Category Archives: Vitamins

Vitamin D Deficiency May Explain Why Black People Have Higher COVID Mortality Rates

An MIT study has found that race plays a major role, as much as age and one’s preexisting conditions, in a COVID-19 patient’s chance of survival. Apparently, black people have a higher death rate.

CBS Boston quotes the study author thus: “We controlled for that share of the population that has health insurance, diabetes, smoking, obesity. So, it’s got to be something that’s not that. It could be something like the quality of the insurance or the quality of the health care system.” In other words, they aren’t saying it overtly, but I think it is implied that the insurance and health care systems might be “racist,”  as a reference to “systemic racism” that we’ve been hearing about in the news these days.

But there is a good explanation in terms of certain dietary factors. Like lack of vitamin D is a good explanation, in my opinion. Northwestern University researchers have found that those COVID-19 patients with severe vitamin D deficiency have much higher COVID mortality rates.

Now, some people have criticized that study citing that mainly age is the relevant factor for COVID-19 fatality rates. A high percentage of the COVID-19 deaths are taking place in nursing homes. But the vitamin D deficiency theory makes sense to me given that COVID-19 involves the respiratory tract and fluid buildup in the lungs. According to this article published at NIH, “Vitamin D appears capable of inhibiting pulmonary inflammatory responses while enhancing innate defence mechanisms against respiratory pathogens.”

This article on The Lancet backs up those findings regarding vitamin D deficiency and COVID, citing additional studies, and it mentions that “black and minority ethnic people—who are more likely to have vitamin D deficiency because they have darker skin—seem to be worse affected than white people by COVID-19.”

This study on NIH states: “Blacks and Hispanics consistently manifest lower serum concentrations of 25(OH)D than non-Hispanic whites [8–12], primarily because increased skin pigmentation inhibits cutaneous synthesis of cholecalciferol, the metabolic precursor to 25(OH)D [13]. This has led many investigators to conclude that blacks and Hispanics are at higher risk of vitamin D deficiency than whites [8–12], and as a result, may also have increased risk of developing associated chronic disease conditions such as hypertension, diabetes, and cancer [14, 15].” (And COVID-19?)

For some reason it really seems to be difficult to get mainstream medical practitioners, researchers and journalists to take the importance of nutrition (and malnutrition) seriously. It has been my own personal experience that mainstream doctors are either overly (and irrationally) faithful in the pharmaceutical industry or they are just dishonestly connected to those companies, or both.

Note how the government “public health experts” such as Dr. Fauci and our state officials rarely if ever even mention the importance of being nutritionally fit to defend against COVID-19 or any other type of disease including the flu.

But I think that the initial MIT researchers I mentioned at the top in their not even considering nutritional deficiencies and instead wanting to look at the insurance or health care systems, tells us something.

Joe Biden and Alzheimer’s

It seems that a lot of people are in denial regarding Joe Biden’s cognitive decline. Now, I’m not a doctor, but…c’mon. Have you heard him?

Perhaps people have been voting for him and supporting him to be the Democrat’s presidential nominee in 2020 because they know that Party leaders will replace him with someone else. They have to replace him, otherwise, why would they keep an Alzheimer’s sufferer as their nominee?

And I’m not a supporter of Democrats or Republicans. I’ve been voting for or supporting libertarians or independents (or no one) for years now. I really don’t care who the major parties’ nominees will be.

But Biden’s many, many gaffes and incoherent utterances over the past few years show that he probably does have Alzheimer’s disease. Caitlin Johnstone prepared this fascinating post including many videos with one example after another showing Biden’s decline, not just in memory but in judgment. Maybe many people just don’t know about this, or the media have been shielding the public from the truth about Biden.

I don’t want to post videos here, so you can go to that post if you want to see all those examples. If you listen to talk radio, then you have probably already heard many of the clips. If you only get news and discussion from CBS, ABC, MSNBC, CNN, then you probably haven’t heard most of them.

And I have further evidence that Biden has Alzheimer’s, because my father had Alzheimer’s up to his death. As I have mentioned here before, I believe that my own father’s Alzheimer’s disease was first made possible by his taking a statin drug (that’s supposedly for cholesterol). Apparently Joe Biden takes a statin drug.

So this is what I have concluded how that had happened. And I could be wrong, of course. In 2013 my father had two strokes, the second one being more serious. And at that time the doctors found an arterial blockage, that was located in a difficult area so surgery would have been too risky, so they decided to leave it alone and hope for the best.

