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Facts taken By Dr. Mercola
According to the Council for Responsible Nutrition, 69 percent of American adults take supplements. But are supplements dangerous? The UK-based, international campaign group, the Alliance for Natural Health International (ANH-Intl) recently revealed data1 showing that compared to supplements, an individual is:
- Around 900 times more likely to die from food poisoning
- Nearly 300,000 times more likely to die from a preventable medical injury during a UK hospital stay, which is comparable to the individual risk of dying that active military face in Iraq or Afghanistan
Additionally, the data shows that adverse reactions to pharmaceutical drugs are:
- 62,000 times more likely to kill you than food supplements
- 7,750 times more likely to kill you than herbal remedies
The data, which was collected from official sources in the UK and EU, demonstrate that both food supplements and herbal remedies are in the ‘super-safe’ category of individual risk – meaning risk of death from their consumption is less than 1 in 10 million. The group has created an excellent graphic showing your relative risk of death from a variety of activities. Besides drugs and hospital injuries, you’re also more likely to die from being struck by lightning or drowning in your bathtub than having a lethal reaction to herbs or supplements…
According to the featured article on NewHope360.com:
“ANH-Intl executive and scientific director, Robert Verkerk PhD, hailed the figures as shedding new light on the vexed question of natural healthcare’s safety. “These figures tell us not only what activities an individual is most or least likely to die from, but also what the relative risks of various activities are to society as a whole. It puts some real perspective on the actual risk of death posed by food supplements and herbal remedies at a time when governments are clamping down because they tell us they’re dangerous.
… According to Dr Verkerk, the new figures should help to pressure UK and European authorities to reduce regulatory burdens on natural health products.”
With a Super-Safe Track Record, Why are Supplements Under Attack?
Vitamins, minerals and herbal supplements have a tremendously safe track record, yet they are often singled out as being potentially dangerous by government agencies like the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). This – the notion that dietary supplements are unsafe — was the premise behind the FDA’s Draft Guidance on New Dietary Ingredients (NDI), which would have required the supplement industry to prove the safety of natural ingredients that, in many cases, have been on the market and used safely for decades!
Fortunately, public outcry made the agency agree to take another look at their proposed guidance and to issue a revised draft4. It’s still not known when the revisions might be completed.
The original NDI draft essentially claimed dietary supplements are unsafe and must be carefully tested in order to “protect consumers.” The proposed safety thresholds even exceeded those required by pharmaceutical drugs — despite extensive toxicological data showing supplements are FAR safer than drugs. As detailed above, drugs are 62,000 times more likely to kill you than supplements! Why on earth would supplements need more stringent safety thresholds than drugs?
It’s an obvious attempt to eliminate competition for the drug industry.
Data from the United States fully corroborates the featured UK data. For example, according to the latest data from the US National Poison Data System (2010 report)5, NO deaths were attributable to vitamin and mineral supplements that year. And, as noted by Orthomolecular Medicine News Service last year6, Americans easily take more than 60 billion doses of nutritional supplements every year, and with zero related deaths this is an outstanding safety record:
“Well over half of the U.S. population takes daily nutritional supplements. Even if each of those people took only one single tablet daily, that makes 165,000,000 individual doses per day, for a total of over 60 billion doses annually. Since many persons take far more than just one single vitamin or mineral tablet, actual consumption is considerably higher, and the safety of nutritional supplements is all the more remarkable. Over 60 billion doses of vitamin and mineral supplements per year in the USA, and not a single fatality. Not one. If vitamin and mineral supplements are allegedly so ‘dangerous,’ as the FDA and news media so often claim, then where are the bodies?”
The Drug Industry is the Real Health Threat
In striking contrast, drugs are known to cause well over 125,000 deaths per year in the US when taken correctly as prescribed – yet the FDA allows fast-track approvals and countless new additions of poorly tested drugs to the marketplace that must later be withdrawn due to their lethal consequences.
It is simply incomprehensible that any rational approach would seek to vilify supplements over drugs when the data in no way, shape or form supports it. The most likely motive for this position is financial greed that can put your life in jeopardy. According to the US National Poison Data System7 the following drug categories are among the most lethal:
Analgesics, sedatives, hypnotics, and antipsychotics
Slightly lower down on the list you find drugs like muscle relaxants, anti-inflammatory drugs, hormones, antacids, anticoagulants, and antihistamines.
Time to Start a New “Just say NO!” Anti-Drug Movement
The anti-drug slogan coined by Nancy Reagan in the early 1980’s is just as applicable for today’s prescription drug problem as the recreational drug problem of the past. The only difference is that today prescription drugs have eclipsed illicit drugs as the number one source of poisoning deaths. Prescription drugs have also been identified as the primary “gateway” to illegal drug use, beating out marijuana, alcohol and cigarettes.
