Contributory Factors for Osteo and Rheumatoid Arthritis,
Spinal Disc Disease, and Osteoporosis
Charlie Skeen, C.N.C
the United States diseases related to the bones, joints, spine,
and immune system are escalating each year. Modern medicine has
done very little to remedy these situations other than to perform
surgeries, such as joint replacement, and administer drugs to
reduce inflammation and pain. In the meantime, people continue
to suffer and pay ever rising health care costs for treatments
that offer no hope. These same treatments also increase the same
health problems they are trying to reverse due to the negative
effects of the drugs, and introduce other health problems.
of Your Car
Even though a person may not be a car mechanic he or she knows
that the car has to have the oil and filter changed regularly
and the right type of fuel, or the engine will become damaged
and eventually break down. People also know better than to put
water or some other liquid besides gasoline in the fuel tank or
the engine will not run. Other maintenance has to be performed
as well, such as tune-ups and wheel alignments, or your car will
begin to run horribly and eventually just fall apart.
The Human Machine
While the human body is made up of flesh, blood, and bone instead
of metal and other non-living material, it is similar to a car.
It requires the right type of fuel, clean healthy water and natural
unadulterated food, to keep it running smoothly and efficiently.
When sufficient amounts of the right type of fuel is lacking,
and the body is subjected to water contaminated with chemicals
such as chlorine and sodium fluoride, and other liquids such as
coffee, alcohol, milk, sodas, soy products, and sugary drinks,
along with foods that are processed, full of chemical additives,
cooked excessively, or microwaved, the human machine will be begin
to run horribly and eventually breakdown. It also doesn’t help
when other health destroying factors, such as smoking, come into
play. And just like a car that runs better when driven regularly,
the human body needs a consistent schedule of the right types
of exercise to keep it running smoothly.
of the Human Machine
When we purchase a car it comes with an owner’s manual on how
to properly take care of it. While this article is not a manual
it does provide information that can assist you to understand
some of the things that can contribute to unhealthy bones, joints,
spine, and immune system. But please understand that your health
can benefit in many other ways as well such as improved cardiovascular
Factors for Osteo and Rheumatoid Arthritis,
Spinal Disc Disease, and Osteoporosis
Milk and milk
products (See www.notmilk.com)
From my many years of experience I have learned that milk and
other dairy products are some of the worst foods you can consume.
I have seen many people’s health improve dramatically, including
my own, when dairy was eliminated from the diet. For in-depth
details how bad dairy is for the body go to the web site listed
at the beginning of this paragraph.
Some details about dairy
are that it has too much phosphorous, protein, and fat. It blocks
absorption and activity of vitamin D. Is an excess mucus producer,
blocks absorption of nutrients in the digestive tract, and is
allergy producing. Children suffer from ear infections. I can’t
begin to count the number of children whose ear infections cleared
up after the parents took them off of dairy. There is an increased
risk of milk alkali syndrome weakening the kidneys and preventing
conversion of vitamin D into calcitrol, the bioactive form of
D for calcium absorption and immune system health. Symptoms include
back and loin pain (related to kidney stones from calcium deposits),
excessive urination, and other problems that can result from kidney
failure. Some people advocate raw
milk but it has its drawbacks as well. And contrary to popular
belief cow’s milk is not a good source of calcium as the body
does not utilize it very well. It’s interesting to note that people
around the world that use the most dairy have the shortest life
spans and suffer the most from disease, including cancers. See
Coral Calcium What Are
the Facts? Buyer Beware!
As a substitute for dairy do no use soy as it is not the health
food people think it is as the next paragraph highlights. Instead
of drinking soy milk you can use rice and almond milk. As for
ice cream there is the Imagine Foods Rice Dream made from rice
with half the fat.
Soy contains phytoestrogens called isoflavones which suppress
thyroid function. Contain trypsin inhibitors that inhibit protein
digestion and affect pancreatic function. In test animals, diets
high in trypsin inhibitors led to stunted growth and pancreatic
disorders. Soy increase the body’s requirement for vitamin D.