Based on what I have learned, the arterial blockage slows the blood flow and reduces the oxygen levels and nutrients needed by the brain for normal cognitive functioning.

And then I heard that statin drugs were found (.pdf) to deplete some specific nutrients, specifically coenzyme Q10 and it inhibits the synthesis of vitamin K2. (Click on that .pdf, or see “Statins stimulate atherosclerosis and heart failure: pharmacological mechanisms” at this link. And see this article by Dr. Mercola.) I was looking at the vitamin K2 specifically. Vitamin K2 is very important toward the efficient distribution of calcium to where we need it, that being the bones.

And vitamin K2 is important in preventing calcium maldistribution, preventing calcium from being distributed to where we don’t want it, the arteries or heart, and so on. If we don’t get enough vitamin K2, then our calcium could build up in the arteries or heart, called calcifications.

And so my conclusion was that the statin drug my father was taking probably depleted the important coenzyme Q10 and especially interfered with his vitamin K2 which then caused calcium buildup and his arterial blockage, the strokes, and his Alzheimer’s and cognitive decline. Again, the cognitive decline is related to the arterial blockage, which slowed down the oxygen and nutrients getting to his brain which needs the oxygen and nutrients for normal cognitive functioning, including memory.

Based on what I have read over the years, I think that many pharmaceutical drugs have those terrible kinds of side effects, depleting nutrients and interfering with the natural processes and causing dysfunction.

So I think that Joe Biden has Alzheimer’s and I especially think so given that he’s taking the statin drug. It’s not just because of age, in my opinion.

Not that it matters much. Because to me what matters is Biden’s being a warmonger, a drug war fascist and an asset “forfeiture” police-statist, among other terrible things. Biden is one of the “worst of the worst,” and he’s been in government his whole adult life. Is it time for him to retire?

Governors Confused on What Is “Essential” During their Illegal Lockdowns

Among the many problems this whole societal shutdown has been causing me personally is the closing down of my local GNC, where I get a particular non-GNC brand name supplement that I haven’t been able to get anywhere else. And I don’t want to order things like supplements online and have them delivered! This store among many others were closed down because of being called “non-essential.” Maybe “non-essential” to you, fascist governor, but essential to ME!

You see, these ignorant moron politicians see liquor stores as “essential” so that is why those stores get to stay open.

So, nutrition=”non-essential,” while non-nutrition=”essential”! Only in what is becoming a third-world America, sadly.

On Trusting the Word of the “Authorities”

You would think that in today’s day and age more people would question the “wisdom” of establishment medicine and the pharmaceutical industry. But that does not seem to be the case. Many people don’t want to see the connection between pharmaceutical drugs or vaccines and illnesses or conditions. They don’t want to question the vaccines and the potential of vaccines causing some kind of neurological harm.

We don’t want to question our doctors for some reason. And when it comes to the autism phenomenon, the whole debate regarding the vaccines gets shut down by the vaccines’ defenders, criticizing the opponents as “anti-vaxxers,” and asserting that the vaccine-autism connection has been “debunked.” It’s “settled science,” and all that. Which it isn’t, “settled science.”

If you don’t look into it, as Sharyl Attkinson has done, and if you just blindly trust the medical establishment and its mainstream media spokespeople, then of course you’ll not want to hear the arguments by informed vaccine skeptics.

And regarding the vaccines, with all the adjuvants, mercury and aluminum and so on. Not only the vaccines themselves that are given to children whose brains are still in the important developmental stages, but the number of vaccines they are given, the combinations of different vaccines at the same time, and the big increase in the number of doses given to a child just in the first 5 or 6 years of life. 60 doses?

And that combined with what the medical establishment and the schools are doing to the kids now, misdiagnosing the kids with not just autism, but ADHD, ADD, even depression and anxiety, when in many cases the kids are just acting like normal kids!

So no wonder the young people now such as the ones of college age are showing a big increase in anxiety and depression, they are so easily “triggered” by the littlest thing, they need “safe spaces,” teddy bears and puppy dogs to comfort them. No wonder they are hysterical, thinking that the end is near, “the world will end in 12 years,” as Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez ignorantly warns.