According to a July 6 press release8.
“… Since 2000, the drugs sending people to their graves or to rehab have been shifting away from illicit drugs and toward prescription drugs. The 2011 report on the subject from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention made it clear: prescription narcotic pain reliever overdose deaths now exceed the number of deaths from heroin and cocaine combined.
… ‘Our own clients and people calling in daily for information about our program or help have told us story after story about addictions starting with the use of prescription drugs,’ stated Derry Hallmark, Director of Admissions at Narconon Arrowhead, a premier drug rehab facility in Southeastern Oklahoma. ‘Sadly, prescription medications have become the newest of the gateway drugs. Sadder still are the losses of life and other severe consequences that go hand in hand with drug abuse, which is especially the case with prescription drug abuse.’
Hallmark adds that those addicted to prescriptions will often end up needing treatment or will even start taking illicit drugs. One of the most common examples of this is the connection between those addicted to painkillers that then start taking heroin…”
It’s important to understand that there is a risk of side effects every time you take a prescription drug. No one (except for those who intentionally overdose) expects these medications to kill them, but they can do just that, and it happens far more often than you might think. In a 2011 report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA), officials emphasized that people should not assume there’s no risk in prescribed medicines9.
The truth is, the best way to avoid all risk, including death, from prescription drugs is to not take them at all. Remember, it’s your body, not your doctor’s and not your pharmacist’s, so it is up to you to make the decision of what drugs to , if any. Be SURE you are aware of the risks of any medication prescribed to you, and takeweigh them against any possible benefit. Then you can make a well-informed decision of whether it’s a risk you’re willing to take.
Optimizing Your Health Without Drugs
Of course, of paramount importance is taking control of your health so you can stay well naturally, without the use of drugs or even frequent conventional medical care. If you adhere to a healthy lifestyle, you most likely will never need medications in the first place.
We are constantly trying to find new data and articles to back up this therapy, and to help patients to be able to absorb the important supplements. Most supplements in the market are tablets, capsules and/or soft gels, many of them containing additional “additives” such as magnesium stearate or stearic acid, beeswax, soy products, natural colors or flavors etc. Even though most patients find the vitamins we suggest very helpful, it is always better to try to eliminate unnecessary substances and find the purest form possible, one that is the most absorbable. Tablets and pills always lack a suggested one percent in absorption. There is a lot of discussion throughout the internet regarding the safety of these substances, or the possible harm that they may do taken on a daily basis and for long periods of time.
Since the original protocol was written, the vitamins that were available at that time have become much more widely available with many different forms available. With the popularity of taking supplements throughout the world there has been a huge market opened in selling supplements, and many new strengths, purities and chemical or “pure” forms have become available.
At the time that Dr. Klenner was prescribing vitamins, a limited number were available to choose from, and many were extremely expensive. It was very difficult to find anything that was “better quality” combined with low prices. With the exploding markets of sales of supplements, there are many types to choose from now, and we always want to make sure we are trying to obtain the best and most absorbable with an eye towards purity to ensure the effectiveness of the therapy. We think that after all these years it is a good time to make some suggestions on the vitamins and supplements on the protocol. Some of those taking the supplements who are having digestive problems or gastrointestinal issues may want to consider some of these suggestions, they are listed as being 100% pure, and some come in liquid forms.
(OMNS, October 14, 2009) There was not even one death caused by a vitamin or dietary mineral in 2007, according to the most recent statistics available from the U.S. National Poison Data System. The 132-page annual report of the American Association of Poison Control Centers published in the journal Clinical Toxicology shows zero deaths from multiple vitamins; zero deaths from any of the B vitamins; zero deaths from vitamins A, C, D, or E; and zero deaths from any other vitamin. (1)
Furthermore, there were zero deaths in 2007 from any dietary mineral supplement. This means there were no fatalities from calcium, chromium, zinc, colloidal silver, selenium, iron, or multimineral supplements. There was one death from chronic overdose of magnesium hydroxide, commonly known as the laxative/antacid milk of magnesia, and it was inappropriately listed in the “dietary supplement” reporting category. Nutritional supplements do not contain magnesium hydroxide.
Over half of the U.S. population takes daily nutritional supplements. Even if each of those people took only one single tablet daily, that makes 154,000,000 individual doses per day, for a total of over 56 billion doses annually. Since many persons take more than just one vitamin or mineral tablet, the numbers are considerably higher, and the safety of nutritional supplements is all the more remarkable.