Phytic acid in soy foods results in reduced bioavailability of
iron and zinc required for healthy bones, cartilage, and discs,
healthy immune system, and DNA repair.
Limit intake of soy foods and only use small amounts of fermented
soy foods such as tempeh and miso. Instead of drinking soy milk
you can use rice and almond milk.
All of the research about fluoride for decay-prevention was actually
from calcium fluoride, not sodium fluoride.
Depending on the mineral content of the water source calcium fluoride
can form when there is an adequate amount of calcium present,
and may be of some benefit. It is interesting to note that research
shows that fluoride, whether calcium or sodium, is one of the
major aging factors.
- Toxic Waste
The form of fluoride put into the drinking water and used by dentists
is sodium fluoride, a toxic poison from the aluminum
and fertilizer industries and was used primarily as a rat poison
before city municipalities were duped into thinking it was necessary
to add to water supplies to fight tooth decay. By having city
municipalities buy their leftover sodium fluoride to put into
their water supplies the aluminum and fertilizer industries not
only do not have to pay to legally dispose of this toxic waste
but they also make money, especially since the price to purchase
it went up over 1,000%.
Banned and Not Used In Other Countries
Researchers in Europe who studied the effects of sodium fluoride
on humans found that it was not safe for consumption resulting
in its ban and illegal use in Denmark, Holland, Sweden, Belgium
and Germany. However, countries such as France and Norway never
used sodium fluoride because they never found a sound scientific
reason to use it.
Effects of Sodium Fluoride
In his book titled, “Fluoride, The Aging Factor”
written by Dr. John Yiamouyianni there is hard scientific information
he provides about the damaging effects of sodium fluoride.
and blocks cellular enzyme activity (required for metabolic
or premature aging
disorders - such as lupus, sclera derma, rheumatoid arthritis
and other forms of arthritis.
and other degenerative conditions
|Skeletal fluorosis -
A condition where there is too much fluoride in the bone.
- 1st Stage - Symptoms can include pain in the bones
and joints, burning, pricking, and tingling in the limbs, muscle
weakness, chronic fatigue, reduced appetite and disorders of the
digestive system. During this stage x-rays can detect that the
bone has a more prominent and blurred structure and that there
are changes in the pelvis and spinal column.
Skeletal fluorosis - 2nd Stage - If left unchanged
the condition can worsen to where there is constant pain in the
bones and some of the ligaments start to calcify. The long bones,
such as in the legs, may become osteoporotic, or lose bone tissue,
and osteosclerosis ( this is when the bones become more dense
and develop an abnormal crystalline structure that can more easily
fracture and break) may be present. Bone spurs may begin to appear
around the arm and leg bones especially around the knee, elbow,
and on the surface of the tibia and ulna.
In 3rd Stage
of Skeletal fluorosis, or extreme skeletal fluorosis,
also referred to as crippling skeletal fluorosis, the arms and
legs become weak and movement is difficult, while the vertebrae
become fused together, crippling the individual.
The thyroid gland is involved with many functions of
the body such as temperature control, basal metabolic rate (oxygen
consumption), carbohydrate/fat/protein metabolism, nervous system
function, cardiovascular system (normal functioning of the heart),
muscular system, skeletal system (promotes normal growth and maturation
of the skeleton for developing children and in adults assists
in the demineralization of the skeleton), gastrointestinal system
(promotes healthy bowel tone, GI motility or movement, and digestive
enzymes), reproductive system (promotes normal female reproductive
ability and lactation), and promotes normal hydration and secretory
activity of the skin.
One can see that if the thyroid is disrupted it can be difficult
to maintain a healthy body weight and can explain one reason why
so many people are gaining abnormal weight, especially fat, and
having a difficult time in losing it. Many also feel that the
sodium fluoride is contributing to the abnormal height of some
people and to broad bottoms.
is A Poison
In his book “Fluoride, The Aging Factor”
Dr. John Yiamouyiannis warns "Fluoride is a poison!"
