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Excerpt from Holistic is an adjective...not a noun
by Suzan Walter, M.B.A. (1996)
Holistic Health chapter from Illustrated Encyclopedia of Body Mind Disciplines
by Suzan Walter, M.B.A. (1999)
Introduction to Holistic Medicine chapter from HealthInform's Resource Guide to Alternative Health.
by Suzan Walter, M.B.A. (1997)
Principles of Holistic Medicine
by American Holistic Medical Association
Comparing Holistic and Conventional Medicine
by Robert S. Ivker, D.O. (2002)
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    Vitamin C

    Vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid, is a water-soluble vitamin. Unlike most mammals and other animals, humans do not have the ability to make their own vitamin C. Therefore, we must obtain vitamin C through our diet.


    Vitamin C is required for the synthesis of collagen, an important structural component of blood vessels, tendons, ligaments, and bone. Vitamin C also plays an important role in the synthesis of the neurotransmitter, norepinephrine. Neurotransmitters are critical to brain function and are known to affect mood. In addition, vitamin C is required for the synthesis of carnitine, a small molecule that is essential for the transport of fat into cellular organelles called mitochondria, where the fat is converted to energy (1). Research also suggests that vitamin C is involved in the metabolism of cholesterol to bile acids, which may have implications for blood cholesterol levels and the incidence of gallstones (2).

    Vitamin C is also a highly effective antioxidant. Even in small amounts vitamin C can protect indispensable molecules in the body, such as proteins, lipids (fats), carbohydrates, and nucleic acids (DNA and RNA), from damage by free radicals and reactive oxygen species that can be generated during normal metabolism as well as through exposure to toxins and pollutants (e.g., cigarette smoke). Vitamin C may also be able to regenerate other antioxidants such as vitamin E (1). One recent study of cigarette smokers found that vitamin C regenerated vitamin E from its oxidized form (3).

    QUEBEC — Vitamin C is widely known as an antioxidant and results of a new study hint it also could avert premature aging.

    Recent Canadian research showed vitamin C stopped, and even reversed, symptoms of accelerated aging disease in mice.

    The results suggest the vitamin, found notably in fruits and vegetables, also may be helpful in other age-related diseases such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's.

    "We think that more studies should be done on other types of premature aging diseases to see if the vitamin C could have a positive impact on them as well," said study co-author Michel Lebel, who works at the Quebec Cancer Research Centre at the Hotel-Dieu hospital in Quebec City.

    Lebel and his team looked at a mouse model of Werner's syndrome, a rare disorder that causes premature aging in humans as young as those in their 20s. Those who suffer from it develop age-related diseases and generally die before they reach 50.

    The study, published this month in the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology Journal, showed before treatment, the ill mice were fat, diabetic, and developing heart disease and cancer.

    After the vitamin C treatment, the mice were healthy and enjoyed a normal lifespan.

    "We think that vitamin C could have a more positive impact on humans since, unlike mice or other animals, we don't produce our own vitamin C," Lebel said.

    He noted healthy mice did not appear to benefit from vitamin C.

    The Quebec City researchers found that vitamin C has an impact on premature aging diseases that are caused by a defect of the WRN (Werner) gene and the WRN protein.

    Lebel said his team is hoping to study groups of aging Canadians who have greater risks of heart disease, stroke, diabetes and cancer to see if they have a defect of the Werner gene, located on chromosome eight. If so, they could eventually be treated with vitamin C to lower the risks of developing these illnesses.

    Vitamin E

    The term vitamin E describes a family of 8 antioxidants, 4 tocopherols and 4 tocotrienols. alpha-tocopherol (a-tocopherol) is the only form of vitamin E that is actively maintained in the human body and is therefore, the form of vitamin E found in the largest quantities in the blood and tissue.

    Why do we need vitamin E?

    Vitamin E, a fat-soluble vitamin, protects vitamin A and essential fatty acids from oxidation in the body cells and prevents breakdown of body tissues.
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    Do we get enough vitamin E?

    According to recent surveys of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the intake of vitamin E by women 19 to 50 years of age averaged less than 90% of the Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA). Men of the same age had intakes close to 100% of the RDA. We need to remind ourselves that the RDA is an absolute minimum requirement, below which your body is actually in deficiency.

    Vitamin E can be lost from foods during preparation, cooking, or storage.

    Beyond taking enough vitamin E to prevent an actual deficiency, is there any scientific evidence which shows that taking vitamin E in higher levels can promote good health and prevent and treat disease? Let's examine this question.

    Vitamin E and heart disease

    Support for the role of vitamin E in heart disease prevention has come from observational studies, particularly 2 cohort studies which were published in 1993. In the 1st study, the Nurses' Health Study, the researchers concluded that among 83,234 middle-aged women who participated in the study, there was a 40% reduced risk of coronary artery disease for those who took vitamin E supplements compared to those who did not (New England Journal of Medicine 1993;328: 1444-9). The 2nd study, the Health Professionals Follow-up Study, involved over 39,000 males and showed evidence of a significant association between a high intake of vitamin E from supplements and a lower risk of heart disease (New England Journal of Medicine 1993; 328:1450-1456).

