Here you'll find over 100,000 words on the need for certain nutrients for certain illnesses. It's correction of nutritional deficiencies that helps so much because the most common root cause of so many illnesses and symptoms is one or more nutritional deficiencies.
Despite what medical propaganda may lead you to believe, there is no such thing as a spontaneous illness nor spontaneous symptom; every illness and every symptom has a root cause. There aren't many sources of root causes: nutritional deficiencies, free radicals, microorganism, wear and tear, genetic, and pollution (which includes poor indoor air, food additives, skin products, drugs). Fix the root cause and usually you'll find at least some relief and at most complete relief, it depends how much the body can heal from the damage caused by the root cause. By far the most common root cause is one or more nutritional deficiencies (including nutritional antagonists). While many prescription drugs are genuinely necessary, most are used to hide symptoms and keep the root cause in place for ever increasing repeat business. Much more on that later.
Nutritional Deficiencies, Free Radicals Most Common Root Cause Of Heart Disease, Cancer, Diabetes, and Other Chronic Diseases
Almost all cures that exist today cure bacterial or viral infection. Most cures in the future will likely cure infection. Thanks to these cures billions of people throughout the world have been and will be cured of infections they would have died from. But each year millions of people lose their lives to deterioration, causing heart disease, diabetes, cancer, arthritis, and other diseases. Diseases caused by deterioration are called degenerative disease and more often referred to as “chronic disease”.Definition of Degenerative Disease
Drug-Resistant Bacteria Solved
Zinc Causes Of Degenerative Disease
Scientists Figure Out How Viruses Infect Bacteria That Infect The Body
According to the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC),
" Chronic diseases - such as heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes, and arthritis - are among the most common, costly, and preventable of all health problems in the U.S. "
Free radical damage often is referred to as "oxidative stress". According to the US Department of Agriculture (USDA),
" Oxidative stress has been associated with the development of many chronic diseases, including cancer and heart disease. "
USDA Quote, first sentence (.gov)
Is It Curable or Is It Reversible?
Degenerative diseases are not curable, but for most people preventable, for others at least stoppable, and for some, degenerative disease is reversible. How can a degenerative disease be reversible but not curable?
If the root cause of an illness is something from outside the body coming into the body then the root cause is an adversary. When a living adversary (virus, bacteria, fungi, protists - called pathogens) in the body is destroyed or a non living adversary (pollution of any kind) is removed from the body, then the substance or method used to destroy or remove the adversary is a cure. (A cure doesn't heal the body. A cure stops an adversary from damaging the body and the body heals (reverses) the damage caused by the adversary.)
In degenerative disease there is no adversary. Degenerative disease is advanced (or excess) deterioration. Deterioration is caused by inability of the body to heal normally from normal wear and tear. The root cause of inability to heal normally is the body not being fed the nutrients (and antioxidants) it needs to maintain the part of the body that has degenerative disease.
So in the phrase above "Degenerative diseases are not curable", the reason why degenerative diseases are not curable is because there's no adversary in degenerative disease. Since there's no adversary in degenerative disease, there's nothing to cure, therefore degenerative diseases are not curable. (But lack of needed nutrients can lead to deterioration that can lead to the adversary cancer - see last section.) The phrase above, "for some, degenerative is reversible" means if the body regularly receives the nutrients it needs to heal from deterioration, it may heal deterioration, if the deterioration is not too far advanced. Of course, it's a whole lot easier to prevent advanced deterioration than to heal from advanced deterioration by regularly getting the nutrients the body needs.
Another way to look at degenerative disease is to look at dehydration. Dehydration is not thought of as a degenerative disease but dehydration causes deterioration damage and, of course, you can quickly die from dehydration. You can't cure dehydration because nothing will ever remove the need for water throughout life. Just as you can’t cure dehydration, you can’t cure degenerative disease because nothing will ever remove the need for nutrition throughout life nor remove the need for protection from free radicals throughout life. You prevent degenerative disease with nutrients and antioxidants just like you prevent dehydration with water. (Starvation isn't curable either.)
