I have returned after two years. So I hope to post more again here.
Here are some items of information regarding my experiences with my digestive issues and nutritional supplements. I am not a “licensed nutritionist” and I’m not “giving medical advice” because I know there are bureaucrats who want to crack down on bloggers for “giving medical advice” while being “unlicensed.” But I am just relaying what I’ve learned thus far via my own personal experiences and information I’ve read extensively for these past 15 years now. You can look into these things further yourself if this interests you, or you can take it with a grain of sea salt. It’s up to you.
Because of some issues in my digestive system, while I can have “bland” foods such as baked chicken white meat and hard-boiled eggs, there are some foods I can’t have, such as most vegetables and fruits. However, I can have baked potato without the skin. I also have carrot juice, which has been a huge important addition since I discovered it. The carrot juice gives a great amount of vitamin A and potassium. I also have organic grape juice and apple juice. And thank God for the extra virgin olive oil as well.
But I do have various vitamins and other supplements to make sure I’m getting enough of the nutrients that might be missing, especially from my not eating actual vegetables. Now, for those who think that the studies which have concluded that taking nutritional supplements and vitamins makes no difference, the reason those studies conclude that (besides studies being funded by a Big Agra or Big Pharma company), is because most of the time those studies use junk products, such as synthetic vitamin E (dl-alpha tocopherol). Many vitamin E supplements use that form which is why they have virtually no effect. The more effective form of vitamin E is d-alpha tocopherol (not dl-alpha), which is the natural form. The label states which one the product has. I have learned quite a lot about all these things since about 15 years ago when my medical issues began.
And I also take quercetin in a capsule supplement, Quercetin is a natural bioflavonoid which is found in some fruits and vegetables and has a high antioxidant effect. The problem with these supplement makers is that, while quercetin is a good thing to have in a supplement form (especially if you can’t have most fruits and vegetables but still need their antioxidant benefits), the quercetin supplement producers provide too high a dosage per capsule. I’m getting the lowest dosage I can find (500 mg) and even that’s too high, so I pour out at least half of the contents in the sink.
But most supplement makers seem to be putting too much into each pill. I wish they would make supplements with lower dosages.
I have already addressed vitamin C, and linked to this article regarding the effectiveness of lower dosages vs. higher dosages. i.e. taking too much at a time and per day reduces its effectiveness.
Another thing that’s important is magnesium. You get that mostly in leafy vegetables and nuts. I can’t have any of those things. Most magnesium supplements, and the forms of magnesium that most multi vitamins provide, are not very well absorbed, and mainly go right down the digestive system and act as laxatives. I guess that’s okay if you need a laxative. But a lot of people need extra magnesium for muscle health. So I was taking magnesium citrate, which is known to be very absorbable, certainly more than other forms. But I still felt I wasn’t getting enough, and when I increased the magnesium citrate it was then beginning to have too much of a laxative effect. So I have switched to magnesium glycinate which is a 200mg caplet that supposedly gives you 50% of the RDA. I think it’s possible that 200mg is just too much at once, so I’d like to get that in 100mg tablets or caplets.
Why aren’t more of these products available at the regular stores like CVS, etc.? Much of what they sell is magnesium crap, i.e. just not useful. And I don’t want to order stuff online.
And vitamin D is important. The best way to get adequate vitamin D is sunlight exposure. But if you take a vitamin D supplement, it is also important to balance that with adequate vitamin K2. The vitamin D helps your calcium intake to absorb, but that vitamin D and calcium need K2 to distribute the calcium to where it needs to go: the bones, mainly. Without adequate vitamin K2, your calcium could get built up in the arteries or heart. Most people who eat conscientiously, with a goodly amount of vegetables, etc., probably get enough vitamin K2. But there are people like me who can’t have those vegetables so I have to take K2 supplement. The problem with many of these supplement makers is that there seems to be too much an emphasis on the mk-7 version of K2 and not enough on the mk-4 version. Mk-7 is extracted from fermented soybeans, or natto. But supposedly if you take mk-7 supplements it stays in the bloodstream for several days, so you don’t have to take it on a daily basis. At least that is what I’ve learned up to this point. But most of the K2 producers are making K2 with the Mk-7 and there are not enough mk-4 products available. And why don’t these regular stores like the CVS or Walgreens sell ANY vitamin K2 or even K1 products? They really ought to look into that.
