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Vitamin D has been largely ignored by mainstream medicine except when it comes to the very minimum levels required to prevent severe deficiency, a common cause of rickets in the past.

Vitamin D has been primarily associated with it’s role in helping the body to metabolize calcium, but it’s functions in the body go way beyond that.

Recently, the remarkable properties of Vitamin D are gaining more attention due to a long list of studies proving that it deserves its place as one of our most important medicines.

Some of the evidence on Vitamin D:

Vitamin D has some very specific benefits when it comes to radioprotection.  Vitamin D is an anti-oxidant, and anti-oxidants should be considered front-line defense against damage due to radiation.
Dr. Mercola writes: 

The protective mechanisms are so strong that researchers suggested vitamin D3 should be considered among the prime (if not the primary) non-pharmacological agents to protect against sub-lethal low radiation damage and, particularly, radiation-induced cancer.

It’s unclear how much vitamin D is necessary to protect against radiation-induced cancer, but researchers have found that daily intakes of vitamin D by adults in the range of 4,000-8,000 IU are needed to maintain blood levels of vitamin D metabolites in the range needed to reduce the risk of breast and colon cancers by about half.

 
Secondly, Vitamin D is an outstanding cancer fighting medicine.  Here are some eye-opening facts about Vitamin D and Cancer from the Vitamin D council:  

 http://www.vitamindcouncil.org/health-conditions/cancer/

Top 10 facts about vitamin D and cancer

  1. Many studies have found solar ultraviolet-B (UVB) vitamin D associated with reduced risk of breast, colon, and rectal cancer.
  2. A randomized controlled trial with 1100 IU/day vitamin D3 plus 1450 mg/day calcium found a 77% reduction in all-cancer incidence.
  3. Geographical studies have found reduced risk in mortality rates for 15-20 types of cancer in regions of higher solar UVB doses.
  4. Observational studies found risk of breast, colon, and rectal cancer falls as vitamin D blood levels rise to over 40 ng/mL (100 nmol/L).
  5. Mechanisms have been proposed to explain how vitamin D acts to reduce the risk of cancer from starting, growing, and spreading.
  6. Those who develop nonmelanoma skin cancer may have produced enough vitamin D to reduce their risk of internal cancers.
  7. Those with higher vitamin D blood levels at time of cancer diagnosis had nearly twice the survival rate of those with the lowest levels.
  8. African-Americans have an increased risk of cancer in part due to lower vitamin D blood levels because of darker skin.
  9. Higher UVB exposure early in life has been found associated with reduced risk of breast and prostate cancer.
  10. Those diagnosed with breast, colon and prostate cancer in summer in Norway had higher survival rates than those diagnosed in winter.
How does Vitamin D fight cancer so effectively?  Here are some of the mechanisms involved: 

  • prevents angiogenesis, the process by which cancerous tumors ‘steal’ blood supply from other tissues by building their own networks of blood vessels
  • increases apoptosis, or programmed cell death, in cancerous tissues
  • switches off ‘oncogenes’ that are involved with the growth of tumors
  • switches on tumor suppressing genes
Vitamin D plays a role in many natural approaches to cancer treatment, including Dr. Burzynski’s antineoplaston therapy, due to it’s ability to flip genetic switches that turn on our bodies’ defenses against cancer.

Some more info on VitaminD3 from Dr. Mercola:

It’s unclear how much vitamin D is necessary to protect against radiation-induced cancer, but researchers have found that daily intakes of vitamin D by adults in the range of 4,000-8,000 IU are needed to maintain blood levels of vitamin D metabolites in the range needed to reduce the risk of breast and colon cancers by about half.

Earlier studies have shown that optimizing your vitamin D levels could help you to prevent at least 16 different types of cancerincluding pancreatic, lung, ovarian, prostate, and skin cancers, so it’s not a stretch to add radiation-induced cancer to that list.

It has been my experience that many are still nervous about taking doses larger than 1,000 to 2,000 units per day. This is unfortunate as most adults without sun or safe tanning bed exposure will need 6,000-8,000 units of vitamin D per day to attain healthy vitamin D levels.