And no wonder the college campuses are experiencing irrational protests against nothing that matters in the real world, invasions and hostage-takings of Dean’s offices, shouting down of ideological opponents, censorship and banning of speakers. What is really causing these kids to act this way, this hysterical and irrational way? (Although, it’s not just the students, the faculties of these places of “education” are also filled with irrationality.)

So, in my view, burying their heads in the sand is what the deniers of vaccine- and drug-damage do in their defense of so much propaganda by the medical establishment, government and their media stenographers.

So now as with most of the “pandemic” scares there is a race to develop and distribute a new coronavirus vaccine to the masses, regardless of whether its been tested or approved. This is all based on panic and hysteria, of course.

Jon Rappoport has some recent posts on the China “epidemic.” Here is his summary of the ongoing crisis. He appears to believe that it is extremely difficult to prove that the so-called coronoavirus outbreak was caused by a “bio-weapon” accident or intentional release, and suggests that “published genetic sequences could be con jobs, hustles, and giant errors.”

Rappoport refers to “contaminated water supplies; lack of basic sanitation; giant toxic agricultural farms; industrial poison-pollution; hunger; starvation; protein-calorie malnutrition; fertile farm land stolen from native people by corporations and governments; toxic medical drugs and vaccines; and now, in Wuhan and other Chinese cities, unprecedented mixtures of toxic air pollution, causing lung damage.” And he refers to virus “propaganda,” which would be no surprise to me.

Rappoport writes:

I raise one more question for your serious consideration. If highly toxic pollution in the air, in Chinese cities, is causing deep lung damage, and if the Chinese government is covering that up with a story about a virus—what is now happening to the millions of Chinese people locked down, with nowhere to go, trapped in those cities—breathing the air?

And in this more recent post, Rappoprt discusses how the numbers of people testing positive for the coronavirus can be greatly inflated, and that a more likely situation is people having pneumonia, especially given China’s very high pollution levels and the negative effects on the respiratory systems of many Chinese people.

But when it comes to the medical industry and its enmeshment with (and collusions with) governments, for some reason most people seem to take the word of the industry leaders and government leaders as well.

But from my own personal experiences, I have seen up close the dishonesty and corruption with doctors, as I had detailed in my post on my own medical ordeal from the late 1990s to the late 2000s. For instance, with that ulcerative colitis medical ordeal, one doctor told me to eat more “bran and whole wheat” to gain more weight, yet people with ulcerative colitis shouldn’t have such foods that are irritants to the colon. I learned the hard way. And another doctor telling me to increase the sulfasalazine anti-inflammatory drug, which, I later learned (the hard way), depletes our potassium levels as well as our folic acid. The decreased potassium level caused my blood pressure to go up, and when I then decreased the sulfasalazine the blood pressure went back down to normal. Those were just a few instances of bad advice from the “experts” with MDs.

And my now-late father, who had Alzheimer’s. He had been given Lipitor and then later on had two strokes in 2013, at which time his arterial blockage was discovered. More recently I learned that statin drugs have been shown to deplete our vitamin K2, as well as our CoQ10. Vitamin K2 is important for efficient calcium distribution. K2 makes sure that our calcium that we consume is distributed to our bones where we need it, and it prevents calcium maldistribution, making sure that our calcium does not get stored where we don’t want it — our arteries, heart, etc. If the calcium builds up in those areas, known as calcifications, then it can cause  a blockage, such as in the artery and that would prevent important nutrients from passing through the bloodstream to get to the brain effectively, which will cause cognitive problems such as with one’s memory.

So my father’s Alzheimer’s following his two strokes and his further decline for the next 6 years (that I believe was started by his statin drug Lipitor) was another learning experience in addition to my own experiences. (By the way, Joe Biden takes a statin drug. I just thought I’d throw that out there.)

Bottom line: I don’t trust the word of medical “authorities” (and certainly not government authorities!), and I check things out with my own research, on the Internet, and learn from my own experiences.

Cholesterol Does Not Cause Heart Disease: Scientific Review

In this article on the Dr. Mercola website, the main conclusion is that cholesterol does not cause heart disease. The article points out that some recent pro-statin drug studies “were found to have misrepresented data and findings of previous studies to support their own conclusions” and an “analysis found the association between total cholesterol and cardiovascular disease is weak, absent or inverse in many studies.” And, a “meta-analysis of 11 statin drug studies found statin use postponed death by a mere 3.2 days in primary prevention trials and 4.1 days in secondary prevention trials.”