Probiotic supplements such as acidophilus are also important. That’s the “good” bacteria in the intestines, mainly large intestine or colon, that kills off the “bad” bacteria. Supposedly much of one’s immune system is in the intestines and having probiotic supplements is a good idea. The best forms of probiotics are in enteric-coated tablets or capsules, to make sure that the cultures are not released until the pill gets lower down. If the content is released too high up such as while still in the stomach then not enough of the bacteria cultures will make it down alive to be able to do anything useful for your colon. (The Vitamin World store’s own acidophilus capsules state that they are “rapid release,” implying that they dissolve soon after taking them, which is not good.) It is also important to note the expiration dates of the package, because if it is a product that has been sitting on the store shelf for months and months, then the bacteria cultures might very well have already died off and won’t do any good. It is also a good idea to refrigerate the package even if the product doesn’t say to do so.
So, while I’m not a nutritionist I thought I’d write about what I’ve learned and experienced thus far in these past 15 years of my medical and digestive issues.
In California, Gov. Jerry Brown has signed into law a requirement that women’s reproductive health clinics must inform patients of abortion as an alternative. The requirement now applies to religious-based clinics, even if such a requirement goes against the clinicians’ personal beliefs.
So, what they’re saying is, even if you oppose abortion you must nevertheless aid the woman or girl in her possibly getting an abortion. This doesn’t only apply to clinics that receive public funding, but those that don’t as well. And it applies to both licensed and unlicensed clinics. The new law has caused two lawsuits now. This is clearly a freedom of speech issue. If Dr. Smith wants to care for pregnant women at her clinic but feels that discussing abortion violates her religious views, she has a freedom of speech right not to discuss it. So this is the government really forcing a medical practitioner to discuss something that goes against her deeply held beliefs.
But UC, Irvine “constitutional law” professor Erwin Chemerinsky agrees with the law, in this op-ed in the LA Times. To diminish the serious rights-infringement aspect of the lawsuits, Chemerinsky immediately begins by writing, “Is merely requiring clinics to inform women of the availability of free or low-cost abortions an unconstitutional infringement of religious liberty?” Note his use of “merely,” like it’s no big deal. You see, to some people who identify very closely with a particular agenda (in this case, the abortion agenda), he doesn’t seem to empathize very well with those who are being forced to express ideas they strongly oppose.
Chemerinsky concludes his essay with a very incorrect assertion about the two clinics involved in the suit: “They are both part of an aggressive ongoing effort to deny women access to reproductive healthcare.” By “reproductive healthcare,” he means “abortion,” which he won’t even state explicitly at the end. And c’mon, Professor, no one is being “denied access” to abortion facilities. No, the two religious clinics are speaking up for themselves (in the absence of “constitutional law” professors who won’t speak up for them) in the ongoing crusade to force them to express views and ideas that violate their religious beliefs.
Last year I had started this blog and then got busy with other things. It’s almost a year gone by since the previous post, and I am going to try to return to writing regularly. So here I am again.
As a follow-up to my post on vitamin C, I did gradually reduce my daily vitamin C from a max of 6000 mg per day (not all at once, but in smaller amounts throughout the day) to 1250 mg per day. I am taking a 250 mg tablet 5 times per day. As I wrote in my previous post of over a year ago, this study notes that the higher amount of vitamin C at one time, the lower the absorption rate. That seems to make sense to me. However, it recommends 400 mg per day and that 200 mg at one time is preferable. I think that individual factors vary, such as someone’s weight, digestive functioning, etc. I believe that I am taking what is probably appropriate for me.
As I mentioned in that other post, I believe that the osteoarthritis that I seemed to be developing was probably because of the extremely high amounts of vitamin C per day. This was a good source of information for me. This article explains that a possible cause of osteoarthritis includes excessive vitamin C supplementation. On the osteoarthritis issue, that seems to have gone away.
