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Archive for the ‘Vitamins’ Category

Stuy Proves That Drug Companies Can Make Natural Products Into Drugs

Posted by naturalhealthmd on March 22, 2007

LA JOLLA, Calif., March 21 (UPI) — U.S. scientists have developed new techniques to reduce the time, complexity and cost of synthesizing natural products having pharmaceutical potential.

The scientists at The Scripps Research Institute said their work dislodges previously entrenched beliefs in the organic chemistry field about how such products must be produced. They said their findings might advance and expand the use of natural products in drug discovery programs.

“There is this far-ranging and damaging perception that natural products are too complex to be used in a drug discovery setting despite their overwhelming track record in medicine,” said project leader Phil Baran, a SRI chemist. “I think if our work has helped in even a small way to revive the use of natural products, then we’ve served our purpose.”

The research by Baran and graduate students Thomas Maimone and Jeremy Richter appears in the journal Nature.

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My Comment:

This is a little on the dangerous side We all know that the studies that “so called” said vitamins were deadly when taking them as a supplement, were using synthetic ( man made) vitamins. Indeed, taking synthetic natural products is not a good thing for a few reasons. Now, this new study is letting everyone know that everything will be ok….and in the future it might be easy to make synthetic natural products easier.

It is best to take natural products in their natural state; one of the main reasons is because in any natural product ( created by God), there are thousands and thousands of substances that are in them that we as humans have yet to find. These thousands of compounds might be needed to fully allow the natural product to work to its full potential. Anytime we create a natural product, these thousands of substances are left out.

THEME: Continue to take natural products in their natural state. This will allow for the best use of the product.

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Vitamin D: What You Need To Know

Posted by naturalhealthmd on March 18, 2007

It is said that 90% of Americans are lacking Vitamin D and are considering to be running at low levels of Vitamin D on a daily basis. However, in order to understand that this is a problem that all of America faces, we need o see what Vitamin D actually does for the body. Here are a few facts about Vitamin D.

-Essential for the endocrine system. Helps with adrenal hormones,  cell growth and enzyme support.
-A KEY Cancer Fighter ( More research suggests its one of the greatest cancer fighters)
-Low levels are associated with osteoporosis, bone diseases, rickets, muscle pain and weakness, diabetes type 1, heart disease, arthritis, cancer and many more

Here is a concern that I have. Conventional medicine is so highly keyed to getting cholesterol levels checked and other tests  that they consider to be important, however, there is rarley ever spoke of a Vitamin D testing.  If 90% of Americans are considered to have low levels of Vitamin D, it seems that there would be a greater amount of testing for it.

This falls once again to the natural V.S synthetic. Drug companies can not patent Vitamin D, as it’s a naturally occuring substance. After  all, 90% of americans do not suffer from high cholesterol.

What are good levels of Vitamin D? It is suggested that getting a serum level testing is very important. This will allow each of us to know if we are indeed at low levels and not just going by our daily intake. According to Joseph Mercola, one of the most intelligent in the natural health industry, a serum level of 45-50 ng/mL.

Where can we obtain Vitamin D? The most abundant and easiest method is actually free of charge; natural sunlight. When the UV radiation from the sunlight hits the skin, this converts into Vitamin D in the body.

Vitamin D supplementation:

– 15-30 minutes of sun exposure with face and arms revealed. However the more body revealed, the better
-Cod Liver Oil
– Salmon
-milk now contains it
-fish oil with vitamin D.

My Suggestion: Get the sunlight ( if possible) during the summer, and when winter comes, take cod liver oil.

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