No big surprise there. As I wrote here, I blame lipitor, a statin drug, for my father’s two strokes, his Alzheimer’s (and death) and several years of undue stress on my mother as well. As I wrote in that post, statin drugs were found to deplete vitamin K2, which is essential in calcium distribution, If there is vitamin k2 deficiency, that could lead to calcifications in the arteries, which could lead to strokes or heart disease.

My Latest Magnesium Update

Well, here we go again, it’s time to write another post on my latest dealings with nutritional supplements. Once again a magnesium update. Just to remind you, I take nutritional supplements because I have my digestive condition of ulcerative colitis and I can’t have most vegetables because many of them are mostly insoluble fiber, which is tough on a sensitive digestive system.

So as I had mentioned in the previous posts, I had been taking the Bluebonnet magnesium citrate, but it took me the longest time to acknowledge that it just wasn’t that good. I think that’s because when I started taking it it was very effective. That was about February to May of 2018. But during last Summer it was less effective, and I concluded that the warmer or more humid weather could have an effect on supplements.

And I thought I had learned in these past couple of years that magnesium citrate is a good idea if you’re taking it for your muscles, nerves and joints and don’t want it to cause a laxative effect like magnesium oxide. But noooo, even though magnesium citrate is said to absorb very well, it still can have that laxative effect. Well, with my digestive issues, I don’t want a laxative!

Apparently magnesium glycinate has a superior absorption and doesn’t cause a laxative effect. So by a few months ago I was then taking the Whole Foods Market 365 magnesium glycinate at breakfast and at dinner, 133 mg each, and just the one Bluebonnet magnesium citrate (200 mg) about two hours after breakfast as the extra magnesium.

But even that one extra tablet of Bluebonnet mag citrate at 200 mg per day was causing a laxative effect. And I don’t want to take a third WFM 365 tablet per day because unfortunately those contain a lot of “filler” ingredients, mainly “microcrystalline cellulose.” But I’m willing to take 2 WFM glycinate per day, because the other glycinate product that’s available in store is KAL magnesium glycinate, which is bad in the purity category.

However, for that second, extra tablet of the day, I replaced the Bluebonnet citrate with the Bluebonnet “chelated and buffered” magnesium, which is magnesium biglycinate (apparently the same as glycinate) but “buffered with magnesium oxide.” Well, the company says it is buffered with the magnesium oxide to make it easier on the digestive system. Which it wasn’t. And I KNOW that magnesium oxide is mainly a laxative. For some reason I was thinking that well if it’s buffered and chelated then the laxative effect would be almost non-existent. Nope.

So, for now I’m taking the two WFM 365, at breakfast and dinner, and taking one softgel of the Nature Made magnesium citrate as that extra one with its 125 mg per softgel. Based on my experience now I think that having two different forms of the magnesium is a good idea. And I know that magnesium citrate has a little bit of a laxative effect, but with the NM product it’s minimal. I know there are other, better products I can get online but I don’t want to order things online especially supplements.

Now, After a few weeks with the combo I am having now, I can really tell that I’m finally getting a goodly amount of magnesium absorbed, but not too much that in the past has caused headaches. And while I am taking the magnesium mainly for muscle health (because of a problem I had in early 2015 that I concluded was because of magnesium deficiency but was much better after I started my first magnesium supplements), I think that my nerves are actually benefiting from it as well now. One way of telling is that when I shave, my skin feels more sensitive, which is probably a good thing. It may have been that because of still having a somewhat magnesium deficiency my nerves may have not been fully functioning. But I am only guessing here from my own experiences, or from my sensory or sensorial perceptions. (I could be all wet on this, though.)

By the way, speaking of the nerves and nerve health, I also learned over the years that too much vitamin B6 could cause numbing of the nerves. So I replaced my vitamin B-50, which has too much B6, with a different B-complex which has much lower B6.

Vaccines: Who Ultimately May Decide? And, Is the Current Issue a Ruse?

An article recently discussed a group of doctors, Physicians for Informed Consent, who testified against a bill in the California legislature (SB 276) that would give a government health official the sole decision-making power to decide who gets a vaccine exemption and who does not.