How Nutritionally Starved Is The U.S.?
In the U.S. diseases caused by long-term nutritional and antioxidant deficiencies cause 8 times more deaths than all other causes of death combined. In other words, 8 times more people lose their lives to a disease they more than likely could have prevented than to all other causes of death combined. The link below leads to a chart of the 10 most common causes of death in the U.S. by gender.10 Most Common Causes Of Death (.gov)
Excess food, poor quality food, junk food, sugar, and non foods (soda, prescription drugs, OTC drugs) are not adversaries but are nutritional and antioxidant antagonists. Excess protein, fat, and/or sugar from eating too much food creates excess free radicals. Soda pushes the pH of the body down causing the body to pull calcium and magnesium from bone to raise pH. Coffee causes thiamin deficiency and works the body harder than it normally would, keeping the body weak and prone to deterioration. Drinking high fructose corn syrup (HFC) contributes to developing diabetes, and diabetes, a degenerative disease, causes other degenerative diseases, like heart disease.Soda, Junk Food Accelerate Aging
Disease And Symptoms Not Related By Cause And Effect
There is no entity "disease" only root causes and symptoms. It’s not – a root cause causes a disease and the disease causes symptoms. It’s – a root cause causes one or more symptoms and some symptoms cause secondary symptoms. A named disease is a label for a root cause (e.g. Influenza virus) of symptoms, or a label for symptoms (Whooping cough) caused by a root cause, or a label identifying the area of the body the root cause affects (heart disease). Symptoms are caused by either a root cause or by prior symptoms, not by an entity called "disease" because no such entity exists.
A good example of a symptom causing a secondary symptom (and secondary symptoms causing symptoms) is the artery clogging form of heart disease. The first symptom is excess injuries to arteries (from free radicals of oxygen and/or high blood pressure), causing the symptom of plaque building in arteries. The symptom of plaque building causes the symptom of interior opening of arteries becoming too narrow. Narrow interior symptom causes the symptom of reduced blood flow, which causes the symptom of reduced oxygen to cells. Reduced oxygen symptom causes the symptom of the heart having to work harder than it normally would to increase blood flow to a normal level to raise oxygen to a normal level. The heart having to work harder symptom increases blood pressure and increases wear and tear on the heart. Eventually the excess work symptom causes the symptom of heart attack.
Because Nutritional Deficiencies Are So Profitable
Advertisements want you think symptoms are spontaneous root causes. Nothing could be further from the truth. An advertisement for a drug for the symptom ‘Restless Leg Syndrome’ never explained that the symptom is one or more of magnesium deficiency, iron deficiency, and folic acid deficiency. Providing that information is left up to the viewer’s doctor, who likely would rather have the repeat visits for the drug and not inform the viewer of nutritional root causes of the symptom.
When was the last time your doctor had your blood tested for all the nutrients of the RDA? How often does your doctor order blood testing for all of the nutrients of the RDA in his or her practice? Has he or she ever ordered blood testing for all of the nutrients of the RDA for any patient? For a vast majority of doctors, probably never. Nutrients are called nutrients because nutrients are necessary to maintain normal chemistry of the body. Why would a doctor choose not to test for nutrient levels? Profits.
