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Many of us are interested in improving our health with supplements and more natural health care. We've figured out that prevention really does work. But how do you know which "vitamin" information to believe? Is it true that Vitamin E isn't good for your health anymore, or is there more to that story that isn't being reported? Do you accept what is on the news and in the papers?

(You'll be shocked to read about this one - right from a producer of a major network news station's mouth!)

> Where can you go to find information you can trust? Do you tackle the Internet, knowing that anyone can throw up a web page and tell the world their product will cure it all? (We do have snake oil salesmen in these times too - they're just not in a covered wagon selling their wares anymore - they're online!)

> You've been hearing that the Atkins Diet may not be so good for your health. Is that true? Then how can you loose weight successfully?

> How can you protect your family (and yourself) from cardiovascular disease - without having to take heart medication that can have crippling side effects for the rest of your life, or eat some strange, esoteric diet from the South Pacific?

> Are there alternative solutions that work for enlarged prostate glands? (Your honey will appreciate your sensitivity, and you'll both be a lot happier!)

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Vitamin E and Health

Vitamin E and Hearth Have you heard the latest? It's been on all the network shows (watch for my topic: How Controlled is the Media on Health Issues?). WebMD (a site set up specifically to counteract the availability of alternative health care information on the net) has come up with an article opining that Vitamin E is dangerous! That it may increase the risk of death and that no one should take more than 400 IU.

There are several things wrong with this outrageous statement. The first, and most obvious, is that no references are given and no studies are cited. The conclusion was reached after a vaguely defined "statistical analysis". No effort was made to define the variables, nor was any rigor applied to the type of vitamin E in question. Yes, Virginia, there are differences in vitamin E!

The vast majority of vitamin E in America is d-alpha tocopherol (a synthetic), which is the raceme of vitamin E that has NO activity in the heart. You need gamma tocopherol for heart health. Almost everything on the market and certainly all vitamin E added to foods is d-alpha. That's because it's manufactured from soy by one of the largest companies in the world. You've seen their commercials -- ADM "Supermarket to the World. They claim it's "natural" because it comes from soy, but all other racemes have been stripped away.

The only vitamin E that's worse for you is dl-alpha tocopherol. The "dl" clearly indicates that the tocopherol was manufactured, and no one bothered to purify it and extract the biologically active form -- the "d". So, many people may be taking "dl" alpha tocopherol and the body cannot use or process the "l" form. Our bodies can only use dextro-rotary tocopherols. Everything else is junk. So, the "l", or levo-rotary forms, just gum up our enzymes. Who knows how many individuals in the "analysis" were taking junk vitamin E?

The other outrageous statement (and, I suspect, the true point of the article) is that vitamin E can "interfere" with the action of cholesterol-lowering drugs, which are characterized as "life saving." This really frosts me. These cholesterol-lowering agents are responsible for the epidemic of congestive heart failure we have in this country. They interfere with the synthesis of enzyme CoQ10 and lead inevitably to heart failure, because the heart can't function without it. And you can't get CoQ10 from food, you MUST manufacture it! But, we are being urged to avoid a natural and healthful substance and substitute poisonous chemicals in its stead. Does anyone smell a rat?

This study smacks of the one that came out recently saying that vitamin E had no effect on heart disease. Of course, the study was set up to fail, since it was done using d-alpha tocopherol; which, as everyone now knows has NO effect on the heart. And, this knowledge has been around for more than 20 years. So, set up a study using the wrong form of vitamin E and VOILA! The exact result you wanted. Which is now gospel, because, of course, an M.D. said it! Be good to your heart. Be sure you get checked for your true nutritional needs, and take the supplements that will keep you young, vital and away from medications. The less pharmaceuticals you take, the longer and healthier your life will be. Find out how to get a personalized program.

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Below is my latest post on my blog (or web log, if you are not terribly web savvy, like me). You can visit the site at for updates on news-worthy health related items.

Yours in Health,

N. Rowan Richards, DC, DABCI, FIACA


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