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Offline TheD

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« on: April 27, 2009, 01:23:02 PM »
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  • Is vitamin D a good defense against the swine flu?

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    « Reply #1 on: April 27, 2009, 01:39:54 PM »
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  • I know Vitamin D is important, but I haven't heard anything about it improving one's chances against a flu virus.

    I would think Vitamin C, not D.
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    « Reply #2 on: April 27, 2009, 04:36:55 PM »
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  • The antibiotic vitamin: deficiency in vitamin D may predispose people to infection

    Science News
    Nov 11, 2006
    Janet Raloff


    In April 2005, a virulent strain of influenza hit a maximum-security forensic psychiatric hospital for men that's midway between San Francisco and Los Angeles. John J. Cannell, a psychiatrist there, observed with increasing curiosity as one infected ward after another was quarantined to limit the outbreak Although 10 percent of the facility's 1,200 patients ultimately developed the flu's fever and debilitating muscle aches, none did in the ward that he supervised.

    "First, the ward below mine was quarantined, then the wards on my right, left, and across the hall," Cannell recalls. However, although the 32 men on his ward at Atascadero (Calif.) State Hospital had mingled with patients from infected wards before their quarantine, none developed the illness.

    Cannell's ward was the only heavily exposed ward left unaffected. Was it by mere chance, Cannell wondered, that his patients dodged the sickness?

    A few months later, Cannell ran across a possible answer in the scientific literature. In the July 2005 FASEB Journal, Adrian F. Gombart of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and his colleagues reported that vitamin D boosts production in white blood cells of one of the antimicrobial compounds that defends the body against germs.

    Immediately, Cannell says, the proverbial lightbulb went on in his head: Maybe the high doses of vitamin D that he had been prescribing to virtually all the men on his ward had boosted their natural arsenal of the antimicrobial, called cathelicidin, and protected them from flu. Cannell had been administering the vitamin D because his patients, like many other people in the industrial world, had shown a deficiency:

    The FASEB Journal article also triggered Cannell's recollection that children with rickets, a hallmark of vitamin D deficiency, tend to experience more infections than do kids without the bone disease. He shared his flu data with some well-known vitamin D researchers, and they urged him to investigate further.

    On the basis of more than 100 articles that he collected, Cannell and seven other researchers now propose that vitamin D deficiency may underlie a vulnerability to infections by the microbes that cathelicidin targets. These include bacteria, viruses, and fungi, the group notes in a report available online for an upcoming Epidemiology and Infection...

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    « Reply #3 on: May 10, 2009, 02:24:13 AM »
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  • Eat some sardines.  There's your VitD.  Really the best way to stay healthy is to eat healthy and keep active ALL the time.  Do at least 15 minutes of exercise per day, the more intense the better (usually).  So if you're comfortable walking, jog, and if you're comfortable jogging, sprint and keep improving.  Proper rest is important too.  Being healthy is not all that hard, and eating healthy is cheaper than eating the plastic synthetic junk that companies package and sell.  Stick to the produce section and you'll be fit as a fiddle in no time.  Buy a juicer, drink broccoli carrot strawberry juice- It's delicious!

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    « Reply #4 on: May 11, 2009, 07:53:07 AM »
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  • Quote from: Catholic Martyr
     Really the best way to stay healthy is to eat healthy...and keep active ALL the time.  Do at least 15 minutes of exercise per day, the more intense the better (usually).  So if you're comfortable walking, jog, and if you're comfortable jogging, sprint and keep improving.  




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    « Reply #5 on: September 17, 2009, 05:31:16 PM »
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  • Just a quick bump to help everyone out.

    I said eat sardines.  Do it.  Not only does this give you a gigantic amount of VitD, but it also loads your system with calcium.  As you may or may not know, the presence of VitD in your bloodstream is absolutely essential for the optimal absorbtion of calcium in your body.

    Also, eat broccoli, since this contains calcium citrate, which is a fast absorbing calcium.

