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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.  

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

Below is a inspiring interview with Anita Moorjani who was in the final stages of terminal lymphoma when she had a near death experience (NDE) followed by a euphoric recovery from her illness.  She is not alone in her experiences, in fact what she describes is very similar to the classical near death experience.

Anita’s story bears a strong resemblance to that of my adopted father, Michael Big Bear, who had metastatic cancer in his lungs, liver and intestines.  His doctors told him he had 3 weeks to live. Bear died and left his body and had an NDE very similar to what Anita describes here.  He came back and worked really hard with his hypnotherapist healing his emotional issues until he was completely cured of cancer.  More than 20 years later, Bear is still alive and well – and he has smoked cigarettes the entire time!

Stories of NDE’s like this and spontaneous remissions of advanced cancers inform us on many levels. Skeptics are free to refrain from making conclusions, but to me it is just more evidence that death, by cancer or any other cause, is a beautiful transformation into spirit.  I also conclude that there is nothing more powerful than unconditional love when it comes to healing illness in the body.  Once again, fearless living in the most important medicine we can take.

Anyway, here’s Anita’s story:

Anita was diagnosed with terminal cancer, and doctors told her family she was just hours away from death. It was at this point that she “crossed over” and then returned again into this world with a clearer understanding of her life and purpose on earth. This understanding subsequently led to a total recovery of her health.
Anita was born in Singapore of Indian parents, moved to Hong Kong at the age of two, and has lived in Hong Kong most of her life. Because of her background and British education, she is multi lingual and, from the age of two, grew up speaking English, Cantonese and two Indian dialects simultaneously, and later learned French at school.

She had been working in the corporate field for many years before being diagnosed with cancer in April of 2002. Her fascinating and moving near-death experience in early 2006 has tremendously changed her perspective on life. Her work is now ingrained with the depths and insights she gained while in the other realm. She works on the premise that our inner world (consciousness) is our primary reality, and if our internal state is healthy and strong, then our external world will align itself and fall into place as a result.

She is the embodiment of the truth that we all have the inner power and wisdom to overcome even life’s most adverse situations, as she is the living proof of this possibility.

Anita is a compassionate and empathic person who seems to have a gift for articulating and simplifying metaphysical concepts, so that they may be applied in our daily lives.

Anita Moorjani website
http://anitamoorjani.com/

Great talk describing a revolution that is occurring in cancer treatment and cancer prevention.  It’s all about preventing angiogenesis, the process by which tumors hog blood supply from the rest of the body.  Anti-angiogenic drugs have been developed.  Of course, research is proving that many natural substances found in plant foods are equally potent, and you don’t need an expensive prescription or side effects!  The video also importantly mentions the synergistic effect of natural substances.  If you haven’t gotten the point by now, a wide variety of plant foods is surely the best medicine on earth!  Lastly, I have to point out that many of the foods on this list are also radioprotective foods, such as turmeric, green tea, ginseng, citrus fruits, berries full of anti-oxidants, etc, etc.

Dr. Li's list of anti-angiogenic foods

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 am updating this post with some new content, which relates to the widespread epidemic of undiagnosed thyroid problems and the relationship with iodine.  This information is highly relevant beyond the scope of nuclear accidents…make sure not to miss the podcast links below the videos as they are very informative about the link between hypothyroidism, fibromyalgia, cholesterol problems and much more.  

For now, suffice to say the time for megadoses of iodine is over. Over 99% of the iodine released in the first few days of the Fukushima nuclear accident has decayed into harmless iodine, though the plants are still smoking, and surely will continue to release some iodine.  Iodine continues to crop up in sewer sludge around Japan, though it is difficult to identify the source.  

Even though there is no need to megadose on potassium iodide, it is still worthwhile to consider iodine supplements at a lower maintenance dose.  A review of the cancer consequences completed 20 years later concluded that prolonged stable iodine supplementation in the years after exposure may reduce the risk of thyroid cancer for those exposed by the nuclear accident.