The article discusses the pervasiveness of misinformation regarding vaccines. And it cites the director of the CDC having erroneously stated that “There are no treatment and no cure for measles…” But, the article states in rebuttal to that, “High-dose vitamin A and immunoglobulin (passive immunization) are available for the treatment of measles upon exposure, there is evidence that the antiviral ribavirin is beneficial in the treatment of measles, and 99.99% of measles cases fully recover…” (See actual article for footnotes.)

The article continues to note that “75–92% of hospitalized measles cases are low in vitamin A, and vitamin A status is a known factor that can be used to predict the severity of measles.”

Another recent article by Rosanne Lindsay suggests that the current vaccine “debate” is a ruse to eliminate freedom. And I write “debate” because what we are hearing mainly is not a debate but a lot of propaganda and misinformation as noted above, with the consumers of mainstream news being fed a lot of hysteria and hype, about measles, the MMR vaccine and vaccines in general. And it is hysteria, because a lot of what we are hearing is not rational, not based on actual facts.

And is the vaccine issue now really a ruse? Frankly, we are getting a lot of police state stuff now, with the mayor of New York City threatening to impose fines on people who don’t vaccinate or don’t show proof of vaccination. (Is there a vaccine against corrupt politicians?) So, if the goal of the propagandists is to eliminate freedom, then this ongoing crusade could be used as a part of that.

In the cited article, Lindsay provides a list of other articles on the MMR vaccine’s ineffectiveness and lack of testing for safety.

The bottom line is that all people have the right to not have some medication or chemicals injected into them if they don’t want to, or to not have their children being given that as well. Children’s brains are still in the very important developmental stages, and they can very well be harmed by vaccines, many of which are still untested but still being given approval by FDA.

My Opinion of Statin Drugs: Not Good

There is an article on Mercola.com on the statin drug controversy. Here is the article’s story at a glance:

*A recent study by Duke University found nearly 25% of those who meet eligibility requirements for statin prescriptions are not offered them; some patients are declining the medications citing fear of side effects

*Lead author Dr. Marie Navar believes public fear is out of proportion to the actual risks, despite a long and impressive number of studies citing scientific evidence of the increased risks of heart disease, stroke, cancers, diabetes and memory loss

*The way in which statins reduce cholesterol levels, by blocking production in the liver, also impacts your vitamin K2 and CoQ10 levels, ultimately increasing your risk for health conditions associated with vitamin K2 and CoQ10 deficiency

*Your high-density lipoproteins (HDL) to cholesterol and your triglyceride to HDL ratios, as well as your ferritin and gamma glutamyl transpeptidase (GGT) levels, are better indicators of your risk of heart disease than your total cholesterol or low-density lipoprotein level

 

I think that the important information is that statin drugs have been shown to deplete vitamin K2 and CoQ10. As I mentioned here a few times, my father had an arterial blockage, two strokes and Alzheimer’s and he died last month. Given that he had taken lipitor, a statin drug, and based on the study I saw, I believe that his arterial blockage was caused by the drug because apparently statin drugs deplete vitamin K2, which is important in efficient calcium distribution. Depleted vitamin K2 causes calcium maldistribution. That is, instead of calcium getting to the bones where we need it (thanks to vitamin K2), calcium gets into the arteries and heart, where we don’t want it. Thus, vitamin k2 deficiency can lead to calcifications that can lead to heart disease or strokes.

Some of My Issues With Dietary Supplements

Several times here I have mentioned my issues with some dietary supplements (as well as the prescription drugs). Because I can’t have certain foods especially most vegetables, because of my digestive condition (UC), I have to have certain supplements.

Magnesium is important for muscles, nerves and joints. However, it has been difficult and frustrating having a magnesium supplement that is bioavailable and that absorbs into the system, and doesn’t act as a laxative! Magnesium oxide is one of those forms of magnesium that acts as a laxative, so I don’t want that. Magnesium citrate and magnesium glycinate are the two forms that I’ve had that are best to absorb.

So here are some of the problems with magnesium supplements (some of which I have already mentioned here). In 2015 after having reduced the Ensure down to 1 per day, I was having problems with my muscles mainly in the arms. And I saw online that it could be magnesium deficiency. I think the Ensure that I was used to has magnesium as well as other minerals and vitamins. Well, the situation got a lot better after starting the magnesium citrate. In 2015-2017 I was getting the Vitamin World magnesium citrate. But in later 2017 my Vitamin World store closed down, so I had to find a different supplement. That was a very difficult process. I finally found the Bluebonnet magnesium citrate after having tried the KAL magnesium glycinate. There was something wrong with that KAL and I saw online that it got low marks in the purity category.

