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A vitamin a day keeps hearts pumping away!

Dr Ross Walker
Tuesday, July 23, 2019

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Following on from my article published on this website yesterday (Monday 22 July 2019), let me give you some examples of the studies ignored by most proponents of orthodox medicine: one of the greatest learning and medical institutions in the world, Harvard University in the United States, has been running, for the last 30 years, the Nurses Health Study and the Male Physicians Trial in around 180,000 people. To use the example of a standard multivitamin, when you examine the randomised controlled trial in the doctors up to 10 years, there was no clinical benefit from taking a multivitamin every day. When the data was analysed at 10 years, however, there was a statistically significant 8% reduction in cataracts and common cancers. You may well say, 8% isn’t that much but we’re talking about something that many conservatives argue has no benefit whatsoever. When you look at the observational study in the women at 15 years, there was a 75% reduction in bowel cancer, a 25% reduction in breast cancer and a 23% reduction in cardiovascular disease.

Possibly even more striking, is the 20-year data in men, which showed a 44% reduction in cardiovascular disease, purely by taking a good quality multivitamin on a daily basis. This is better than average dose statin drugs to lower cholesterol!

A recent meta-analysis published in Mayo Clinic proceedings showed an 18% reduction in cardiovascular events in people who consumed high-dose fish oil supplementation or regularly consumed fish over a long period of time, but no benefit up to 5 years, which is typically the maximum time period for most of the trials in this meta-analysis.

The GISSI trial in Italy performed, in a uniform group of patients with acute myocardial infarction, given 1gm a day Omega3 fatty acids in supplement form for 12 months, had a 28% reduction in overall death and a 47% reduction in sudden cardiac death. Again, hardly no evidence for benefit…?

Over the last 10 years, I have been involved in research on the natural juice from bergamot fruit grown on the southern ionic coast of Italy. We have published a number of trials in well-respected medical journals showing clear reductions in cholesterol, blood sugar, improvements in liver function and profound benefits when combined with statin therapy. There are a number of ongoing trials that will be published over the next few years, showing even greater benefit for the regular supplementation with Bergamot polyphenolic fraction.

I should also mention the supplement Ubiquinol, the active component of CoenzymeQ10. Ubiquinol has been shown to reduce statin induced muscle pain along with improved cardiac function, not to mention general improvements in stress levels, sports performance and general energy levels.

One of the “new kids on the block” is vitamin K2, which has some very promising data around arterial decalcification, improved arterial flexibility and improvement in bone strength. Prof Matthew Budoff from UCLA Harbor Medical School has performed evidence-based studies clearly showing Kyolic aged garlic extract reverses atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease over a 12-month period in patients with proven disease, utilising CT coronary angiography.

Many conservative researchers, not working in the field of Complementary Medicine research, do not appear to know the difference between synthetic and natural vitamin E. Synthetic vitamin E has been shown in a number of trials to be of no benefit, and in some cases, possibly even harmful. Vitamin E does not work well without Vitamin C and the only two trials in the history of evidence-based medicine where natural vitamin E was combined with vitamin C both showed an average 25% reduction in the progression of coronary and carotid atherosclerosis. These two trials, IVUS & ASAP have been largely ignored by orthodox medicine.

I have shown above just a few studies from many that show the significant benefit of many aspects of complementary medicine, conveniently ignored by orthodox researchers who promote the benefits of pharmaceutical therapy and medical interventions at the same time weaken and downplay any contribution from complementary medicine.

But, I’m a proud member of the medical profession and feel many of our achievements do go unnoticed and are not recognised by the general public. That doesn’t mean, however, that doctors should be universally proud of the service they provide. Before there is a continued onslaught against our poorer cousins in complementary medicine, shouldn’t we start to try and clean up our own backyard first?

(This is the second in a series of three articles on this topic. The first article was published on 22 July and the third article was published on Wednesday 24 July 2019.

Published: Tuesday, July 23, 2019

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