“The 1984 issue of Clinical Toxicology of Commercial Products
lists fluoride as more poisonous than lead and just slightly less
poisonous than arsenic. It has been used as a pesticide for mice,
rats and other small pests. A 10-pound infant could be killed
by 1/100 of an ounce and a 100-pound adult could be killed by
1/10 of an ounce of fluoride. The Akron Regional Poison Center
indicates that a 7-ounce tube of toothpaste contains 199 mg. of
fluoride, more than enough to kill a 25-pound child."
Dr. John Yiamouyiannis
also says in his book, "Fluoride interacts with the bonds
which maintain the normal shape of proteins. With distorted protein,
the immune system attacks it's own protein, the body's own tissue."
The visual and physical
effects from prolonged exposure to fluoride include nausea, bloody
vomit, faintness, stomach cramps, tremors, constipation, aching
bones, stiffness, skin rash, weight loss and brown or black discoloration
of the teeth.
It is healthier, more efficient, and safer to get our fluorine
from foods rather than taking inorganic and chemically produced
fluorides. Obtaining organic fluorine from foods along with organic
calcium form foods and in combination with high quality calcium
and other minerals such as magnesium and zinc in supplements will
assist the body in building a strong healthy surface on the teeth
and bones. Also, the natural fluorine protects the body from germs
Good sources of natural fluorine include foods such as avocado,
garlic, goat milk, goat cheese, and goat butter, greens, parsley,
brown rice, spinach, tomatoes, dates, cauliflower, cabbage, organic
egg yolks, cod liver oil, brussels sprouts, and black eye peas.
It is best to eat organically grown foods as much as possible.
of Sodium Fluoride for Good Health
Obviously if we want to have healthy bones and joints, as well
as good overall health, we have to eliminate sodium fluoride from
our drinking water. And while natural fluorine in foods is easily
removed as it evaporates during cooking, water containing sodium
fluoride does not. That being the case we should not cook with
water containing sodium fluoride in addition to not drinking it.
If you plan on using a filter for your water, or are presently
using one, make sure from the manufacturer that it does remove
Chlorine is a powerful toxic chemical
that was used to kill soldiers in war. First used in United States
in 1908 in New Jersey to kill bacteria in drinking water. Mixes
with decaying organic matter in ground and surface water producing
chemicals called trihalomethanes that are proven to cause cancer.
Research has demonstrated that it damages and destroys vitamin
E, all of the B vitamins such as folic acid (folate) and interferes
with the function of zinc which in turn will affect DNA repair,
immune system function, and in general cause every cell in the
body to deteriorate more quickly causing pre-aging and diseases
such as arthritis, osteoporosis, diabetes, heart disease, various
cancers, depression and other mental disabilities, and autoimmune
diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis. Also, destroys the friendly
bacteria in the digestive tract affecting absorption of nutrients,
causing immune system problems (70% of immune system is in the
small intestine), reduces ability to protect the body from absorbing
other pathogenic bacteria and fight off parasites. Chlorine removes
iodine from the thyroid disrupting healthy thyroid function. Don’t
drink chlorinated water, and use a shower filter as a hot shower
and bath increases the absorption of chlorine. Also, try to find
a swimming pool without chlorine.
Read article - Chlorine
-“Crippler and Killer”
It’s interesting to note that the microwave oven was
developed during World War II when Hilter in Nazi Germany was
looking for a fast method to cook food in the field for his soldiers.
After the war when Russia and the United States invaded and defeated
Germany they found the research on microwaves and brought it back
to their respective countries. Please note what others have discovered
about the food cooked in microwave ovens.