Most doctors avoid nutrient testing of their patients and never inform their patients that most prescription drugs cause nutritional deficiencies, claiming people, including patients that are on prescription drugs, get all the nutrition they need from their diet.Nutrient Deficiencies via Medication
Magnesium alone is necessary for 300 or more enzymatic reactions in the body, zinc is necessary for over 200 enzymatic reactions, and there are 9 other minerals in the RDA and 14 vitamins. It stands to reason that nutritional deficiencies lead to more symptoms than all other causes of symptoms combined. Supplements of nutrients prevent symptoms of nutritional deficiencies. Most prescription drugs are designed to temporarily relieve ("treat") symptoms, most of which are nutritional deficiency symptoms. In older people prescription drugs become necessary because doctors didn't correct and prevent their patients' nutrient deficiencies for years or decades, resulting in deterioration too far advanced to be reversed by nutritional deficiency correction.Magnesium Necessary For 300 Enzymatic Reactions, see first line (.gov)
Zinc, find "200 enzyme systems" (.gov)
So why do doctors avoid nutrient testing? One thing avoiding nutrient testing does is it helps prevent patients from correcting nutritional deficiencies they may have, decreasing dependence on the doctor. Doctors use prescription drugs to stop nutritional deficiency symptoms and leave the root cause of nutritional deficiencies in place (by not informing the patient he/she has one or more nutrient deficiencies). The strategy in many areas of health care in the U.S. is to create dependency to create repeat visits to create maximum profits. Hiding nutritional deficiency symptoms with prescription drugs and leaving the root cause of the deficiencies in place keeps patients dependent on the doctor for the prescription drug(s) needed to relieve their nutritional deficiency symptoms, creating a lifetime of patient repeat visits, creating a lifetime of repeat profits for the doctor. Relieving nutritional deficiency symptoms with prescription drugs for decades causes long term nutritional deficiencies which causes more advanced (degenerative disease) symptoms in the future, leading to more prescription drugs to treat the advanced symptoms. Keeping people in a constant state of poor nutritional health not only causes symptoms and future advanced symptoms but also causes more problems with general symptoms of fatigue, apathy, restlessness, absentmindedness, irritability, keeping people feeling weak, less sure of themselves, less independent, more dependent. The strategy in many areas of health care in the U.S. is to create dependency to create repeat visits (including repeat visits to the hospital) to create maximum profits.
The business model is not to prevent or end root causes of illness but to ignore root causes of illness and use prescription drugs for the life of the patient to manage the symptoms of the illness the root cause(s) create. (If you get a chance, see CNN's 2 hour documentary Escape Fire.) Most of the time the create-dependence business model is greedy businesses who employ doctors to keep people sick, although how often do you think doctors running their own businesses are testing for nutritional deficiencies? Some business need high volume to stay in business because most or all of their business is discounted medicare/medicaid patients. If far more people were healthy (kept nutritionally well, verified by nutrient testing) the government would have plenty of money to pay more for each patient. A high junk food tax would help a lot too.
For example, my own mother had heart failure. Heart failure is condition, not a heart attack. Heart failure is blood pooling in the heart caused by either weak heart muscle (e.g. due to low red blood cell count) or overworked heart muscle (e.g. due to clogged arteries). She was treated for heart failure (CHF) for years with a statin and a diuretic (lasix). I asked her doctor again and again why he had her on a statin when she didn't have a problem with plaque in her arteries - as testing and open heart surgery for a worn out valve proved. At one point he had her LDL lower (61) than her HDL (65). He refused to answer and took her off the statin. At least five hospital visits resulted in sending her home with an oxygen tank and prescribed oxygen 24/7, and all five times she got off the 24/7 oxygen after a week with ionic iron (2,000 ppm). In early 2012, she was in the hospital again for congestive heart failure problems. One doctor said she had very low red blood cell count and something had to be done.
