You are Closer to Being Vitamin C Deficient Than You Think Written by Dr. Randy Wysong
Okay, so you think you are doing pretty well with your diet. You prepare most of your meals at home, don’t eat much junk food and aren’t a fast food eater only rarely. You think vitamins are pretty much nonsense—particularly since you are eating so well—and besides, you feel pretty healthy.
Well let me rain on that parade a little.
Consider this. In order for nutritional researchers to determine required levels of nutrients, diets must be designed of known nutrient content with a specific deficiency in nutrient being studied. Then varying doses of nutrient can be added to diet to determine at what level symptoms of deficiency disappear. In American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, a vitamin C-depleted real meal menu is described. The diet consists of following choices: Breakfast: Apple Juice, Applesauce, Raisin Bran, Shredded Wheat, Unprocessed bran, Hominy grits, Cream of Wheat, Eggs (scrambled or hard poached), Cheddar cheese, French toast, Syrup, Yogurt (plain or strawberry), Bran muffin, Glazed doughnut, Mini bagel, Cream cheese, White toast or bread, Wheat toast, Margarine, butter, Honey, Peanut butter, Sugar substitutes, Low-fat cream cheese, Coffee (regular or decaffeinated), Tea (regular or decaffeinated), Cream, White milk (whole, 2%, or skim), Chocolate milk, Buttermilk.
Lunch: Chicken noodle soup, Cream of chicken soup, Croutons, Escalloped chicken, Pork chops, Brown gravy, Garlic herb pizza, Grilled cheese sandwich, Tuna chunks, Yogurt (plain, vanilla or blueberry), Rice royale, Black beans, Rice, Pretzels, Applesauce, Diet Jell-O™, Cookies (chocolate chip or sugar), Ice cream (vanilla or chocolate), Bread (white or wheat), Saltines, Margarine, Butter, Sour cream, Peanut butter, Mustard, Mayonnaise, Sugar substitute, Relish, Coffee (regular or decaffeinated), Tea (regular, decaffeinated or iced), Cream
Dinner: Chicken and rice soup, Cottage cheese, Croutons, Fried shrimp, Roast beef, Brown gravy, Macaroni and cheese, Cheeseburger, Chicken salad, Yogurt (plain or peach), Pinto beans, Rice, Diet Jell-O™, Vanilla ice cream, Angel food cake, Bread (white or wheat), Margarine, Butter, Peanut butter, Coffee (regular or decaffeinated), Cream, Tea (regular, decaffeinated or iced) Evening Snacks: Peanut butter crackers, Graham crackers, Chocolate chip cookie, Popcorn, Ginger ale, Diet cola If you review these choices you should note something familiar. They are very foods that majority of people now consume! By eating these foods a person will restrict vitamin C intake to less than 5 mg per day. The bare minimum RDA (Recommended Daily Alolowance) so far established for vitamin C is 90 mg per day for men and 75 mg per day for women -- and this is highly contested as being far too low. There is a huge body of research now demonstrating that humans need several hundred milligrams (some believe more than a thousand) per day to achieve optimal health.
Is Common Sense or Research Needed to Cure Cancer?Written by Dr Randy Wysong
It is an incredible feat that organisms can begin from one cell and then differentiate and compartmentalize into millions of diverse tissue and organ niches that represent a mature body. Why brain, fingernail, liver, intestine and bone cells ever become what they are is mystery enough. Why they stay what they have become while still retaining full genetic information to produce an entire new body, compounds miracle even more. Cancer is a condition in which cells lose their orientation and proliferate uncontrollably. Any cell can become cancerous. A lot of them do, but are squelched by cell death (apoptosis), immune system or nipped in bud by DNA repair mechanisms. Successful cancer cells escape these impediments, disregard normal cellular checks and balances and become an island unto themselves with only their own survival and self-interests at heart. The cause of cancer is no mystery. It is our aberrant modern living context that has put us at cancer risk. When cells are forced to bathe in a milieu (the tissue soup we create with modern foods, drugs and lifestyle) entirely unlike what they are genetically programmed to expect, they revert to their most primitive directive – multiply, multiply, multiply – without regard for neighbors. It’s a sort of payback for our disregard for “neighbors” when we pollute and repudiate nature. Why should our cells be polite to their neighbors if we don’t have regard for ours? Since immune system is compromised from chronic stresses created by modern living, defenses are down. Couple this with nutritionally depleted and perverted modern processed diet and you have incubator for cancer. Today, about one in three humans will get cancer. In pets it is worse and perhaps leading cause of death. No evidence exists that disease was of similar incidence before our modern era. President Nixon's "War on Cancer" (beginning in early 1970s) is most failed and embarrassing "military" campaign ever undertaken by any nation at any time in history. One person in 30 got cancer at beginning of 20th century, now almost one in two do. Some will say that only reason incidence has increased is because humans and animals live longer due to modern medical measures. So when science fails in their mission to defeat cancer, they cleverly spin failure as their success. As I have shown previously (Why Modern Medicine is Greatest Threat to Health http://www.wysong.net/health/post_77_061902.shtml), this is nonsense since modern medical measures are themselves probably number one threat to life. The reason for cancer and most chronic degenerative diseases is modern living, pure and simple. We have subjected ourselves to an artificial environment to which we are not adapted. Nature – not exhaust, sugar, pop and plastic – is what we are designed for. Screw with Mother Nature and a price will be paid. Whatever inciting cause, it is known that inducement and propogation needs to be relentless and of long-standing duration. Cancer can have a latency period of decades, requiring continuous exposure to inciting stress. Our departure from our genetic roots certainly qualifies. If disease does not strike immediately after a bad life choice, then conclusion is that choice is just fine. We refuse to take long view and make intelligent decisions now for consequences that may not emerge until years later. It's a common human failing we see replayed in every aspect of human endeavor. It's modus operandi in government, economics, agriculture, social issues and health care. Living in moment is what children and animals do. We should do better with pounds of gyri and sulci resting on our shoulders. Nevertheless, this common sense approach (returning to our genetic roots) to preventing cancer and other diseases will be ignored. Instead we will pour billions of dollars into research to discover cure for cancer. But there will never be a cure other than respecting our genetic heritage and living, eating, breathing and drinking as we were designed to do. A pill or vaccine to save us just isn't going to happen. Let me give some examples of recent research findings that reveal obvious. First there is "discovery" that fresh fruits and vegetables contain anti-cancer nutrients such as antioxidants, vitamins and flavanoids. Why would they not be anti-cancer, they are natural food of humans? No research is necessary to discover that! Then there is "discovery" that cancer preferentially feeds on glucose, diverting it from body use and inefficiently metabolizing it by glycolysis into lactate and a couple ATP energy molecules. (Glucose normally yields 38 ATP.) The body then has to reconvert lactate back, via Cori cycle, into glucose (at an energy cost). The net result is that cancer acts like an energy sink resulting in cachexia, a pathetic condition of severe muscle wasting and debilitation. Modern diets are laden with sugar and starches that not only provide perfect food for cancer but perfect acidic medium in tissues. Processed sugar and starch is not a natural human food. No research is needed to discover that!