In Dr. Lita Lee's book,
Health Effects of Microwave Radiation - Microwave
Ovens, and in the March and September 1991 issues
of Earthletter, she stated that every
microwave oven leaks electro-magnetic radiation, harms food, and
converts substances cooked in it to dangerous organ-toxic and
cancer causing products. Further research summarized in this article
reveal that microwave ovens are far more harmful than previously
Some of the findings
in a Russian Study on foods that were cooked in a microwave published
by the Atlantis Raising Educational Center in Portland, Oregon
prepared meats sufficiently to insure sanitary ingestion
caused formation of
d-Nitrosodienthanolamines, a well-known cancer producer.
milk and cereal grains converted some of their amino acids
into cancer causing chemicals.
frozen fruits converted their glucoside and galactoside
containing fractions into cancer producing substances.
short exposure of raw, cooked or frozen vegetables converted
their plant alkaloids into cancer producers.
causing free radicals were formed in microwaved plants,
especially root vegetables.
of the food had decreased nutritional content.
also reported a marked acceleration of structural degradation
leading to a decreased food value of 60 to 90% in all foods tested.
Among the changes observed were:
bio-availability of vitamin B complex, vitamin C, vitamin
E, essential minerals and lipotropic factors in all food
kinds of damage to many plant substances, such as alkaloids,
glucosides, galactosides and nitrilosides.
degradation of nucleo-proteins in meats.
Don’t let convenience
ruin your health. Avoid microwaving and use conventual ovens to
bake or broil.
weight bearing exercise
Such things as walking, working in the garden or around
the house, and swimming are not sufficient to maintain strong
bones and joints. You need a planned targeted resistance training
program done a minimum of 1 hour three days a week. Start slowly,
10 to 15 minutes, and build your way up. This can be accomplished
with machines, free weights, and resistance bands.
When a person carries excess body weight in the form of fat, even
as little as 20 pounds, it can put undue wear and tear on the
joints, particularly the hips and knees, causing them to wear
Smoking produces too much carbonic acid robbing the body of oxygen
and creates an over-acid pH leaching minerals from the body. It
destroys vitamins like E, C and A, decreasing protection from
free radicals which damage cells and increase inflammation, pain,
heart disease, and toxic metal cadmium builds up increasing risk
of high blood pressure. Also, decreases collagen production weakening
the skin (causing wrinkles and pre-aging), bones, cartilage and
support tissues such as tendons and ligaments. Can increase inflammation,.
Alcohol is naturally acidic and dehydrates the body, and creates
free radicals that damage cells and uses up vitamins and minerals.
If in excess destroys vitamins and minerals required for healthy
DNA and repair of cells such as bone, cartilage and support tissues.
Alcohol destroys prostaglandin 1 (PGE1), a hormone-like
substance, increasing the risks of inflammation, arthritis, pain,
heart disease, brain and immune dysfunctions.
Coffee is a natural diuretic, acidic and dehydrates the
body. If in excess, more than two cups daily, can increase the
acid pH causing loss of minerals and vitamins required for healthy
DNA, and healthy bones and joints, increase inflammation, pain,
and heart disease.
Sodas and other
Sodas and other soft drinks contain little to no nutrition,
are very acidic, and dehydrate the body. They contain too much
phosphorus leaching calcium from the body causing the loss of
vitamins and other minerals. Eliminate these foodless, nutrition
sapping, dehydrating drinks and use pure healthy chemical free
water and teas containing natural minerals.
Distilled water is devoid of minerals
making it is very acidic to the body and leaches the chemicals
in the plastic bottles they are contained in. No culture on earth
naturally drinks distilled water, they drink water containing
minerals. If you have a distiller, or buy distilled water, you
can put minerals back into the water by adding natural minerals
from Source Naturals Ion Charge™ Ionic Minerals. Use about 1 to
2 teaspoons per gallon.
Many people are dehydrated due to not
drinking enough water, and using too much coffee, sodas, milk,
alcohol, and fruit juices. As a result the spinal discs of the
back shrink and lose their support and cushioning effect creating
pain. Also, the cartilage requires water to maintain healthy synovial
fluid production for lubrication. The cartilage also needs water
to maintain its shock absorbing qualities. If dehydration becomes
too severe it can cause the cartilage and spinal discs to dry
out and become brittle and damaged. 50% of back pain sufferers
were found to be dehydrated.