    Researchers are fairly certain that oxidative modification of LDL-cholesterol ("bad" cholesterol) promotes blockages in coronary arteries which may lead to atherosclerosis and heart attacks. Vitamin E may help prevent or delay coronary heart disease by limiting the oxidation of LDL-cholesterol. A 1994 review of 5,133 Finnish men and women aged 30 - 69 suggested that increased dietary intake of vitamin E was associated with decreased mortality from heart disease (1).
    vitamin e and ldl cholesterol

    The results of at least 5 large observational studies suggest that increased vitamin E consumption is associated with a decreased risk of myocardial infarction (heart attack) in both women and men. Each study was a prospective study that measured vitamin E consumption in presumably healthy people and followed them for several years to determine how many of them were diagnosed with, or died as a result of heart disease.

    2 other large studies (1,2) found a significant reduction in the risk of heart disease only in those men and women who consumed alpha-tocopherol supplements of at least 100 IU daily, with the greatest benefit observed at an intake of 800 IU daily (3).

    While 100 IU or more of supplemental vitamin E per day has been shown to reduce the risk of heart attacks in healthy individuals, those with pre-existing coronary artery disease often take 800 to 1200 IU/day based on the pioneering work of the Shute brothers in the mid 1940s.

    Vitamin E and Cancer

    The evidence is not as clear-cut when it comes to cancer and vitamin E. Many types of cancer are believed to result from oxidative damage to DNA caused by free radicals. Antioxidants - such as vitamin E - help protect against the damaging effects of free radicals, which may contribute to the development of chronic diseases such as cancer. Vitamin E also may block the formation of nitrosamines, which are carcinogens formed in the stomach from nitrites consumed in the diet. Vitamin E may also protect against the development of cancers by enhancing immune function (6). However, human trials and surveys which tried to associate vitamin E with incidence of cancer have generally been inconclusive.

    The Nurses Health Study, which we referred to earlier, studied 83,234 women at baseline and sought to assess the incidence of breast cancer during a 14-year follow-up. The study showed that pre-menopausal women with a family history of breast cancer who consumed the highest quantity of vitamin E enjoyed a 43% reduction in breast cancer incidence compared to only a 16% risk reduction for women without a family history of breast cancer.(8)
    breast cancer

    Based on this study, vitamin E appears to protect against genetic-predisposed breast cancer better than environmentally-induced breast cancer.

    However other studies which have reviewed the effects of standard vitamin E products (alpha-tocopherol acetate) taken by themselves have failed to decisively show a protective benefit for cancer.(7,9) It is possible that other forms of vitamin E found in food (such as gamma tocopherol and tocotrienols) may be responsible for providing the protective effect against breast cancer shown in some surveys which evaluated total vitamin E intake. This is why I recommend that, when selecting a vitamin E supplement, you choose one which contains other tocopherols and tocotrienols, not just alpha-tocopherol.

    In 2002, a researcher at Wake Forest University School of Medicine compiled and analyzed the large volume of published data about vitamin E and breast cancer and her comprehensive work was published in the Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry.(4)

    Taken together, the results of the studies presented indicate that certain vitamin E compounds found in food confer a significant protective effect, but that commercial alpha-tocopherol acetate supplements fail to reduce the incidence of breast cancer for most women. The data indicates that some other vitamin E compounds in food may account for the dramatic reductions in breast cancer incidence when dietary intake levels of vitamin E are measured.

    Most studies have indicated that the form of vitamin E used in most commercial preparations (alpha-tocopherol acetate) has not been shown to protect against breast cancer.

    It is the tocotrienolsicon, one of the 8 members of the vitamin E family, however, which have demonstrated the most significant potential to not only reduce breast cancer incidence, but also to inhibit the propagation of existing breast cancer cells.

    Tocotrienolsicon have been shown to inhibit the growth of estrogen receptor positive breast cancer cells by as much as 50% in culture.(10,12)

    The objective of any cancer therapy is to induce the cancer cells to differentiate in a way which promotes programmed cell death (apoptosis). Several studies indicate that tocotrienols induce breast cancer cell apoptosis.[13,14]

    It therefore appears that the individual tocopherols and tocotrienols have different biological activities as they relate to their effects on health, and it is my recommendation that, when choosing a vitamin E product, you select one which also contains other tocopherols and tocotrienols, not just alpha-tocopherol. I recommend the book " The Vitamin E Factor " for a better understanding of the importance of tocotrienols and the other tocopherols.