Three Points to Remember About Vitamin D

When using vitamin D therapeutically, it’s important to remember the following:

  1. Your best source for vitamin D is exposure to the sun, without sunblock on your skin, until your skin turns the lightest shade of pink. While this isn’t always possible due to the change of the seasons and your geographic location (and your skin color), this is the ideal to aim for. Vitamin D supplementation or use of a safe tanning bed can fill the gaps during the winter months outside of the tropics, when healthy sun exposure is not an option.
  2. If you supplement with vitamin D, you’ll only want to supplement with natural vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol). Do NOT use the synthetic and highly inferior vitamin D2, which is the one most doctors will give you in a prescription unless you ask specifically for D3.
  3. Get your vitamin D blood levels checked! The only way to determine the correct dose is to get your blood tested since there are so many variables that influence your vitamin D status. I recommend using Lab Corp in the United States. Getting the correct test is the first step in this process, as there are TWO vitamin D tests currently being offered: 1,25(OH)D and 25(OH)D.
    The correct test your doctor needs to order is 25(OH)D, also called 25-hydroxyvitamin D, which is the better marker of overall D status. This is the marker that is most strongly associated with overall health.

Some people may be concerned about the risk of Vitamin D toxicity, but most of the studies showing such toxicity involve long-term doses of 40,000 or 50,000 iu.  That is 500 to 1000% higher dosage than what Dr. Mercola recommends.  

I prefer to synthesize vitamin by exposure to sunlight when possible.  I live in Los Angeles where it is sunny all the time.  I try to work in the garden a little bit every day, often shirtless.  But during winter or when I am traveling (especially in Japan), I do sometimes supplement with Vitamin D at 5,000 iu per day.  That’s me, do your own research and decide what is right for you.  

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This is a very powerful documentary about Dr. Burzynski’s Antineoplaston Therapy and the efforts by the FDA to suppress the treatment.

This is a very good video covering the radioprotective qualities of Vitamin C as well as some of the social and political issues, including the resistance by the Japanese government to care for their citizens.

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Here is the latest from Mike Adams at Natural News.  Nothing earth-shattering, but a concise summary with a few good links.

http://www.naturalnews.com/035975_Fukushima_radiation_cover-up.html

What must we do?

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Vitamin C:This antioxidant is effective against radiation. Radioactive atoms (radionuclides) have missing electrons that they replace by stealing electrons from other atoms causing cellular and DNA damage. That’s oxidation in a nutshell. An antioxidant gives those atoms the electrons they need, thus neutralizing oxidative stress.

It’s not easy swallowing 10 grams total of ascorbic acid at intervals daily. Injected C or IV C is hard to come by. Here’s a way to maximize cellular absorption of vitamin C without force feeding to the point of diarrhea or injection and IV intake –check out the sources(http://www.naturalnews.com/034591_vitamin_C_mega-dose_healing.html).

Vitamin D3:Make sure you supplement with vitamin D3, not just D or D2. Despite conventional dermatology’s advice, strong sunlight exposure to skin is the safest way to up your D3 blood levels. Despite conventional medicine’s standard, 25(OH)D tested D3 levels at 20 nanograms/milliliter are not enough; 50 to 70 ng/mg would be optimum.

Whey:Pure whey provides all the precursors for the master oxidant glutathione, details here (http://www.naturalnews.com/027114_glutathione_antioxidant_GSH.html).

Other neutralizing supplements should include iodine or potassium iodide. Most of us are iodine deficient. Potassium itself works well at inhibiting radionuclides. The sleep supplement melatonin protects against radiation.

Sulfur supplements are recommended, and bicarbonate of soda is also effective at neutralizing radiation in our organs.

Magnesium intake should be increased along with calcium; both are effective at protecting against radiation poisoning.

Superfoods, chlorella and spirulina, have actually been used effectively where radioactive leaks occurred. Kelp is another possibility.

Bentonite clay or zeolite may help rid radionuclides from internal tissues.

Herbs:Those helpful for preventing radioactive poisoning are milk thistle, ginkgo, and rosemary (http://www.naturalnews.com).

Explore the sources below for more details.