How to Calculate Your Daily
Requirement for Water
To calculate your
water requirements divide your body weight by 2. Example:
A 180 pound man divided by 2 equals 90 ounces, or 11 to12 glasses
Even more water is required for smokers, dieters, active people,
people living in high altitudes, hot/cold weather, seniors, pregnant
women, nursing mothers, babies and school age children, prescription
drug users, and drinkers of dehydrating beverages.
In particular table salt which is mined from land and
lacks trace minerals. Too much salt interferes with absorption
of other nutrients and removes calcium from the body. Americans
average around 17,000 mg a day, or 3 1/2 teaspoons of salt. whereas
a safe level is 3,000 daily. If you must use salt use natural
sea salt or organic seaweeds which contains around 60 trace minerals
from the ocean.
Processed fats and oils (margarine, fried foods,
hydrogenated or trans fatty acids)
These unnatural processed oils and fats are used heavily in the
fast food industry and in processed foods in grocery stores. These
fats will destroy the body’s natural essential fatty acids. These
fats cannot be used by the body and will contribute to many diseases
such as cancers, diabetes, and promote inflammation which in turn
will weaken the immune system as well as contribute to heart disease,
osteoporosis, and osteo and rheumatoid arthritis as the immune
system attacks the bone and joints, and produce pain. Natural
healthy oils and fats include unrefined extra virgin olive oil
and sesame oil. Coconut oil is good as well. Never use extreme
heat or fry with these oils.
Eating more natural
unrefined foods is a better way to get your essential fatty acids
as they will be better balanced.
and Prescription Drugs
Drugs such as cortisone, Advil, and other NSAIDs alleviate
the pain and inflammation by blocking the production of the prostaglandin
PGE2 and leukotrienes, but they also interfere with
the production of the prostaglandins PGE1and PGE3
which naturally reduce inflammation and pain and are needed by
the body to maintain healthy bone, cartilage, synovial fluid,
and a healthy cardiovascular system. Long term use of these drugs
will contribute to the destruction of the joints and bones.
of the Digestive Tract and Immune System
The above listed medications and drugs also destroy the friendly
bacteria in the digestive tract reducing the ability to properly
absorb nutrients and eliminate waste, prevent parasites and the
buildup and absorption of toxins and pathogenic bacteria from
the intestines, and create a leaky gut which will induce food
allergies and a negative immune system response. Since 70% of
the immune system is in the small intestine it can become overwhelmed,
weaken and lose its ability to recognize friendly cells and begin
to attack your own body such as the cells of the cartilage and
bone and blood vessels. If this situation is not corrected autoimmune
diseases such as lupus and rheumatoid arthritis can result and
inflammation throughout the entire body will occur elsewhere such
as the cardiovascular system increasing the risks of heart attack
Aspirin robs the body
of copper especially the stomach wall. Copper is needed with vitamin
C to produce elastin and healthy collagen tissue to maintain a
healthy stomach wall to protect it from acid during digestion.
Over time the stomach will produce an ulcer. Copper is also needed
to maintain healthy blood vessel walls and their elasticity, as
well as for production of the antioxidant superoxide dismutase,
an enzyme that protects the body from free radicals such as the
superoxide and other peroxides which damage cells such as cartilage
(Found to cause jaw bone death. Osteonecrosis - Bone Death)
Researchers have found that while Fosamax does help to build denser
bone it has not prevented fractures. This is because instead of
improving bone health it actually makes them more brittle, which
of course makes them more prone to fractures, the exact opposite
of what you want. Also, it was found that even if people stopped
taking Fosamax it can remain in the body for up to ten years.