    It is especially important to take the tocotrienols along with some form of oil or fat-containing food. When tocotrienols are taken on an empty stomach, absorption is reduced by an average of 50%.

    So when taking tocopherol and/or tocotrienol vitamin E supplements, I would recommend that you take them with a meal or with fatty acid capsules like fish oil (EPA-DHA).

    Prostate cancer: some evidence associates higher intake of vitamin E with a decreased incidence of prostate cancer (17), although the evidence is not overwhelming.

    Vitamin D

    Following are articles about the benefits of vitamin D

    Vitamin D Promotes Weight Loss

    1/29/2010 - (NaturalNews) A recent study conducted by researchers from the University of Minnesota found that overweight people have better success in losing weight when their vitamin D levels are increased. Dr. Shalamar Sibley, the researcher who headed the study,...

    Calcium and vitamin D supplements reduce the risk of bone fractures in everyone, young and old

    1/27/2010 - (NaturalNews) In recent years, Big Pharma has produced a variety of widely hyped bisphosphonate drugs including alendronate (Fosamax), ibandronate (Boniva), risedronate (Actonel) and zoledronic acid (Reclast) that are aimed at preserving bone mass and...

    Do Statin Drugs Cause Vitamin D Deficiency?

    1/8/2010 - (NaturalNews) Many in the medical profession are beginning to recognize that people who take cholesterol-lowering statin drugs are becoming vitamin D-deficient. Cholesterol is required by the body to synthesize vitamin D and statin drugs are are responsible...

    2009 in review: A year of FDA censorship, Big Pharma crimes and celebrity drug deaths

    1/1/2010 - (NaturalNews) 2009 has been a crazy year for health and medicine. It was the year that Congress rammed through a mandatory health "reform" bill that violates the U.S. Constitution in forcing all Americans to buy government-mandated products and services...


    More Evidence Supports the Importance of Vitamin D in Heart Disease Prevention

    12/24/2009 - (NaturalNews) Although the link between low Vitamin D status and chronic disease has been well known for some time, a new study has shed further light on the role of Vitamin D in cases of hypertension and congestive heart failure. Researchers from...


    Vitamin D prevents heart disease

    12/7/2009 - (NaturalNews) Vitamin D is best known for its anti-cancer effects, but suddenly, following a flurry of recent research, it's becoming increasingly recognized for its ability to prevent diseases like diabetes and depression. Now heart disease is also...


    Nutrition victory: Cancer doctors begin prescribing vitamin D as part of cancer therapy

    12/2/2009 - (NaturalNews) Resounding evidence proving the effectiveness of vitamin D in slowing the onset of breast, colon, and other cancers is convincing a growing body of doctors and physicians to utilize the sunshine vitamin in their arsenal of cancer treatment...


    Vitamin D prevents diabetes, improves insulin sensitivity, say multiple studies

    12/1/2009 - (NaturalNews) With all the worries, debate and near hysteria over rising healthcare costs in the U.S., it might be time to face the fact we bring most illness on ourselves by eating junk diets, failing to exercise and avoiding sunshine. A case in point:...


    VITAL: Trial will Examine Vitamin D and Omega-3 Supplements

    11/28/2009 - (NaturalNews) Research to further elucidate the connection between vitamin D and health is ongoing. One major study in the works is called the VITamin D and OmegA-3 TriaL, or VITAL. It is sponsored by the National Institutes of Health and will enroll...


    100 things to be thankful for this Thanksgiving holiday

    11/26/2009 - (NaturalNews) There are millions of things to be thankful for, and this week, we ask our NaturalNews Facebook team ( to suggest what things they're thankful for. We were flooded with suggestions! I didn't get a chance...


    Vitamin D prevents heart disease

    11/25/2009 - (NaturalNews) The fact that vitamin D prevents cancer is now so well known that even some conventional physicians are beginning to recommend it. Vitamin D prevents 77% of all cancers, after all. That's as close to a "cure" for cancer as you'll ever get...


    Cancer industry abandons science to keep pushing mammograms that harm women

    11/23/2009 - (NaturalNews) The cancer industry has blatantly abandoned science these past two weeks by insisting women under 50 should receive annual mammograms even though the industry's own scientific task force concluded that such screenings result in too many...


    How to Prevent and Cure the Flu Naturally without a Vaccine

    11/20/2009 - (NaturalNews) "If a doctor treats your flu, it will go away in fourteen days. If you leave it alone, it will go away in two weeks," said Gloria Silverstein. Drinking water, washing your hands, and getting enough sleep are important, but the most effective...


    Vitamin D Emerges as Treatment for Prostate Cancer - Cuts PSA Levels by Half

    11/19/2009 - (NaturalNews) Treatment with vitamin D supplements may slow the progress of prostate cancer, according to a study published in the journal BJU International. In the United States, prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death among men,...