61 poison centers provide coast-to-coast data for the U.S. National Poison Data System, which is then reviewed by 29 medical and clinical toxicologists. In 2007, NPDS reported 1,597 fatalities from drugs and other ingested materials. Not one death was due to a vitamin or dietary mineral supplement.
If nutritional supplements are allegedly so “dangerous,” as the FDA and the news media so often claim, then where are the bodies?
(1) Bronstein AC, Spyker DA, Cantilena LR Jr, Green JL, Rumack BH, Heard SE; American Association of Poison Control Centers. 2007 Annual Report of the American Association of Poison Control Centers’ National Poison Data System (NPDS): 25th Annual Report. Clin Toxicol (Phila). 2008 Dec;46(10):927-1057. Full text article available for free download at http://www.aapcc.org/DNN/Portals/0/NPDS%20reports/2008%20AAPCC%20Annual%20Report.pdf Vitamins statistics are found in Table 22B, journal pages 1027-1028. Minerals are in the same table, page 1024.
For Further Reading:
Download any Annual Report of the American Association of Poison Control Centers from 1983-2007 free of charge at: http://www.aapcc.org/dnn/NPDS/AnnualReports/tabid/125/Default.aspx The “Vitamin” category is usually near the very end of the report.
Nutritional Medicine is Orthomolecular Medicine
Orthomolecular medicine uses safe, effective nutritional therapy to fight illness. For more information: http://www.orthomolecular.org
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(OMNS) New research confirms that niacinamide, also known as vitamin B-3, is a key to the successful treatment of multiple sclerosis and other nerve diseases.  Niacinamide, say researchers at Harvard Medical School, “profoundly prevents the degeneration of demyelinated axons and improves the behavioral deficits.”
This is very good news, but it is not at all new news. Over 60 years ago, Canadian physician H.T. Mount began treating multiple sclerosis patients with intravenous B-1 (thiamine) plus intramuscular liver extract, which provides other B-vitamins. He followed the progress of these patients for up to 27 years. The results were excellent and were described in a paper published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal in 1973. 
Mount was not alone. Forty years ago, Frederick Robert Klenner, M.D., of North Carolina, was using vitamins B-3 and B-1, along with the rest of the B-complex vitamins, vitamins C and E, and other nutrients including magnesium, calcium and zinc to arrest and reverse multiple sclerosis. [3,4] Klenner’s complete treatment program was originally published as “Treating Multiple Sclerosis Nutritionally,” Cancer Control Journal 2:3, p 16-20.
Drs. Mount and Klenner were persuaded by their clinical observations that multiple sclerosis, myasthenia gravis, and many other neurological disorders were primarily due to nerve cells being starved of nutrients. Each physician tested this theory by giving his patients large, orthomolecular quantities of nutrients. Mount’s and Klenner’s successful cures over decades of medical practice proved their theory was correct. B-complex vitamins, including thiamine as well as niacinamide, are absolutely vital for nerve cell health. Where pathology already exists, unusually large quantities of vitamins are needed to repair damaged nerve cells.
Nutritional therapy is inexpensive, effective and, most important, safe. There is not even one death per year from vitamins. 
Vitamin supplementation is not the problem. It is under-nutrition that is the problem. Vitamins are the solution.
Restoring health must be done nutritionally, not pharmacologically. All cells in all persons are made exclusively from what we drink and eat. Not one cell is made out of drugs.
 Kaneko S, Wang J, Kaneko M, Yiu G, Hurrell JM, Chitnis T, Khoury SJ, He Z. Protecting axonal degeneration by increasing nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide levels in experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis models. J Neurosci. 2006 Sep 20;26(38):9794-804.
 Mount HT. Multiple sclerosis and other demyelinating diseases. Can Med Assoc J. 1973 Jun 2;108(11):1356-1358.
 Frederick R. Klenner. “Response of Peripheral and Central Nerve Pathology to Mega-Doses of the Vitamin B-Complex and Other Metabolites”, Journal of Applied Nutrition, 1973,
 Dr. Klenner’s “Clinical Guide to the Use of Vitamin C” (which discusses orthomolecular therapy with all vitamins, not just vitamin C) is now posted in its entirety. It includes a multiple sclerosis protocol, which takes up about five pages. See also: http://www.doctoryourself.com/klennerpaper.html
 Watson WA et al. 2003 annual report of the American Association of Poison Control Centers Toxic Exposure Surveillance System. Am J Emerg Med. 2004 Sep;22(5):335-404.
