Thursday, April 3, 2008


Most illness is due fundamentally to malnutrition. This not only includes the chronic diseases, but also viral and bacterial acute illnesses, which are greatly aggravated by inadequate nutrition. The usual US diet provides an insufficient amount of vitamins to maintain optimal health. And the evidence base for the clinical effects of vitamins is increasing rapidly.

Only 3 percent of a large sampling of U.S. adults practices what is commonly considered a healthy lifestyle. An American Medical Association survey of 153,000 men and women between the ages of 18 and 74 found that only 23.3 percent reported consuming five servings of fruits and vegetables per day. [1] New federal nutritional guidelines specify a minimum of nine servings of fruits and vegetables per day. [2] Many Americans find that consuming the minimum quantities of fruits and vegetables each day is impractical, and appear unable to provide the needed nutrition for themselves and their families. An alternative is to eat all the fruits and vegetables possible, and supplement with a multivitamin/multi-mineral, 400 IU of vitamin E and 1000 mg of vitamin C. [3] A better alternative is to supplement twice a day after meals.

The usual U.S. diet provides an insufficient amount of vitamins. [4] Yet decades of scientific evidence has shown that vitamins, especially vitamin C and vitamin E, are of the utmost importance to human health.

Two-time Nobel Prize winner Dr. Linus Pauling was among the first to realize vitamin C's crucial importance in the maintenance of a healthy immune system. In 1970 he proposed that regular intake of vitamin-C in amounts far higher than the Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) could help prevent and shorten the duration of the common cold. Although the medical establishment immediately voiced their strong opposition to this idea, many ordinary people believed Dr. Pauling and began taking large amounts of vitamin-C. Most people immediately noticed a great decrease in the frequency and severity of their colds. [5] Continue Reading >>

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