Please note what one researcher Susan Ott, MD, of the University
of Washington wrote in a 2004 letter published in the Annals
of Internal Medicine, "Many people believe
that these drugs are 'bone builders,' but the evidence shows they
are actually bone hardeners." Natural healthy bone while
very sturdy and has more strength than steel the same size, is
also very flexible. If bone becomes too hard then it can more
easily fracture and break. Fosamax
- A Drug with Deadly Results
Foods that have been processed, such as white flour and
rice, fried foods, frozen TV dinners, candy, boxed cereals, microwavable
foods, potato chips and other snack foods are loaded with excess
salt, sugars, and chemical additives. These types of foods are
deficient in vitamins, minerals, and enzymes and cannot nourish
the body and in fact will rob the body of vitamins, minerals,
and enzymes as the body will use these up in trying to digest
these dead devitalized foods sapping your energy, strength and
Most supplements use minerals that are not properly chelated
for absorption. They break down in the digestive system blocking
absorption and destroying other nutrients. Popular minerals used
are gluconates, carbonates, oxides, sulphates, fumarates, and
chlorides. Minerals are very important to the health of the bone,
cartilage, spinal discs, cardiovascular system, DNA repair and
functions, and enzymes for myriads of metabolic processes.
To properly lubricate the joints the body must maintain
a healthy synovial fluid consistency and balance. If the synovial
fluid drys out, or becomes too thin, the joints will create too
much friction from movement and eventually will deteriorate and
become inflamed causing pain and stiffness. A mucopolysaccharide,
called hyaluronic acid, binds protein, water and other substances
to form synovial fluid, and is required to maintain its effectiveness.
Enzyme and Lead (toxic heavy metal)
While most everyone has some level of lead in their body researchers
have found that around 38% of the people with arthritis have higher
levels. They have also found out that the higher level of lead
activates an enzyme called hyaluronidase which destroys hyaluronic
acid and the synovial fluid. The decomposed synovial fluid then
spreads to the surrounding lymphatic vessels of the joint causing
inflammation and swelling.
Too Much Calcium
In people with arthritis they discovered that they had too much
calcium in their bodies and too little magnesium. Too much calcium
prevents magnesium from working preventing the calcium from being
used properly by the body as well. When the calcium and magnesium
levels are properly balanced they can prevent the lead from activating
the hyaluronidase enzyme no matter how elevated. Magnesium also
helps to remove the lead.
Research has also demonstrated that sufficient amounts of vitamin
E inhibits the production of the hyaluronidase enzyme. The levels
of vitamin E as well as A, D, and the B-complex are usually lower
in people with arthritis. For the body to produce sufficient amounts
of hyaluronic acid the minerals magnesium, manganese, and cobalt
found in B-12 are required and are also usually found to be low
in people with arthritis. For proper absorption and utilization,
including sublingual, the supplemental B-12 should be in the form
of methylcobalamin. Cyanacobalamin that most supplements contain
is inactive and has to be converted before it can be used by the
Vitamin D is considered both a hormone,
since the body can produce it when the skin is exposed to sunlight,
and a vitamin. Scientists have found that vitamin D is needed
not only to promote absorption of calcium and phosphorous from
the small intestine and bone formation, but also works with the
immune system to keep it functioning normally and regulates the
health and activity of 20 different tissues including the brain
and cell growth. Without sufficient vitamin D certain immune cells
would attack the bone tissue, and when there is an adequate amount
other immune cells help to build bone. Research has found that
people do not receive enough. They are now requiring 800 IU daily
or more with an upper safe limit of 2,500 IU daily. Vitamin D
must be converted into the biologically active form, calcitrol,
for use through the liver and kidneys with enzymes. And these
enzymes cannot be produced and activated unless the minerals zinc,
magnesium, manganese, and boron are in sufficient supply.
and Chemical Damage
Our bodies are constantly attacked by free radicals that
have unpaired electrons that seek out other healthy cells and
rob them of their electrons, and by chemicals which can damage
them. If enough cells are damaged, such as cartilage, bone, and
synovial fluid, there will be inflammation and pain. And the damage
can be so severe that it can cause serious health problems such
as arthritis and heart disease. Free radicals come from many sources
such as the oxygen we breathe, the chemicals in the air, water,
and foods that are fried or burned, and we even make free radicals
when we digest our foods and exercise.