The basic Vitamin Schedule suggested for Multiple Sclerosis is shown inside the “Begin Klenner’s Protocol!“. Apart from those your therapist may suggest you some other as well according your needs and individuality as they have been proved to help in many cases.
Here I have gathered some more info around each vitamin, it’s use and source. Vitamins are separated in two big categories:
WATER SOLUBLE VITAMINS:
Water-soluble vitamins dissolve in water and are not stored; they are eliminated in urine. We need a continuous supply of them in our diets. The water-soluble vitamins are the B-complex group and vitamin C. Adequate intake of good quality water (at least 6-8 glasses daily) helps in better absorption.
One of the most important vitamins in the protocol. You won’t get any result to your MS if you try to substitute it with any tablet or pill because you will have a great loss because of the acids produced in your stomach.
Generally thiamine enhances circulation and assists in the production of hydrochloric acid, blood formation, and carbohydrate metabolism. It affects energy, growth disorders and learning capacity. It also needed for normal muscle tone of the intestines, stomach and heart.
Warnings: antibiotics, sulfa drugs and oral contraceptives may decrease thiamin levels in the body a high carbohydrate diet increases the need for thiamin.
This vitamin is contained in your B100 tablet and like any other B vitamin works TOGETHER WITH the rest of the B vitamins.
Generally it’s necessary for red blood cell formation, antibody production, cellular respiration and growth. Alleviates eye fatigue and is important in the prevention and treatment of cataracts. Aids in the metabolism of carbohydrates, fats, and proteins. When used with vitamin A, it maintains and improves the mucous membranes in the digestive tract, facilitates oxygen use by body tissues, eliminates dandruff, helps the uptake of iron, B6 important during pregnancy since a lack can lead to fetal damage. Aids in the treatment of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.
Warnings: oral contraceptives and strenuous exercise decrease riboflavin levels in the body. Riboflavin is easily destroyed by light, cooking, antibiotics and alcohol.
Needed for proper circulation and healthy skin. Aids in the functioning of the nervous system, in the metabolism of carbohydrates, fats and proteins. Used in the production of hydrochloric acid. Lowers cholesterol. It is a basic element of the protocol and is taken both separately (as Nicotinic Acid only) and with the B100 tablet which comes as Niacinamide.
Known as the ‘anti-stress vitamin’ since it is used in the production of adrenal hormones and antibodies. Helps convert fats, carbohydrates and proteins into energy needed to produce vital steroids and cortisone in the adrenal gland. Required by all cells of the body. Needed for normal functioning of the gastrointestinal tract. May be helpful in treating depression and anxiety.
Involved in more bodily functions than any other single nutrient. Affects both physical and mental health is a natural diuretic. Reduces swelling associated with PMS, injury, and Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. Aids in preventing oxalate kidney stones from forming. Necessary for the production of hydrochloric acid and the absorption of fats and proteins. Maintains sodium and potassium balance. Needed for a properly functioning nervous system. Promotes red blood cell formation. Aids in the production of antibodies. Plays a role in cancer immunity and arteriosclerosis. Inhibits the formation of homocysteine which attacks the heart muscle and allows the deposition of cholesterol around the heart muscle. Helpful in the treatment of allergies, arthritis and asthma. Warnings: antidepressants, estrogen, and oral contraceptives may increase the need for vitamin B6 in the body.
Needed for energy production and formation of red blood cells. Helps prevent coronary heart disease. Important for healthy cell division and replication. May help depression and anxiety. Shown to help in uterine cervical dysplasia. Essential to regulate embryonic and fetal development of nerve cells. Vital for normal growth and development. Significantly reduces risk of colon cancer.
Needed to prevent anemia. Aids in cell formation and cellular longevity. Required for proper digestion, absorption of food, protein synthesis, and metabolism of carbohydrates and fats. Prevents nerve damage, maintains fertility, and promotes normal growth and development. The type of Methylcobalamine is said to be the most absorbable form. In the protocol schedule 2mg taken sublingually daily is needed .
Warnings: deficiency can be caused by malabsorption – such as the elderly and those with digestive disorders.
Choline is a chemical similar to the B-vitamins, and is often lumped in with them, although it is not (yet) an “official” B-vitamin. It serves various functions in our bodies – in the structure of cell membranes, protecting our livers from accumulating fat, as the precursor molecule for the neurotransmitter acetylcholine, and more. Because of rapid development in fetuses and infants, we have a great need for choline in our early lives. Human milk has high levels of choline. Choline has been shown to protect the liver from certain types of damage, and can help reverse damage that has already occurred. Additionally, it may help lower cholesterol and homocysteine levels associated with cardiovascular disease, and may also help protect against some types of cancers. This is an area where more research is needed, but there are some positive first signs. It is also contained in your B100 tablet.