I do take other supplements and have other issues in the health area, and I intend to write about them, among other issues, here.
People in America should not panic over Ebola just because two nurses got it from the one patient in Dallas. Both nurses, I believe, have been confirmed free of Ebola now after being treated. And the two America doctors who were confirmed Ebola victims after having been in Africa are now both free of it. The problem with Ebola in Africa as far as the rapid spread of it includes the poor immune systems of those there in Africa as compared to those here in the U.S. In many parts of Africa there is widespread malnutrition, and also sanitation is poorly managed over there. There are also many more pollutants and there is a lack of clean water as compared to the U.S. And all those factors affect people’s health including their immune systems. Another issue in Africa is that some people there practice rituals when mourning their dead loved ones, in which they kiss and touch the deceased loved one’s corpse, which, if the deceased had had Ebola it is very likely that those who touch the corpse may very well get it as well. That is another major contributor to the fast spreading of Ebola in Africa.
So the people of Scotland voted not to secede from the U.K. Hmmm. You know, this democracy thing, 55% of the Scots voting to force 45% to remain in a “union” in which they would rather not remain, seems unjust. I guess we’re saying that some people do have a right to compel other people to some association involuntarily. It just doesn’t sound right or moral, if you ask me.
I have read quite a bit about vitamin C over the years, and have my own experiences and conclusions to share here. Now, I am not giving “medical advice,” as I do not want to be accused by some bureaucrat of “giving medical advice without being licensed,” etc. But I do have a right to share some information I have learned.
Yes, vitamin C is good for you and necessary, but excessive amounts and in the long term can be harmful. Some people such as myself have some issues in the digestive area and can’t eat some of the foods, such as certain fruits and vegetables, which is where vitamin C is mostly naturally found. So I take some vitamins and other nutritional supplements to make up for what might be missing. I know, some of the supplements might be unreliable, and you really have to do your research when looking for the right ones to take.
Over the past several years I had increased my vitamin C supplementation because I thought it was a good idea. I take it with breakfast, lunch and dinner, because vitamin C absorbs and is excreted from your system very quickly. However, a few months ago I added an extra 1000 mg, and within the next few months I had experienced some muscle aches and some joint pain. I believe that the symptoms coincided with the increase in vitamin C because i had not made any other changes in those months. The symptoms could have been caused by something else, however.
So in doing some more recent research, i have discovered that excessive amounts of vitamin C and/or having high amounts of it in the long term could cause some issues. Some adverse reactions could include osteoarthritis and excessive iron absorption, among other issues. Now, I don’t know if that’s what I had been experiencing, but I did reduce the vitamin C gradually, from a peak of 6000 mg (not all at once, but total per day) down to 3500 mg. And I intend to further reduce it.
I found this good source of info, by the way: http://web.archive.org/web/20130901222422/http://www.med.nyu.edu/content?ChunkIID=21522 Even Wikipedia has some good information on it. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vitamin_C.
One study that Wikipedia points to, however, finds that the higher the amounts of vitamin C the lower the absorption rate. Now, if that’s true, then I wonder how those who take too much vitamin C (which allegedly isn’t absorbing as well as the lower amounts, according to the study) could be developing symptoms that are supposedly being caused by too much vitamin C?
Besides vitamin C, one important aspect of immune system support is probiotic bacteria. That is why probiotic supplements such as acidophilus are very helpful not only in maintaining good digestive system support but immune system support as well.
Researcher Jon Rappoport has been writing quite a bit about the Ebola panic. He mentions that the mainstream media do not seem to be questioning the assertion that “otherwise healthy” people are getting sick from Ebola. In his latest post today, Rappoport once again notes that the conditions there in Africa tend to contribute to compromising the immune system. He writes:
The true immunosuppressive factors include: severe malnutrition; starvation; war; contaminated water; basic lack of sanitation; overcrowding; fertile growing-land stolen from the people; industrial pollutants and pesticides; toxic medical drugs and vaccines which push already compromised immune systems over the edge into complete failure.