So while the Bluebonnet is (or was) good, I still have had some problems with these supplements, such as last Summer that was very hot and humid. And I learned that hot and humid weather can affect supplements. And there are other factors involved. And in the past month I am beginning to wonder if the Bluebonnet may not be as good now as it was last year. So this is frustrating. (I wish I could just eat broccoli and asparagus and all that stuff, but I can’t.)

And then there are other issues with supplements, such as containing other ingredients that cause problems. There’s no reason why, for example, Solaray’s “BioCitrate Magnesium” has to have “watercress leaf,” “dandelion root,” “alfalfa leaf,” and “parsley leaf.” Do they put that stuff in there just to be cool?

I wonder how many people take these supplements specifically because they have trouble digesting important vegetables? And other ingredients that might be harsh to digest. Do the supplement makers understand these things?

Why does Whole Foods 365 chelated zinc have to contain rice flour? I looked online and, while I know that rice is mostly (if not all) insoluble fiber, a cup of rice flour still contains not that much insoluble fiber. So there should only be a teeny-tiny amount of the fiber in one of these zinc pills. Right? I still had a problem with it. So I’ve been getting the Jarrow Formulas zinc, but I’m not totally pleased with it.

And why does Nature Made magnesium citrate have to contain “medium chain triglycerides”? I haven’t had it, but online sources state that medium chain triglycerides could cause gastric distress, something obviously someone like me doesn’t need. And it could also cause liver issues.

I also have been consuming whey protein for quite a few years. Whey contains natural amino acids and L-glutamine, which have been shown to repair damaged colon tissue (damaged, in my case, from inflammation), as well as aid in general muscle tissue replacement. Which is why body-builders use whey protein. However, many of those supplements contain a lot of extra ingredients that aren’t particularly good or healthy, such as artificial sweeteners, preservatives, etc. It is difficult for me to find a good product that’s reliable in my stores. And I don’t want to order these kinds of things online. I was getting one product at Trader Joe’s but they haven’t had it for a few months, so I have to get it at Whole Foods, at $15 more than I was getting it for at Trader Joe’s. Frustrating. A similar product, the same brand but a different variety (and with ingredients I don’t particularly want) is available at GNC.

So magnesium, zinc and vitamin K2 are especially important, and I have to have these supplements. That’s the way it is.

Big Pharma Makes a Killing on Statin Drugs

Health Impact News has this article on a new study that suggests that doctors should give all patients over the age of 75 statin drugs to keep cholesterol levels down. The article links to other articles questioning the validity of anti-cholesterol studies and showing that statin drugs are really not shown to lower cholesterol. Except the makers of the drugs have been making a lot of money in their scam.

I have mentioned this here before, but both my parents had been eating healthy for a long time. They had been eating a goodly amount of fruits and vegetables as well as having fish and poultry and reducing or eliminating entirely red meat from their diet. But at some point my father had been given lipitor to lower cholesterol levels. I have a feeling that his cholesterol was not high, and that it was “maybe a little high,” and that the doctor gave him lipitor to prevent it from getting higher. But if it was only a little high the doctors could’ve suggested looking at the diet more closely. I now believe that his cholesterol probably was at a normal level, but the doctor just wanted to give him the drug anyway, probably because the doctor is getting a lot of free stuff from the drug company.

I really believe that, had he not been given lipitor, my father would not have had the two strokes he had in 2013, or the arterial blockage that was found and that was in too difficult a location and so surgery was not an option, and that he would not have developed his Alzheimer’s that is now in the “last stage,” and other further complications. (UPDATE: He died.)

A commenter to the Health Impact News article mentioned that statin drugs inhibit the effects of vitamin K2, or deplete K2, which then causes the buildup of calcium where it doesn’t belong, such as the arteries or heart. Vitamin K2 effects in efficient calcium distribution and prevents that aforementioned calcium maldistribution. Statin drugs interfere with that, so because of this interference with vitamin K2 the statins can actually cause people to have strokes or heart attacks. Here is a 2015 study which shows just that.

Clearing Arterial Blockage with Foods Such as Pomegranate Juice

Just a follow-up to my previous post about my 86-year-old father with the arterial blockage. I did do a lot of research online about the cognitive issues and Alzheimer’s related confusion and memory problems that my father has.