Iodine has many benefits besides being radioprotective, including being a powerful antibiotic and helping detoxify potentially deadly halides such as fluorine and bromine that are common in our food and water supplies.  Bromine is a common additive in flour, and has pronounced negative effects on the thyroid.  Only unbromated flour should be eaten.

OK – on to the experts:


More from Dr. Brownstein:

Here is a podcast with Dr. Mark Starr, who has cured himself of hypothyroidism and fibromyalgia.  He has authored a book after 6 years of research into what he is calling Type 2 Hypothyroidism.  Much like Type 2 Diabetes, Type 2 Hypothyroidism isn’t an inability of the gland to produce sufficient hormones, but rather an a inability of cells to make use of those hormones.  Fascinating and insightful:

http://curezone.com/upload/Audio/Iodine/Dr_Mark_Starr_ORN_pt_1.mp3

http://curezone.com/upload/Audio/Iodine/Dr_Mark_Starr_pt_2.mp3

Probiotics

Fermenting Barrels with Hatcho Miso

The human body is a fertile ecosystem for all sorts of bacteria – some considered friendly and others potentially deadly.  Your body has an estimate 100 trillion cells, but the bacteria in your body outnumber that by at least 10 times!  Bacteria are quite small, but nevertheless the total weight of the bacteria in your body adds up to somewhere between 2 and 9 pounds, depending on which expert you ask.  Obviously, with this many guests living in your body, you want them to be the friendly type of guests, the ones that pitch in, help with the work of digestion, synthesize vital nutrients,  clean up after themselves and don’t dump toxins all over the place.

Probiotics, simply, are foods or supplements that are loaded with beneficial bacteria, helping to establish a healthy population of the good kind of house guests.  Probiotics should be considered vital to a healthy diet as well as frontline defenses against radioactive exposure.  Some of the general health effects of probiotic consumption include:

Probiotics are also Excellent Radioprotectors

Radiation destroys the mucous membranes of the gastrointestinal tract, causing inflammation.  The result is often diarrhea, a common symptom of radiation sickness as well as a side effect of radiation therapy undergone in the treatment of cancer.  If diarrhea persists, it may result in serious dehydration and fatigue.  Doctors have clearly demonstrated that probiotic supplements can prevent or decrease the occurrence of diarrhea during the course of radiation therapy.  Naturally, probiotics may prevent or decrease diarrhea due to radiation sickness as well.

Studies on mice suggest that probiotics do have a radioprotective effect on the intestines.

Irradiation of the intestines may result in weakened digestion and absorption of nutrients.  Beneficial intestinal flora assist with both of these functions.  As well, lactobacillus even synthesize some nutrients from their component parts.  For example, sulfurophane is a potent anti-cancer nutrient found in high concentrations in broccoli sprouts and lower concentrations in mature cruciferous vegetables.  Lactobacillus have been shown to synthesize sulfurophane from the mature cruciferous vegetables, meaning that we are not limited to only sprouts or supplements to provide this powerful anti-mutagenic substance.

Miso

One of the most often mentioned radioprotective foods is miso.  Miso developed its reputation as a radioprotective food thanks to Dr. Shinichiro Akizuki, director of Saint Francis Hospital in Nagasaki during the second World War.   Despite spending years treating patients a few miles from ground zero, neither he nor his staff suffered from the usual effects of radiation illness.  In addition, his patients had a remarkable rate of recovery compared with similar hospitals.  Dr. Akizuki insisted that all of his staff and patients eat miso soup daily and he attributed their resilience to the miso.

In addition to live bacterial cultures, miso contains sea salt, which contains trace elements such as iodine and selenium that have radioprotective benefits.  Miso soup is typically made with seaweeds, such as kombu (kelp) and wakame, which also have strong radioprotective qualities.

All live miso appears to have radioprotective effects, however, the degree of radioprotection is dependent on how long the miso is aged.  Studies done at the Research Institute for Radiation Biology and Medicine inHiroshima University showed that the more a miso has aged, the greater the radioprotective effect.

Here is a readable summary of studies on the radioprotective and cancer-fighting qualities of miso.

