The use of Vitamin Supplements has been in the forefront of my mind lately. Several blog posts I’ve read about Seasonal Affective Disorder, as well as recent conversations with friends who were newly diagnosed with breast cancer has reminded me why I take vitamins and why I believe nutrition is so important to our health.

I actually started taking vitamins in 1999 when I myself was diagnosed with colon cancer. It was then I did an independent study using multiple internet searches, books and other resources on the role that food and nutrition, along with vitamin supplements play in our daily health, wellness and disease processes. Needless to say the information I found was eye opening. Surprisingly, what I kept finding over and over again was that every resource I read on the subject all agreed on the same thing: we are what we eat. In other words, our diet and nutritional habits {along with our genetic makeup} is the building block of our well being.

Now granted, optimally we should feed our body with a healthy diet and lifestyle, but that doesn’t always happen and the need to supplement may be necessary.

Here’s just a bit of information I learned about Cancer & Disease and It’s Relationship with Nutrition and Supplementation.
*One of every three Americans will develop cancer in his or her lifetime.

*”I have been wrong. There germ is nothing. The terrain is everything.” Louis Pasteur on his deathbed in 1895.

*There is a strong correlation between diet and/or nutritional deficiencies and many cancers. The National Academy of Sciences and others estimate that nutritional factors account for 60% of cancer cases in women and 40% in men. Cancers of the breast, colon, rectum, uterus, prostate and kidney are closely associate with consumption of total fat and protein, particularly meat and animal fat.

*We need to rethink the cancer battle plan. Cancer grows in a human body because of one or more underlying conditions including lack of oxygen (cancer is an anaerobic organism-it does not need oxygen to live), sugar feeding, immune suppression and so on. In order to improve the outcome in cancer treatment, it is essential that the patient and physicians address the underlying causes.

*The crucial missing link in most cancer therapy is stimulating the patients own healing abilities.

*Investigation studying the relationship between the immune system and nutrition have found that nutrition affects immunity and also affects the development of cancer, either directly or indirectly via the immune system.

*Tumors are primarily glucose metabolizers, meaning ‘sugar feeders’.

*When the doctor says, “we think we got it all” what he or she is really saying is “we have destroyed all detectable cancer cells and now it is up to your immune system to find and destroy the cancer cells that inevitable remain in your body”.

In regards to Vitamin Supplements:
Vitamin D
boasts properties beneficial to our bone, tooth, muscular and immune health, and being deficient can cause symptoms like low mood, energy and heart health.

Vitamin A is required for good night vision, as it’s directly involved in photochemical reactions in your retina. But it’s also vital to the growth and maintenance of epithelial tissue and red blood cell production.

Vitamin E is vital in protecting skin cells from ultra violet light, pollution, drugs, and other elements that produce cell damaging free radicals.

Vitamin K is important for normal blood clotting.

Vitamin C benefits may include protection against immune system deficiencies, cardiovascular disease, prenatal health problems, eye disease, and even skin wrinkling.

Vitamin B aids in cell metabolism, harvesting energy to create and support your body’s chemical reactions.

This really just skims the surface on the information available to us. It’s also crazy to think that 13 years later, I would be sharing the information I learned then, with you now.

More food for thought (pun intentional)…consider being at a Cardiologist’s or Oncologist’s Convention….notice what they all are eating and I’m sure you’ll find lots of colorful vegetables on their plate. 😉 (image source for the following)

This is a family photo taken on Easter of 1999 after my first round of chemo. I was already experiencing a lot of hair loss with just that first round–allowing me the perfect excuse to wear an Easter hat. 😉

Please note that I am no doctor or expert on this subject. I’m also not saying that taking any supplement or eating any certain way will prevent or heal cancer or any disease. I’m merely offering information on each vitamin and it’s particular benefits. This is strictly an independent study done by me personally during my own struggle with disease. Please consult your own physician regarding correct dosing and other professional information you may require. Also, there are really too many resources to name and credit here. If you would like to receive the specifics on where I acquired my information, just send me an email and I’ll be happy to provide that to you.

1 Comment on Nutrition, Disease & Vitamin Supplements

  1. So glad you are well and healthy! I alternate between taking vitamins and not. Thanks for the information!

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