Having just come across the first sentence of a government page on folic acid (see first link below) several days before (due to gathering information about iron to try to get the hospital to give her ionic iron), I asked one of the doctors if her folic acid level was tested. The doctor said, "It was." "Well what was it?", I asked. The doctor said, "It was normal." Knowing her diet and the doctor's use of as few words as possible to answer my question (I thought the doctor was lying to me.) and knowing "It was normal." does not mean "It's healthy." I didn't believe her folic acid level was normal. Another doctor at the hospital attempted to correct her low red blood cell count with a shot of the drug procrit and help her heart by raising her lasix dosage from 80 to 120mg. She was a wreck after the first procrit shot. Once home she restarted the ionic iron to get off the 24/7 oxygen and started taking folic acid nearly every day. She was supposed to get procrit shots at home, but in 2 weeks time the shots still hadn't been started and by then her kidney doctor said don't start the shots because her red blood cell count was fine. Several weeks later she stopped pain underneath her lower ribs on one side and severe apathy and fatigue with thiamin mononitrate.Folic Acid Deficiency Anemia - See first line (.gov)
Iron Deficiency Anemia - See First 2 lines (.gov)
Thiamin Deficiency And Lasix (.gov)
Heart Failure: Find "Heart Muscle Cannot Pump" (.gov)
Extreme Importance Of Iron, Folic Acid, and Thiamin In Heart Failure
Recorrection of iron deficiency and correction of folic acid deficiency resulted in the diuretic she was taking pushing her blood pressure too low. Some time after these corrections, an increase in her thiamin mononitrate nutritional supplement also resulted in the diuretic pushing her blood pressure too low. Why? More red blood (due to folic acid deficiency correction and iron deficiency recorrection) each carrying more oxygen (also due to iron deficiency recorrection) means heart muscle is getting the oxygen it needs and so needs less help from a diuretic, causing normal dosage of a diuretic to be more of the diuretic than needed which lowers blood pressure too much. Healthier heart muscle (from normalizing energy creation in heart muscle cells from correcting thiamin deficiency) needs less help from a diuretic. Over a period of 4 months her diuretic dosage was lowered 4 times and the last time lowered to zero. After 10 weeks of being off the diuretic, her primary care doctor said she didn't have congestive heart failure any longer ("in remission"), proving her heart failure condition was caused by weak heart muscle caused by these three nutritional deficiencies. If patients are the number one priority for doctors, you would think her doctors would be thrilled for her, asking all sorts of questions as her diuretic dosage was lowered again and again. There was no such joy or interest at all. Her heart failure was a symptom of at least three nutritional deficiencies and certain doctors (and hospitals) were managing the symptom (heart failure) for years with lasix and not correcting the heart failure with the needed nutrients. This goes on with other illnesses.
Pharmacies and pharmaceutical companies need not fear over lost diuretic sales due to correcting nutritional deficiency (anemia) induced heart failure. Correction of anemia heart failure increases profits because patients are alive to take other drugs and not dead from heart failure. The lasix she stopped taking is about $5 for a 30 day supply and fentanyl (for arthritis and back pain) which she continues to take because she's alive to take it, is about $375 for a 30 day supply.
In some countries nutritional supplements are outlawed. In the U.S., the FDA is heavily influenced by the pharmaceutical industry and tried to ban nutritional supplements in the early 90s. Fortunately Congress stopped the FDA.Find "Findings and Purpose" (.gov)
Find "Burden Of Proof On FDA" (.gov)
Safety Statistics Chart On Nutritional Supplements
A Closer Look At Prescribers And Prescriptions
According the CDC the 2 charts below show, "the percentage of [all] children and [all] adults who had used three or more prescription drugs in the past 30 days..." Averaging the two charts, why would nearly 30% more people need to be on 3 or more medications? Not because of diabetes. From 1988-2008 3% more people had diabetes. In 2000 at least 11.9 million people were taking statins (at a cost of $5.5 billion). In 2009 at least 25.7 million people were taking statins (at a cost of $15.5 billion). Who "convinced" 13.8 more million people that the 1% chance statins offer and the risk of developing cardiomyopathy from statins is worth the high price of statins? From 1988 to 1994 39% of people were on at least one prescription drug, but from 2005-2008 47% of people (in the U.S.) were on at least one prescription drug, an 8% increase in 15 years. In 2000 the cost of office visits ("physician and clinical services") for the U.S. was $290 billion, in 2009 $505 billion, a 74% increase even though inflation from 2000 to 2009 was 24%.Find "Increased For All Age Groups" For CDC Charts (.gov)