If those factors can be addressed — and after all the money that Western governments have been throwing into “aid to Africa,” why aren’t they? — then the immune systems of the people there would be stronger and better able to fend off diseases such as Ebola.
The reason why there won’t be an epidemic or pandemic here in the U.S. is because, as bad as the immune systems of many Americans are nowadays, most are nevertheless strong enough to resist the Ebola virus. Those who are already very sick and perhaps the elderly may be more vulnerable, though.
It appears that Joan Rivers died because one of the doctors where she was having a procedure performed an unauthorized biopsy on her throat, which caused her throat to swell which caused her to have cardiac arrest. She was there for an endoscopy to “diagnose her hoarse voice.” So, you mean you don’t know why Joan Rivers had a “hoarse voice”? She spent 5 or 6 decades yelling on stage and insulting people. I guess all that would make someone “hoarse,” no? And it also appears that the unauthorized doctor who made the mistake also took a selfie while Rivers was unconscious. Just what is this now, this new fad “selfies”? And why would a doctor do that? I really think that America is in decline now.
In this excellent article, business consultant Steve Fritzinger picks away at author Thomas Piketty and Piketty’s now-famous book, Capital in the Twenty-First Century.
Fritzinger notes that Piketty doesn’t really ever discuss where actual wealth comes from. Piketty refers to investors as “rentiers,” which really refers to corporate parasites, from what I understand. And Fritzinger believes that a particular kind of “capital” that Piketty might favor is political capital, and points to the Clintons as an example.
An example I can come up with right now for the rentier political capitalist class is the new war in Iraq and Syria that Obama wants to start, that he says will take years to accomplish. But really, he wants Democrats to get elected in 2014 and 2016, and he wants the military contractors to make financial contributions to Democrat candidates. So he and his minions in Washington and in the media will make the military contractors happy. You don’t have to be a brain surgeon to figure that out.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell wants to address domestic violence issues. Apparently, domestic violence is a growing problem in the NFL. But how do you address domestic violence in a profession that is characterized by violence as part of its routine? After all, part of the job description for those interested in joining is being one of many grown men running into each other and bashing their heads together. So exactly what kind of person is attracted to that kind of job?
Another job associated with violence — being a police officer — is also high in the domestic violence category. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, “Law enforcement officers beat their wives or girlfriends at nearly double the rate of the rest of the population …” And in some areas, advocates for battered women are timid in dealing with cases involving officers because it could affect cooperation of local police in cases involving domestic violence.
I can’t understand how a man could actually hit, slap or punch his wife or girlfriend. Something is definitely wrong with someone who would do that.
There is still an obesity “epidemic” in the U.S., more among black and Hispanic Americans than among white Americans, as well as the poor, according to the NY Times.
One reason is processed foods, which these days are less expensive than “real” foods. Real foods, to me, are actual foods without all the chemicals, such as preservatives, additives and dyes, that the big food companies add to their processed foods. For example, an egg is a real food to me, as well as a piece of chicken or an apple. Those are healthier.
What the chemicals in the processed foods do, as I have learned over the years, is interfere with the digestion process, so that even if you also eat real foods in addition to the processed foods, those processed food chemicals will interfere with those real, actual foods’ nutrients getting digested into your system. And so a lot of the things people eat are just either passing right through without actually digesting properly or some of the “junk” is being stored in areas of the body which then causes health problems, including obesity.
The bottom line as I see it is that it may be a good idea to cut out the processed foods entirely in order to be in better health. Now, that is just my opinion based on various items of information I have read, and if you disagree then please leave a message in the comments.
Some people are concerned that they just don’t have time to prepare the good, real foods they need to have, such as washing the veggies and meats, cooking various things, because so many people are “on the go,” etc. I guess you have to establish your priorities in life. And for those busy people with children, in which the mom does everything including preparing meals etc., it may be a good idea to teach the kids how to prepare foods and cook for themselves. I know, in this day and age of dependence and laziness that might be difficult. But perhaps it’s time for the kids to turn off the TV, put down the iPhone, turn off the video games, stop being a veg and a zombie, and do some things for themselves.
And that is what I have to say about that.