    Get to Know Vitamin D: Part II

    11/18/2009 - (NaturalNews) The first part of this article began a series of questions and answers aimed at introducing vitamin D and describing its importance to health. This part continues the series with a focus on sources of vitamin D, along with information on...


    Get to Know Vitamin D: Part I

    11/13/2009 - (NaturalNews) Vitamin D has received a lot of attention lately. As its health implications become more and more apparent through research, it is becoming evident that a significant proportion of the population has inadequate blood levels of the vitamin....


    Diet is a Key to Preventing and Treating Osteoporosis

    11/11/2009 - (NaturalNews) Osteoporosis is a condition in which bones become weak and thin, and prone to fracture, particularly in the hips and spine. There can be few symptoms of osteoporosis until a fracture occurs, so it can only be diagnosed by a bone scan. Approximately...


    Superfood Profile: Discover the Many Health Benefits of Cod Liver Oil

    11/9/2009 - (NaturalNews) Certain superfoods - like cod liver oil - are so powerful they were recognized for their incredible healing abilities throughout many traditional societies around the world. This ancient wisdom was passed down to preserve the health and...


    Babies Receive Heart Transplants Instead of Vitamin D Treatment

    11/6/2009 - (NaturalNews) Cardiomyopathy is a rare but frequently fatal heart condition in infants and children. In many cases, doctors are unable to find the cause, and severe cases need to stay in the hospital while waiting for their last hope at life- a heart...


    Proposed law would require employers to pay workers for sick time off would promote swine flu pandemic

    11/5/2009 - (NaturalNews) It sounds good at first: When employers send sick workers home so they don't spread swine flu around the work environment, they must still pay those workers for the full day's work. The idea behind this bill is that many workers can't afford...


    Women with breast cancer have low vitamin D levels, scientists discover

    11/4/2009 - (NaturalNews) At the American Society of Clinical Oncology's Breast Cancer Symposium held in San Francisco recently, researchers from the University of Rochester Medical Center made an announcement that at first glance may seem startling -- at least...


    Twenty reasons why vitamin D is better than a swine flu vaccine

    11/3/2009 - (NaturalNews) The news is out: Vitamin D is better than the swine flu vaccine at halting H1N1 infections. In fact, without vitamin D, chances are that a vaccine won't generate much of an immune response in the first place. That's because vitamin D...


    Mercury-Free Flu Shots Available: But Vitamin D and Homeopathy Better Prevent the Flu

    10/30/2009 - (NaturalNews) Because of the outcry against mercury in the swine flu vaccine, six thousand doses of mercury-free flu shots are being made available. With 160 million doses of the regular flu shot being shipped, the mercury-free flu vaccine will go fast....


    Vitamin D: How to Determine Your Optimal Dose

    10/28/2009 - (NaturalNews) In the wide world of supplements, vitamin D is the superstar. For the last few years, this humble nutrient has been featured prominently in allopathic and alternative circles alike. It has basked in the rays of media publicity, and has survived...


    Prevent Breast Cancer with Vitamin D and a Vegan Diet

    10/27/2009 - (NaturalNews) In 1940, the risk of a woman getting breast cancer was one in 20. Today that number is one in eight. Risk factors for breast cancer include genetics, family history, and diet. Western diets have changed dramatically since 1950- and not for...


    Nine Ways to Reduce the Risk of Breast Cancer

    10/23/2009 - (NaturalNews) October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, but the media focus of this month tends to be about curing breast cancer, with little said about how to prevent breast cancer. The bad news is that we`re no closer to a cure for breast cancer than...


    Ten questions about flu vaccines that doctors and health authorities refuse to answer

    10/16/2009 - (NaturalNews) Vaccine mythology remains rampant in both western medicine and the mainstream media. To hear the vaccination zealots say it, vaccines are backed by "good science," they've been "proven effective" and they're "perfectly safe." Oh really?...


    Breast Cancer Prevention: Use a Holistic Approach

    10/14/2009 - (NaturalNews) You may see a little more pink in the windows of department stores this month as the "pink ribbon" usually becomes the must-have accessory for October. That's because it's breast cancer awareness month- a month where fashionistas and survivors...


    Sixty million years of evolution says vitamin D may save your life from swine flu

    10/13/2009 - (NaturalNews) People still don't get it: Vitamin D is the "miracle nutrient" that activates your immune system to defend you against invading microorganisms -- including seasonal flu and swine flu. Two months ago, an important study was published by...


    Vitamin D is nutritional key for prevention of breast cancer

    10/13/2009 - (NaturalNews) You've heard the good news about vitamin D for years: It's a "miracle" medicine that reduces cancer rates by 77% according to previous research ( It also happens to...


    Vitamin D prevents breast cancer

    10/9/2009 - (NaturalNews) You've heard the good news about vitamin D for years: It's a "miracle" medicine that reduces cancer rates by 77% according to previous research ( It also happens to...



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