Protection from these free radicals and chemicals come from antioxidants
such as vitamins A, beta carotene, C, E, and the mineral selenium.
With enough vitamin C and adequate B vitamin riboflavin-5-phosphate
the body can produce the amino acid L-glutathione for protection
from free radicals, and with selenium it can produce L-glutathione
peroxidase to protect us from free radicals and chemicals. Free
radicals such as the superoxide can overtime, if left unchecked,
destroy the synovial fluid and cartilage while all the time producing
inflammation and making it painful to move. When the minerals
zinc, copper, and manganese are in plentiful supply the body can
produce a very powerful antioxidant called superoxide dismutase
which neutralizes this free radical.
Too Much Protein
or Too Little Protein (Essential amino acids)
If too much protein is eaten, especially animal, the body can
become too acidic and leach minerals causing bone loss, or if
too little protein there would not be enough essential amino acids
to build tissues such as bone and muscles, maintain a healthy
immune and gland and organ systems.
Vitamin C maintains a protein called collagen which is
essential for the formation of connective tissue in skin, ligaments,
tendons, cartilage, and bones. It works with certain enzymes in
the body to form the amino acid L-proline from two other amino
acids, L-glutamate or L-ornithine. In turn, proline is used by
the body to form another amino acid called hydroxyproline. Vitamin
C also is needed to act as a coenzyme to convert lysine to hydoxylysine.
Hydoxylysine and hydroxyproline are essential in maintaining a
very stable collagen structure, which is likened to glue that
holds the body tissues together.
for Vitamin C
The need for vitamin C increases with age because of the need
to regenerate collagen. Studies have shown that vitamin C protects
and enhances cartilage formation while research has proven that
excess vitamin C is crucial to maintaining healthy cartilage cells.
Among the elderly, insufficient intake of vitamin C is quite common.
This has resulted in altered cartilage production and compromised
Research has proven
that vitamin C is critical to the production and protection of
healthy cartilage cells. Vitamin C also assists in converting
the inactive form of folic acid into the bioactive form, folinic
acid, which is required for the conversion of the toxic amino
acid homocysteine into cystanthionine. Elevated homocysteine levels
are known to break down the collagen in the bone and artery wall
weakening these structures.
of vitamin C should be either in an ascorbate form or Ester-C
as they are non-acid. Since vitamin C is quickly used up due to
physiological, psychological, emotional, and chemical stress,
a minimum of 1,000 milligrams three times daily, or 3,000 mg,
should be used, or more. At least half or equal amounts of bioflavonoids
should be taken as well as they assist its absorption and activity.
Ongoing research is discovering that only 200 to 400 mcg of synthetic
folic acid found in most supplements can be converted by the body
into the bioactive form. After that it seems that unconverted
folic acid fills the blood and cells of the body and prevents
the bioactive folates such as tetrahydrofolate, folinic acid and
L-5-methyltetrahydrofolate from entering. Also, about 25% of the
population have a mutated gene that will not allow them to produce
an enzyme required to convert folic acid into a bioactive form.
In addition to taking in synthetic folic acid from supplements
it has also been added to prepared foods since 1998 as mandated
by Federal Law.
Interfere and Destroy Natural Folates
Medications such as aspirin, cholesterol lowering drugs, cortisone,
cough syrups, oral contraceptives, phenobarbital, tetracyclines,
anticonvulsants also interfere with the absorption and action
Researchers are discovering that the excessive intake of synthetic
folic acid from supplements and prepared foods with its poor conversion
rate, and for some no conversion at all, is preventing the bioactive
forms of folates from being used by the body to maintain healthy
homocysteine levels. Excessive levels interfere with healthy bone
formation and damage blood vessels contributing to heart attacks
and strokes. These bioactive folates are also involved in the
repair and maintenance of DNA. Without healthy DNA, cells such
as bone and cartilage, will gradually weaken contributing to bone
loss and joint problems, as well as other health issues.