Genistein 

Some of miso’s radioprotective effects appear to be derived from genistein, a soy isoflavone that is found in very high concentrations in fermented soybean products, including miso and shoyu (soy sauce).   Genistein has radioprotective effects against full-body gamma radiation.  Further, genistein has a wide range of anti-tumor benefits.  It blocks angiogenesis and is also known to reactivate a number of anti-cancer genes that have been deactivated as a result of toxic conditions.

Sauerkraut 

Sauerkraut is familiar to many westerners, however most of us are familiar with pasteurized, non-living forms of sauerkraut, which are little more than cabbage soaked in vinegar.  These are not pro-biotics at all.  You probably have to go to a health food store to find real sauerkraut.  In the United States, there is a brand called Bubbies that is pretty good.  Even in a health food store, you will find sauerkraut that has been pasteurized, and is, therefore dead.  Unless it says something about live bacterial cultures on the label, it is almost surely not a live food.

In addition to vitamins A and D and sulphur compounds found in any cabbage, sauerkraut contains chemicals called isothiocyanates, which have cancer-preventing properties.  Sauerkraut juice is an effective preventative and treatment for food poisoning.  Mike Adams writes more about sauerkraut here.

Kimchi

I must admit I am a bit of a kimchi addict.  I get excited whenever I go to Los Angeles to visit my family, because there are so many korean restaurants.  I can eat kimchi everyday!  Apparently there have been other kimchi fanatics like me through the ages as the first written records of kimchi are over 3,000 years old and people are still raving about it.  Health magazine listed kimchi as one of the world’s healthiest foods.

People with seafood allergies need to be careful about kimchee, as some versions contain fermented anchovies or other seafood ingredients.  There are vegan versions of kimchee available, and this is what we eat at home due to my wife’s allergy.

Non-Dairy Yogurt and Kefir

Until recently, I would be recommending whole-milk live yogurts and kefir.  Unfortunately, at least for the time being, the risk of contaminated milk is too high, even in the United States.  I fear that milk produced in the Kanto and Tohoku areas of Japan will not be safe for many decades.

Fortunately, there are wonderfully healthy and delicious non-dair alternatives to yogurt made from coconuts or other raw nuts.  There are plenty of youtube videos demonstrating how to make these.  Many non-dairy probiotics are now available in health food stores as well.

There are lots of other fermented, live foods.  This is just a quick post I hope to update and expand later.

All the best,

Jonathan

UPDATE 5/12/2012:

I wanted to add this quote from Dr. Mercola that confirms my general bias against high-priced supplements bought in supermarkets.  It’s not that I won’t pay for high-quality supplements, but in many cases there is a much cheaper (and more effective) alternative available fresh from the garden or farmers’ market.

Fermented foods not only give you a wider variety of beneficial bacteria, they also give you far more of them, so it’s a much more cost effective alternative. Here’s a case in point: It’s unusual to find a probiotic supplement containing more than 10 billion colony-forming units. But when my team actually tested fermented vegetables produced by probiotic starter cultures, they had 10 trillion colony-forming units of bacteria. Literally, one serving of vegetables was equal to an entire bottle of a high potency probiotic! So clearly, you’re far better off using fermented foods.

That quote comes from an informative article on auto-immunity and probiotics.

Along with this video which explains the basics of fermenting organic vegetables:

Fermented foods not only give you a wider variety of beneficial bacteria, they also give you far more of them, so it’s a much more cost effective alternative. Here’s a case in point: It’s unusual to find a probiotic supplement containing more than 10 billion colony-forming units. But when my team actually tested fermented vegetables produced by probiotic starter cultures, they had 10 trillioncolony-forming units of bacteria. Literally, one serving of vegetables was equal to an entire bottle of a high potency probiotic! So clearly, you’re far better off using fermented foods.miso

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

This is a short clip of Greg Braden giving an inspirational talk about our ability to instantly heal cancerous tumors with our consciousness.  We humans are totally amazing!

After watching this, my wife asked me, “If this is true, do we really need to be concerned about radiation?”  I hemmed and hawed about the answer, though I can say for sure that maintaining a high vibration of love and oneness must absolutely be our first priority as we go about our lives.  This is the best protection from radiation-induced illness or any other form of dis-ease.

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