Sources for this article include:

http://orthomolecular.org/resources/omns/v08n17.shtml

http://www.infiniteunknown.net

http://www.health-matrix.net

http://blog.imva.info/medicine/magnesium-radiation-protection

http://sodiumbicarbonate.imva.info

http://www.naturalnews.com/032103_ginkgo_radiation_protection.html

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cZmmSSwtuS0

http://www.naturalnews.com/031708_iodine_radiation.html

http://www.naturalnews.com/026079_radiation_exposure_rosemary.html

http://www.migrelief.com

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Depleted_uranium

Learn more:http://www.naturalnews.com/035975_Fukushima_radiation_cover-up.html#ixzz1wBw5MCr5

So far, this is the most comprehensive resource I have found on natural approaches to radionuclide detoxification.  It covers acute radiation sickness as well as lower-level exposure and contamination and a wide range of treatments.  This ebook is just loaded with information.  Still reading it myself.  So far the only thing I don’t agree with is the clorox bath – go with the epsom salt or baking soda versions instead.

http://meditationexpert.com/RadiationDetoxDraft.pdf

 

 

 

Ionizing radiation is defined by the ability to cause electrons to break off from molecules.  Some of the ionization will happen directly to your tissues.  Some will create electron-hungry free radicals, which then go looking for electrons and usually get them by binding with tissues (oxidation), causing further damage.  The greatest concern is when the damage happens to DNA, leading to breaks in the DNA that can eventually lead to cancer.  Anti-oxidants come in handy because they supply extra electrons to the body, thus neutralizing those electron-hungry free radicals.

Thus, anti-oxidants are one of the first lines of defense for those exposed to very high levels of ionizing radiation.  Vitamins A, C and E are commonly used for acute radiation exposure.  However, it must be noted that there are thousands of different antioxidants that occur naturally in foods such as fruits, vegetables and particularly herbs.

Vitamin C is considered one of the premier radioprotective anti-oxidants.  Vitamin C is relatively cost-effective.  But what makes Vitamin C the champion of  anti-oxidants is that it is non-toxic even at extreme doses, which may be necessary when there is life-threatening illness or toxicity.

At high doses of oral vitamin C, the worst side effect is that people may begin to experience diarrhea.  This is not dangerous, and simply means they need to back off a little bit on the dosage.  Much larger doses of vitamin C can be tolerated via intravenous solution.

There is also a relatively new form of vitamin C called ‘lyposomal’ vitamin C which is taken orally, but boasts cellular absorption rates that are many multiples better than even intravenous treatment.

The following video is an excellent introduction to Vitamin C as a treatment for radiation-induced illness and how Vitamin C can help to prevent or repair DNA damage:

Vitamin C has also been demonstrated to have anti-cancer effects, separate from it’s radioprotective qualities.  The following video with Dr. Thomas Levy goes into Vitamin C as a cancer treatment, as well as giving a background on why anti-oxidants are so important for human health generally.

Below are a series of videos that give a large amount of information on vitamin c and its role in detoxification that go way beyond radioprotection:

This is the dramatic story of a man who was terminally ill with swine flu who recovered due to vitamin c:

http://www.3news.co.nz/Living-Proof-Vitamin-C—Miracle-Cure/tabid/371/articleID/171328/Default.aspx

Here’s a couple of videos on how to make your own lyposomal vitamin c:

I was first seriously exposed to the concept of grounding when I was apprenticing in Shamanism at the Church of Earth Healing in Athens, OH.  If you are going to be blasting off into other dimensions on one sort of shamanic journey or another, a solid grounding in this physical reality is necessary.  Over the 20 years I have been studying and practicing healing, each school or teacher described grounding in a slightly different way.  Most described a common sort of presence in the here-and-now and a subtle energetic and spiritual connection to the earth.  After 4 years as a student and 10 years teaching at BBSH, I had plenty of not-so-subtle experiences of grounding.  Grounding came to mean a tangible surge of pleasant and powerful energy that would fill my body, especially my lower belly (tan tien).
However, despite years of doing grounding exercises, I was not prepared for the simplicity and elegance of the teachings about earthing that are now emerging.  Firstly, researchers have begun to accurately describe grounding from a scientific perspective.  This can be mostly summed up in one sentence: earthing supplies the body with electrons.  As Dr. Thomas Levy has said, all antioxidants supply the body with electrons, and all toxins steal electrons from the body.  If you haven’t seen any of the videos by Dr. Levy, this might be a good time to view some of those.  So, in essence, the earth offers a limitless supply of electrons, which operate as antioxidants and help neutralize just about any poison.  As we know, antioxidants are one of the primary treatments for damage due to radiation exposure.
Earthing can be accomplished simply by standing on the earth barefoot, swimming in a natural body or water, or, indoors, by using specifically designed grounding mats that are connected to the earth by a grounding wire.
Here is a summary of some recent research into the health benefits of earthing:
David Wolfe gives a live demonstration of grounding:

This is vital information for understanding the nature of antioxidants & toxins, degenerative diseases, detoxification and so much more.  Absolutely required viewing:

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