Natural forms of folates are found in high concentrations in green
leafy vegetables such as kale, spinach, beet greens, and chard.
Also, foods such as legumes, asparagus, broccoli, cabbages, ripened
oranges, root vegetables, whole grains, and some nuts such as
almonds, filberts. It is very sensitive to heat and light and
easily destroyed by cooking.
B-12 is also required as well to maintain healthy homocysteine
levels. Excessively high levels of homocysteine increases the
risks of cardiovascular disease, vascular disease, coronary heart
disease, heart attacks, strokes, alzheimer's disease, kidney disease,
psoriasis, breast cancer, acute lymphoblastic leukemia, neural
tube defects in babies, and osteoporosis. Also, a deficiency of
B-12 over time will lead to severe and permanent nerve damage.
One of the symptoms of B-12 deficiency is a pins and needles feeling
and burning sensations in the hands and feet, and other surfaces
of the body.
B-12 - Bioactive
It is recommended that supplemental B-12 be in the bioactive form
of methylcobalamin. The inactive form, cyanacobalamin, has poorer
absorption and has to be converted in the liver before it can
be used. Many people, especially the elderly, those with illnesses,
nutrient deficiencies, excessive stress, liver problems, genetic
abnormalities have a difficult time doing this. Also, many of
the same medications that interfere with the natural folates affect
B-12 as well.
Homeostasis for Promoting Good Health and Prevention of Disease
Balance is Required
for Optimal Health
To have good health we must maintain homeostasis, or balance,
of all the required elements such as vitamins, minerals, other
antioxidants from plant sources, protein (amino acids), carbohydrates,
fats, enzymes, water, soluble and insoluble fiber, and probiotics,
or friendly bacteria.
Too Little or
Too Much Can Upset the Balance
We are only as strong as our weakest link. If we do not get enough
of just one of the elements listed above we break homeostasis,
or balance, which weakens the cells that make up the body systems
such as the cardiovascular, respiratory, immune, and nervous systems.
This also includes the bones, joints, glands, organs, and skin.
And the same holds true if we take in too much of something such
as calcium which will prevent magnesium from working causing bone
loss and disrupt the entire body as it is required for the manufacture
of over 300 enzymes. And some of these enzymes are needed to process
fats, carbohydrates, proteins, energy production, maintain a healthy
heart beat and blood pressure, and repair the DNA to maintain
healthy cell function.
Exposure to Health Destroying Influences
We also have to eliminate as much as possible things that can
damage the body such as smoking, alcohol, drugs and medications,
processed foods, fried foods, microwaved foods, chlorine and sodium
fluoride, sodas and other non-nutritious drinks, chemicals and
pollutants, sugars, unfermented soy foods, dairy, bad fats, and
other forms of irritants and oxidants, over-eating, excess body
fat and weight.
Use It or Lose
The body is meant to be used. Exercise improves our energy, blood
flow and oxygen uptake, strengthens bones, muscles, tendons, and
ligaments, improves digestion and elimination, reduces stress
and depression and improves the mood, and maintains a healthy
metabolism for proper body weight, prevents muscle loss., and
helps us to keep our stamina and balance as we age. A regular
program of exercise, aerobically and anaerobically (resistance
training) should be performed weekly.
There Is No
Once an individual learns what is required to overcome disease
and maintain good health throughout their life it must be put
into action. There is no magic bullet or special drug, herb, supplement,
or food. If you want to improve your health and keep it that way
you must improve in all areas of your life, eat fresh healthy
food, drink clean unpolluted water, exercise regularly, get proper
sleep and rest, have a healthy positive mental attitude, use high
quality science based supplements, and eliminate bad habits and
lifestyles that damage the body.