lose our sense of smell during a viral illness. We lose the ability to taste most things but some obvious things
we will still be able to taste and smell.
Gustation and olfaction are chemical senses, they use chemoreceptors that detect molecules in food. This
complex process is referred to as transduction. Taste is actually 80% smell so when we are sick our nasal passages
are inflamed or filled with mucus and this affects our ability to taste. The volatile odors are unable to reach
alofactory receptor cells. Not only do viral infections make us feel terrible but they often times have a negative
effect on life’s pleasures, tasting and smelling. Prevention is the best practice when it comes to viral illnesses.
A healthy diet, supplementation of vitamin c and zinc, and plenty of vitamin d from the sun can go a long way in
minimizing the symptoms of a viral illness. In the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics they
found in a study that “Vitamin C in megadoses administered before or after the appearance of cold and flu
symptoms relieved and prevented the symptoms in the test population compared with the control group”
(Gorton H., Jarvis K., 1999). This sounds very promising in preventing symptoms, even a symptom like acute
Petersen D., BA,nDip.NT, Dip.Acu, RH, (2016). NAT 211. Module 1: The Senses.. Portland, OR: American College of Healthcare Sciences.
Gorton H., Jarvis K., (1999). The effectiveness of vitamin C in preventing and relieving the symptoms of virus-induced respiratory infections. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutic: Pubmed. Retrieved from http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10543583