    Eat a good variety of fruit and green leafy veg, stop drinking soda and coffee (cafeine is okay in very small amounts, but overall it's better to avoid it).  Drink distilled or reverse osmosis water, try to aboid tap weter, since the gov. has access to it and can put whatever garbage they want in it.  Decaf green tea is very good, and if you have a fervent zeal for your health, then cook up some broccoli, then use the left over water for your tea, you won't be sorry (it's delicious AND incredibly healthy)

    Follow the rule "If man made it, DON'T EAT IT!", a rule that is becoming ever so much more obvious.

    15 minutes of jumping jacks can and should be done by just about everyone, and if that is easy do some pushups and bodyweight squats.  If that's easy do some burpees, and if that's easy, you don't need my advice because you are already an athlete.

    This is very easy stuff to do and will outfit you against any disease.

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    « Reply #6 on: November 17, 2009, 07:08:28 PM »
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  • Being out in the sun is also very good for you.  I don't mean to go tanning every day, but spend a small amount of time in the sun on a daily basis.
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    « Reply #7 on: November 17, 2009, 08:27:55 PM »
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  • I've been taking Vitamin D liquid drops under the tongue since Sept. 1/09.  Recently I got a blood test showing that my blood level of Vitamin D was at the optimal range.


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    « Reply #8 on: February 05, 2010, 12:32:20 AM »
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  • Quote from: CM
    Drink distilled or reverse osmosis water, try to avoid tap water, since the gov. has access to it and can put whatever garbage they want in it.  


    I heard reverse osmosis water is acidic water.

    Distilled water, although not the best tasting water (it's an acquired taste), is much better than reverse osmosis water.

    There are water filters out there that remove harmful chemicals and metals. Also if your area adds fluoride, there are specific filters that remove fluoride. Anything advertised, such as brita and pur, are generally not the best filters out there.

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    « Reply #9 on: February 05, 2010, 01:00:51 AM »
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  • Thank you very much for telling me this.  Your words are true.  I did a quick look up and it appears that Green Tea is alkaline, so I have probably not done any damage (since that is how I use my water if not for soup).

    And thanks for the spelling corrections. :laugh1:

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    « Reply #10 on: February 05, 2010, 03:18:20 AM »
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  • When I got a blood test, my vitamin D level was almost non existant.   :surprised:


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    « Reply #11 on: February 05, 2010, 07:30:12 AM »
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  • When flu season started, started to tkae a Vitamin D3 supplement
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    « Reply #12 on: February 05, 2010, 12:55:56 PM »
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  • If you live in the north, sun exposure will not help Vit D level during late fall and winter.  The sun angle is too low in the sky.  

    Just this fall I got a new doctor that emphasizes  Vit D, and taking 5000 IU per day has kept me from being sick all winter. Usually I am sick the entire winter!  It also reduced risk of some cancers.  I am a believer in taking Vit D suppliments.
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    « Reply #13 on: February 05, 2010, 01:39:05 PM »
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  • Yikes, sick all winter? yuck.....

    I do not live in the North, but still take....
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    « Reply #14 on: February 06, 2010, 12:01:28 AM »
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  • Quote from: CM
    Thank you very much for telling me this.  Your words are true.  I did a quick look up and it appears that Green Tea is alkaline, so I have probably not done any damage (since that is how I use my water if not for soup).


    To figure out how acidic your R.O. water is you can buy some of those little pH strips (remember from chemistry class?) and test your water. Organic green tea is great, as compared to regular black tea and coffee.

    While acidic R.O. water is bad, not everything acidic in the environment is bad. Some acidic fruits become alkaline in your body. "Foods such as orange juice and lemon juice are acidic in their natural state but turn alkaline after they have been metabolized in the body", so you don't have to avoid citrus fruits. IIRC, mangoes and some of the more exotic fruits are very alkaline. That said, most fruits and vegetables are alkaline.

    Your diet of sardines is very healthy, they are not only high in Vitamin D, calcium, and other minerals, they are high in Omega-3s. Omega-3s are nature's fountain of youth. Omega-3s in pills can go rancid (refrigerate them if anyone buys them), so having them from the fish themselves is much better.