And what I learned was that the arterial blockage acts as a physical obstruction that gets in the way of the nutrients and oxygen that the person needs in the brain for normal cognitive functioning. When not enough oxygen, vitamins and other nutrients can get into the brain via the bloodstream, then that causes problems such as memory loss or confusion.

I am not sure what kind of blockage my father has specifically. It could be related to inflammation, it could be calcium buildup (calcifications). I learned that there are nutritious ways to try to clear away the blockage, or at least some of it. For instance, B vitamins are important. And also I saw that pomegranate or pomegranate juice has properties that help to clear things away. My mother was at some point giving him pomegranate juice as I suggested, but I don’t think he’s getting that now at his new memory care facility.

Extra virgin olive oil and other sources of healthy fats are also good, such as avocados and fish.

Anti-Inflammatory Foods and Supplements, and More on Vitamins

First, this isn’t “advice,” because I am not a licensed nutritionist or otherwise medical professional. I am just giving my own personal experiences with things as well as what I have learned over the years, and readers can take it for what it’s worth.

But I really wanted to write a blog or article on my experiences with “doctors” and their bad advice that made things worse and caused new problems. But before I do that (and I don’t know when that might be), I wanted to write a little more on my experiences with the ulcerative colitis (UC), a.k.a. inflammatory bowel disease, as well as my experiences with supplements.

The UC began mainly in 1999. While I was given anti-inflammatory prescription drugs from then until the late 2000s, by about 2009 I was then relying on nutritional medicine including foods of an anti-inflammatory nature, supplements that could have anti-inflammatory effects, and other vitamins and supplements to make up for whatever nutrition might be lost because of not having the vegetables that are important for anti-oxidants and minerals such as magnesium, zinc and vitamin K and K2.

As I mentioned in a previous post, I have learned that one can have too much of the vitamins and supplements, which could interfere with the body’s natural anti-inflammatory functioning and could actually compromise the immune system. Since May, for instance, I have reduced the vitamin D, from a total of over 4000 i.u. per day to now approx. 2400 per day. I wasn’t counting the added vitamin D in the milk I drink, and I wasn’t counting the 1000 i.u. vitamin D that my multi-vitamin has.

And that’s another thing that I didn’t mention in my previous post, it was possible the the iron was also interfering with my magnesium. My main source of iron was the multi-vitamin, that I was taking twice of per day. So I only take one multi-vitamin per day now. I have learned that it’s not a good idea to take too much iron, because it can build up in the blood and cause more problems. And I think that’s whether one is getting it from a supplement or from food such as red meat that contains a lot of iron.

As far as foods that contain properties of an anti-inflammatory nature (at least for the purpose of keeping UC in check), that includes whole milk, because milk fat has anti-inflammatory properties, as well as butter which is mainly milk fat. Butter is healthier anyway, than margarine, because of containing natural nutrients including omega 3 and vitamins. Margarine is a processed food containing chemicals and is not good.

And extra virgin olive oil is an important factor in preventing inflammation, not only if someone has UC or inflammatory bowel but it’s good to prevent inflammation of the heart and arteries.

Also concord grape juice is good, as far as foods are concerned.

Although not related to the subject of UC, I mentioned the arteries. A common scapegoat of problems with the arteries is cholesterol, when oftentimes the real culprit is inflammation. But another cause of issues in the arteries is calcifications, a calcium buildup in the arteries. That would be because of not getting enough vitamin K2, the main sources of which are vegetables (which I can’t have because of having UC). The vitamin K2’s main function is calcium distribution, in which K2 efficiently distributes the calcium to the bones that need the calcium, and prevents maldistribution of calcium to other areas that don’t want it, such as the arteries and the heart. So I also take vitamin K2, as well as vitamin D, C, natural E, and B complex. And magnesium and zinc too.

Just one final note about the B complex. I have learned from my experiences over all these years now and from what I read on the Internet that it’s not a good idea to take too much vitamin B6. Some B-complex vitamins contain too much B6. It should be a low amount. You really have to do your own research in all these things as I have had to do. And the actual learning experiences with all these things doesn’t seem to stop.

But regarding the ulcerative colitis, I will have to save more info on that regarding my experiences in the next post.

But the post or article I really want to write is about the bad advice and prescriptions from “doctors” as well as their withholding information about nutrition. Maybe that will be some time soon.