Percent Of People With Diabetes 1980-2010 (.gov)
Number Of People ("Purchases") and Cost ("Expenditures") of Prescription Drugs 2000-2009 (.gov)
Find "Percent Of People Who Benefit From A Statin"
Percent Of People On At Least One Prescription, 1988-2008 (.gov)
Find "Table 128 (page 1 of 2). National Health Expenditures" (.gov)
Overcharging By Upcoding, Find "at least $11 Billion"
CNN /Time Magazine On Overcharging (cnn)
In the U.S. over 100,000 people each year die from medical errors. Considering this fact of incompetence and greed, it's not hard to see that some (or many) of the deaths aren't caused by errors at all but are unsuccessful managing of illness not to improve health but to maintain illness to continue profiting from illness - like not wanting to test patients for folic acid deficiency to create an excuse to prescribe procrit. When nutritional deficiency symptoms become too severe or too numerous or aggravate a medical condition too much because doctors purposely keep people sick with nutritional deficiencies by not testing and therefore not helping people stay in the middle of the range (low end of the range is too low), people die, lots of people. People have a reasonable expectation not to be secretly kept sick for the financial benefit of others. Insurance companies and the government have the same expectation.Find "100,000 Americans Die Each Year From Preventable Medical Errors In Hospitals" (.gov)
The New Health Care Law
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act ("Obama Care") created the Accountable Care Organization. Unlike the fee-for-service health care we have now, which amounts to keep-'em-sick-for-maximum-profits health care, ACOs are accountable to its patients and third-party payers for quality of care and financial efficiency. The healthier doctors keep patients the more bonuses doctors receive. Creation of ACOs is by far the single most constructive part of the new health care law and just may replace fee-for-service health care.What's An ACO (.gov)
Find "Proactive Instead Of Reactive"
Department of Health & Human Services Announces 89 New ACOs (.gov)
The Actual Accountable Organization Care Provisions (.gov)
Summary of Final Rule Provisions for Accountable Care Organizations (.gov)
Starting October 2012, Medicare will be fining hospitals profiting by insufficient care of patients such that patients are back in the hospital less than 30 days later. Yes, many hospitals are that dangerous when it comes to profits. In 2013, 2,200 hospitals are expected to be fined an average of $125,000. Fines will triple in the near future. Hospitals can raise their prices all they want. Will hospitals consider the fines nothing more than the cost of doing business?Medicare Fines Over Hospitals' Readmitted Patients
Medicare Fining 1000s Of Hospitals For Keeping People Sick For Repeat Business (.gov)
Adversarial Causes Of Cancer and Degenerative Causes Of Cancer
Cancer Via An Adversary
In less clean environments, cancer in people and animals is caused by harmful bacteria and viruses that find their way into drinking water and food. Once inside the body, the chemicals bacteria and viruses release damage human and animal cells. Damaged cells die, but some adapt to the damage by becoming a simpler type of cell, a cancer cell. The problem occurs when food is prepared with unclean water, placed on unclean dishes, and/or eaten with unclean silverware. For domesticated animals it's humans not having clean water to care for their animals, not cleaning their bowls regularly, or leaving food out (dispenser) indefinitely that leads to animals eating bacteria and viruses which leads to cancer - clean bowls for water and for wet food should be used every day, dry food every few days. (Some or all of the reason why animals often leave a little food at the bottom of the bowl is that the bowl smells from not being cleaned.) Poor quality food and low standards for food additives doesn’t help. Pollution and other sources of chemicals entering the body and causing caner are non living adversarial causes of cancer.Food Safety For Animals (.gov)
Bacteria and Cancer (.gov)
Cancer Via Degenerative Disease
According to a nobel prize winner, cancer can be caused by deficiencies of four nutrients. Some cells in a nutritionally starved environment avoid death by changing to a type of cell with fewer nutritional needs, a cancer cell. Nutritional deficiencies leading to cancer is a degenerative cause of cancer.Nutrients, Phytonutrients, and Apoptosis Prevent Cancer
Nutrition, Nobel Prize, and Cancer