♦ Biotin- Vitamin H – Vitamin H is used in cell growth, the production of fatty acids, metabolism of fats, and proteins. It plays a role in the Kreb cycle, which is the process in which energy is released from food. Biotin is also indicated for healthy hair and skin, healthy sweat glands, nerve tissue, and bone marrow, and assisting with muscle pain. Vitamin H not only assists in various metabolic chemical conversions, but also helps with the transfer of carbon dioxide. Biotin is also helpful in maintaining a steady blood sugar level.
♦Inositol – Vitamin B8 – Inositol, unofficially referred to as “vitamin B8” is present in all animal tissues, with the highest levels in the heart and brain. It is part of the membranes (outer coverings) of all cells, and plays a role in helping the liver process fats as well as contributing to the function of muscles and nerves. Inositol may also be involved in depression. People who are depressed may have lower than normal levels of inositol in their spinal fluid. In addition, inositol participates in the action of serotonin, a neurotransmitter known to be a factor in depression. (Neurotransmitters are chemicals that transmit messages between nerve cells.) For these two reasons, inositol has been proposed as a treatment for depression, and preliminary evidence suggests that it may be helpful. Inositol has also been tried for other psychological and nerve-related conditions.
♦ PABA – It is used to improve the protein used in the body, it relates to red blood cell formation as well as assisting the manufacture of folic acid in the intestines. Para-aminobenzoic acid is used in sunscreen preparations since it can help protect the skin against ultra-violet radiation. It has been linked to hair growth as well as reversing the graying of hair, but these results are disappointing. PABA also assists with breaking down of protein, the formation of red blood cells and maintaining intestinal flora
When PABA is in short supply fatigue, irritability, nervousness and depression might manifest itself as well as constipation. Weeping eczema has also been noted in people with PABA deficiency as well as patchy areas on the skin.
Powerful antioxidant that protects against pollution and prevents cancer. Required for tissue growth and repair. Essential in the formation of collagen to form tissue. Protects against blood clotting and bruising. Promotes healing of wounds and the production of anti-stress hormones. May reduce cholesterol and high blood pressure. Protects against genetic damage, cataracts, colon cancer, respiratory illnesses, asthma, breast cancer.
Warnings: aspirin, alcohol, analgesics, antidepressants, anticoagulants, oral contraceptives and steroids may reduce levels of vitamin C. Pregnant women should use amounts no larger than 5,000 mg, as the fetus may become dependent on this supplement and develop scurvy.
FAT SOLUBLE VITAMINS:
Fat-soluble vitamins dissolve in fat before they are absorbed in the blood stream to carry out their functions. For better absorption you need to check your everyday fat intake (along with your protein and carbohydrates). Mostly olive oil, almonds etc.
General:Prevents night blindness and other eye problems. Aids some skin disorders such as acne. Enhances immunity and protects against colds, influenza and infections. May heal gastrointestinal ulcers. Protects against pollution and cancer formation. Acts as an antioxidant needed for epithelial tissue maintenance and repair important for formation of bones and teeth. Aids in fat storage. Slows the aging process. Protein cannot be utilized by the body without this.
Common provitamin A carotenoids found in foods that come from plants are beta-carotene, alpha-carotene, beta-cryptoxanthin and many others. Among these, beta-carotene is most efficiently made into retinol. Alpha-carotene and beta-cryptoxanthin are also converted to vitamin A, but only half as efficiently as beta-carotene.
Source: Found in carrots, cantaloupe, apricots, sweet potatoes, pumpkin, winter squash, mangos, collard greens, spinach, kale, broccoli, and other orange, red, and dark green fruits and vegetables.
Required for calcium and phosphorus absorption and utilization. Necessary for growth and especially important for normal growth and development of bones and teeth in children. Essential for the prevention of osteoporosis and rickets. Enhances immunity. Essential for maintaining normal calcium and phosphorus metabolism. Recent studies have proven the role of this vitamin to patients suffering from MS. It is much better to obtain it from supplements not from extreme sun exposure since this is known to worsen or cause MS symptoms especially in very hot days.
Antioxidant that prevents cancer and cardiovascular disease. Has been shown to reduce the chance of a heart attack by 75%. Improves circulation and aids in normal clotting and healing. Reduces blood pressure. Aids in preventing cataracts. Aids in the repair of tissue useful in treating fibrocystic breasts, PMS and leg cramps. Retards aging and may prevent age spots.
*YOU SHOULD CONSULT YOUR PRACTITIONER TO USE ANY OF THE ABOVE VITAMINS.